Last updated: 22/11/21
Following extensive trials, the first three safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved by regulators, with three currently available to the public. Across our region, health and care organisations are working together and are steadily delivering the vaccines to those who need it most.
However, we cannot vaccinate everybody at once and there is a planned schedule of delivery targeting particular population groupings, in line with advice from Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) – the government’s advisors on vaccination.
We have offered the vaccine to everyone over the age of 16. Everyone in the top four priority groups identified by the JCVI – including older care home residents and staff, everyone over 70, all frontline NHS and care staff and all those who are clinically extremely vulnerable had been offered the vaccine by the end of February 2021.
After February, other people had been invited for vaccination in the order of priority of age and health condition until everybody who wanted a vaccination has had one. This took several months.
The NHS are delivering the vaccine in three main ways:
When you are eligible to be vaccination you will be contacted by your GP Practice to attend one of their local vaccination centres. This may not be at your usual GP Practice.
In addition to GP led services, people may also be contacted by a local hospital hubs either to have the vaccine as an inpatient or at an outpatient appointment. Hospital hubs are also vaccinating frontline health and care workers.
You may get a letter from the NHS COVID-19 vaccination booking service inviting you to book online or by phone. Booking through this service will give you the option of having the vaccine at a mass vaccination centre, or a community pharmacy depending on whether these are available locally.
You can find your closet vaccination site on the nhs.uk website. Appointments are not needed and once you have checked the opening times you can just turn up.
For the Partnership, the main area of focus is the coordination of the vaccination programme, working with partners in local councils and social care in order to reach the priority groups outlined by the JCVI, as well as NHS partners to ensure that frontline staff and vulnerable groups are also vaccinated as soon as possible.
This also includes effective communications and engagement, as well as support with the recruitment and the ongoing management of a large team of local vaccinators.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Cheshire and Merseyside, please read this extensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).
People aged 16 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a vaccine.
Most children aged 12 to 15 are currently only being offered a 1st dose.
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
We are producing regular updates for our Partner organisations about the progress of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and any action they may need to take to ensure the success of the rollout. Please see below a complete list of these updates: