Coronavirus vaccination in Northamptonshire

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Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

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

Vaccinations are now being given to the following groups:

  • people aged 60 and over
  • people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people who are eligible for Carer's Allowance - find out more about Carer's Allowance on GOV.UK

If you are aged 60 or over, a frontline health or social care worker, or you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), you can book your vaccination now. Find out how to book your coronavirus vaccination.

To be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a frontline health or social care worker, you must have direct contact with patients, clients or service users at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health workers, for example:

  • You work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
  • You have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
  • You work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home

Social care workers

You provide face-to-face care or support to children or adults at higher risk from COVID-19 (clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable).

For example:

  • You are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
  • You work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
  • You provide personal care for people in their homes

You'll be offered the vaccination at a later date if you provide home help, such as shopping or cleaning, are an unpaid carer or care for children who are not at higher risk from COVID-19, for example as a childminder or nursery nurse.

You need to bring official proof with you to have your vaccination. For example, a work ID card, wage slip or letter from your employer dated within the last three months.

If you're not sure if you're eligible, speak to your employer.

The vaccination programme will be expanded as supplies of the vaccine increase, and the order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

 

 

If you are not eligible yet, please wait to be contacted.

The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

Use this service on the NHS website to get your NHS number if you do not know it:

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

Northamptonshire COVID-19 Vaccination Centre

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

As with all vaccination services, you can only get vaccinated here if you have an appointment.

People who are eligible for the vaccine will receive a letter from the national NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting them to book their appointment, either online or by phone.

When you book, you will get all the information you need about what to do next and where you need to go.

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 will be contacted by letter with details of how to book an appointment, either at the Vaccination Centre or at another local vaccination service.

It will not be possible to get a vaccine at any local vaccination service unless you have been contacted with details of how to book.

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

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Please do not travel to the Vaccination Centre unless you have booked an appointment. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, the NHS will contact you with details of how to book.

​The Vaccination Centre will be open for appointment bookings seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

​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. Please do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment.

Please do not travel to the Vaccination Centre unless you have booked an appointment. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, the NHS will contact you with details of how to book.

​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.

Unless you require a nominated carer for medical reasons, please attend your appointment alone. Specifically, children 10 years of age and under cannot accompany you for your vaccination.

This is to protect both you and the child should you become unwell after receiving the vaccine. Only those with confirmed appointments at the Vaccination Centre will be permitted to enter the building.

​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.

​When you book your appointment via the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service you will be prompted to book your second appointment at the same time. To get full protection it is really important that you come back for your second dose.

If you receive a letter and already have an appointment booked to have your vaccine at a local GP service please ignore the letter. There is nothing you need to do except turn up at your scheduled GP appointment.

If you've had your first vaccine dose already, you should ignore this letter. The NHS will contact you when it's time for your second dose.

Yes. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, is an important medical appointment and so is within the rules wherever you live. Vaccinations will continue as normal in all areas through the national lockdown and beyond. If you have booked or are offered an appointment, please attend it.

The place that you choose to have your vaccine will keep you safe from COVID-19 through a range of measures including cleaning and disinfecting and having social distancing in waiting areas.

Please also wear a face covering to your appointment. You should also take the usual steps to minimise your risk as you travel to your appointment.

​The NHS is inviting eligible people on a phased basis as supplies of the vaccine allow. It is important that you wait to be contacted by the NHS as you will not be able to book an appointment without one.

Please be patient and do not contact your GP practice or any other local vaccination service – you will be contacted when it is your turn. We are working to make sure all eligible people are offered the vaccine as quickly as possible, but it is going to take some time to vaccinate everyone.

The Vaccination Centre will be using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

If you can't travel to the Vaccination Centre or you don't want to book an appointment there for any other reason, you can choose to wait until your local GP services contact you to get your vaccine, if they haven't already. If you would rather do that, you don't need to do anything now – just wait for your GP services to contact you.

If you are unable to leave the house to travel to where you are offered an appointment and cannot arrange for someone to help you, your local NHS services will be in contact with you.

​The telephone booking service will be open 16 hours a day (from 7am until 11pm), seven days a week. People will also be able to book online at all times.

​The NHS is inviting eligible people in a phased basis as supplies of the vaccine allow. It is important that you wait for your letter from the NHS, and you will not be able to book without one.  

If you have received a letter and live with someone who is also eligible but has not received a letter, it is likely that theirs will follow shortly. If you like you can wait and book at the same time.

At times, due to high demand, the phone line will get very busy, which may mean waiting on the line for a while or calling back later. People can alternatively book online.

If you need help to do this please ask someone in your support bubble.

Please do try the phone line again as well. We aim to speak to people as quickly as we can.

​The phone line will have interpreters and a BSL facility available on request to help you book your appointments.

​You will need to provide your name, date of birth, postcode and ideally your NHS number, which will be included on your booking letter.

If you have lost your letter or don’t have your NHS number, you may need to provide the name and postcode or postcode of the GP practice you are registered with – in this circumstance you should use the phone booking service.

​While the NHS will write to 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. See details of how to register with a GP.

​People will be asked to provide details of their identity at the time of booking, when they arrive for their appointment and before they are vaccinated.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms, however mild, please do not attend your vaccination appointment. You should isolate at home and book a test straight away at nhs.uk/coronavirus, by calling 119 or via the NHS COVID-19 app. If anyone in your household has symptoms, please do not attend your vaccination appointment. You should isolate at home with the rest of your household.

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.

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.

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.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said these vaccines are highly effective, but to get full protection people need to come back for the second dose. This is really important.  

To ensure as many people are vaccinated as quickly as possible, the Department for Health and Social Care now advises that the second dose of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine should be scheduled up to 12 weeks apart.

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. Full protection kicks in around a week or two after that second dose, which is why it's also important that when you do get invited, you act on that and get yourself booked in as soon as possible.

There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine. This means it is important to continue to follow social distancing guidance and, if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people.

Side effects are important details which the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) always consider when assessing potential vaccines for use.

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

All patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look out for any side-effects, and what to do if they occur.

​COVID-19 remains a new infection and close observation by experts continues. At this stage it is unclear whether the vaccine will need to given yearly, like the flu vaccine, or less frequently.

Trials for length of vaccine protection continue and will also inform how vaccination for COVID-19 is recommended in the future.

​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.

  • For the Pfizer/BioNTech trial, participants included 9.6% black/African, 26.1% Hispanic/Latino and 3.4% Asian
  • For the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine 10.1% of trial recipients were Black and 3.5% Asian

There is no evidence either of 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) online.

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

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

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.

​Yes. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised that pregnant women can have the vaccine, though it's recommended that they discuss this with their clinical team first.

Those who are breast feeding may have the vaccine also. See information for women who are currently pregnant, breastfeeding or of childbearing age.

​It is not essential to leave time between the flu and COVID vaccine but it is recommended that there should be a gap of a week. We would always encourage anyone who is eligible but not yet taken up their flu jab to do so as soon as possible.

​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.

​You should not have the vaccine if you have had confirmed COVID-19 infection in the previous 28 days unless you are advised by your doctor that it is suitable for you to do so.

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

​Yes, if they are in a priority group identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). 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.

​Yes. It is unclear how long antibodies produced following infection may provide protection and whether the protection is as effective as that provided by vaccination. It is therefore recommended you have a vaccine if offered one.

​No. The vaccine you are offered will be based on availability, except for when a patient's medical history means a specific vaccine must be used.

Any vaccines that are available will have been approved by the medicine regulatory authorities so you should be assured that whatever vaccine you are offered, it is safe and effective.

​The important point for any vaccine is whether the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approves it for use – if it does then that means it's a worthwhile vaccine to have and people should have it if they are eligible.

​Yes. While the vaccination prevents the development of the infection in around 90-95% of people, there is still a chance of contracting the virus or transmission to others. It is therefore very important to continue wearing a mask, social distancing, practising good hand hygiene and to always follow the current Government guidance.

These vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people – they have been tested on tens of thousands of people and assessed by experts before being approved for use by the NHS.

Any person with a history of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to the ingredients contained in the vaccines should not receive them. A second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine should not be given to those who have experienced anaphylaxis to the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination.

Everybody will also be screened for potential allergic reactions before getting vaccinated. All vaccinators will have the training they need to deal with any rare cases of adverse reactions, and all venues will be equipped to care for people who need it – just like with any other vaccine.

Further information and guidance

Useful documents

 After your COVID-19 vaccination

 Waiting for your COVID-19 vaccination

Women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

Healthcare workers

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