With new vaccination sites opening and new cohorts being invited regularly, the information in this section tells you everything you need to know to navigate the systems in place.

Vaccinations are currently taking place at:  

  • Local vaccination centres (run by local GP practices)
    • Widnes Rugby League Stadium for Halton patients aged over 18 and registered with a Widnes PCN practice
    • The Brindley Theatre for Halton patients aged over 50 and registered with a Runcorn practice
    • Halliwell Jones Stadium for Warrington patients aged over 50 and registered with a practice in either South Warrington PCN, East Warrington PCN, Central East PCN and Warrington Innovation Network
    • Orford Jubilee Hub for Warrington patients aged over 18 registered with Central and West Warrington PCN
  • Some GP practices may have appointments but you will be invited by personal text
  • Warrington Hospital for English patients aged over 18 for first jabs wherever they are registered
  • Local pharmacy-led vaccination sites
    • Imaan Pharmacy, Bewsey, Warrington
    • Pharmacy 2U at The Village Hotel, Warrington
    • Appleton Village Pharmacy, Widnes
    • Superdrug, Runcorn
    • Manor Pharmacy, Runcorn
  • Mass vaccination centres. The closest mass vaccination centre to Halton and Warrington is The Totally Wicked St Helens Rugby League Stadium.

If you receive a text from the NHS and are invited to book an appointment we would urge you to book your appointment as soon as possible.

Due to the complexity of organising a programme on this scale, a national decision was made that GP practices had to work together in groupings to deliver the programme. The combined resources and expertise means that we are better able to ensure social distancing which has made the process safer for both patients and staff. 

All of the vaccination centres have gone through a registration to make sure that they meet the guidance and safety requirements. 

All the centres are COVID safe, with social distancing, hand sanitising and face masks at all of the centres.  

Please also wear a face covering to your appointment. You should also take the usual steps to minimise your risk as you travel to your appointment.

We understand that people might be anxious, especially those that might not have been out of their houses for a while.  But it is so important that when you are invited for your vaccine that you get it, it is one of the best ways to keep everyone safe and let us get back to as close to the life we had before COVID.

All adults can now receive the Covid-19 vaccination and you will have received a text from the NHS to invite you.

You can book your first/second jab appointments via the national booking line 

The booking system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge.

You can also book an appointment for FIRST JABS ONLY at Warrington Hospital via: https://warrington.nhsbookings.com/v2/

If you would prefer to go to one of the local pharmacy sites or the mass vaccination site at St Helens Rugby Stadium, please visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119.

But if you haven't yet booked in for your first or second jabs, local walk-in vaccination clinics are now available locally to attend without needing to book.

 

 

 

All adults can now be vaccinated. You will have been sent a text by the NHS inviting you for a COVID vaccination.

All adults can book in for their first jab at Warrington Hospital: https://warrington.nhsbookings.com/v2/ 

If you would prefer to go to one of the local pharmacy sites or the mass vaccination site at St Helens Rugby Stadium, please visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119

But if you haven't yet booked in for your first or second jabs, local walk-in vaccination clinics are now available locally to attend without needing to book.

If you have diabetes, we strongly encourage you to get the coronavirus vaccine and take whichever vaccine you're offered. This is because people with diabetes are vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they do get coronavirus, and vaccines are the most effective way to prevent that from happening. 

Visit www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus-vaccines for more information. 

JCVI recommended that adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed should be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine.

New guidance as of March 2021

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 and Moderna vaccines are available. 

All vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA.

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. Any vaccines that the NHS will provide will have been approved because they pass the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while.

Further guidance on this

Yes. Whilst lockdown restrictions have been eased now, if we did go into anoher lockdown, you can still get your vaccine jab as normal.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, is an important medical appointment and so is within the rules wherever you live. If you have booked or are offered an appointment, please attend it.

No. Vaccinations are only available through the NHS. You will be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine.

Yes.

People do not require an NHS number or GP registration to receive a vaccination and should never be denied one on this basis. Local leaders have been asked to take action to ensure this is not the case. If someone does not have an NHS number but is within an eligible group, services have been advised to vaccinate now, record locally via a paper system, and ensure vaccination is formally documented later.

On 13th August 2021, Public Health England published new translated letters and videos for people with no NHS number around how to register with a GP and to book a COVID-19 vaccine.

The letter, created by NHS England and NHS Improvement, is now available in 25 languages.

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the British Red Cross, have produced translated animated videos with key information on how to register with a GP and how to book COVID-19 vaccines.

People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.  Please discuss this with your GP but do not book an appointment if you or someone you live with has COVID. 

You can have the vaccine 28 days after you had a positive test for COVID-19 or 28 days after your symptoms started, so you may need to wait.

If you are suffering from ‘Long Covid’ and you are eligible for a vaccination, you should discuss this with your GP or another healthcare professional who will be able to advise you on whether or not to get the vaccine.

Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibodies, and so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.

You should make every effort to attend your booked appointment.

But if you are unable to make your allocated time slot, you can’t get to the venue, or you aren't well on the day, you can reschedule your appointment.

If you made your appointment online, you can log back in to view, change or cancel your appointment.

 

On the day of your appointment, you will need to bring:

  • a face covering (unless you can’t wear one for a health reason)
  • your booking reference number (if your appointment is at a large vaccination centre or pharmacy)
  • your NHS number (if you are registered with a GP practice)

It’s a good idea to wear clothing that allows easy access to the top of your arm such as a t-shirt – as this is where the vaccine will be given.

Anyone in England can register with a GP surgery and see a primary care doctor or nurse for free. You do not need proof of address or immigration status.

Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be charged for vaccination for COVID-19, and immigration checks are not needed to receive the vaccination.

For information on how to register with a GP, please visit www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps/how-to-register-with-a-gp-surgery/. You can usually contact them online or by phone.