COVID-19 vaccination programme

National Lockdown restrictions have been eased

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

COVID-19 booster vaccines

Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

  • You will be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.
  • The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. Do not contact the NHS for one before then.
  • Most people will be invited to book an appointment.

Who is eligible for a booster vaccine

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People who live and work in care homes
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • Carers aged 16 and over
  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups.

More information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine

Get your vaccination

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.

Some walk-in sites are accepting 16 to 17 year olds for vaccination. Each site tells you who its vaccinations are available for.

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site
  • You do not need to book.
  • You do not need to be registered with a GP
  • You can get your first or second vaccination at these sites.
  • All clinics have the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines available.
  • If you live elsewhere but work in Kirklees, you can also attend these clinics to get your vaccination.

Second vaccinations are available for people 8 to 12 weeks after their first dose. This is to help ensure maximum protection is achieved after two doses. We do not routinely offer second vaccinations earlier than this, unless clinically appropriate.

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

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.

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

Who the vaccination is being given to

People aged 16 and 17

You can book your COVID-19 vaccination online or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

Some walk-in vaccination sites are accepting 16 to 17 year olds for vaccination.

Children aged 12 to 15 with specific health conditions

Families of children aged 12 to 15 who have, or who live people who have, specific health conditions will be contacted to arrange appointments. Please wait to be contacted.

Children aged 12 to 15 are eligible if:

  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis); or
  • they have one of these conditions which put them at high risk from COVID-19:
    • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
    • haematological malignancy, sickle cell disease, type 1 diabetes or congenital heart disease
    • Down's Syndrome
    • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
    • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

More information: Advice on vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 years with underlying health conditions

School-based vaccination programme for children aged 12 to 15

Kirklees Council is supporting the NHS to deliver a safe and responsible vaccination programme for children aged 12 to 15.

  • The vaccination programme is being delivered in school-based settings. Most of this age group will receive their vaccination in school
  • They will receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is licensed for people aged 12 and over
  • Information is being given to help children and young people, and those with parental responsibility, to understand the potential harms and benefits of vaccination as part of informed consent prior to vaccination.
  • Year 7 students are not being offered the vaccine at this stage as most of them have not yet reached the age of 12. Schools will be in touch with all parents and carers of Year 7 pupils to let them know how their child can receive a vaccine following their 12th birthday.
  • Schools are writing to parents in all year groups to explain the above, outline the process and to provide consent forms.
Other eligible people
  • People aged 18 or over
  • People at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • People who live or work in care homes
  • Health and social care workers
  • People with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • People with a learning disability
  • People who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19.

Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

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

Get a COVID Pass letter

You can use letter if you are travelling abroad or going to an event, and need proof that you've had your COVID-19 vaccination.

Get your NHS COVID Pass letter

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.


Getting a PCR test

About the vaccine

The Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca 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 Pfzier 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

There is no evidence currently that the new strain will be resistant to the vaccines we have, so we are continuing to vaccinate people as normal.

  • 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
  • Evidence on whether COVID-19 vaccination reduces the chance of passing on the virus is not yet clear.
  • 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

The vaccines have not yet been tested in pregnancy. Until more information is available pregnant women should not be routinely vaccinated.

  • 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

The RCOG and the RCM respond to misinformation around Covid-19 vaccine and fertility

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

You can download our Every Vaccine Matters Fact Sheet to find out information regarding the concerns and myths of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The information found in the fact sheet has been sourced from:

Information in British Sign Language

BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination for eligible adults

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