Mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinics FAQ's
Q: Who can attend the walk-in clinic?
A: The pop-up clinics are open to anyone aged 18 and over, subject to eligibility. Anybody who is eligible and living or working in Preston and surrounding areas as well as anybody with a caring responsibility for somebody else who lives in the local area can access a vaccination via the mobile site.
If you are unsure if you are eligible, please come down and speak to the team. Don’t assume you and your wider family are not eligible without speaking to us first.
The eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Aged 18 and over with any underlying health conditions
- Aged 18 and over AND living, caring or working with anyone with underlying health conditions
- Aged 25 and over
- Health and Social Care staff
- Any carers – paid or unpaid. You will not be asked for proof as unpaid carers are eligible.
For more information on the full list of eligibility visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/
Q: Can I arrive at any time?
A: You do not need an appointment however we have a limited availability of vaccines and will close the pop up clinic when they have be used. If you are able to visit at any time, please do not leave it until the end of the day.
Q: I am due to have my second dose. Can I attend?
A: No. This clinic is just to administer first doses. If you are waiting for your second dose, please wait until your local clinic contacts you, or you can book through the National Booking System https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Q: How can I get my second dose if I have my first at a pop-up community clinic?
A: You are able to book a second dose of your vaccine through the National Booking System https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
The pop-up clinics will also be returning to your area in 8 weeks time when you will be able to receive your second dose. Keep checking NHS Central Lancashire CCGs - Get my jab for information on when this will be.
Q: Will I be able to choose which vaccine I have?
A: This clinic will only be vaccinating using the Pfizer vaccine. No other vaccine will be available.
Q: I’m not sure whether I am eligible – can I talk to someone about it?
A: There will be members of the team available on the day to advise people. However, if your case is more complex you may be referred back to your GP for a further consultation.
Q: Do I need to book?
A: There is no need to book, you can just turn up.
Q: Does the vaccine work against the new variants being discovered?
A: A recent study from Public Health England found that vaccine effectiveness against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant first identified in India, is similar after 2 doses when compared to the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant first identified in Kent.
Q: Why are vaccines important?
A: Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill-health. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.
Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.
Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.
However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.
Q: Do I have to rest after having my vaccine?
A: No, you should be able to continue as normal as long as you feel well. If your arm is particularly sore, you may find heavy lifting difficult. If you feel unwell or very tired you should rest and avoid operating machinery or driving.
The vaccine cannot give you Covid-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. However, you will need to continue to follow the guidance in your area.