COVID-19: vaccines

Spring COVID-19 vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccination programmes help to provide important protection to those eligible and their families, preventing serious illness and death and helping to minimise hospitalisations.

If you are vaccinated and catch COVID-19, you will likely have milder symptoms and recover faster, reducing your risk of going into hospital. 

Latest update on spring COVID-19 vaccinations

  • From Monday, 15 April 2024 COVID-19 vaccinations will start for care home residents and those who are housebound.
  • From Monday, 15 April 2024 the National Booking system will become available to book appointments from Monday, 22 April 2024 to allow eligible people to book COVID-19 vaccination online.  
  • From Monday, 22 April 2024, COVID-19 vaccinations can start for those eligible and at most risk, including those with weakened immune system. This will be done through local booking system.
  • From Monday, 22 April 2024 you can use the Pharmacy Finder Service for in-pharmacy walk-in clinics where no appointment is necessary. 
  • From Monday, 22 April 2024 you can use a drop-in clinic offering walk-in vaccinations. 
  • From Sunday, 30 June 2024 you can no longer book a spring COVID-19 vaccination using the NHS booking service. The service will reopen in Autumn 2024. The NHS will contact you if your NHS record suggests you may be eligible for  further COVID-19 vaccination.

Who can get spring COVID-19 vaccine?

You may be able to get spring COVID-19 vaccine if you’re at increased risk from COVID-19.

COVID spring boosters are available for the following eligible people:

  • Residents in care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 75 years and over. This includes those who turn 75 years old by 30 June 2024. 
  • Individuals aged 6 months and over who have a weakened immune system as defined in the UKHSA Green Book.

How to book spring coronavirus COVID-19 vaccination?

For most people, vaccinations are only available seasonally.

If you're eligible for a spring COVID-19 vaccine you can:

Local drop-in vaccination clinics – no appointment needed

To help with planning, if you can, please use the NHS national booking system to book an appointment for your vaccination. Please only visit the clinics at the times indicated and avoid ringing for appointments.

The clinical team will accommodate eligible walk-in patients at the following clinics, where they can do so:


Date of drop-in clinic: Thursday, 20 June 2024
Time: 8.30am–1pm (last walk-in 15 minutes before close)
Location: Hopwood Medical Centre, 1-3 Walton Street, Heywood OL10 2BS

A seasonal (spring) booster vaccine clinic:

  • For eligible adults at least 18 years old. 
  • It must be at least 91 days since your last vaccination and you must have had both your first and second vaccinations. 

Date of drop-in clinic: Friday, 21 June 2024
Time: 8.30am–1pm (last walk-in 15 minutes before close)
Location: Hopwood Medical Centre, 1-3 Walton Street, Heywood OL10 2BS

A seasonal (spring) booster vaccine clinic:

  • For eligible adults at least 18 years old. 
  • It must be at least 91 days since your last vaccination and you must have had both your first and second vaccinations. 

Guidance on reducing the risk of catching COVID-19