Nationally, 600,000 over 80s have received a letter inviting them to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine at one of seven new vaccination centres. People will have been invited if they live within 45 minutes of each centre.
It’s important to note that your GP practice is working, within a network with other local practices, to provide a local vaccination service closer to where you live. Please be assured you will receive an invitation from your local practice to attend this site in the coming weeks if you have not already received one. A list of local vaccination sites and which practices are covered can be found here.
The letter you have received is offering you the choice to attend these new sites, if you are able to safely travel there. However, you can choose to use your local site and will be invited in the coming weeks.
If you do not want to attend one of the seven vaccination centres and instead want to go to a local site, you don’t need to do anything - just wait for the local NHS to contact you in the coming weeks.
Please do not call your local practice as they are incredibly busy at the moment and are working hard to roll out the coronavirus vaccine as well as seeing other patients too. Please be assured that you will be contacted by your local GP practice to book your local appointment in the coming weeks.
Over 80s are also advised to ignore this national letter if they have already received their initial dose from their local GP, this appointment is for first doses only and NOT the second dose, please do not travel to a vaccination centre seeking a second dose.
Please do not go to any of the vaccination sites without an appointment. If you have been invited to one of the seven centres then please follow the instructions in the letter to book an appointment.
More information on the new, larger scale vaccination centres:
One vaccination centre will open in each of the seven NHS regions this week with many more expected to be up and running by the end of the month. In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent we hope to launch local vaccination centres in the coming weeks, once we receive national approval and more information will be shared when we can.
The first seven sites are:
- Ashton Gate in Bristol (South West)
- Epsom racecourse in Surrey (South East)
- Excel Centre in London (London)
- The Centre for Life (North East and Yorkshire)
- Eithiad Tennis Club in Manchester (North West)
- Robertson House in Stevenage (East of England)
- Millennium Point in Birmingham (Midlands)
The initial sites were chosen from those ready to vaccinate large numbers of people quickly to give a geographical spread covering as many people as possible.
The new vaccine centres will each be capable of delivering thousands of jabs each week but scaling up and down according to vaccine supplies and demand.
The invitations to attend are being issued to people aged 80 or over who are not listed as having been vaccinated at a hospital or GP service.
If they have received a jab since the letter was sent out or would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service they can simply ignore it.
Those like care home residents who are unable to travel to vaccine centres, hospitals or GP-led sites are already being jabbed at home.