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COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

This page was last updated: 13/04/2021

The national booking service is currently open to anyone who is:

  • aged 45 and over
  • classed as extremely clinically vulnerable
  • an eligible front-line health or social care worker
  • eligible for Carer's Allowance

If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you can arrange a vaccination online or by telephone. Visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 (available 7 days a week, 7am-11pm).



You don’t have to do anything. You will be contacted by the NHS and invited for a vaccine when the time comes. No one will be left out.

The invitation may be from your local GP surgery or a mass vaccination centre. If you receive an invitation from both, choose which is best for you. The nearest mass vaccination centre in our region is at York Askham Bar, Park and Ride.

If you receive an invitation to Askham Bar, you can choose to book an appointment there or, if this is not possible, you can wait to be invited to an appointment by your GP.

Read more about the NHS Vaccination Centre at Askham Bar, York.

There is a priority list setting out which people will be invited for a vaccination in which order. The initial priority groups to receive the vaccine are:

  1. Residents in care homes, and their carers
  2. People aged over 80
  3. Frontline health and social care workers
  4. People aged 75 and over
  5. People aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

You can learn more about who may be clinically extremely vulnerable here.

The priority list for vaccinations has been developed and is kept under review by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. 

Yes. It is important that you receive the second dose of the vaccine when you are invited.

This ‘booster’ is an important part of the vaccination process and is common with many vaccines. The timing of second doses will be in line with the standard operating procedure for each vaccine, normally around 12 weeks after your first dose.

We will arrange your second dose with you, there is no need to call your GP to arrange.

You will have increased protection from serious illness caused by the COVID-19 between two and three weeks after your first dose of the vaccination.

However, it is important that everyone, including those who have received a vaccination, continues to comply with government guidance, including social distancing, face coverings and hand washing guidance.

Vaccinations are taking place at a blend of GP surgeries, hospitals, public vaccination sites and in care settings. We also expect additional locations will be developed. Your vaccination site will be clearly indicated when you receive your invitation from the NHS for your vaccination appointment.

People should access their vaccination appointment in the same way they would access any other medical appointment using existing services. In addition, if needed, there may be volunteer drivers available, charities are offering their support and patients who meet the criteria for patient transport for medical appointments may also be able to use that service.

We strongly encourage everyone who can to attend a vaccination site when invited. We are working through the best ways to bring the vaccine to those who are unable to leave their home as a healthcare system. How this will best be achieved is shaped by the characteristics of the vaccines available.

Each of the three vaccines now approved has undergone rigorous assessment by the UK regulators (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency).

Side effects caused by the vaccine are mild and are much less serious than developing the virus or complications associated with it. They usually go away within a few days.

Three vaccines have now been approved in the UK: Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca, and Moderna.

Currently the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines are being administered, with doses of the Moderna vaccine expected in Spring. These vaccines have unique characteristics which influence when and how they are administered; for instance the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine must be kept at much lower temperatures than the others.

No. The vaccine administered at each appointment will be influenced by the national distribution pattern, the facilities at each vaccination site and the supply currently available.

If it is your second dose it will be the same vaccine as the first.

Each vaccination site has been carefully selected against a set of comprehensive criteria which ensure that social distancing can be maintained the site is easy to access and the one way systems can be maintained where needed.

We have only selected sites where we are able to comply with government guidance to ensure that each vaccination is administered safely.

People who are unwell should wait until they are fully recovered before having the vaccine. Appointments can be rearranged by contacting your GP or using the national booking service.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend your appointment. Please self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible.

For that latest information about the vaccination programme, please visit the NHS website.

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