Coronavirus vaccination in Northamptonshire

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against coronavirus.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

People aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, will be offered a 3rd dose and a booster (4th dose).

People aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, can get a spring booster.

How to get a COVID-19 vaccine

In Northamptonshire the COVID-19 vaccine can be accessed in the following ways:
 
  • Book an appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119.
  • At selected local drop-in clinics – see ‘Drop-in vaccination clinics’ section below or visit the NHS walk-in site finder.
  • If you have been contacted previously but have not yet booked your appointments, you're still eligible and can book your appointments any time.
Find out how to book your coronavirus vaccination

See more information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website:

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine

In Northamptonshire, the vaccine is being offered by appointment at local vaccination clinics run by GPs and pharmacies, and at our Vaccination Centre in Moulton Park, Northampton.

A full list of locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine is published by the NHS:

Drop-in sessions are also now available at the Vaccination Centre in Moulton Park and at some other sites.

COVID-19 vaccination overseas – updating your NHS record

You can tell the NHS about the vaccinations you’ve had abroad by booking an appointment and showing evidence for any COVID-19 vaccinations you’ve had outside of England. The NHS can then securely update your vaccination record.

You can call 119 or visit the NHS website and book an appointment at the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Moulton Park in Northampton.

Drop-in vaccination clinics

No appointment needed – just bring your NHS number if you have one.

It is important to check age and dose eligibility carefully before you attend any drop-in clinic. 
  • 1st doses – please note that age eligibility varies at different clinics.
  • 2nd doses – you will usually receive the same vaccine type for your 2nd dose (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) as for your 1st. If you had AstraZeneca for a 1st dose you can have a different vaccine type for your 2nd dose if AstraZeneca is not available. If you are aged 18+ your 2nd dose must be at least 8 weeks after your 1st. If you are aged under 18 your 2nd dose should be at least 12 weeks after your 1st. 
  • Booster doses – if you are aged 16+ or have been contacted by the NHS to say you are eligible, you can attend any clinic offering booster doses as long as your 2nd dose was at least 3 months ago. Your booster dose does not have to be the same vaccine type as your first 2 doses. A spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.
  • 3rd primary dose – if you are immunosuppressed and have been contacted by your GP to say you are eligible, you can attend any drop-in clinic offering 3rd primary doses.
Vaccination siteOpening times​Vaccine type(s)​​1st dose2nd dose3rd primary dose​Booster dose​s
Mr Pickford's
3 Spencer Court, Corby, NN17 1NU
​Tuesday 5 July
  • 3:30pm to 6:45pm
Friday 8 July
  • 3:30pm to 6:45pm
​Pfizer (5-17 only)
​5-17
​5-17
​No
16-17
​Mr Pickford's 
3 Spencer Court,
Corby
NN17 1NH
​Sunday 10 July
  • 10.30am to 3.45pm
​Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+
​5+
​Yes
​Yes
Vaccination site​Opening times​Vaccine types1st dose​2nd dose​3rd primary dose​​Booster doses
Daventry Library (pop-up)
St Johns Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG
Friday 8 July
  • 9am to 5pm
Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+​5+​Yes​Yes
Vaccination site​Opening times​Vaccine type(s)​1st dose
​2nd dose
​3rd primary doseBooster doses
​Crescent Community Centre (pop-up)
Laburnum Crescent
Kettering 
NN16 9PH
​Monday 11 July
  • 9am to 5pm
​Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+
​5+
​Yes
​Yes
Prospect House
(Weavers Medical Centre)
2nd Floor, 121 Lower Street, Kettering, NN16 8DN
Wednesday 6 July
  • 8:30am to 12:30pm

Pfizer (12-17)
Moderna (18+)
​12+​12+​Yes​Yes
Prospect House​
(Weavers Medical Centre)
2nd Floor, 
121 Lower Street,
Kettering, NN16 8DN
​Monday 11 July
  • 12.30pm to 4pm
​Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+
5+​

​Yes 
​Yes
Vaccination site​ ​Opening times ​Vaccine type(s) ​1st dose ​2nd dose ​3rd primary dose Booster doses
Northamptonshire COVID-19 Vaccination Centre
Moulton Park, Summerhouse Road, Northampton, NN3 6BF
​Saturday 9 July
  • 8am to 4:30pm
​Pfizer​5 to 11 only​5 to 11 only​No​No
University of Northampton 
(Commonwealth Baton Relay Event)
Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton NN1 5PH
​Sunday 10 July
  • 8.45am to 12pm
​Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+
​5+
​Yes​Yes
Vaccination site​
Opening times​Vaccine type(s)​1st dose​2nd dose
​3rd primary doseBooster doses
Brackley Library (pop-up)
Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6AJ
​Wednesday 6 July
  • 9am to 5pm
Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+
​5+
​Yes 
​Yes
​Greens Norton Community Centre
Towcester Road, Greens Norton, Towcester, NN12 8BL

​Saturday 9 July
  • 9am to 2pm
​Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+
​5+
​Yes 
​Yes
Towcestrians Sports Club
Greens Norton Road, Towcester, NN12 8AW
Tuesday 5 July
  • 3pm to 7pm
​Pfizer (5 to 17)
Moderna (18+)
​5+
​5+
​Yes
​Yes
Vaccination site​​Opening timesVaccine type(s)​1st dose​2nd dose ​3rd primary doseBooster doses
​Redwell Leisure Centre (pop-up) Barnwell Road, Wellingborough, NN8 5LP
Thursday 7 July
  • 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9 July
  • 9am to 4pm
Pfizer (5 to 17)Moderna (18+)​5+​5+​Yes​Yes

Northamptonshire COVID-19 Vaccination Centre

Northamptonshire's COVID-19 Vaccination Centre is at the Royal Pavilion building, Summerhouse Road, Moulton Park, Northampton.

You can book an appointment by visiting the NHS website or by calling 119. Drop-in sessions are also offered at selected times - see the 'Drop-in vaccination clinics' section above for availability.

We are doing all we can to ensure your journey though the Vaccination Centre is a quick and smooth one. We hope to avoid queuing outside the centre, but it is still possible you will have to wait. Therefore, please ensure you are dressed for the weather conditions and bring any mobility equipment you may need. If you have any special requirements, please make a member of staff aware when you arrive on site.

Watch this video to find out more about what to expect if you get your vaccine at the Northamptonshire COVID-19 Vaccination Centre, or see the frequently asked questions below.

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Vaccination centre FAQs

​If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine you can book an appointment  by calling 119 or by visiting the NHS website.

Drop-in sessions are also now available at the Vaccination Centre where no appointment is required. Please check the 'Drop-in vaccination clinics' section of this page for full details and availability.

​The Vaccination Centre is at the Royal Pavilion building, Summerhouse Road, Moulton Park, Northampton, NN3 6BJ.

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​There are a number of bus routes serving Moulton Park, and the nearest bus stop is located a short walk from the Vaccination Centre in Summerhouse Road, just off Red House Road. Visit the stagecoach website for more details of available routes. If you are travelling by car, you will be directed to the free on-site parking facilities when you arrive. 

If you have booked an appointment, please do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment.

​Details of what you need to bring will be provided when you complete your booking through the national NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service.

You will need to be wearing a face covering (preferably a disposable face covering) before you enter the building, and please also bring any mobility equipment you might need.

To help us keep infection risk to a minimum, we ask that you only bring essential items (such as medication, mobility equipment, items you need to keep safe) inside the Vaccination Centre.

Please avoid bringing bags with you if you can.

If you are attending a drop-in session, please bring your NHS number with you. Use this service on the NHS website to get your NHS number if you do not know it:

Unless you require a nominated carer for medical reasons, please attend your appointment alone. We ask you to avoid bringing children with you for your vaccination if possible.

This is to protect both you and the child should you become unwell after receiving the vaccine. If you do need to bring your child with you, please provide clear details of a designated emergency contact.

​Toilet facilities are available for those attending appointments at the Vaccination Centre.

However, because the centre operates a strict one-way system for the safety of visitors and centre personnel, if you need to use the toilet facilities you will need to do so at the start of your visit.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms, however mild, please do not attend your vaccination appointment. 

If anyone in your household has symptoms, please do not attend your vaccination appointment. 

You can cancel your appointment at the Vaccination Centre by contacting the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service using the details in your invitation letter. If your appointment is with another local vaccination service, please let them know as early as you possibly can if you can no longer attend using the contact details on your appointment notification.

You can click here to find the latest guidance on what to do if you have or might have COVID-19.


Please try to keep your appointment if you can and arrive on time, but if you do need to cancel for any reason, you can do so by contacting the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service using the details in your invitation letter.

If your appointment is with another local vaccination service, please let them know as early as you possibly can if you can no longer attend using the contact details on your appointment notification.

We are doing all we can to ensure everyone's journey though the Vaccination Centre is a quick and smooth one. We hope to avoid queuing outside the centre, but it is still possible you may have to wait before being admitted inside. It is also likely you may need to queue for a short time once inside the building.

We ask that you please ensure you are dressed for the weather conditions and bring any mobility equipment you may need.

If you need further assistance or have special requirements, please make a member of staff aware as soon as you arrive at the Vaccination Centre site and we will do everything we can to help you.

​The Vaccination Centre is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments.

We ask that you bring with you any mobility equipment you may need, but assistance can be provided for those who require it.

If you need further assistance or have special requirements, please make a member of staff aware as soon as you arrive at the Vaccination Centre site and we will do everything we can to help you.

While the NHS will contact people based on their GP records, this doesn’t mean that people that don’t have an NHS number or aren’t registered with a GP won’t be able to get vaccinated through the programme.

It does however help to be registered with a GP to help the NHS check for any reasons that someone might not be able to have a vaccine, and ensure there is a record that both doses of the vaccine have been had. Visit the NHS website for details of how to register with a GP.

​You can tell the NHS about the vaccinations you’ve had abroad by booking an appointment and showing evidence for any COVID-19 vaccinations you’ve had outside of England. The NHS can then securely update your vaccination record. 

You can call 119 or visit the NHS website and book an appointment at the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Moulton Park in Northampton. 


Vaccine safety and effectiveness FAQS

Yes. The NHS will not offer any COVID-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.

There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.    

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the official UK regulator the official UK regulator authorising licensed use of medicines and vaccines by healthcare professionals, makes this decision for each vaccine, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.

Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it's important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.


Common side effects

Like all medicines, the COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them.

Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick
You may also get a high temperature or feel hot or shivery 1 or 2 days after your vaccination. You can take painkillers such as paracetamol if you need to. If your symptoms get worse or you're worried, call 111.

If you have a high temperature that lasts longer than 2 days, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you may have COVID-19. Stay at home and get a test.

You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine, but you may have caught it just before or after your vaccination.


Report a side effect

Very rare side effects
  • Allergic reactions
Most people with allergies (including food or penicillin allergies) can be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tell healthcare staff before you're vaccinated if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis). They may ask what you're allergic to, to make sure you can have the vaccine.

Serious allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines are very rare.

If you do have a reaction, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

If you have a serious allergic reaction to the 1st dose of a vaccine, you should not have the same vaccine for your 2nd dose.

  • Blood clotting
The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of an extremely rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

It's not yet clear why it affects some people.

The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. For people aged 40 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk of clotting problems.

For people under 40 without other health conditions, it's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.


  • Heart inflammation (myocarditis)
There have been rare cases of inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) reported after COVID-19 vaccination. Most people who had this recovered following rest and simple treatments.

Get urgent medical advice if you have any of these symptoms within a few days of being vaccinated:

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart (palpitations)

​No. The vaccines are designed to produce an immune response to just a small part of the virus, the spike protein. This is the part of the virus that allows it to enter into human cells and cause infection. No whole COVID-19 virus or live virus is used in the vaccines.

This means the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 and does not make you infectious after you have had the vaccine. This means it is also safe for people with a suppressed immune system.

Yes. The Public Assessment Reports contain all the scientific information about the trials and information on trial participants.

There is no evidence the vaccines will work differently in different ethnic groups. 

Details of trial participants for both vaccines are published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA):

For all vaccines, trial participants included a range of those from various ages, immune-compromised and those with underlying health conditions, and the efficacy of the vaccine translates through all the subgroups. 

Details of trial participants for all vaccines are published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA):

Detailed reviews of the approved vaccines and their ingredients have been provided by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and can be found at the following links:

The British Islamic Medical Association has produced a helpful guide for the Muslim community.

It's strongly recommended that you get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you're pregnant
If you're pregnant, it's important to get vaccinated to protect you and your baby.

You're at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 if you're pregnant. If you get COVID-19 late in your pregnancy, your baby could also be at risk.

If you have not had a COVID-19 vaccine yet, it's recommended to get your first 2 doses as soon as possible. You do not need to delay vaccination until after you have given birth.

It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. This is because these vaccines have been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and no safety concerns have been identified.

If you've already had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for your 1st dose and did not have any serious side effects, you should have it again for your 2nd dose.

If you had a 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago, you can get a booster dose.

The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Booking your vaccination appointments

If you're under 40, you'll only be shown appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

If you're 40 or over, you'll be asked if you're pregnant to make sure you're only shown appointments for these vaccines.

You'll be able to discuss having a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy at your vaccination appointment.

You can also speak to a GP or your maternity team for advice.

You may find the COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy decision aid from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (PDF, 616KB) helpful.

More information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding is available on the NHS website.

If you're breastfeeding
You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccines and cannot pass it to your baby through your breast milk.

If you're breastfeeding, the vaccines you can have depends on your age:

  • if you're 40 or over, you can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines
  • if you're under 40 and do not have a health condition that increases your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, it's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

The Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines are preferable in people under 40 because of an extremely rare blood clotting problem linked to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.


Fertility and COVID-19 vaccination

There's no evidence the COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant.

There's no need to avoid getting pregnant after being vaccinated.

More information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding is available on the 
NHS website.

​No. You are not required to have a test prior to your vaccination, however if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 infection you must follow government guidelines and must not attend the appointment. You should follow advice you have been given to re-book your appointment.

​No. There is no material of foetal or animal origin in the vaccines. A full list of ingredients for the vaccines can be found below.

​Yes. We don't yet know how long immunity lasts after having been infected with COVID-19, so getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had it as it is for those who haven't. 

As well as protecting children and young people against serious COVID infection, by getting vaccinated, children and young people can reduce the risk of passing on the infection to others in their family and those they come into contact with. 

Getting the vaccine can also make it easier for children and young people to avoid putting their lives and their education on hold because of further disruption to schools, hobbies and social events due to the virus.

​The COVID-19 vaccine should give your child stronger protection than natural immunity from previous infection against serious complications of infection – including any future waves due to new variants. Your child should also have some protection from the mild symptoms, and vaccination lowers the risk they will pass the virus on to others around them.

​If you or your child are under 18 years old and not at higher risk from COVID-19, you need to wait 12 weeks before getting at dose of the vaccine after a positive COVID-19 test.

This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.

​If you're aged 75 or over, or you have a weakened immune system or you live in a care home for older people, you should have already been invited for your spring booster.  If you haven't received an invitation, please book online, call 119 or visit a walk in clinic near you.


​Yes, you can still get an appointment but as we move to a seasonal programme, fewer appointments may be available locally and you may have to travel further to your nearest site.



​JCVI will make its final recommendations on autumn boosters later this year. The NHS will let eligible people know when they can get an autumn booster when this decision is made.

Further information and guidance

Useful documents

After your COVID-19 vaccination

Booster doses

Children and young people

Ages 5 to 11

Ages 12 to 17

Women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding