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. You can get the vaccine if you are:

  • Aged 16 years old and above
  • Aged 12 to 15 and either: 
    • 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:
      • Down's syndrome
      • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
      • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
      • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

Please note: if your child is eligible and aged 12-15 years old, you'll be contacted directly to arrange their vaccine appointment. Children under 16 cannot attend walk-in clinics.

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

If you are unsure about whether to have the vaccine, you are more than welcome to go to a walk-in clinic and speak to our vaccination team who will be happy to answer any questions to help you make your decision.

Walk-in clinics

Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics page for details of regular clinics open across Salford where you can just turn up for your first or second vaccine without an appointment. 

We announce details of our regular walk-in 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

Newbury Place Pharmacy in Rigby Street, Broughton, is 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 Newbury Place, please contact them on 0161 792 1017.

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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.

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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.

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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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AstraZeneca and blood clotting

Recently there have been reports of an extremely rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination with AstraZeneca. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear. Because of the high risk of complications and death from COVID-19, the MHRA, the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines Agency have concluded that the balance is very much in favour of vaccination.

You can read more about the vaccination and blood clotting in this patient information leaflet or read more information on the Public Health England website.

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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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Click here to read our Equality Impact Assessment for the Salford NHS Vaccination Service

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