COVID-19 Vaccinations - what you need to know

Updated 21 March 2022

Vaccination is clinically-proven to reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your risk of catching or spreading the virus. 

Help keep essential services running this winter, by making sure you get your COVID-19 vaccinations when eligible - to protect yourself and others. 

Hospitals and other essential services are under severe pressure and people who are vaccinated are 88% more protected against serious illness.

Booster vaccination 

Online bookings are now available via the National Booking Service for all who are eligible

In line with national guidance, there must be at least a three-month gap between your second jab and your booster vaccination. 

In Halton and Warrington, booster vaccinations are being delivered at a number of local locations. Please be aware that, in some cases, you may be required to travel for your vaccination appointment. 

If eligible, you can arrange your booster vaccination at a local clinic in the following ways: 

The NHS will notify you with the details of local pop-up vaccination clinics as and when they are available. 

You can find out more about booster vaccinations on the NHS booster vaccination website page.

You still need your booster vaccine, even if you have recently had COVID-19. The vaccine generally provokes a stronger immune response than the illness because it is a targeted exposure designed to maximise immunity. 

You can find out more about booster vaccinations on the NHS booster vaccination website page

Local people have been sharing their reasons why it's important to them to get the booster jab 

Spring COVID boosters

In February 2022, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for:

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in care homes for older adults
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system

The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the Spring and early Summer.

Evergreen primary and booster offer

The NHS continues to encourage those who have yet to come forward for their first, second or booster dose, to do so at a time and place that is convenient for them. COVID-19 is still active, and the vaccine offers the best protection against becoming seriously unwell, staying out of hospital and passing the virus on to others.

Nearly one in five eligible adults have yet to receive their initial booster dose and the NHS is urging them to come forward.

There are still plenty of walk-in options in every part of the country for people to get their initial booster. People can find their nearest centre or book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covid-booster or by calling 119 free of charge (translators are available on request) and more information can be found at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.

Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 should still come forward for their vaccination, as having had the virus does not give the same levels of protection. Anyone over 18 who has had COVID-19 will need to wait four weeks before having any dose of the vaccine, or 12 weeks for those aged 12 to 17.

Testing and self-isolation 

Although no longer mandatory, it is advised that you take a lateral flow test twice weekly and before visiting vulnerable people or attending events and gatherings.  

From 24 February 2022, people who test positive with COVID-19 in England are no longer legally required to self-isolate, but we urge you to stay at home if you can and to avoid contact with other people.

From 18 March 2022, you do not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passanger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply regardless of vaccination status.

Support for mental wellbeing during COVID 

This is a time where we need to come together and support each other. We need to continue to be kind to ourselves and others. Building up your personal resilience is important in times like this. 

Cheshire and Merseyside’s Kind to Your Mind campaign has plenty of resources to help you do just that. You can listen to podcasts, look at online therapies, download apps, and access helplines if you need them.  

There are plenty of options to suit you, all you need to do is visit www.kindtoyourmind.org 

The latest government announcements are available here.   

Please continue to share these messages with your networks.

Local people have been sharing their reasons why it's important to them to get the booster jab