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.

Please note:

  • Second doses minimum of eight weeks after first for over-18s.
  • Second dose minimum of 12 weeks after first for under-18s, unless they have a condition that means they are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid or live with someone more likely to get infections. The period between doses for this group is as soon as eight weeks.
  • Anyone eligible for a third dose (people with weakened immune systems or with certain conditions) can have a second dose as soon as 8 weeks after their second.
  • Boosters should be at least three months after a second dose and are either Pfizer or Moderna unless advised otherwise for medical reasons.
  • Over-18s who have recently had Covid should wait 28 days after a positive test to have any dose of the vaccine.
  • Under-18s who have recently had Covid should wait 12 weeks after a positive test before getting the vaccine.

 

Friday, 14 January

Horwich RMI, 9am-5pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-3pm & 4.30pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Nautica House, Waters Meeting Road, 11am-2.45pm & 3.45pm-6.30pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Middlebrook Retail & Leisure Park (next to River Island), 12am-4pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Saturday, 15 January

Horwich RMI, 8am-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Nautica House, Waters Meeting Road, 9am-12.45pm & 1.45pm-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Vaccination Bus, Morrisons car park, Chorley Old Road, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only. Weather permitting.

Sunday, 16 January

Horwich RMI, 9am-5pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Avondale Health Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Nautica House, Waters Meeting Road, 9am-12.45pm & 1.45pm-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-1.45pm. Pfizer.

First, second and booster. Third dose if eligible

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Monday, 17 January

Horwich RMI, 1pm-8pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Tuesday, 18 January

Waters Meeting Health Centre, 12pm-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Horwich RMI, 8am-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Vaccination Bus Bolton Interchange, Corner of Great Moor St and Newport St, 1pm-6pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only. Weather permitting.

Nautica House, Waters Meeting Road, 11am-2.45pm & 3.45pm-6.30pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Wednesday, 19 January

Waters Meeting Health Centre, 12pm-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Horwich RMI, 1pm-7.30pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-3pm & 4.30pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Tonge Moor Health Centre, 4.30pm-6.30pm Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Thursday, 20 January

Horwich RMI, 1pm-7.30pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-5pm. Pfizer.

First, second and booster. Third dose if eligible

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Friday, 21 January

Horwich RMI, 10am-5pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-5pm. Pfizer.

First, second and booster. Third dose if eligible

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Saturday 22, January

Horwich RMI, 9am-2pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Vaccination Bus Asda Farnworth, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only. Weather permitting.

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Nautica House, Waters Meeting Road, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-1pm. Pfizer.

First, second and booster. Third dose if eligible

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Peter House Surgery, Westhoughton, 8.30am-noon. Pfizer.

First, second and booster. Third dose if eligible.

First and second doses for 12-15 year olds at risk (NHS invitation required)

Sunday, 23 January

Horwich RMI, 10am-3pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Avondale Health Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Nautica House, Waters Meeting Road, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.

First, second & booster. Third dose if eligible.

Over-16s only.

Westhoughton

Appointments are available for Unsworth Group and Stable Fold patients at Peter House Surgery: first and second doses, third dose and booster.

Text COVID, your initials and your date of birth to:

  • 07730 765245 - Unsworth Group patients
  • 07587 554149 - Stable Fold patients

The following applies at all vaccination sites:

  • Face coverings are required unless exempt.
  • If you have your NHS number handy it will help-speed up the process, but it isn’t essential
  • AstraZeneca is for people aged 40 and over
  • First and second doses should be a minimum of eight weeks apart (12 weeks for under-18s)
  • Booster dose should be a minimum of three months after second dose if currently eligible
  • All booster doses are Pfizer unless advised otherwise for medical reasons
  • Third dose for people with weakened immune system should be as soon as eight weeks after second dose. NHS letter required
  • 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/carer-give consent.

The vaccination bus is weather permitting and will depend if the clinic can be run safely.

Help getting your vacciantion

Anyone requiring a second, third or booster dose can also contact NHS Bolton CCG for help on: 01204 462125, 462157, 462028. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Bolton callers only.

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 462125/462157/462028. 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 aged 16 and over who had their second dose at least three months ago.

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, second and booster dose  (at least 12 weeks after their first) of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination at a walk-in clinic or book an appointment on the National Booking Service (NBS).

Vaccination of children aged 12 to 15  

All  12-15 year olds can now get a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination at walk-in sites at Market Place Shopping Centre, Hootons Pharmacy at Bolton Wanderers and Horwich RMI.

Although no appointment is needed, parents and carers are required to accompany their child to provide consent on the day.

Parents of 12 to 15 year old can also book their child's vaccination on the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

If you child has recently had Covid, they must wait 12 weeks after their positive result to have their first dose of the vaccine.

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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