- If you are over 18 you can now book your vaccine appointment through the NHS here.
- In order to meet increasing demand for vaccinations in certain areas, Manchester has set up a number of pop up clinics taking place across the city for first and second doses. Click here for more information on when and where.
If you have any further questions about getting your vaccination for yourself or the person you care for, call our Contact Point on 0161 543 8000 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm except bank holidays, and 10am – 6pm on Wednesdays).
If you or the person you care for are due to have your second dose of the Covid vaccine over the next few weeks, you will be invited by either letter or text message.
Parent carer Justine urges unpaid carers to get their Covid vaccine. Read her story here.
Getting to your appointment
If you have been advised to travel to a vaccination centre but cannot get there – for example if you are assisting someone you care for who is too vulnerable – we would suggest that you contact your local GP to explain your circumstances and ask what alternative arrangements can be set up for you.
Transport for Greater Manchester have put together some useful information on their website on how to get to each vaccination site by bus, tram, car or ring & ride.
Transport for Greater Manchester’s Ring & Ride service is an accessible, low-cost mini bus service for disabled people and older people with walking difficulties.
Ring & Ride minibuses are suitable for taking wheelchairs, and all drivers have had special accessibility and disability-awareness training.
What happens at your appointment
The NHS website has lots of useful information about what happens at your vaccine appointment, what you need to bring with you and what happens afterwards. Carers can also attend appointments with the person they care for.
The NHS coronavirus vaccination programme will always be free and they will never ask for payment for vaccines or bank details.
According to the National Crime Agency, fraudsters are targeting elderly and vulnerable people with a vaccine scam and asking for bank details or cash payments for access to COVID-19 vaccines that are fake or non-existent.
If you or the person you care for receives an email, text message or phone call claiming to be from the NHS and are asked to provide financial details, or pay for the vaccine, this is a scam and you should report this directly to Action Fraud.
Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
Please be vigilant, follow guidance from the NHS and wait for your GP to contact you.
Carers have their say…
“I must admit I was a little bit apprehensive about having the vaccine, but when you see all those terrible things on the news, so many people dying, I knew I had to get it done. I’m so pleased I did now, and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can all start meeting up again.” Joan, Carer
“I received my vaccine letter telling me I had to be at the Etihad in East Manchester at nine o’clock in the morning. A bit early, but I was just glad to be able to go and get it done. My daughter-in-law drove me there and back. I feel as if we’re getting somewhere at long last.” Margaret, Carer
“I had my jab last week. I felt a little bit under the weather for a day or so afterwards, but they told me that might happen. The same thing happened once when I had the flu jab, but it’s still worth it. The last thing I want is to catch the virus. At my age it would probably see me off.” Frank, Carer
The following FAQ’s have been produced by local neighbourhood teams in partnership with NHS and Manchester City Council. They can be provided in different languages on request.
The vaccine had been developed very quickly – how can we know It is safe?
I’m sure a lot of people will want to ask this and that’s very understandable.
And, yes the vaccine has been completed at speed –but that’s because we are In a pandemic and it is a priority with our best scientific minds working on it, and dedicated to it.
Each of the vaccines has undergone months of rigorous testing and will only be used once the strict safety approvals have been met. This includes approval from the MHRA, the official UK regulator, like all other medicines and devices.
I’m going to have it and I hope my family will too.
Does it change your DNA?
No, it definitely doesn’t. The content of the Covid vaccines does not go anywhere near our own genetic material and has no ability to change it or us.
There’s lots of rumours about it containing human or animal products
No, it doesn’t contain either human or animal products (so no porcine content either).
I’ve heard you can catch flu from the flu jab – can you get Covid from this vaccination?
Taking flu first: the flu vaccination used in our country does not contain live virus, so it does not – and cannot – give anyone flu.
If people do feel a bit under the weather after a flu jab it is because their own immune system is kicking in after the vaccination. Sometimes, if people catch a cold at the same they think it is due to the vaccination, but it isn’t -it’s just a coincidence.
The Covid vaccination does not contain the actual virus, so it’s physically impossible to catch the disease from it.
What if I’ve had Covid already – will the vaccination work for me?
Even if you have had Covid, and were eligible for the vaccination, it would be a good idea to have it. This is because we still do not know how long immunity lasts. Having the jab would help to ensure your immunity is as strong as it can be.
Will I be forced to have the vaccination?
No, you won’t, it is by choice. If you decide against it you would need to be aware that you are at greater risk of the virus and of passing it on.
I’ve heard that the vaccine trials did not include people from ethnic minority backgrounds – is that true?
No, trials did include people from ethnic minority backgrounds. The vaccine producers did make a call for more volunteers recently so that the study matched vulnerable groups – just like they did with the over 65s too.
Should I leave a gap between getting the flu and Covid vaccines?
We are also encouraging people to have their flu vaccination as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is important because if you’re at higher risk from coronavirus, you’re also more at risk of problems from flu. Research shows people can catch both diseases at the same time, with serious and potentially life-threatening consequences.
People also need to have at least 7 days between a flu and a Covid vaccine.