Vaccination programme

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

Vaccination is clinically-proven to reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. It also provides protection against COVID-19 variants.

Download our coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine guidance document (PDF, 617KB)

A COVID-19 vaccination will protect most people from getting sick with COVID-19. It will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity and you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you get a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you or someone you know is yet to come forward for a COVID-19 vaccination, everyone aged 16 and over is now able to arrange their vaccination appointments via the National Booking System or by calling 119.

Phase 3 booster vaccinations update

Millions of vulnerable people are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from 6 months after their second doses. Anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccination during Phase 1 of the vaccination programme (priority groups 1 to 9) is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination.

This includes:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk (as defined in the Green Book), and adult carers

In Cheshire East, booster vaccinations are being delivered at dozens of GP and pharmacy-led vaccination centres. The quickest and easiest way to arrange your booster vaccination is online via the National Booking System (or by calling 119). There is no need to contact your GP practice.

In line with national guidance, there must be at least a six-month gap between your second jab and your booster vaccination.

Please be aware that you may be invited to a different vaccination centre this time around and, in some cases, a flu jab may be offered at the same time.

As in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the NHS will let eligible people know when it is their turn and which local sites are available for them to attend. In line with national guidance, there must be at least a six-month gap between your second jab and your booster vaccination.

Please be aware that you may be invited to a different vaccination centre this time around and, in some cases, a flu jab may be offered at the same time as the COVID-19 booster vaccination.

From 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated COVID-19, unless exempt.

We are working with our colleagues at the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Partnership Foundation Trust to support the roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations. Find out how to get your COVID-19 vaccination here.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations in Cheshire East 

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics remain open for people aged 16 and over. Young people aged 16 and 17 years are currently being offered a first dose of vaccine only. The timing of a second dose will be confirmed later.

Each COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic will be open each day or for as long as vaccine supplies last. You don’t need to book an appointment in advance - just turn up on the day.

Across Cheshire East, the following sites are offering walk-in first and second vaccinations, in the coming days:

  • Alsager Pharmacy, Lawton Road, Alsager, ST7 2AA. Thursday, October 28th, Friday, October 29th (both 9am-3pm) - Pfizer
  • YMCA Crewe, 189 Gresty Rd, Crewe CW2 6EL. Thursday, October 28th (10am-5pm) - Pfizer
  • *Middlewich Victoria Hall, Civic Way, Middlewich, CW10 1AS. Thursday, October 28th (2pm-7pm) - Pfizer and AstraZeneca - Friday, October 29th (8am-1pm) - Pfizer
  • Congleton Town Hall, High Street, Congleton, CW12 1BN. Wednesday, November 10th (10am-5pm) - Pfizer

*Bookable appointments are also available at Middlewich Victoria Hall by contacting your GP practice or by emailing smash.bookings@nhs.net in advance for eligible (clinically vulnerable children) aged 12-15 requiring a first vaccine and eligible immunosuppressed patients requiring a third booster vaccine 6 months after their second doses.

Please note that your second dose of the vaccine must be at least 8 weeks after your first. Second doses are currently only available to those over the age of 18.

School-aged children Vaccination Programme (12 to 15-year-olds)

Healthy 12 to 15-year-olds are eligible for one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

While COVID-19 is typically mild or asymptomatic in most young people, it can be very unpleasant for some. The UK’s Chief Medical Officers agree that one dose of the vaccine will provide good protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.

Parents or guardians of young people aged 12-15 will receive letters from their local school-aged immunisation service provider with details of when the vaccination will be offered. For most young people this will be through a session at their school.

Parents are also now able to book COVID-19 vaccinations for their 12 to 15-year-olds via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Parents or guardians do not need to contact their local GP or other NHS services to make an appointment.

The vaccine is safe, quick and effective. It does not give people the COVID-19 virus and does not contain any animal products. 

The vaccination will be carried out by school-aged immunisation service (SAIS) providers, a group of provider organisations such as NHS community trusts who are already contracted in local systems to provide routine immunisation services in schools such as the seasonal flu campaign.

As with all vaccinations, a consent form and information will be used to seek consent from parents or those with parental responsibility. More information about the vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds is available here.

Parents or guardians do not need to contact their GP or other NHS services or make an appointment and SAIS will put in place processes to exclude young people that have already received a first dose under previous JCVI advice.

'Grab a jab' postcode checker

Alternatively you can visit the regularly updated Government's online postcode checker to find your nearest 'Grab a jab' centre for walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations in Cheshire East. Simply enter your postcode to find details of the nearest walk-in clinic. Further sites will come online over the coming days and weeks.

You'll need to provide your:

  • NHS Number (if you have it)
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Email and/or phone number

You’ll be given an appointment for your second vaccine on the day, if you are receiving your first vaccine.

How to get your NHS number

Your NHS number is a 10-digit number, like 485 777 3456. It is on any letter you receive from the NHS or any prescription you have.

Alternatively, you can request your NHS number online.

Get your NHS number online

You will be asked for your name, date of birth and postcode and will then receive a text, email or letter with your NHS number.

Booking a vaccination appointment in Cheshire East

Anyone aged 16 and above can also book their vaccination appointment on the NHS website.

If there is no local availability showing on the booking system, and it is not convenient for you to travel, please keep checking back as local slots update all the time. Call 119 if you need further assistance. Please note that the vaccination services below will be available as long as vaccine supplies last.

COVID-19 vaccination information

Find out more about who can get the COVID-19 vaccine and how the vaccine is given

View the latest number of vaccinations in Cheshire East