Vaccination programme

Updated 18.02.21 @ 17:45

About the programme

The NHS has opened three vaccination centres in the borough to vaccinate all those eligible. When it is your turn to have the vaccination you will receive a letter, email or text from the NHS inviting you to book an appointment. It is really important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before receiving the invitation from the NHS. Please don’t delay in getting your vaccination.

There are three vaccination centres in the Borough. For more information about parking sites please read our Shuttle article - Please do not attend the centres unless you have been invited to do so by the NHS.

  • Blackburn Cathedral – free parking is available at Weir Street and Penny Street
  • Barbara Castle Way Health Centre – free parking at Simmons Street
  • Darwen Health Centre – free parking at Bank Bottoms

You may also be invited to have your vaccination at the Everest Pharmacy in Darwen.

The public have an important part to play to help the NHS deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history. Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you. When they do contact you, please attend your booked appointments, and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

If you need help getting to a vaccination centre to receive your vaccine please contact our help hub on 01254 588111 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

You can find case studies of local people who have had the vaccine here.

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The NHS are looking for people to get involved with supporting the vaccination programme. There are lots of different roles – including paid employment and volunteering. Check the local NHS website.

About the vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare produced Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The vaccine is suitable for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet because it does not contain any animal products or egg. Full information on the ingredients is available here. The British Islamic Medical Association have issued specific advice for those Muslims who will be observing Ramadan asking them not to delay getting the vaccine because injections for non-nutritional purposes do not invalidate the fast.

It is important that you continue to follow Covid-19 rules and guidance even if you have had one or both doses of the vaccine. If you are on the Shielded Patient List please continue to follow Shielding advice.

Any other questions you may have are answered in the Popular FAQs link below.

Vaccination priority list

The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to book your vaccination. Current evidence strongly indicates that the single greatest risk of death from Covid-19 is increasing age. With this in mind, the vaccine will be rolled out in the following order:

Priority and risk group

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over

From 15th February 2021 the NHS vaccination programme will start to vaccinate those aged between 65 and 69 and those who are clinically vulnerable as everyone in the priority 1, 2 and 3 groups have now been offered a vaccine. If you are in one of these groups and have not had your vaccine please contact the NHS by visiting or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

On the 16th February 2021 the Government announced that an additional 1.7million people will be added to the Shielded Patient List. Of these, approximately 800,000 adults will be prioritised for a vaccine. You will receive a letter or email if you are added to this list and your GP will also be notified. The NHS will make contact with you to book your vaccine appointment if you are added to this list.

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Attending a vaccination appointment

When it's your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, you'll get a letter, phone call, email or text inviting you for an appointment. You need to have 2 doses of the vaccine and to go to 2 appointments. The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

You may be invited to have your vaccination at:

  • a hospital
  • your GP surgery
  • a vaccination centre
  • a pharmacy

What to take with you

Please take the following with you to your appointment:

  • a face covering, unless you cannot wear one for a health or disability reason
  • your booking reference numbers if your appointment is at a vaccination centre

If you need a carer you can bring them with you on the day.

What happens at the appointment

Your appointment should last for around 30 to 45 minutes. You'll be asked some questions about your medical history. It's important to tell the staff giving you the vaccination if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction or you are pregnant. If your appointment is at a vaccination centre, you'll be asked for your booking reference numbers.

You will then be given an injection of the vaccine into your upper arm.

All places that offer COVID-19 vaccinations will help keep you safe from COVID-19. There will be regular cleaning and social distancing in waiting areas.

After the vaccination

You may be asked to wait for 15 minutes after having the vaccination. This is in the unlikely event you have a serious reaction to the vaccine. Research has found it's very rare to have a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes. The team are trained to deal with reactions and treat them immediately.

You will also be given a leaflet about what to expect after your vaccination to take home with you.

Find out more about what to expect after the vaccination on GOV.UK

Vaccination scams

Coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the NHS. You may be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or a pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. You can find out more about how you will be contacted here.

Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay and:

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive a call that you think is a scam please hang up. If you receive an email that you think is a scam please do not click on any links or reply with any of your details.

Please visit Coronavirus vaccine scam warning | Action Fraud for more information.

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