Being fully vaccinated will give you the best protection over winter

22/10/21

With COVID rates rising again it's more important than ever to make sure you are double jabbed and have had your booster if eligible. 

Research from the Society of Actuaries shows that nearly 6,000 deaths in the North West have been prevented by double vaccination. 

Dr Helen Wall, Senior Responsible Officer for the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Bolton, said: “As anticipated there are growing concerns about new variants this winter and we need people to ensure they have had their second dose if overdue and their booster dose if eligible. Ensuring you are fully vaccinated will give you the best protection from these variants over winter. 

“Over 4 million booster doses have been given in the past four weeks in the UK with many more people becoming eligible every single day as they reach the 6 month (182 day) mark from dose two. Pfizer is clinically proven to give protection over the variants so should be everyone’s booster of choice. Many people are querying if they can have the Pfizer booster as they had AstraZeneca previously. The answer is yes, absolutely, in most people. 

“Various studies have now been completed to demonstrate that mixing vaccines is safe and effective. Guidance is also now clearer and if you have had AstraZeneca due to a known allergen such as penicillin or nut allergies you likely CAN have Pfizer. If patients have concerns they should attend a booster clinic and discuss their options; only those with allergies or possible allergies to known components of the Pfizer vaccine shouldn’t have it.” 

Remember, to be eligible for a booster you must be at least 182 days since the second dose. Trying to book through the link any earlier will not work. Bookings can be made at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

There are seven sites across Bolton where eligible patients can pre-book their booster vaccine. These include one GP and six pharmacy sites which are offering appointments which include weekends and evenings. In addition, some patients may be contacted by their GP to book into GP run clinics. Our advice would be to access the first one you are offered and able to attend. The majority of our sites will be operating an appointment only booster programme at this time aside from Horwich RMI and Hootons Pharmacy, which are accepting walk-ins if eligible. 

Anyone who is severely immunocompromised, including those on medications that suppress the immune system (including chemotherapy), should have a third dose as soon as eight weeks after their second dose. This is to ensure they have adequate response and protection. 

Children who are 12-15 who have underlying health conditions will be called to attend local vaccine sites and all healthy 12-15 year olds will be offered a Covid vaccine in school by the school Imms teams within the next 2-3 weeks. They should not attend walk in clinics unless invited by a GP.

From Saturday 23rd of October, all 12-15 year olds who haven’t been able to be present when the school team have visited or want to access sooner will be able to book onto a local clinic for their one dose only via the NBS site: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-1st-or-2nd-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination/

Please note that currently JCVI recommends only one dose for children 12-17 and 9 mths.

Anyone requiring a second dose or has questions about their third dose, especially if they are immunosuppressed can also contact NHS Bolton CCG for help: on 01204 462125, 462157, 462030, 462028. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm only. 

All walk-in sites in Bolton for the week ahead are welcoming 16+ for doses 1 and 2.

Friday, October 22

  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (12pm to 7:30pm)
  • Hootons Pharmacy at BWFC – first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible, Pfizer (8am to 7:45pm)
  • Market Place Shopping Centre - first and second dose, Pfizer (8:30am to 5:30pm)

Saturday, October 23

  • Hootons Pharmacy at BWFC – first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible, Pfizer (8am to 12:45pm)
  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (9am to 4:30pm)
  • Horwich RMI – Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (10am to 3pm)
  • Waters Meeting Health Centre - Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (9am to 2pm)
  • Market Place Shopping Centre - first and second dose, Pfizer (8:30am to 5:30pm)
  • Vaccine Bus – Victoria Square, first and second dose, Pfizer (10am to 4pm)

Sunday, October 24

  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (9am to 4:30pm)
  • Horwich RMI – Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (10am to 3pm)

Monday, October 25

  • Market Place Shopping Centre - first and second dose, Pfizer (8:30am to 5:30pm)
  • Horwich RMI – Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (1pm – 8pm)

Tuesday, October 26

  • Horwich RMI – Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (1pm to 6pm)

Wednesday, October 27

  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (12pm to 7:30pm)
  • Market Place Shopping Centre - first and second dose, Pfizer (8:30am to 5:30pm)
  • Horwich RMI – Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (1pm to 6pm)

Thursday, October 28

  • Hootons Pharmacy at BWFC – first & second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible, Pfizer (8am to 7:45pm)
  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (12pm to 7:30pm)
  • Horwich RMI – Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (1pm to 7pm)

Friday, October 29

  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (12pm to 7:30pm)
  • Hootons Pharmacy at BWFC – first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible, Pfizer (8am to 7:45pm)
  • Market Place Shopping Centre - first and second dose, Pfizer (8:30am to 5:30pm)

Saturday, October 30

  • Hootons Pharmacy at BWFC – first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible, Pfizer (8am to 1:45pm)
  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (9am to 4:30pm)
  • Market Place Shopping Centre - first and second dose, Pfizer (8:30am to 5:30pm)
  • Vaccine Bus – Victoria Square, first and second dose, Pfizer (10am to 4pm)

Sunday, October 31

  • Breightmet Health Centre – first and second dose, Pfizer (9am to 4:30pm)
  • Horwich RMI – Pfizer first and second dose and booster after 6mths if eligible and AstraZeneca (10am to 3pm)

Please note the following applies to all vaccination sites:

  • If you have your NHS number handy it will help to speed up the process, but it isn’t essential
  • Face coverings are required at all vaccination sites
  • AZ for 40+ only
  • First and second doses should be a minimum of 8 weeks apart

 

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