Invitations for vaccination
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). You can read the latest advice from the JCVI on the priority groups here.
There are a number of ways you could be invited for your vaccination.
At a Local Vaccination Service run by GPs
To vaccinate as many people as possible, local GP practices are working together to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first in line with the official guidance. We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please don’t worry if you or your family members have not been contacted yet, you will be contacted when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.
This may mean that you aren't contacted by your ususal GP practice, but it won't affect when you are invited to be vaccinated.
If you are aged over 80 and have not yet received your vaccination, please contact your local GP practice to book your appointment.
If you are aged 16-64 with an underlying health condition that puts you at greater risk or are listed on your own medical record as the carer of someone who is at greater risk, you will be contacted by your GP practice to invite you for your vaccine when they have one for you. Learn more here.
At a Regional Vaccination Centre
Eligible patients who have not yet been vaccinated are also receiving an invitation letter from the national NHS vaccination booking service inviting them to attend one of the new regional vaccination centres. You should not attend the venues without first being invited and cannot book an appointment without a letter.
It is important that you take up the offer of a vaccination as soon as you are invited. However, if there is a reason that you are not able to book your appointment at the nearest Regional Vaccination Centre you can choose to wait until the local service in your area contacts you and invites you in. Although you may have to wait longer for this to happen.
As new centres are launched, they will be added to the national booking website so if you have received a letter but have not yet booked, you may find additional options are now available.
From 18 February eligable residents across central Lancashire will be able to receive a vaccination at the new Regional Vaccination Centre in Preston. Appointments can be made through the NHS booking service by booking online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 free of charge.
If you are aged over 70, on a shielding list or are a health and social care front line worker and have not yet received your vaccination, you can book directly through the NHS vaccination booking service by booking online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 free of charge.
If you are aged 65-69 and you haven’t already got an appointment at a local clinic you will receive a letter inviting you to book at one of the regional centres. Learn more here.
At a local hospital hub service
You might be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient or outpatient. Local hospital hubs are also vaccinating local frontline health and social care staff.
All vaccination venues are following a range of measures to keep you safe from Covid-19 including cleaning and disinfecting and having social distancing in waiting areas. Please only attend when it is your allocated time. Please also wear a face covering to your appointment.
If you are still waiting for your vaccination invitation....
Thank you to everyone within our communities for your support and understanding and we ask at this time that unless you have been tld otherwise, please do not contact the NHS to book a vaccination appointment. You will be automatically invited to attend your local vaccination service, you do not need to contact your local NHS. You will be contacted when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.