Salford’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is now underway

Thank you to everyone across Salford who has come forward for their COVID-19 vaccine. By taking this simple, safe, and effective way of protecting you and the vulnerable people you come into contact with, you are helping us fight the pandemic in Salford and get our lives back to normal. 

How to get your vaccine in Salford

It is never too late to get your COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Anyone aged 18 years or older will be offered two doses of the vaccine 
  • Young people aged 16 -17 years of age will be offered a first dose of Pfizer (if you turn 18 years old in three months, you will be offered a second dose)
  • If you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines

  • You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your first dose

  • Children aged 12-15 years will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine through the school immunisation programme or can book an appointment through the national booking system (likely to be at the Greater Manchester vaccination centre based at the Etihad campus)
  • Children aged 12-15 years who are at high risk from COVID-19 will be offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine: 
    • 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)
    • have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19, such as:
      • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)
      • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
      • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
      • Down's syndrome

Please note: if your child is aged 12-15 years old and fits the above criteria, you'll be contacted directly to arrange their vaccine appointment. Children under 16 cannot attend clinics without an appointment

There are lots of ways you can get your COVID-19 vaccine in Salford:

Clinics

Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine clinics page for details of how to book an appointment or for regular clinics open across Salford. Walk-ins are welcome, subject to availability.

We announce details of our regular clinics through the CCG social media channels. To stay updated, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by searching for 'NHS Salford CCG'.

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At a pharmacy

The pharmacies above are now offering the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine and it is expected other pharmacies across Salford will be confirmed shortly.

To book your first or second vaccine at any of the above pharmacies please book an appointment through the national booking system. Walk-in appointments are available but please be prepared to wait. 

Booster vaccinations can be given but only if you have been invited for your booster by your GP.

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Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) journey planning homepage for information on journey planning, the latest service changes and timetable information. Alternatively, you can call 0871 200 2233. If you are unable to travel independently or have difficulties paying for public transport, there are a number of options available to you.  For further information visit www.salford.gov.uk/travel-help or call the Spirit of Salford helpline on 0800 952 1000.

If you fall into one of the eligible groups listed above, but are unable to get to our vaccination site, please contact 0800 953 0116 and we will look into the possibility of someone calling to your home to offer you your vaccination there.

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Second doses

The first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection from COVID-19, everyone needs a second dose, ideally 8 weeks later.

  • Everyone will be invited to an appointment for a second vaccine around 8 weeks after your first vaccine by either text message or letter. Or, if more convenient, you can choose to get your second dose at a walk-in clinic
  • Please do all you can to attend the appointment you have been given
  • If you have not been contacted by the end of ‘Week 12’, please do the following:
    • If you are registered with a GP in Little Hulton, Walkden or Swinton, please contact your GP practice
    • If you are registered with any other GP practice across Salford, please call 0161 983 0593

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.  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 place and time of their second dose using the ‘manage my appointments’ section on www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

We need the vast majority of our population double-vaccinated as we go into winter to avoid serious illness and hospitalisations as the weather turns colder. The NHS is always under additional pressure during the autumn and winter as respiratory infections take hold. Reducing covid-related hospital admissions will help the NHS cope better during the winter months and reduce disruption to routine and planned care.

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Third doses

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to certain patients aged over 12 with severely weakened immune systems at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants.

These people may not mount a full response to vaccination and therefore may be less protected than the wider population.

This is administered at least eight weeks after the individuals second vaccine dose. If you are eligible for a third vaccine you will be contacted and invited to make an appointment. 

For adults aged 18 and older, either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines be administered for the third dose. For those aged 12 to 17, the Pfizer vaccine is preferred.

A third primary dose is an extra ‘top-up’ dose for those who may not have generated a full immune response to the first two doses. In contrast, a booster dose is a later dose to extend the duration of protection from the primary course of vaccinations.

Booster doses

The COVID-19 booster programme is the rollout of an additional vaccine dose to people who have previously received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to ensure continued protection for those most at risk from COVID-19. We want to make sure that the most vulnerable people maintain high levels of protection against COVID-19 as we go into winter.

If you are eligible for a booster vaccine you will be contacted and invited to make an appointment. You can also book your appointment through the national booking system one month in advance or by calling 119. 

The guidance states that the following people should be offered a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the same order as the first part of the vaccination programme.

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 40 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers including those who work in residential and nursing homes for older adults
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals  
  • those aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at risk from COVID-19
  • those aged 16 - 49 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
  • pregnant women who are in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose

  • pregnant women are only eligible for a booster at this time if they also fall into cohorts 1-9, for example a health and social care worker, or have an underlying health condition

Boosters are required because there are some signs that protection offered by the vaccine may start dropping off several months after the second dose - with the most vulnerable groups most at risk of this reduction in protection.

The booster must be given six months after your second dose (not before). An interval of six months between the second dose and the booster vaccine is considered the most effective for boosting protection.

It has been recommended that people will have the Pfizer or a half dose of the Moderna vaccine for their booster, even if they had a different vaccine previously.

If you are eligible for a booster vaccine you will be contacted by the NHS and invited to make an appointment via the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by ringing 119. Salford clinics are not registered on this national booking system. However, if you wait a short time, you will receive another invitation from Salford and this will allow you to book your booster at a local Salford clinic. 

If you live in Swinton, Little Hulton or Walkden and you are eligible for the booster, you can walk-in at one of the clinics in these areas. If you live elsewhere in Salford, you can book your appointment online via www.salford.nhsvaccinations.co.uk or call 0161 983 0593.

After you have been vaccinated

Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards. You will need to remain in clinic until that time has elapsed

The vaccines significantly reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus, but it is crucial you continue to follow the government guidance to ensure you fully protect yourself and those around you.

The vaccine may take up to 21 days after the second dose for a body to build up the full protection offered by the vaccine. No vaccine offers 100% protection and some people may still get COVID-19 despite having their vaccination. However, the vaccine will ensure their symptoms are less severe than they could have been without the protection offered by the jab.

The first dose of the vaccine ensures the immune system recognises the virus that causes COVID-19 and builds immunity to it. The second dose further boosts this immune response to ensure longer term protection. Second doses will be offered approximately 8 weeks after the first dose. It is vital that people attend for their second dose in order to ensure you have the best protection offered by the vaccine.

Download 'What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination' 

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Identifying a scam caller

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

  • Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime. 
  • If you are contacted by telephone, staff from the booking centre will identify themselves by saying that they are calling on behalf of the NHS in Salford and they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. The caller will then offer locations, dates and times for you to attend a clinic locally.
  • All texts we send will to click to the booking link which is www.salford.nhsvaccinations.co.uk
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

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