Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.
All adults aged 18 and over will be offered a first dose by 19 July, 2 weeks earlier than planned.
By Monday 19 July, all those aged over 50 and the clinically extremely vulnerable will have been offered their second dose.
The Government has also advised that children and young people aged 12 years and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID-19, should be offered the COVID-19 vaccination. In addition, children and young people aged 12 years and over who are household contacts of persons (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed should be offered the COVID-19 vaccination. This is on the understanding that the main benefits from vaccination are for the potential protection of their household contact who is immunosuppressed. More detail on this advice is available here:
If you or your child is within this group of people, you will be contacted soon. In addition the national booking system is being updated to accept those within this group.
Where can I get a vaccination locally?
Seaforth Village Surgery has opened as a walk-in vaccination centre for anyone needing a first or second dose. The centre will be open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 6.30pm until the end of August. You can also book an appointment by calling 07979 938 229 or book via your own GP practice if you’re registered with a GP in south Sefton.
Walk-in and grab a jab
There are walk-in vaccination sites in Sefton and across Merseyside although it is still advisable to book a time via the national booking service. As these venues / times do change we are asking you to check the CCG websites:
Drop in vaccinations are also available at other locations in Cheshire and Merseyside, listed on this website: https://www.cheshireandmerseysidepartnership.co.uk/news-and-publications/grab-a-jab-this-weekend/
In addition to Seaforth Village Surgery, several pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Sefton. These are based in Ainsdale, Bootle, Formby, Litherland, Seaforth, Southport and Waterloo. You can book these online through the national booking centre at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 anytime between 7am -11pm, seven days a week (free of charge).
Appointments at other regional and national vaccination centres can also be booked at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
There is a hospital hub at Aintree, which you can book online at:
Which vaccine will I get?
You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.
Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines.
For example, if you’re pregnant or under 40 you’ll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.
It’s really important to have the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as it helps to provide maximum and longer-term protection.
Don’t delay in getting yours when it is offered to you.
You’ll need to book a second dose for 8 to 12 weeks after your 1st dose.
If you book online, you’ll be asked to book appointments for both doses. You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments to view your appointments and rebook if you need to.
If you had your first dose at a walk-in vaccination site, you can book your second COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. You’ll need to wait 24 hours after your first dose before you can book.
Even if you have been fully vaccinated, you could still get COVID-19 and get sick – a recent Public Health England report shows that around 1 in 5 people who are double-vaccinated are still vulnerable to getting infected with the Delta variant and showing symptoms. You can also still spread COVID-19 to others.
We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect others and to reduce the risk of new variants developing and spreading.
About the Vaccine
Research has shown the vaccines help:
- reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
- reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
- protect against COVID-19 variants
The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you’ve had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.
There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it’s important to continue to follow all social distancing guidance.
Watch this NHS video explaining what’s in the COVID-19 vaccines and how they work:
The COVID-19 vaccines that have currently been approved for use have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
This means the COVID-19 vaccines have gone through all the clinical trials and safety checks that all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Vaccines can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them. Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
- a sore arm from the injection
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
- feeling or being sick
More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.
COVID-19 vaccine ingredients
The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain egg or animal products.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine contains a tiny amount of alcohol, but this is less than in some everyday foods like bread.
The vaccines are suitable for people of all faiths.
Concerns over the AstraZeneca jab and travel to the EU
All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the government is confident travel to EU countries will not be affected.
Fertility and COVID-19 vaccination
There’s no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. There’s no need to avoid getting pregnant after being vaccinated.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists say there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility and there is no biologically plausible way by which current vaccines would cause any impact on women’s fertility.
Vaccines during pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, you can still get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.
It’s preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine because they’ve been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues. There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.
You can also have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re planning pregnancy, are in the immediate postpartum, or are breastfeeding. Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks with you.
If you have already had a first dose of the AZ vaccine without any serious side effects, then you should have it again for your second dose.
Dr Alice Bird, a Consultant Obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, talks about the Covid-19 vaccine and pregnancy in this short video: https://youtu.be/1G9wTksLu8U.
Why you should get vaccinated
Covid vaccines have prevented 7.m infections and 27,000 deaths in England alone, according to new Public Health England analysis (28.06.2021).
New analysis by Public Health England shows that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant:
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.
- The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.
These are similar to vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation from the Alpha (Kent) variant.
Information in different languages and formats
You can access COVID-19 vaccination information, updates and guides in different languages and formats, including videos provided by Liverpool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about the general role and importance of all vaccines in protecting health in other languages (Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Nigerian (Yoruba), Polish, Romanian, Pashto, Farsi/Dari), on the Sefton CCG websites here:
NHS Southport and Formby CCG: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/get-informed/coronavirus-information-alternative-formats-and-translations/