Get your jab
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.
Find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to the Covid-19 vaccine at: Healthier Lancs and South Cumbria: FAQs (healthierlsc.co.uk)
Who can get a Covid-19 vaccine?
Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
People aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, will be offered a 3rd dose and a booster (4th dose).
People aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, will be offered a spring booster.
The NHS is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some vaccination sites may offer a walk-in service but the best way to ensure you get a jab is to make an appointment through the national booking service. The NBS is currently facing extremely high demand so if you cannot book at first, the NHS is asking those who are eligible to keep checking for appointments on the booking system as more become available every day.
COVID-19 booster vaccine:
Booster vaccine doses will also be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19.
If you're aged 16 or over and had your 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online, find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site or wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as your GP surgery and book your appointments with them.
You can pre-book your booster dose online if it's been 2 months (61 days) since you had your 2nd dose.
If you cannot book an appointment online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.
Learn more by visiting our webpage: Covid-19 booster vaccinations
Who is at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) infection?
Children at serious risk from the complications of COVID-19 infection include those with:
- severe neurodisabilities
- immunosuppression – those whose immune systems don’t work as well and those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed
- profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities
- being on the learning disability register
- those with Down’s syndrome
- those with long term serious conditions affecting their body. Your GP will know if they need to have the vaccine
All these children and young people who are aged 5 to 11 years of age should have the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Your GP (family doctor) or specialist should advise you about the COVID-19 vaccinations for your child.
Some parents may receive a letter, or a phone call to invite them for to make an appointment for their child to be vaccinated.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccine:
If you or your child are aged 5 or over, you can get a 1st and 2nd dose by:
- booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- finding a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment.
Click here to view walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sites near Chorley or walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sites near Preston or see the list below.
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
Booking your second dose:
There must be at least eight weeks - 56 days - between your first and second dose.
You can book an appointment for your second dose via the national booking system or by calling 119, or you can attend a local walk-in centre once eligible.
What vaccine will I receive?
- Pfizer vaccination clinics are offering first dose appointments for anyone aged 5 and over alongside second dose appointments for anyone who has had already had their first dose over 8 weeks ago.
- Moderna vaccination clinics are offering first dose and second dose appointments for anyone aged 16 and over who has had already had their first dose over 8 weeks ago.
- You can also attend AstraZeneca walk in clinics if you are aged 40 and over, or have had your first jab over 8 weeks ago.
Please note, mobile clinics and walk-in slots are offered in addition to appointments booked through the National Booking System or local NHS. If you have an appointment booked at a clinic, please attend at the time and date listed.
How can I get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important not to contact the NHS for one before then.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a vaccination centre of your choice. This could be a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.
There are a number of sites across central Lancashire where you can book an appointment for a first, second or booster Covid-19 vaccination through the National Booking System.
If you are eligible, you can also attend one of the following walk-in vaccination centres for your first, second or booster dose Covid-19 vaccination. Walk in clinics are being updated regulary. Please check back for updated sessions if the current times aren't suitable:
Date: Wednesdays to Saturdays
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Jubilee House, Lancashire Enterprise Business Park, Leyland, PR26 6TY
St John's Shopping Centre:
Date and times:
Mondays to Saturdays 9:20am - 5:30pm | Sundays 10:20am - 3:45pm
Venue: St John's Shopping Centre, Preston, PR1 1FB
Chorley Vaccination Service:
Date: Tuesday, Friday Saturday
Time: 8:30am - 16:00pm (closed 13:00 - 14:00)
Venue: Unit 13, Market Walk, Chorley, PR7 1DE
Chorley and South Ribble Hospital Hub:
Date and times:
Mondays to Saturdays 8:30am - 4:45pm | Sundays 9:30am - 3:45pm
Venue: Preston Road, Chorley, PR7 1PP
Please note, walk-in slots are offered in addition to appointments booked through the National Booking System or local NHS. Please help us by keeping your booked appointment when convenient or cancelling if you can’t make it or are attending a walk-in service.
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in central Lancashire:
Trying to fit a Covid vaccine into your day? We know life can sometimes get in the way so it's now even easier for you to get your jab with walk-in centres available locally.
If you or your child are aged 5 or over, you can drop into a local clinic. No appointment needed!
If you prefer to have a date marked on the calendar, you can also book an appointment at one of these vaccination centres or pharmacies now via the national booking system or by calling 119.
Please note, vaccines are subject to eligibility and availability.
What will happen on the day?
The clinics will be running throughout the day and there is no need to book an appointment. You will be greeted by marshals who will be able to direct you to the right place and explain the process.
Once you have received your vaccination from one of our qualified vaccinators there is a waiting area where the team will make sure you are well. You will also be provided with information on how to manage any side effects you may experience.
Social distancing measures will be place throughout, and please remember to wear a mask unless you are exempt.
What happens if I can't attend a pre-booked appointment?
We know life gets busy, and we are working hard to make getting your Covid-19 jab as easy as possible by offering timed appointments alongside walk-in slots at the times that works best for you that day. Please help us by keeping your booked appointment when convenient or cancelling if you can’t make it or have already used our walk-in service.