We’ll keep this page updated as more information is available on the vaccination programme.
First and second vaccinations
How to access your vaccine if you're 16 years of age or over:
Book your appointment online at one of the larger regional centres - Rochdale Infirmary (Quarry Street entrance) is the only regional vaccination centre in the borough of Rochdale. See note below if you're 16/17 years of age.
Book your appointment online at an approved pharmacy. See note below if you're 16/17 years of age.
- Wait to be contacted by your GP or contact them direct.
- Attend one of the drop-in clinics, where no appointment is necessary - see table below.
Note: it's recommended that all 16 and 17 year olds receive
only one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A decision on when to offer the second dose to healthy 16 and 17 year olds is pending further evidence on the safety of a second dose in this age group.
You must be 18 or over, or aged 17 and within 3 months of your 18th birthday, to book an appointment using the online booking service.
If you've any general enquiries, please email
Attending a drop-in vaccination clinic, no appointment required:
- You must be registered with a GP in the borough of Rochdale.
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- Please take your NHS number with you, if you can. You can find this on the NHS website.
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- If you're attending your second vaccine, it's important you bring your first dose blue vaccination card with you.
See the table below for drop-in clinics across the borough of Rochdale, where no appointment is required, unless otherwise indicated.
Vaccination for at-risk children and young people aged 12-15
All children aged 12 to 15 years are being offered a first dose of vaccine as part of the school-based COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) will be the primary provider of the vaccination programme for healthy 12-15 year olds and will be legally responsible for the delivery of the vaccine.
For those aged 12 to 15 years consent will be sought by the SAIS from the parent or person with parental responsibility in the same way as for any other school vaccination programme.
People aged 50 years and over, health and social care workers and younger people at risk are being offered a booster dose of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. This booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first 2 doses and give you longer term protection.
You have to wait at least 6 months after your last dose.
You'll be contacted by your GP although you can choose to book online.
Third primary vaccination for people who are immunosuppressed
You may be offered a third vaccination if you're immunosuppressed due to underlying health conditions or medical treatment and may not build up a full immune response to a COVID-19 vaccination.
You'll need to wait to be contacted by your GP practice.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that a third primary dose be offered to individuals aged 12 years and over with severe immunosuppression.
Advice for certain groups including vaccine eligibility
The latest information we have suggests having 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, even for the most vulnerable, reduces the severity of the illness if you catch the virus. You may be offered a booster dose over the coming months to further increase your level of protection. If you're concerned about your wellbeing because of COVID-19 use information at the links below; if following that you're still concerned or have any further questions, you should contact your GP or clinician.
See coronavirus vaccines.
About your vaccination
Across the borough of Rochdale there are 3 ways you might be contacted to get your vaccination:
- Most people will be contacted by their GP practice, which will book them into their local Vaccination Centre; these are run by local GP practices working together.
- You might be contacted by your local hospital as an outpatient or inpatient.
- If you're eligible and haven't already been vaccinated, you'll receive a letter from the national booking service. This will invite you to book online or call 119 to book at appointment at a local pharmacy-run vaccination centre in the borough or at a regional vaccination centre (such as Rochdale Infirmary or the National Tennis Centre - Etihad Campus).
Don't forget anyone eligible can also
Book an appointment online.
Watch vaccination related videos
We're in the process of creating additional videos and will add these to this section.
What to expect after your first vaccination
GOV.UK has information on what to do after your first dose, what to do if you're not well for your next appointment and more.
Who is responsible for the vaccine rollout?
The COVID-19 vaccine is only available through the NHS to eligible groups.
The vaccine rollout within the borough is being managed by Rochdale Health Alliance (our local GP Federation) and the Primary Care Networks. The council is supporting the NHS to deliver it to as many people as quickly as possible.
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Closing date: Friday, 22 October 2021
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