Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccination programme

Get your COVID-19 vaccination or booster jab

This page was last updated on 17 January 2022

People aged 16 and over can book a booster dose 2 months (61 days) after, or get a walk-in booster dose 3 months after their 2nd dose.

Children aged 12 to 15 can book a 2nd vaccination.

Children aged 12 to 15, who had a weakened immune system when they had their 2nd dose, will be offered a booster dose.

Walk-in vaccination clinics

We are holding free walk-in vaccination clinics for all local residents. Some of these are at temporary, pop-up locations.

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site

Going to a walk-in clinic

  • You do not need to book.
  • You do not need to be registered with a GP.
  • You can get your first, second or booster vaccination at these sites.
  • Over 16s and other eligible people can get their booster jab if it is at least 3 months after they had their 2nd dose.
  • Some walk-in vaccination sites are accepting 12 to 15 and 16 to 17 year olds.
  • If you live elsewhere but work in Kirklees, you can also get your vaccination at these clinics.

Book an appointment for a vaccine

You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one: Register with a GP

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

  • Or Phone Freephone 119 between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. This number has BSL (British Sign Language) and text relay facilities.
  • You can book your first, second or booster vaccination.
  • You can get second vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15.
  • Over 16s and other eligible people can book a booster jab if it is at least 2 months (61 days) after they had their 2nd dose.

Book transport to a vaccination site

You can access transport if you have poor mobility or struggle to meet the cost of travel to your vaccination site.

COVID-19 - Vaccination Transport Booking

COVID-19 booster vaccines

People aged 16 and over are eligible for a booster vaccine.

Children aged 12 to 15, who had a weakened immune system when they had their 2nd dose, will be offered a booster dose.

  • Eligible groups can book a booster jab if it is at least 2 months (61 days) after they had their 2nd dose.
  • They can get a booster jab at a walk-in clinic, if it is at least 3 months after they had their 2nd dose.
  • They will also be invited to book an appointment by the NHS.

More information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine

Who the vaccination is being given to

Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

If you are contacted to book an appointment

How you will be contacted

This will either be by letter, phone or text.

Do not respond to anybody who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a payment.

  • The NHS will never ask for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask 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.

How you will be contacted for your vaccination

Once you have been contacted

Book your appointment as soon as possible. You may be offered the option to book an appointment online. If you cannot book online you may be able to book an appointment by phone.

  • There is a national vaccination centre at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
  • If you are unable to travel to the vaccination centre you are offered, please refer back to the letter for advice on alternative ways you can get vaccinated.
  • Vaccinations are being carried out across a range of locations such as GP practices and health care centres.

Getting the vaccine

Attending the clinic

Attend your appointment if you are given one.

  • If you have had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated when you are invited to your appointment. See people who have had COVID-19, had the flu vaccine or are unwell.
  • As people have to complete a course of two vaccinations and the programme will be delivered in a phased approach to ensure those most at risk are vaccinated first, it is not possible to choose one vaccine over another.
  • The vaccination centre your appointment takes place in will keep you safe from COVID-19 through a range of measures, including cleaning and disinfecting and having social distancing in waiting areas.
  • Please wear a face covering to your appointment and also take the usual steps to minimise your risk as you travel to it.
  • If you are taking medication, please bring a list of these with you to the vaccination centre. Do not bring the medicines themselves.
  • If you are taking a blood thinner called Warfarin you need your latest INR reading and when it was last checked. If you don't know this, you can get if from your GP. Computers at the vaccination centres do not link back to medical records so results can't be looked up on the day.
Frontline social care workers

We strongly recommend that all frontline social care workers who can receive a vaccine choose to take it.

Frontline workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection with COVID-19 and of transmitting that infection to susceptible and vulnerable patients in health and social care settings.

There is greater COVID-19 mortality and morbidity in men and women working in social care than in non-social care staff of the same age and sex.

After you have been vaccinated

Continue to follow prevention and help advice

Continue to follow prevention and help advice to protect yourself, family and community and to play your part in helping to stop the spread.

If you are a frontline worker, continue to follow guidance on wearing PPE, handwashing using soap and water or hand sanitizer, as well as other protective measures.

Prevention and health advice

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms after your vaccination

It is possible to have caught COVID-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment.

Main symptoms of COVID-19

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms:

  • A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous, dry cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If you get these symptoms, self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a test.

Self-isolation

Getting a PCR test

About the vaccine

The Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available.

The Covid-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg. The vaccines are halal and kosher.

There is no material of foetal origin in the Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.

They do not contain living organisms, so are safe for people with disorders of the immune system.

They do not contain live coronavirus so you cannot catch COVID-19 from them.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed that the vaccines have gone through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. They have been through three stages of clinical trials and have been tested on tens of thousands of people around the world.

  • No safety concerns were seen in studies of more than 20,000 people.
  • No long-term complications have been reported.
  • The vaccines will not alter your DNA.
  • The British Islamic Medical Association recommends that the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are eligible for individuals in Muslim communities: BIMA COVID-19 Vaccine Statements

The trial phases were organised to overlap, speeding up the overall production time, but without cutting any corners on trialling the vaccine and ensuring it meets strict standards of safety and effectiveness.

Time has also been gained because:

  • Trial volunteers were recruited at the start of the process, so they were ready to go once the vaccine was ready for trial.
  • In the UK trials, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) made this their top priority.
  • Plans were made for the next phase of trials by the companies without having to wait for investor decisions.
  • Companies made decisions to begin large scale production of vaccines which were still in trials. So, if vaccines were found to be safe and effective, they would be ready to be distributed straight away.
Side effects

COVID-19 vaccines can cause side-effects but not everyone gets them.

  • Most side-effects are mild and short-term.
  • Common side effects include a painful arm, feeling tired, headache, general aches and mild flu-like symptoms.
  • These symptoms are normal and are a sign that your body is building immunity.
  • They normally last less than a week.
How the vaccine reduces the chance of you suffering from COVID-19
  • The vaccine works by making a protein from the virus that is important for creating protection.
  • This protein works in the same way as they do in other vaccines, by stimulating the immune system to make antibodies and cells to fight the infection.
  • It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine.
  • Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective - some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.

COVID-19 Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions

Protecting those you care for
  • Some vaccinated people may get mild or asymptomatic infection and therefore be able to pass the virus on - but any infection in a vaccinated person will be less severe and the person will be contagious for a shorter period of time.
  • You can still carry the virus on your body and clothes if you come into contact with it, meaning you could still infect others once you have been vaccinated.
  • You therefore still need to follow your workplace guidance, including wearing the correct personal protection equipment (PPE) and taking part in any screening programmes.
  • Testing will continue, to help keep our communities and care settings safe.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility

If you are pregnant, or think you might be, you can have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. You will be invited when your age group are offered it, or earlier if you have a health condition or reason that means you're eligible. Find out more by visiting the

It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. This is because they've been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.

When you are offered a vaccine, speak to your GP surgery to arrange an appointment. This is to make sure you go to a vaccination centre offering the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

More information

  • Potential vaccination benefits are particularly important for some pregnant women. This includes those who are at very high risk of catching the infection or those with clinical conditions that put them at high risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19. Pregnant women should discuss this with their nurse or doctor.
  • COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live coronavirus, nor do they contain any additional ingredients that are harmful to pregnant women or their babies.
  • There is no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in breastfeeding or on breastfed infants. Despite this, COVID-19 vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants, and the benefits of breast-feeding are well known. Because of this, national advice is that the vaccine can be had whilst breastfeeding.
  • There is no evidence to suggest the vaccine affects fertility, and no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would impact on women's fertility.

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

People with allergies

If you have allergies it should not deter you from having the vaccine, especially if they are seasonal allergies.

  • People who receive the vaccine are monitored before leaving their appointment and can access medical care if they experience reactions.
  • However, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advise on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
People who have had COVID-19, had the flu vaccine or are unwell

If you have, or had, COVID-19

Wait a while before getting vaccinated.

  • It is not known how long any immunity may last.
  • Although naturally acquired immunity as a result of past infections provides some immunity, it is at a lower level and for a shorter time than if you have been vaccinated.
  • Wait at least 4 weeks after you had symptoms.
  • Or wait 4 weeks since your positive test if you didn't have any symptoms.
  • And wait until you have recovered from your COVID-19 infection.

If you have had the flu vaccine

This doesn't protect you from COVID-19.

  • If you are eligible for both vaccines, you should have them both.

If you are unwell

It is better to wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine, but try to have it as soon as possible.

  • You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test due to symptoms or unsure if you are fit and well.
Fact sheet

More information

COVID Explained gives the key facts about COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID Explained: Vaccination

Information in British Sign Language

BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination for eligible adults

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