Assurance people will be contacted for second vaccination dose
People enquiring about their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination are assured they will be contacted when it’s their turn.
All Bolton vaccination sites are prepared for delivering second doses, and many have begun second dose vaccination clinics.
People are advised not to contact their GP practice unless 11 weeks has passed since their first dose.
There are no issues with supply of the vaccine and Bolton is well under way with second appointments.
Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bolton, and clinical director of commissioning at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The response to the vaccination programme in Bolton has been fantastic so far. We appreciate that people are keen to get their second dose – especially when restrictions are easing and there is speculation about needing to be fully vaccinated to be able to do various activities.
“I would advise that everyone does need their second dose to obtain maximum protection, and currently this is administered up to 12 weeks after their first. However, I would ask that people are patient and they wait to be contacted.
“We understand people are anxious,but I’d like to reassure them that we will contact them when it is their turn.
“GP practices have reported to me that they receive several calls a day about second dose appointments and sadly, this could prevent someone with an urgent medical issue from getting the help that they need.”
Second doses of the vaccine should be administered around 12 weeks after the first, and those who received their first dose in January are approaching this milestone.
Anyone approaching the time frame for their second dose is politely asked not to contact their GP, unless they reach 11 weeks.
Anyone who hasn’t been contacted by 11 weeks is assured that swift arrangements can be made to ensure their second vaccination is carried out.
The same vaccine should be used for both first and second doses, so anyone receiving Pfizer/BioNTech, for example, will receive this for both doses.
People who booked online can remind themselves of the place and time of their second dose using the ‘manage my appointments’ section on www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is being led nationally by NHS England, and Bolton CCG is managing arrangements at a local level.
Vaccination of residents is according to a priority list, as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), based on age and vulnerability of people and the risk of them becoming seriously ill and dying from Covid-19.
Bolton is currently vaccinating people aged 50 and over, anyone with a long term health condition, carers and people who are shielding.
Anyone who meets this criteria will be contacted by their GP. Alternatively, anyone who has received their letter can book online or phone 119 for a vaccination centre around 30 minutes’ drive away.
The full list of regular vaccination sites in Bolton:
- Tonge Moor Health Centre – including people from Turton PCN
- Lever Chambers Health Centre – including people from Rumworth PCN, Central PCN and Farnworth and Kearsley PCN
- Breightmet Health Centre – including people from Breightmet and Little Lever PCN
- Peter House Surgery – including people from Westhoughton PCN
- Waters Meeting Health Centre – including people from Halliwell PCN, plus those registered at Bolton Community Practice in Horwich
- Avondale Health Centre – including people from Chorley Roads PCN
- Horwich RMI – including people from Kildonan House Surgery and Pike View Medical Centre
- Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers, Horwich – including people who receive a letter to book through the national service