Vaccinations in Sefton
People aged 18 and over
You can get your 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over.
You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.
You can also book your vaccinations if you will turn 18 in the next 3 months.
Children and young people aged 12 to 17
Young people aged 16 and 17
You can get your 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 16 or 17.
The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to get the vaccine. You'll be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery.
You cannot book your appointment online but if you turn 18 within the next 3 months, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online.
Children aged 12 to 15
Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered.
Most children will be given their vaccine at school.
Some children are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine if either:
- 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).
- they have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19.
You can find more Easy Read documents about what to expect at your vaccine appointment and some reassurance about fertility and the vaccine on the government website.
Vaccinations offer the very best protection against against serious COVID-19 infection.
Being healthy or young doesn’t reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on, which is why it is important to get a vaccination when it is offered to you.
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease.
However, even when fully vaccinated, you can still have the virus and pass it on to to others - especially to those who have not been vaccinated. This could be dangerous for people who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
No vaccine is 100% effective, and it takes both jabs to build up the most effective protection.
Because the protection from the vaccine slowly reduces, booster vaccine doses are being made available through the NHS for people who have already had 2 jabs and who are most at risk from COVID-19.
The vaccines that are being used have been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of tens of thousands of people.
By mid-September almost 82% of people aged over 16 in the UK, had received both doses of the vaccine. Over 89% had received their first dose. And vulnerable people are starting to be contacted about their third, booster vaccinations.
Sefton GP, Dr Pete Chamberlain has shared this video on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Staff giving you the vaccine will be wearing personal protective equipment and will follow all cleaning and disinfection requirements.
The UK’s national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised on 16th April, 2021 that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
In its statement, the Committee said that there have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy. This means the vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.
In this video, JCVI member Dr Maggie Wearmouth provides advice about COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy.