COVID-19 vaccination services for Bolton residents, up to Sunday 29th May 2022 - see poster for details.
Thursday April 14, 2022
Partner briefing – Bolton Covid-19 vaccination programme
Be clear on Covid vaccinations - your guide to Covid-19 vaccinations
We are all encouraged to continue to do our best to keep each other safe and one of the things we can do, is be fully vaccinated. It’s never too late to have your first or second vaccine. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have approved the Covid vaccines as safe, and hundreds of thousands of doses have been given to people in Bolton. They are our best defence against the virus; they help to protect you from becoming seriously unwell with Covid and reduce the chances of spreading the virus to more vulnerable people.
Keeping up to date with the changes to the vaccination programme can be difficult. We hope the following information will help you to understand who is eligible for which vaccine, and when.
There are a number of ways to get your vaccination in Bolton, including some walk-in clinics and pre-booking online. Please visit the NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning (CCG) website or social media channels for updates: https://bit.ly/Boltonvaxclinics
5-11 year olds
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) initially recommended that children aged 5-11 years old who were at most risk of becoming serious unwell with Covid, or those who lived with someone with a weakened immune system, should receive the vaccine. Children at high risk can have two doses, eight weeks apart. This offer is now extended to ALL 5-11 year olds, regardless of any underlying health conditions. They can have two doses, 12 weeks apart. If your child has had Covid, they should wait 12 weeks before having the vaccine. This is reduced to four weeks if they are at high risk or live with someone with a weakened immune system.
12-15 year olds
As with 5-11 year olds, those aged 12-15 years can have two doses of the vaccine, 12 weeks apart. Many 12-15 year olds have already received their vaccination as part of a schools programme. However, anyone who requires dose one or two can attend one of our designated walk-in clinics. If your child has had Covid, they should wait 12 weeks before having the vaccine. This is reduced to four weeks if they are at high risk or live with someone with a weakened immune system. Those at high risk from Covid, or if they live with someone with a weakened immune system, can get a second dose eight weeks apart. They can also get a booster dose three months after their second dose.
16 years and over
Anyone aged 16 and over can have two doses of the vaccine plus a booster. Doses one and two should be 12 weeks apart. A booster dose is recommended 12 weeks after a second dose and will help to increase protection against new variants. Anyone aged 16-17 who has had Covid, should wait 12 weeks before having any dose. Those aged 18 and over should wait four weeks.
The third primary dose is for people who have or had a severely weakened immune system (immunosuppressed) at the time of their first or second dose. If you need a third dose, you should have received an NHS invitation (letter or text) inviting you to come forward. The third dose offers extra protection and is at least eight weeks after your second. You may be required to show your NHS invitation at a walk-in clinic. Immunosuppressed means you have a weakened immune system caused by certain conditions or by certain medication or treatment you are taking. It does not include those with long-term health conditions, such as asthma.
The fourth dose is essentially a booster dose for people aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system who have already had three primary doses of the vaccine. This booster, or fourth dose, can be taken at least three months after your third primary dose. You are also eligible for a spring booster, at least three months later. For some people this will be their fifth dose (three primary doses and two boosters). You may be required to show your NHS invitation at a walk-in clinic. Immunosuppressed means you have a weakened immune system caused by certain conditions or by certain medication or treatment you are taking.
It does not include those with long-term health conditions, such as asthma.
The booster programme began in Autumn 2021, and since then, everyone aged 16 and over has become eligible for a booster if it has been 12 weeks since their second dose. The booster will help to reduce your chances of becoming seriously unwell with Covid, and from spreading the virus to other people. You can’t have a booster until you have had dose one and two of the vaccine.
The spring booster is for people who are more likely to be seriously affected if they catch Covid and it is intended to provide extra protection. It is for anyone aged 75 or over, people who live in a care home for older people, and those aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system (immunosuppressed). This does not include people with long-term health conditions, such as asthma. If you are aged 12 or over and immunosuppressed you may have already had a third primary dose and booster (fourth dose). However, you are still eligible for a spring booster. For maximum protection you are advised to have your spring booster at least three months, but closer to six months, after a previous booster. Vaccination teams will visit residents living in care homes with the spring booster.
If you are thinking of travelling abroad, please check the latest vaccination guidance for your destination. Spain, for example, requires proof of a booster dose if your second dose was more than 270 days prior to travelling: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements. Some countries require you to self-quarantine unless you’ve had a booster dose at least seven days before travel. Children and young people aged 12 and above also need to show proof of being fully vaccinated in some countries.
Never too late
It’s never too late to have any dose of the vaccine as all sites will offer first, second, third and booster doses (including fourth and spring boosters). Some sites are now vaccinating 5-15 year olds, so please check the NHS Bolton CCG website for information. If you are a Bolton resident, you can also contact the CCG for help on: 01204 462125, 462157, 462028. Available Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.
We hope you have found this briefing helpful. If you have any queries please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kind regards, Dr Helen Wall, Clinical Director Commissioning, Bolton CCG
Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) COVID Mass Vaccination Bolton
Please continue to share the vaccination information leaflet which answers some common questions about the Covid vaccine.
Anyone requiring a vaccination can contact NHS Bolton CCG for help on: 01204 462125, 462157, 462028. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Bolton callers only.
We hope you have found this briefing helpful and, if you have any queries, please contact us: email@example.com