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11/01/2021
Cheshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Briefing
January 11th 2021

Cheshire's COVID-19 vaccination programme - What you need to know

Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following extensive trials, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have been approved in the UK and the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme is underway in Cheshire. Keep updated via the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group website here: https://bit.ly/2Ll4u65

Nationally, an independent group of experts (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that the NHS first offers a vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19.

The NHS is planning to vaccinate everyone in the top four priority groups by mid February 2021 – including older care home residents and staff, everyone aged over 70, all frontline NHS and care staff and all those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

How will I get my vaccine?

Cheshire’s GP practices are working together to vaccinate people, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice and you might need to go to a different location for your vaccination – you will be told where to attend when you are invited in.

When it is your turn to book your vaccination you will need to provide:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • Your NHS number (which will be provided in your invitation letter)

If you've had your first vaccine dose already, the NHS will contact you when it's time for your second dose (within 12 weeks).

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.

Please don’t be worried if you or a family member is over 80 but hasn’t heard anything so far. You might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that does not mean that you or your relative are a lower priority.

GPs and other practice staff are working hard to vaccinate as many people in this group as quickly as possible and, during January and February 2021, many more people will be invited in. This is only the start of the vaccination programme and it will take some time to work through everyone.

People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. This guidance explains why we all have to wait our turn.

Where are vaccinations taking place in Cheshire?

GP-led vaccination services are up-and-running in the locations listed below.

Please do not attend any vaccination site seeking a vaccination without an appointment and do not contact your local hospital, GP practice or council to seek a COVID-19 vaccine appointment – appointments cannot be made in this way.

  • Dene Drive Primary Care Centre, Dene Drive, Winsford, CW7 1AT
  • Frodsham Leisure Centre, Princeway, Frodsham, WA6 6RX
  • Waters Green Medical Centre, Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6JL
  • City Walls Medical Centre, St Martins Way, Chester, CH1 2NR
  • Neston Medical Centre, Liverpool Road, Neston, CH64 3RA
  • Cheshire View, Plough Lane, Christleton, Chester, CH3 7PT
  • Dental Suite in Eagle Bridge Health & Wellbeing Centre, Dunwoody Way, Crewe, CW1 3AW
  • Kingsmead Medical Centre, 2 Kingsmead Square, Regency Way, Northwich, CW9 8UW
  • Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences Campus Ltd, Library Building Crewe Campus
  • Nantwich Civic Hall, 4 Market Street, Nantwich
  • The 13 Club, Cedars Avenue, Alsager,  Stoke on Trent, ST7 2PH
  • Wilmslow Health Centre, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5HX
  • Congleton Town Hall, 7 High St, Congleton, CW12 1BN
  • Knutsford District and Community Hospital, Bexton Road, Knutsford, WA16 0BT

In the week commencing January 11th 2021, further GP-led vaccination services are also scheduled to go live in the following locations, with exact go-live dates subject to a number of key operational considerations - including vaccine supply:

  • Ellesmere Port Civic Hall
  • St Columba's RC Church Hall, Chester
  • Victoria Hall, Middlewich
  • Civic Centre, Poynton

* Please note - We are extremely grateful for the number of vaccination venue offers we continue to receive, however, with 18 GP-led sites, three hospital hubs and a number of pharmacy-led sites, we do not currently require any further vaccination venues. Thank you.

Where else might I be invited to have a vaccine?

Hospital vaccination hubs are in place at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Leighton Hospital and Macclesfield Hospital and a number of pharmacy-led sites are also planned. Hospital and pharmacy sites are predominantly aimed at vaccinating frontline health and care workers.

More information about the programme to vaccinate frontline health and care workers is available here.

On Monday, January 11th 2021, the Etihad Tennis Club in Manchester also became one of the country's first large-scale, regional vaccination sites.

Nationally, letters are being sent out to more than 600,000 people aged 80 and over who live up to a 45 minute drive from one of the new centres, inviting them to book an appointment.

The centres are an additional option for people, who can book an appointment at one of the seven centres through a national booking service either online or over the phone. If it is not convenient for them, they can instead be jabbed at one of their local vaccination centres in the coming weeks.

As well as offering additional options for over 80s, NHS Vaccine Centres will also help in the NHS’s drive to protect its own frontline staff as well as social care workers providing vital support in communities.

I'd like to help deliver Cheshire's COVID-19 vaccination programme - where can I find out more?

Whether you are a volunteer or a health and care worker eager to support Cheshire's COVID-19 vaccination programme, information about the wide range of roles is available via this dedicated website: https://cheshirevaccbank.net/

Avoiding fraud

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud, please remember the following points:

  • The NHS will never ask for bank details, PIN numbers or passwords when contacting you about a vaccination. You will never be charged for the vaccine.
  • Any communication which claims to be from the NHS but asks for payment, or bank details, is fraudulent and can be ignored. If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
  • Where a victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police either online or by calling 101.

Who can I contact to find out more?

The NHS is currently being inundated with wide-ranging enquiries about the COVID-19 vaccine. While we understand that people are anxious to ensure that they and their loved ones are protected as quickly as possible, the number of enquiries currently being received is in danger of taking valuable resource away from delivery of the programme.

For more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, please visit the NHS website.

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