Salford’s COVID-19 vaccination programme. 

Thank you to everyone across Salford who has come forward for their COVID-19 vaccine and booster. 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:

  • People aged 16 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a vaccine at any of our vaccine sites across Salford.
  • Children aged 12-15 years have been offered a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine through the school immunisation programme or can book an appointment through the national booking system. They will shortly be offered a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in school. 

There are lots of ways you can get your COVID-19 booster or 1st or 2nd dose 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.

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 booster, 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. 

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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 additional 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

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

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

After you have been vaccinated

Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards. 

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

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