Coronavirus update and advice

Walk-in vaccination clinics

We are making it as easy as possible for people to get their Covid-19 vaccination. We have a number of walk-in vaccination clinics for eligible people in Bolton. Some of these are held on our vaccination buses which have wheelchair access.

No appointment needed - just turn up. If you are unsure, please come along for a chat.

All walk-in sites in Bolton for the week ahead are welcoming people aged 16 and over.

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 eight weeks apart
  • Booster third dose if eligible should be a minimum of six months after second dose

Regular vaccination sites

In addition to our walk-in vaccination sites, we have a number of regular vaccination centres. You can book an appointment to attend when you receive your invitation from your GP.

  • Tonge Moor Health Centre – including people from Turton Primary Care Network (PCN).
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, ground floor unit – including people from Rumworth PCN, Central PCN and Farnworth and Kearsley PCN
  • Breightmet Health Centre (Cohens Chemist) – booking thought the national service
  • Peter House Surgery – including people from Westhoughton PCN
  • 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

Click here for more information about PCNs.

If you receive a letter from the NHS inviting you to one of the national vaccination centres, but would prefer to receive your vaccination locally, you can choose to wait and your GP practice will be in touch. Alternatively, visit one of our walk-in vaccination sites.

For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme and Covid-19 vaccines, visit the NHS website.

Get your second dose

You need two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination for the best protection. If you had your first dose eight weeks ago, you can now get your second appointment booked in.

If you need assistance call 01204 462125/462157/462030/462028. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Bolton callers only.

The national guidance is eight weeks between first and second doses. We are unable to administer second doses earlier than eight weeks, except for clinical reasons.

Booster jab

Booster vaccinations are available to people most at risk from Covid-19 who had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least six months ago.

This includes:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Like with first doses, this will be done in priority order starting with the over 80s and care home residents.

The NHS website has more information on how and when to get your booster jab.

Third doses for people who are severely immunocompromised

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 2nd dose.

Anyone who is severely immunocompromised and struggling to access their third dose can contact NHS Bolton CCG for help: on 01204 462125/462157/462030/462028.

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm

Vaccination of 16 and 17 years olds

Teenagers aged 16 and 17 can get a first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 at a walk-in clinic or book an appointment on the National Booking Service (NBS).

Parental consent is not needed.

It has not been decided if healthy 16 and 17 year olds should receive a second dose of the vaccine.

Those who are three months away from their 18th birthday (17 years and 9 months) can get a second dose.

Vacciantion of children with underlying health conditions

The NHS will continue to offer two doses to 16 and 17 year olds who are at higher risk of serious Covid-19 or live with someone who is immunosuppressed.

The following groups of children and young people are also eligible following previous JCVI advice:

  • 17 year olds who are within three months of turning 18
  • ‘At risk’ 12 to 15 year olds with certain underlying health conditions.
  • Children aged 12 and over without underlying medical conditions who live with people who are immunosuppressed.

If your child aged 12 to 15 is in one of the eligible groups, we will contact you to invite you to book their vaccination.

Vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 with no underlying health conditions 

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (The Royal Bolton Hospital) is responsible for the delivery of school age immunisations in the borough.

Its School Age Immunisation Service is offering Covid-19 vaccinations to young people aged 12 to 15. This will take place in schools.

They should not attend walk in clinics unless invited by a GP.

More information in on the trust's website. It has also created a guidance booklet for parents and guardians.

Additional online booking

Children and young people aged 12 to 15 can also book a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on the National Booking System.

This is an additional offer to the vaccination programme currently being delivered in schools and will run alongside existing arrangements.

People in Bolton in this age group can choose to be vaccinated at Horwich RMI Club, as this has been added as a vaccination location on the national booking service. More local sites may become available.

Book online or call 119 if you do not have internet access.

Children and young people who have already received a vaccine at school SHOULD NOT go to a national booking site for an additional vaccine, as they have already received a first dose.

If a school is booked for a vaccination session after the half-term break, any children who have received the vaccine at a national booking site before school resumes WILL NOT be vaccinated during the school session.

Community engagement

Teams are going door-to-door in key areas, speaking to residents about the virus and the importance of taking part in the vaccination and testing programmes.

Leaflets, translated materials and interpreters are being used to share vital messages with everyone in the community.

We are also working with community leaders and voluntary organisations to ensure we can reach as many residents as possible.

Become a community champion

It is now more important than ever to ensure that Bolton residents stay up to date with the latest guidance and advice which aims to keep is as safe as possible.

Community Champions are volunteers who provide trusted information in their local community about how people can protect themselves and others from the virus.

Find out more about how to take part.

Simple steps EVERY Bolton resident can take to keep themselves and others safe

  • Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, maintain social distance and let fresh air in.
  • Accept the vaccine when offered
  • If you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a Covid test on the national portal
  • Continue to follow the government guidance

Other information

NHS advice

Read the latest NHS information and advice about Covid-19.

Government advice and restrictions

The government published the latest coronavirus guidance and support on the gov.uk website.

Bolton Council

Check the Bolton Council website for the latest coronavirus information on a range of topics including coronavirus testing, business and community support, education and childcare, and services affected by coronavirus.

Support

If you are struggling because you need to stay at home and have no family or friends to support you with shopping or other help please contact the Bolton Humanitarian Support hub on 01204 337221. The opening hours are:

  • Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Saturdays from 9.00am to 1.30pm

More information

Self-isolation

Self-isolating can be tough. We have produced this booklet with Bolton Council which is packed with information on why self-isolating in important, how and when to self-isolate, how long you need to self-isolate for, tips to make it easier and organisations offering support.

Are you recovering from Covid-19?

If you have had Covid-19, you may still be experiencing some effects that are impacting on your quality of life. Alternatively, you might be supporting a family member or friend following their Covid-19 illness which may be challenging.

Find advice on how to manage some of the common effects of Covid-19, or how you can support someone’s recovery, on the Your COVID Recovery website.

Wellbeing and mental health

Feeling down, lonely, frustrated, anxious or worried are normal reactions at the moment.

You might feel concerned about your finances, your health, relationships or relatives.

Find out what mental health support is available in Bolton.

This guide to mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus has been created for people in Bolton is full of lots of useful advice to support yourself and others,

Public Health England has put together an easy read guide to looking after your mind and body during this difficult time.

Online counselling and emotional well-being support for children and young people aged 11 to 25 in Bolton is available from Kooth.

Children

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust has created an animation and fact sheet to help children understand what coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to stop the virus spreading.

 

This is the biggest vaccination programme our country has ever seen.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is led nationally by NHS England and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group is managing arrangements at a local level.

Arrangements to get everyone vaccinated are moving very fast and are subject to many last-minute changes.

We are working hard in Bolton to get everyone vaccinated who is eligible.

Your questions answered

When will I get my vaccination?  

The order in which people are being offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The current vaccination eligibility criteria is on the NHS website.

In Bolton we’re doing our best to reach everyone as soon as possible.

How will I be invited for my vaccination?

When it is the right time you will be contacted to make an appointment. Most people will receive a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information you need, including your NHS number. Some services are currently also phoning and texting patients to invite them in. 

Our GP practices are working very hard to get the vaccine to everybody who needs it, while at the same time dealing with other patients’ health concerns. If you need to contact your GP about anything other than the vaccine, please do so in the usual ways. If you are waiting to hear about your vaccination, please wait to be contacted and try to avoid contacting them for updates.

Where will I have my vaccination?

There is a variety of vaccination sites to provide you with a choice of where to get vaccinated, and so that more people can be vaccinated as quickly as possible.

You could be contacted by your GP practice, either by text, phone or letter to make an appointment at your local vaccination centre. This could either be at your own GP practice or another site in Bolton.

Large vaccination sites have also been selected so they can vaccinate thousands of people each week. You may have already received a letter in the post giving you the option to attend a large site – around 30 minutes’ drive away. You can take up this offer or wait until you’re invited by your local GP.

People who meet eligibility criteria can also get their jab on the Bolton Covid-19 Vaccination Bus or at one of our walk-in sites. No appointment is needed. The latest locations, dates and times - along with more information - are published on the news section of our website and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

What to expect when you have your vaccination

While it’s tempting to turn up early, appointments are running to a strict schedule. This is so we can manage social distancing and help to minimise queueing or waiting.

The exception is our vaccination bus and walk-on sites. No appointment is necessary for the bus - just turn up! 

On arrival you will be greeted by a marshal who will take your details. Don’t forget your face covering!

You will then go through a short medical screening process to make sure you’re fit to have the vaccine and you will be asked to give consent – to make sure you are happy to proceed with the vaccine.

The vaccination itself takes a matter of seconds – this will be done in the top of your arm.

Depending on which vaccine you receive, you may be asked to take a seat in a waiting area for 15 minutes, for observation. Then you’ll be free to go!

How does the vaccine work?

The vaccine encourages your body to make antibodies, which will be used to try and protect your body from the virus. Both of the current Covid-19 vaccines are ‘inactivated vaccines’, which means they cannot give you Covid. Vaccination will significantly reduce the chances of you catching the virus and becoming seriously unwell if you were to catch it.

Even if you’ve already had Covid-19, the vaccine will ensure that your immunity to the disease is as strong as possible.

Do the vaccines contain animal ingredients?

Both vaccines that are currently being used do not contain any animal ingredients or egg. The ingredients have been reviewed by regulators and ingredients on both vaccines can be found here:

Both vaccines are recommended by the British Islamic Medical Association. Read more.

Bolton Covid-19 Vaccination Bus

We are taking the Bolton Covid-19 Vaccination buses into the heart of our communities to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated.

No appointment is needed to attend the vaccination buses - just turn up if you meet the criteria!

The latest locations, dates and times for the buses - along with more information and eligibility criteria - are published on the news section of our website and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

The buses have wheelchair access. If you are worried or have any concerns, please come along and speak to us.

 

 

Sadly, we are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the Covid-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember:

  • The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime. 
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
  • At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

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 the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

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