Vaccination programme

Updated 17.01.22

People who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to be seriously ill, die or spread the virus to other people.

Who can have a Covid-19 vaccination
How and where to get a COVID-19 vaccination


Booking your COVID-19 Vaccination

For detailed up to date opening times for clinics and pharmacies and to book an appointment please visit the National Booking system or call 119. If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use text phone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

You can book or drive in to some vaccination centres


Pre-booked appointments

If you have pre-booked your appointment via the NHS you will be asked to choose a vaccination site. This could be at a:

  • Large-scale vaccination centre
  • Hospital hubs
  • Local GP-run vaccination services
  • Local pharmacy-run vaccination services

Full information about vaccination sites can be found at Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership

If you require support with transport to a vaccination site, contact our Help Hub on 01254 588111. Please be aware that all Lancashire and South Cumbria Vaccination Centres have a security check before you are able to enter the site. This involves a security operative checking any bags you have brought with you. To make this process quicker and more efficient please avoid bringing anything that you would not take through security at an airport. This includes liquids and sharp objects. If you are on a lot of medication please do not bring the medicine with you, just a list of the medication you are on.

More information about what will happen at your appointment.

Booster vaccinations

The coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first doses of the vaccine.

It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Booster vaccinations are becoming available to a wider range of people with less waiting time between doses.

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 you will have to wait for a period of 90 days before vaccination.

Further details about booster vaccinations can be found on the NHS website

12-17 Year Old Vaccination Guidance

The Government has released its full guidance on vaccinating children and young people.

Some vaccines may be administered by healthcare staff working closely within schools.

Parents/carers are able to book vaccinations for 12 to 15 year on the NHS National Booking System or via 119.

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

Parental consent

For those aged 12 to 15 consent will be sought from the parent or person with parental responsibility in the same way as for any other school vaccination programme.

The Government has published a pre COVID-19 vaccination booking checklist for parents of children aged 12 to 15 years.

Vaccine safety

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.
They 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.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines side effects and safety.

Supporting you to get vaccinated
  • If you’re unsure about going to a vaccination site or need support to leave home, get in touch and we’ll do our best to help you.
  • In some circumstances we can arrange for you to have the vaccine in your own home, provided you meet certain criteria.
  • When you go to get your Covid vaccination, you can travel for free on any bus service within Blackburn with Darwen – just tell the driver you’re going to get your Covid vaccine.
  • If you need any other help with transport to a vaccination site, contact our Help Hub on 01254 588111.
Vaccination and pregnancy

You can be vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) if:

  • You are pregnant or think you might be
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You are trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

The vaccines you'll be offered depends if you're pregnant and how old you are. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

You will be able to discuss the benefits and potential risks of having a COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy at your vaccination appointment.

For further information please refer to the NHS website, or call 119. You can also speak to your GP or your maternity team for advice.

Vaccinations & testing

It is important that people continue to participate in regular lateral flow testing once they have had their Covid vaccinations.

Vaccines are effective at preventing transmission of COVID-19, we are still learning to what extent people who have been vaccinated can catch the virus and pass it on to others.

To keep ourselves, colleagues, families and the wider community safe regular testing is still required.

Information on testing and how to get a test

Leaflets in community languages

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available in many different languages and also in easy read format, to help everyone get the information they need to decide to have their vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults multi-lingual leaflets

Easy-read guides providing information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccination.

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. Find out more about how you will be contacted.

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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Flu vaccination

Ensuring as many people as possible take up the offer of a flu vaccine is an important part of our winter resilience planning, as fewer people have built up a natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NHS has begun to roll out the annual campaign for the flu vaccination. A free flu vaccination will still be available for all previously eligible groups. This year, the Government has extended eligibility to include 50-64 year olds and secondary school children. Further information can be found on the Government website.