Salford’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is now underway.

How to get your vaccine in Salford

People who are most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are currently being offered the COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination is a simple, safe, and effective way of protecting people against COVID-19 before they come into actual contact with the virus. Following detailed review of large studies of safety and effectiveness, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now approved several different types of COVID-19 vaccines for use in the UK. 

An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS offers these vaccines to those at risk of catching the infection and suffering serious complications. Those currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine through the Salford NHS Vaccination Service are:

  • 30 years +
  • A carer (both paid and unpaid. If you are an unpaid/informal carer, you can register for your vaccine via www.salfordcvs.co.uk/covid-19-vaccinations-unpaid-carers)
  • On the shielding list
  • Invited to an annual review with a GP for your long term condition
  • Most people invited by the NHS for an annual flu jab 

If you are in any of the criteria above, you are now eligible for the first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit www.salford.nhsvaccinations.co.uk or call 0800 953 0116 to book an appointment. Please do not contact your GP.

The national booking system has now opened vaccination appointments for people aged 18 and over. If this is you, you can book your appointment (likely to be at the Greater Manchester vaccination centre based at the Ethihad campus).

Walk-in clinics

Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics page for daily appointment details. 

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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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 will need to get a second dose. We are therefore urging people to come forward for their second dose of the vaccine when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked. 

Here’s what you need to know about second doses:

  • If you have had your first dose through the Salford vaccination service, you will be contacted by either text message or letter with an appointment for your second dose.
  • Please do all you can to attend the appointment you have been given. However, if it’s not possible, call 0800 953 0116 to rearrange. Please note: the vaccination telephone booking centre line is open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 6pm and Saturdays 9am – 1pm.
  • You cannot book your second appointment through the online booking system, this is for first dose appointments only.
  • If you have not been contacted by the end of ‘Week 12’, call 0800 953 0116.
  • Please be patient when contacting the call centre. It is extremely busy so you may have to wait on hold or call back, but you will get through eventually.
  • Please do not contact your GP.  GP practices in Salford are not involved in the appointment booking system and will only tell you to ring the call centre.

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.

This is the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS and the Salford NHS Vaccination Service is striving to get everyone vaccinated within the JCVI guidance, working through thousands of appointments each week to get to everyone as quickly as possible.

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Am I still protected after week 12?

Yes. One dose of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer or Moderna vaccine provides a high level of protection from COVID-19. Most of your short-term protection comes from the first dose. The second dose gives slightly greater overall protection but, more importantly, it increases your long-term protection.

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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 reduces a person’s chances of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus. However, it is still unclear how effective it is at stopping that person from still catching the virus and passing it on to others. Therefore, a vaccination does not automatically mean that life can resume to normal just yet. It is crucial people continue to follow the government guidance to ensure they fully protect yourself and those around them.

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 12 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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Our ask to the public of Salford

  • Please do not contact your GP practice, hospital, other NHS organisations or Spirit of Salford helpline regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. You will be contacted directly as soon as you become eligible
  • Please book your appointment online or via the telephone booking centre as soon as you receive your invitation
  • Please do not attempt to book an appointment before you are eligible
  • Please attend all booked appointments. If you become unable to attend an appointment, please call 0800 953 0116 to re-arrange and allow someone else to use the slot instead.
  • Please cascade this information to friends, family, neighbours and colleagues
  • Continue to abide by hands, face, space guidance, which will still save lives.

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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.

  • The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. 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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