Thank you to everyone across Salford who has come forward for their COVID-19 vaccinations. 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. 

How to get your vaccine in Salford

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

The COVID-19 vaccine helps to reduce the chance of COVID-19 infection and provides good protection against serious disease or hospitalisation. It may take a few weeks to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine.

Covid Vaccine Eligibility

  • People aged 16 and over can get their 1st, 2nd and booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at any of our vaccine sites across Salford (See eligibility table above).
  • Children aged 12-15 years, who had their 1st vaccination 12 weeks or more ago, can get their 2nd vaccination. If you have a health condition that puts you at higher risk of COVID-19 or live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed and are aged 12-15, you may be eligible for a booster.
  • Children aged 5-11 years (from April 2022) are eligible for their 1st vaccination. If in a clinical high risk group or who live with someone who, of any age, are immunosuppressed you will be invited by letter and told how to book an appointment.

Current vaccination clinics in Salford.

There are different of ways you can get your COVID-19 vaccinations in Salford:

  • Book an appointment via the National Booking System ​​​​​(easiest and quickest)

  • Attend a walk-in clinic  (subject to availability)
  • Call 119 to book

  • At one of our selected pharmacies (see below)

  • If you have any questions or need further help understanding how, when and where you can go to get your COVID-19 vaccination, call The Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. 

  • Alternatively, you can get vaccinated at the Greater Manchester Vaccination Centre (Etihad Football and Tennis Centre, 9 Sport City Way, M11 3DU) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 8am to 8pm; or Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 8am to 3:30pm. (Closed on bank holidays and match days). To book appointments, visit the National Booking system or call 119. For walk-in opening hours and vaccines available, see the walk-in Clinics page.

Clinics

Visit the COVID-19 vaccination clinics page for current details of clinics open across Salford. This list is updated weekly and subject to change.

We announce details of our COVID-19 vaccination clinics via the CCG social media channels. Keep up to date and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by searching for 'NHS Salford CCG'.

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At a pharmacy

Salford residents can get their COVID-19 vaccinations at the pharmacies, listed below.

Pharmacies can vaccinate age 16 upwards. They will not be participating in the 5-11 years vaccinations.

To book your COVID-19 vaccinations at any of the pharmacies listed please use the national booking system

How to get to a vaccination centre in Salford

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, you may be eligible for a home visit for your COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Your vaccinations

The first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get additional protection from COVID-19, everyone needs a second dose. This would be 8 weeks later for those aged 16+ and 12 weeks later for those aged 12-15 (unless they are clinically extremely vulnerable or immunosuppressed then it is 8 weeks).

If you book your COVID-19 appointments through the national booking service (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or ringing 119) you will be able to book both your first and second appointments at the same time. You can remind yourself of the place and time of your vaccinations using the ‘manage my appointments’ section on www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

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.

The third dose is administered at least eight weeks after your second vaccine. If you are eligible for a third vaccination, 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 maximum protection against the Omicron variant.

You can book your appointment through the national booking system or by calling 119 or attend one of our walk-in clinics.

The booster must be given three months (91 days) after your second dose. This is considered the most effective for boosting your protection.

Spring boosters

People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those with weakened immune systems are now eligible for a spring booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. They will be contacted by the NHS but can also book an appointment or attend a walk-in clinic if their last vaccination was more than six months ago.

After you have been vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill, hospitalisation or dying from the virus, so it is crucial you continue to follow the 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 vaccinations. However, the vaccine will ensure symptoms are less severe than they could have been.

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.

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At the vaccination centre

If you have a history of allergies, particularly to other vaccines, or if you had an immediate reaction after your previous doses, you may be advised to remain at the clinic for 15 minutes.

Please make sure you tell the vaccination centre of any allergies or if you have previously fainted following any vaccinations or have needle phobias and feel anxious.

Side effects

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them.
Very common side effects in the first day or two include:

  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm, where you had your injection
  • feeling tired
  • headache, aches and chills

You may also have flu-like symptoms with episodes of shivering and shaking for a day or two. However, a high temperature could also indicate that you have COVID-19 or another infection. You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help make you feel better.

If you have concerns, please seek medical advice.
What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For more information download 'What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination' 

Identifying a scam caller

It has been reported that some people have received 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 - COVID-19 vaccinations are free in the UK.
  • If you are contacted by telephone, staff from a 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. 
  • 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 will 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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