COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place at local vaccination sites (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in communities.
Everyone aged 12 and over is now eligible to have a COVID-19 booster vaccination three months after receiving a second dose. Appointments can be booked via the National Booking System two months after a second dose.
It is important to note that even when you have received your vaccine(s), you should still continue to wear your facemask when visiting healthcare settings.
For more information and FAQs on vaccines in our area, visit the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website.
Information on the vaccine is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Spring 2022 booster programme
In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for:
- adults aged 75 years and over
- residents in care homes for older adults
- individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system
The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the spring and early summer.
The NHS is making the vaccine available for all five to 11-year-olds following updated Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI) guidance, which recommended all children would benefit from a non-urgent offer of the vaccine, to help protect against potential future waves of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of children falling seriously ill with the virus.
The majority of appointments for this age group will be available at local vaccination centres or community pharmacies outside of school hours and are available to book via the National Booking Service, available via the NHS website or by calling 119. There are also convenient vaccine walk-in sites across the country which families can find via the NHS website. The online finder shows which walk-in sites can vaccinate which age groups.
12-15 year-olds can also receive their booster COVID-19 vaccination, three months after receiving their second dose.
Adults can book their child into a vaccination centre with appointments available to book online via the National Booking Service.
They will also be asked to provide consent for their child to receive the vaccination, either through an online or a paper form.
Parents or guardians do not need to contact their local GP or other NHS services.
Some walk-in clinics may be available across the West Lancashire area.
For the latest details, visit the Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria website or follow the CCG’s Facebook & Twitter pages for regular updates.
Vaccinations at home
The NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria has launched a vaccination at home service. For more information, visit the Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership website.