The NHS in England has begun the biggest and most highly anticipated immunisation campaign in history.
Following extensive trials, two COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca) have been approved in the UK and are now available to people most at risk from the disease.
Local vaccine delivery
The NHS is continuing to prioritise those the JCVI and government has decided will benefit the most. At the moment, this covers the following groups:
- 45 years of age and over
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- Eligible frontline health and social workers
- All those 16-64 years of age with underlying health conditions
Vaccinations began rolling out in West Lancashire in December 2020 in dedicated vaccination hubs. The rollout now further continues across many community settings. These vaccinations may not take place at a person’s regular GP practice, but rather another local vaccination site (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in communities.
The four locations offering COVID-19 vaccinations in West Lancashire are:
- Hants Lane Clinic, Ormskirk
- Birleywood Health Centre, Skelmersdale
- The Old People’s Club, Burscough
- Edge Hill University
When it is the right time for someone to receive their vaccination, they will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from their GP or the national booking system. We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking you not to contact the NHS to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.
Vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres will subsequently stand up when further supplies of vaccine come on stream.
It is important to note that even when you have received your vaccine, you must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask, as well as the additional measures in place in your area.
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).
You should receive a second dose of your COVID-19 vaccination from around 11 weeks after the first.
- People who received their first dose in a hospital hub or through a GP service will be contacted to receive their second dose, if they haven’t already. You do not need to contact the NHS.
- People who booked their appointments through the national booking service (online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by ringing 119) will have booked both their first and second appointments at the same time. If they do not have a second appointment but were vaccinated at one of our large vaccination centres, they can book their second appointment via the national booking system.
- People who rang 119 will have been given details of their second appointment over the phone.
- People who booked online can remind themselves of their the place and time of their second dose using the ‘manage my appointments’ section on www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.
When you receive your invitation for a second dose, please remember to stick to your appointment and turn up only at your allotted time. You need to have both doses in order to be fully protected against COVID-19.
For more information on second doses, please see the dedicated news article published on 11 March 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria have a dedicated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) dedicated solely to the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The FAQs are regularly updated and answer many common questions and queries.
The FAQs are available on their website.