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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Rochdale

The vaccine rollout within the borough is being managed by Rochdale Health Alliance (our local GP Federation) and the Primary Care Networks. The council will be supporting the NHS to deliver it to as many people as quickly as possible.

Please wait your turn and do not contact your GP. You will be contacted when your appointment is due.

You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine. You cannot just turn up at one of the vaccination service centres.

Who will get the coronavirus vaccine first?

Nationwide vaccinations will be distributed on a priority system. People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.

Subject to vaccination supplies the government has pledged the following priority groups will have been offered a coronavirus vaccination by 15 February 2021:

  1. All care home staff and residents
  2. All people aged 80 and over
  3. All frontline health and social care staff
  4. All people aged 70 and over
  5. The clinically extremely vulnerable

People aged between the age of 50-69 will have been invited to attend for an appointment.

The COVID-19 vaccination is only available through the NHS to eligible groups and it is a free vaccination.

For information about why you have to wait for your Covid-19 vaccine please see the gov.uk website (external link).

About your vaccination

You can choose to attend a local vaccination centre or attend the Greater Manchester NHS Vaccination Centre (Manchester Tennis and Football Club, Etihad Campus).

If you wish to attend a local vaccination centre and have been invited to book an appointment, you do not need to do anything; you will be contacted to make an appointment at one of the local centres.

Appointments are dependent on national supplies of the vaccine being available.

  1. If you're not registered with a GP, you will need to register. Find a local health service.
  2. You will receive a call or a letter from your NHS provider with a date and time of your appointment. If you live in the borough but are registered with a practice outside the borough, you'll be contacted by your local NHS provider in that local authority area.
  3. You'll be provided with a contact telephone number if you want to get in touch to change your appointment or if you've any questions.
  4. Clinically-trained staff will be providing the vaccinations in a safe environment and all the necessary instructions will be given to patients in the letter or telephone call inviting them to attend.

Local vaccination service centres

The following are confirmed vaccination service centres. Please follow the relevant signs to gain entrance to the building.

  • Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL15 1XU
  • Phoenix Centre, Church Street, Heywood OL10 1LR
  • Middleton Health Centre, Middleton Way, Middleton M24 4EL

We're identifying additional suitable local vaccination service centres across the borough. Once these have been finalised, we'll update this section.

What to expect after your first Covid-19 vaccination

Plan to attend your second appointment. You will be contacted with a date and time of your next appointment. It is important to have both doses of the same vaccine to give you the best protection.

For information on what to do after your first dose, what to do if you're not well for your next appointment and more please see the gov.uk website (external link).

Can I choose which vaccine to have?

No, there are now 3 approved vaccines that have gone through the strict regulation approval, 2 of which are currently available in the UK. All the vaccines offer a high level of immunity. At this stage across the borough the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been used at local vaccination centres and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at care homes and NHS settings.

The NHS has produced a guide to help you understand the vaccines offered in the UK and when to have them. It also explains how they work and why they're safe and important.

For further information please see the NHS website (external link).

Join the NHS COVID-19 vaccine team

To help ensure the NHS is able to deliver a large-scale vaccination programme without significantly impacting on other vital services, the NHS is recruiting to thousands of paid and volunteer roles. These include vaccinators, while also working with partners to build a bank of volunteers who can support vaccine services.

For further information please see the NHS website (external link).

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