Booster Covid-19 vaccines are now being offered at walk-in sites across Greater Manchester this week as the vaccine programme ramps up again for winter.
It’s now six weeks since the booster programme began, with leaders keen to accelerate the scheme before winter.
The NHS says there are more clinics delivering vaccines, including pharmacies, GP practices and other community sites, now than at any other point in the programme.
And almost every person registered with a GP practice lives within 10 miles of a fixed vaccination site.
According to the NHS, you can get a booster dose from a walk-in site if it’s been six months (182 days) since your second dose and you’re either:
- aged 50 or over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
When you arrive at a walk-in clinic, the staff will ask you questions to ensure you’re only offered suitable vaccines.
Patients who have a condition meaning they are at higher risk from COVID-19 will be sent a letter reminding them to have your booster dose at least 6 months (182 days) after their second dose.
Patients can take this letter, or a letter from their GP or consultant about the health condition, to any walk-in vaccination site from six months (182 days) after the day they have their second dose.
If you do not receive a letter but you think you’re eligible, the NHS is instructing you to contact your GP surgery.
Frontline health and social care workers aged 16 and over can also get a booster dose from a walk-in site, this includes if you live and/or work in a care home.
The NHS asks that people bring proof of employment such as workplace photo ID, a letter or a payslip from the employer within the last three months.
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Clinics available in Greater Manchester:
- Breightmet Health Centre, Breightmet Fold Lane, Bolton, BL2 6NT
- Market Place Shopping Centre, Ground Floor, Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AL
- Hootons, Lee Lane, Horwich, BL6 7AR
- Horwich RMI, Ramsbottom Road, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 5NH
- Royal Oldham Vaccination Hub, 1st Floor, Dinwoodie Centre, Steptoe Drive, Oldham, OL1 2JH
- Larkhill Centre (Timperley Pharmacy), Thorley Lane, Timperley, WA15 7AZ
- Whalley Range Tennis & Cricket Club, Kingsbrook Road, Manchester, M16 8NR
- North Trafford Group Practice, Seymour Grove Health Centre, Manchester, M16 0LW
- Elliotts Pharmacy, 60 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford, M16 0LN
- Etihad Tennis Centre, Etihad Campus, 9 Sportcity Way, Manchester, M11 3DU
- Etihad Mass Vaccination Centre, 9 Sportcity way, Manchester, M11 3DU
Check the NHS website for the availability of the different doses at your chosen walk-in clinic, and the opening times.
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