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COVID Vaccine for 5-11 year olds

The NHS are planning to offer the vaccine to 5-11 year olds who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed from January.

The NHS  will be in touch with you if your 5-11 year old is eligible for their Covid-19 vaccine.

To make sure you’re contacted when it’s time, please let the reception team know if your child is a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed so we can make sure this detail is on their health care record.

Latest updates for the Covid Booster and how and when you will be able to book (Updated 23rd December 2021)

Every adult in Manchester should now have a Covid-19 booster jab as part of the plan to fight the spread of the Omicron variant.

You can book a booster jab online using the national booking system or by calling 119

People registered with a Manchester GP can also call the Gateway on 0161 947 0770 or 0800 092 402. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm. Ask them about a free taxi to and from your vaccination appointment if you need help with transport.

If you have received a text message from your GP practice about booking a vaccination you can also follow the instructions in the message.

Sites across Manchester have extended their opening times to make it easy for people to get their life-saving jabs.

You can also find details of local walk-in sites on the Manchester City Council website. You don’t need an appointment to attend these walk in clinics.

Please make sure that you wear a face covering at all vaccination sites.

Remember, it’s never too late to get vaccinated. If you haven’t had your first, second or your booster jab then please do. It’s important that you do all you can to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe.

Latest updates for the Covid Booster and how and when you will be able to book (3rd December 2021)

In line with guidance, we are working on plans to offer:

  • a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over
  • a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system
  • booster doses from 3 months after the previous dose - currently it's from 6 months after the previous dose
  • a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible

Please note these offers are not yet available. Arrangements are being put in place to get underway as quickly as possible.

The booster vaccine offer will be opened up by age group to ensure the most vulnerable are vaccinated first. The national booking service will initially open up to people in their 40s and older people who would previously have had to wait six months before moving onto younger age groups.

If you are already eligible for your booster you can book by

Clicking on the link when we send you your invite – we are still holding clinics at the Vallance Centre and will continue to do so into the new year


Calling 119 or the Gateway on 0800 092 4020 or 0161 947 0770

Visiting one of our walk-in clinics - more information is available at

If you need help getting to your vaccination appointment, then the Gateway can help arrange a free taxi to and from the site. (0800 092 4020 or 0161 947 0770)

If you were not already eligible, please do not contact us, you will be contacted when it is your turn. 

Self declaration for health and social care workers

The National Vaccination Booking Service will be opened to allow self-declaration for health and social care workers from today, 23 September 2021. There will not be any invitations sent to this cohort but they will be able to book their booster doses. As with the first two doses for H&SCW, they may need to prove evidence of employment at the Vaccination Sites. 

COVID-19 vaccination updates:

People aged 30 and 31 now able to book their appointments

From today, people aged 30 and 31 are able to book their vaccine appointments through the National Booking Service (NBS). Text messages are going out initially, followed by letters later in the week.

Appointments for second doses brought forward for over 50s

The NHS is contacting people in cohorts 1-9 that haven't already had a second dose to bring forward their second dose appointments from 12 to 8 weeks. This includes contacting people that booked through the NBS with texts and emails.

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI)  has published health system guidance on accelerating doses.

Share your COVID-19 status service

A new service allowing people to share their COVID-19 status is available via the NHS App and the NHS website. People must have an NHS login to access these services.

Those in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently two doses of any approved vaccine, will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel using this service or by calling 119 to request a letter.

If someone has had at least one vaccination dose, the service will create a QR code which securely holds their vaccination details in the Share your COVID-19  status on the NHS App. The expiry date shown relates to the QR code. The NHS App will automatically refresh with a new date. If you download a PDF you will need to request a new one with an updated QR code before travelling.

Anyone without a smartphone who needs to prove their COVID-19 status, can request a letter by calling 119.

People can also ring 119 if their travel is imminent and they believe their information is incorrect.

Find out more about demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling and  how the NHS App protects your data here.

The Check your COVID-19 vaccine record service

The Check your COVID-19 vaccine record, available via the NHS App, allows people to view their vaccination details, like name and batch number and enables them to reports any side effects they may have experienced.

COVID-19 vaccination update

Please do not contact the practice to ask for a COVID-19 vaccination. You will be contacted when you are eligible.

To make sure everyone gets the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established so the vaccine can be given to those who need it first.

We will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date, so please don’t contact the practice to ask for a vaccine before then.

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 

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.

If you receive a text message from your practice it should start with

This is a message for [name], date of birth [DOB], from [organisation name].

We are  very busy at the moment vaccinating people against both COVID and flu and also supporting our patients with routine and urgent health requests so we are unable to answer questions about the covid vaccination.

We have created a list of frequently asked questions which may be useful to you. There is also more information on the NHS website.

What vaccine for COVID-19 is currently available?

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are now available. Both vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection, and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA.

Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe? 

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  

Will vaccines still be provided/can I still attend my appointment during the national lockdown?

Yes. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, is an important medical appointment and so is within the rules wherever you live. Vaccinations will continue as normal in all areas through the national lockdown and beyond. If you have booked or are offered an appointment, please attend it.

Why are you postponing second doses?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks.

This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.

Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time.

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The Covid 19 vaccine is now available across the UK. When its your turn you'll receive an invitation from us. This will include all the info you need to book.

We are working hard to make sure those who are most in need of the COVID vaccination get it first. Please don't contact us to get an appointment for the vaccine. We'll be in touch as soon as its your turn.

The Covid vaccine is now approved and will be available for free. We are starting with those who need it first. Find out more here

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