Anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccination before mid-April 2021 will soon be invited by the NHS to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination.
Across Cheshire, booster vaccinations will be delivered at 33 vaccination centres in the coming weeks and months – a mixture of GP and Pharmacy-led sites.
The NHS will let eligible people know when it is their turn and which local sites are available for them to attend. There is no need to contact your GP practice to arrange this.
Please be aware that you may be invited to a different vaccination centre this time around and, in some cases, a flu jab may be offered at the same time as the COVID-19 booster vaccination.
Bookable COVID-19 booster appointments are available online now via the National Booking System or by calling 119. In line with national guidance, there must be at least a six-month gap between the completion of your primary course and your booster vaccination.
More information about Cheshire’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – including booster vaccination eligibility – is available here.
Staying safe whilst visiting the medical centre
We are unable to issue Vaccination Certificates in the practice
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Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app
The NHSapp can be downloaded from the App store for iPhone or Google Play for android.
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The latest information on symptoms of Coronavirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus;
- in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
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