COVID-19 News and Vaccination Updates

How do i get a COVID vaccination?

Non-urgent advice: IMPORTANT NOTICE

15.12.21 – IMPORTANT NOTICE❗️

COVID19 Booster

Due to the recent Government announcement on Sunday 12.12.21, NHS England have advised General Practice to prioritise the COVID Booster Campaign.

If you are aged 18 and over and had your 2nd Covid vaccination at least 3 months ago, then please ring the surgery on 0151 424 3101, so we can book your booster vaccination or alternatively book your booster online via Patient Access or the NHS App.

The Beeches Medical Centre will be running in-house vaccination clinics. Therefore book your booster as soon as possible.

Alternatively,

You can book your vaccination via the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

or by ringing 119.

What is the COVID vaccination booster and who is eligible to receive it?

Non-urgent advice: COVID Booster Vaccination Eligibility

A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.

It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?

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 3 months ago.

This includes:

People aged 18 and over

People who live and work in care homes

Frontline health and social care workers

People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

Carers aged 16 and over

People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

If you’re not sure if you have a health condition that puts you at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.

I am eligible for a COVID vaccination booster, how do i get the booster?

Non-urgent advice: COVID Booster Vaccination

How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine?

You’ll be offered a booster dose at least 3 months after you had your 2nd dose.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose and you can book you booster by ringing 119 or via the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn.

Which COVID vaccine will i get, as my booster vaccination?

Non-urgent advice: Which COVID vaccine will i get for my booster

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

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NHS COVID Pass – How do i get proof of my vaccination?

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App for Android and iOS. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. Please register with the app before booking international travel. You do not need to contact your GP to access the NHS App.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you.

Request a letter only if you:

  • have been fully vaccinated by the NHS in England (you should wait 5 working days after your second dose)
  • are planning to travel in the next 4 weeks to a country that requires evidence of COVID-19 vaccination
  • cannot access the digital service via the NHS App

The letter may take up to 7 working days to reach you.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

For more information about proof of COVID-19 vaccination, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/