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.

Children who turned 5 on or after 1 September 2022 can only get a 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if they're either:

  • at high risk due to a health condition or because of a weakened immune system
  • living with someone who has a weakened immune system

People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

People aged 5 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their 1st or 2nd dose will be offered a 3rd dose before any booster doses.

Some people, including those aged 50 years or over, those at higher risk or who are pregnant, and frontline health and social care workers, will be offered a seasonal booster (autumn 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 community pharmacies sites accross the county.

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

Some drop-in sessions are also available at sites accross Northamptonshire.

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. Autumn boosters for those aged 50+ and those eligible are available at drop-in sites.
  • 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​​1st dose2nd dose3rd primary dose​Booster dose​s
​Oakley Pharmacy
4 Charter Court Oakley Vale, Northamptonshire NN18 8QT

 Monday 5 December 

  • 9:30am to 5pm
Tuesday 6 December 
  • 9:30am to 5pm
Wednesday 7 December
  • 9:30am to 5pm

Thursday 8 December
  • 9:30am to 5pm
Friday 9 December 
  • 9:30am to 5pm
​No 
​No 
No

​Yes
The Raven Hotel 
63 Rockingham Road, Corby
NN17 1AG

​Monday 5 December 
  • 10am to 5pm
​No
​No
​No
​Yes
Vaccination site​
Opening times​1st dose​2nd dose​3rd primary doseBooster doses
​Crecent Community Centre
Laburnum Crescent,
Kettering,
NN16 9PH
​Thursday 8 December 
  • 10am to 5pm
​No
​No

No

​Yes
​Market Square (Pop-Up)
Market Hill,
Rothwell,
NN14 6FE
​Tuesday 6 December
  • 9am to 5pm
​Yes
​Yes
​Yes
​Yes
Vaccination site​​Opening times​1st dose​2nd dose​3rd primary doseBooster doses
​King Health Vaccination Center 
North Oval, Northampton NN5 7LN
​Wednesday 7 December 
  • 10am to 2pm
​No
​No
​No
​Yes
​Morningside Pharmacy
Harborough Road North, Northampton, NN2 8LL
Monday 5 December 
  • 9:15am to 4:45pm
Tuesday 6 December 
  • 9:15am to 4:45pm
Wednesday 7 December
  • 9:15am to 4:45pm
Thursday 8 December 
  • 9:15am to 4:45pm
​No
​No
​Yes
​Yes
​​Northampton Frost Fair (Pop Up) 
Market Square, Northampton,
NN1 2DL 
​Sunday 4 December 
  • 9am to 5pm 
Yes​​Yes
​Yes
​Yes
​Regent Pharmacy
10-11 Regent Street, Northampton, NN1 2NQ
Friday 2 Dedecmber 
  • 10am to 5pm
Monday 5 December 
  • 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 6 December 
  • 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 7 December 
  • 10am to 5pm
Thursday 8 December 
  • 10am to 5pm
Friday 9 December 
  • 10am to 5pm
​No
No
​No
​Yes
Touchwood Pharmacy 
13 Kingsthorpe Centre
Northampton
NN2 7BD
Friday 2 December 
  • 3:30pm to 5:30pm
​5-11
5-11
​No 
​No
Wootton Community Centre
Curtlee Hill, Wootton, Northampton,
NN4 6ED


Friday 2 December 
  • 9:30am to 3pm 
Saturday 3 December 
  • 8:30am to 11am
​No
​No
​No
​Yes
Vaccination site​Opening times​
1st dose​​2nd dose
3rd primary doseBooster dose​s
Grangeway Co-Op (Pop Up)
Grangeway, Rushden NN10 9JE
​Saturday 3 December 
  • 9am to 5pm
Monday 5 December 
  • 9am to 5pm
​Yes
​Yes
​Yes
​Yes
Vaccination site​Opening times​1st dose​2nd dose​3rd primary doseBooster doses
Brackley Methodist Church 
High Street,
Brackley
NN13 7ZX
Tuesday 6 December
  • 11am to 5pm
​No
​No
​No
​Yes
Vaccination site​​Opening times​1st dose​2nd dose ​3rd primary doseBooster doses
​Matalan (Pop-Up) 
Victoria Road, Wellingborough NN8 1HN
​Saturday 10 December 
  • 9am to 5pm
Sunday 11 December 
  • 9am to 5pm
​Yes
​Yes
​Yes
​Yes
​Pravasi Mandal Centre
65 Elsden Road

Wellingborough,

NN8 1QD
Friday 2 December 
  • 10am to 5pm

Friday 9 December 

  • 10am to 5pm
​No​No​NoYes

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 are unwell, wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine. If you have had confirmed COVID-19 you should ideally wait 4 weeks before having a vaccination dose if you are aged 18 or over.

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 a dose of the vaccine after a positive COVID-19 test.

You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating or waiting for a COVID-19 test.

The autumn booster campaign is scheduled to run until early December 2022, by which time everyone eligible will have been offered an autumn booster.

You can have a seasonal booster dose (autumn booster) of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are:

  • aged 50 or over
  • pregnant
  • aged 5 to 49 and at high risk due to a health condition
  • aged 5 to 49 and at high risk because of a weakened immune system
  • aged 5 to 49 and live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • aged 16 to 49 and are a carer
  • living or working in a care home for older people
  • a frontline health and social care worker

You can have your seasonal booster (autumn booster) if it's been at least 3 months since you had your previous dose.

If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.

If you have a severely weakened immune system you should get an additional primary dose before you get a booster.

The oldest and most vulnerable will be called first. Currently, you can book an appointment online at a vaccination centre or  pharmacy or visit a local drop-in clinic  if you are 65 and over, at higher risk or are pregnant, a frontline health and social care worker, a carer, or you have or live with someone who has a weakened immune system.

If you live in a care home for older people, contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.




No, the JCVI advises that the booster vaccine should be offered no earlier than three months after completion of the primary vaccine course. 


No, all COVID-19 vaccines authorised for use in the deployment programme are highly effective and provide a strong booster response. When you attend your appointment, the NHS will offer you a safe, effective vaccine.  

For the 2022 autumn booster programme, the primary objective is to boost immunity in those at higher risk from severe COVID-19 illness so that those people have optimal protection against severe COVID-19. In particular, the vaccine will help avoid those people being hospitalised or dying from COVID-19 over winter 2022/23. 

Throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 mortality has disproportionately affected those in older age groups, residents in care homes for older adults, and those with certain underlying health conditions, particularly those who are severely immunosuppressed. Following vaccination, these same factors continue to identify those people who are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19. 

​COVID-19 vaccines which target two different variants of COVID-19 are called bivalent vaccines. Bivalent vaccines broaden immunity and therefore potentially improve protection against variants of COVID-19. All vaccines used in the UK to date have been primarily targeted at the original strain of COVID-19 and have remained effective at preventing severe disease against subsequent variants. 

How do we know the COVID-19 bivalent vaccines are safe? 

All vaccines used in the UK must be authorised by our independent medicines’ regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Each COVID-19 vaccine candidate is assessed by teams of scientists and clinicians on a case-by-case basis and is only authorised once it has met robust standards of effectiveness, safety and quality set by MHRA. The MHRA has reviewed the available safety and efficacy data supporting Moderna’s bivalent vaccine and provided its authorisation. 

Will there be any side effects from the vaccine? 

Common side effects are the same for all COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK, and include: 

  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around a day or two following the vaccination 
  • feeling tired 
  • headache 
  • general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

You can rest and take paracetamol (follow the dose advice in the packaging) to help make you feel better. Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for 2 to 3 days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection. 

Although a fever can occur within a day or two of vaccination, if you have any other COVID19 symptoms or your fever lasts longer, stay at home. Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, you can call NHS 111.

 



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