COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
|Who is Eligible||What They Are Eligible For||Additional Information|
|All aged 75+ (on or before 30th June 2022) and anyone aged 12+ with a weakened immune system||Eligible for a ‘Spring Booster’ vaccination in addition to a previous booster||Spring Booster available 6 months after previous dose|
|All adults aged 18+||1st, 2nd and Booster vaccination||2nd dose – 8 weeks after 1st dose|
Booster – 91+ days after 2nd dose
|Healthy 16 – 17 year olds||1st, 2nd and Booster vaccination||2nd dose – 12 weeks after 1st dose|
Booster – 91+ days after 2nd dose
|Healthy 12 – 15 year olds||1st and 2nd vaccination||2nd dose – 12 weeks after 1st dose|
|Healthy 5 – 11 year olds||1st and 2nd vaccination||2nd dose – 12 weeks after 1st dose|
|All aged 12+ with a weakened immune system||1st, 2nd, 3rd and Booster vaccination||2nd dose – 8 weeks after 1st dose|
3rd dose – 8 weeks after 2nd dose
Booster – 3 months after 3rd dose
|12 – 17 year olds who are at high risk from COVID-19 or are a household contact of someone with a weakened immune system||1st, 2nd and Booster vaccination||2nd dose – 8 weeks after 1st|
Booster – 91+ days after 2nd dose
|5 – 11 year olds who are at high risk from COVID-19 or are a household contact of someone with a weakened immune system||1st and 2nd vaccination||2nd dose – 8 weeks after 1st dose|
The NHS COVID Pass
The NHS COVID pass shows evidence of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status or recovery from COVID-19. You may be asked to show your pass when travelling abroad – always check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting.
If you do not have access to these online methods, then you can request a letter to be sent to you by calling 119.
Please note that as a GP practice, we cannot provide letters regarding your vaccination status or recent test results.
You can access the NHS COVID Pass if you have been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine recognised in the UK. If you were vaccinated in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you need to be registered with a GP in England. Different regions in the UK also have their own vaccination status services:
- Northern Ireland – nidirect: COVID certificate for NI residents
- Scotland – NHS Inform: Get a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status
- Wales – Welsh Government: NHS COVID Pass: prove your vaccination status
- Guernsey – GOV.GG: Covid status certificates (vaccine passports)
- Isle of Man – Isle of Man Government: NHS COVID Pass for Isle of Man residents
- Jersey – gov.je: COVID status certification
If you have had one or more of your COVID-19 vaccinations administered overseas, you can have your vaccination details added to your NHS record. You can then generate an NHS COVID Pass if you:
- are registered with a GP in England
- have received one or more of the following vaccines: Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), Moderna (Spikevax), Institute of India (Covishield), Bharat Biotech (Covaxin), SinoVac (CoronaVac), Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP).
If you meet these requirements then you can book an appointment to update your vaccination records at a local vaccination centre.
If you cannot access the pass and you need it to travel, then please call 119 in the first instance. You can also access the foreign travel advice information on the gov.uk website: Foreign travel advice – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or contact the airline you will be flying with.
NHS COVID Pass – Travel abroad
|What you need to get a pass||When you can get a pass|
|Fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved in the UK||Usually within 24 hours of having your vaccination – however it can take up to 5 days for your records to be updated|
|Positive NHS PCR test within the past 6 months||After you’ve finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test|
This applies to NHS tests sent by post, or done at walk-in sites, drive-through sites or hospitals.
It does not apply to tests done for scientific research or tests by private companies, for example for travel. You cannot get an NHS COVID Pass on the basis of an antibody test, or rapid lateral flow test.
COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
If you were vaccinated as part of an official clinical trial in England or Wales, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues.
You’ll be able to get an NHS COVID Pass for travel soon. Some people already can, it depends if your clinical trial site has put your vaccination information on the NHS vaccine database.
If you cannot get an NHS COVID Pass, contact your clinical trial site.
Medical Exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination
A medical exemption is not valid for international travel. There are no arrangements in place with other countries to accept people from the UK who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and treat them the same as a fully vaccinated traveller.
It is up to other countries to decide whether or not residents in England with a medical exemption can follow the same rules for travel as those who are fully vaccinated.
UK armed forces
Members of the UK armed forces need to visit the ‘My health care hub’ on the Defence Gateway (login required) to find out how to get their NHS COVID Pass.
If you have problems getting an NHS COVID Pass
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held?
We are holding clinics at Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, LA1 1PJ.
When will I be eligible for the vaccination?
We are following rules outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on which groups should receive their vaccinations first. Currently, everyone aged 5+ is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.
When will I be invited for my second vaccination?
The current advice is that everyone should receive their second dose of the vaccine within 8 – 12 weeks of their first, furthermore the guidance is clear that having your second vaccination before 8 weeks is potentially less effective. We will contact you to invite you for this appointment in the same way in which you were invited for your first vaccination – this will be 1 – 2 weeks before your appointment.
Please be aware that we are unable to offer an appointment immediately after your first vaccination due to the uncertainty of vaccine deliveries.
If you know you will not be in Lancaster for your second vaccination, we advise that you seek to be vaccinated in the location you will be 8 weeks from your first dose.
When can I get the booster dose?
Everyone aged 16+, and some children aged 12 – 15, are eligible for the booster vaccination 3 months after their second dose. If you are eligible you can book via the invitation you have received, by ringing the practice on 01524 551551 and choosing option 3, or we are also offering walk-ins at our clinics – meaning you do not need to have an appointment. Please be advised that depending on how busy these clinics are, there may be a short wait. Our upcoming clinic dates.
Spring Booster FAQs
What is the COVID-19 spring booster programme?
The COVID-19 spring booster programme is the rollout of an additional vaccine dose to ensure continued protection for those most at risk from COVID-19.
Why are some people being invited for a spring booster?
COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason, people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.
Why is the COVID-19 spring booster programme needed?
Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to wane over time.
The spring booster helps to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 or being admitted to hospital if you do.
Boosting your immunity should extend your protection and may give broader protection against new variants.
Why are no other groups of people being invited to come forward for a spring booster?
The NHS vaccinates people in line with recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as accepted by government.
When will I be able to book my spring booster?
Anyone aged 75+ (on or before 30th June 2022) and those aged 12+ with a weakened immune system can book their appointment now, as long as it has been at least 6 months since their previous COVID-19 vaccination. Follow the link in your text or call the practice on 01524 551551 and choose option 3 to book.
Will I have any side effects from the spring booster?
You may experience some mild side effects from the booster dose, regardless of how you reacted to previous COVID-19 vaccines. Side effects are very mild, do not last for very long and not everybody will get them. Side effects can include a sore arm, feeling tired, a headache, feeling achy, and feeling or being sick. If you do get them, a pain killer such as paracetamol is recommended.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have the spring booster vaccine?
There are very few people in the eligible groups who should not have a booster. If you have had a severe reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine you should discuss this with your GP surgery.
I’ve just had COVID-19 – should I still get my booster dose?
You should not attend for vaccination if you are unwell.
If you’ve had COVID-19, you need to wait 4 weeks before getting your spring booster. This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.
If you had some symptoms but are not sure if you had COVID-19, you should still attend for vaccination once your symptoms are better and you can discuss this with a healthcare professional.
It is important you get your spring booster as soon as possible after this period to ensure you have the maximum possible protection against COVID-19 in the future.
Can I still catch COVID-19 after having the spring booster?
Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective but having the spring booster will reduce your chance of being hospitalised if you catch COVID-19.
Can I still come forward for a first or second dose if I’ve not yet done so?
It’s never too late to come forward for your first, second or (if you were immunosuppressed at the time of one of these) third dose of the vaccine. Ring the practice on 01524 551551 and choose option 3 to book an appointment – we are also accepting walk-ins at our clinics.
Children aged 5 – 11 FAQs
Is COVID-19 disease serious in young children?
For most children COVID-19 is a mild illness that may require a few days off school but rarely leads to complications. For a very few children, the symptoms can be more serious or last longer.
Children with certain health conditions, or those with a weakened immune system, are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease. These children and those who live with someone who has a weakened immune system should already have been invited for vaccination.
My child is healthy. What are the benefits of them having the COVID-19 vaccine?
As well as protecting children and young people against serious COVID infection, by getting vaccinated, children and young people can reduce the risk of passing on the infection to others in their family and those they come into contact with. Getting the vaccine can also make it easier for children and young people to avoid putting their lives and their education on hold because of further disruption to schools, hobbies and social events due to the virus.
My child has already had COVID-19 and has built up natural immunity. Why do they still need the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine should give your child stronger protection than natural immunity from previous infection against serious complications of infection – including any future waves due to new variants. Your child should also have some protection from the mild symptoms, and vaccination lowers the risk they will pass the virus on to others around them.
Is there more risk to a child having COVID-19 or the vaccine?
The risk to a child of serious impact from COVID-19 is relatively low, but it will be lower if they get the vaccine. Research shows the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent the virus’s worst effects, can reduce the risk of hospitalisation, and it can protect your child and those around them from catching the virus as easily.
The majority of children and young people (CYP) experience only mild symptoms following COVID-19 infection or are asymptomatic. However, there is evidence that some will experience Long COVID, and a minority of children may develop a delayed response known as Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS-TS or PIMS) following COVID-19 infection.
The vaccine has been tested across the world and found to be safe and effective, including for children this age.
Why is the NHS offering vaccinations to 5–11-year-olds when the Government/JCVI has said it is not urgent?
JCVI has recommended that the NHS offer vaccinations to all 5-11-year olds, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of COVID-19.This recommendation has been accepted by Government and the vaccine has been approved for this age group by the UK’s medicines regulator, so the NHS is preparing to offer the vaccine to this group.
COVID-19 is still active and causing some children to miss out on their education and the things they enjoy.
The NHS wants to support families to make an informed choice, and to make things convenient and child-friendly for those who do decide to get it.
Will the vaccine give my child COVID-19?
Your child cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine. There is sometimes a delay in vaccines symptoms so it is possible they could catch the virus but not realise this until after their vaccination.
How long will the vaccine protect my child from COVID-19?
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your child suffering from COVID-19 disease. It may take a few weeks for their body to build up maximum protection from the vaccine. Two doses of the vaccine should give your child long lasting protection against serious complications of infection – including any future waves due to new variants. Some children may still get COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, but this should be less severe. If a child has had COVID-19 they will still get extra protection from the vaccine, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.
Which vaccine will my child be given and how many doses will they need?
Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions are offered two doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. For children aged 5-11, the dose is smaller than the doses given to those aged 12 and over. 5-11-year olds will be given 10 micrograms of the vaccine, compared to older children who receive 30 micrograms of the vaccine. A smaller dose will still provide protection against COVID-19 while also reducing the risk of side-effects for younger children.
Why is there a difference in the dose for 5–11-year-olds and those over 12?
5-11-year olds will be given 10 micrograms of the vaccine, compared to the 30 micrograms of the vaccine given to older children. The majority of children and young people (CYP) experience only mild symptoms following COVID-19 infection or are asymptomatic. A smaller dose will provide protection while also reducing the risk of side-effects.
Is the 5-11 dose as effective as the adult dose?
The immune response in 5-11-year olds after the 10 micrograms dose of the vaccine will protect them from severe disease and reduce the risk of side-effects.
The vaccine does not remove the virus, but research and experience of countries around the world shows it can prevent the worst effects of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of infection to your child and those around them.
My child is vulnerable/at risk. When should they have their vaccine?
Children who are in a risk group should already have received invitations to have the vaccine, from their GP, specialist or the NHS. Children in a risk group are offered two doses, eight weeks apart. Children aged 12-15 years will also be offered a booster dose at least three months after they’ve had their first two doses.
Some children aged 12-15 years may have had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first two doses. These children will be offered another dose at least eight weeks after their second dose and will then also be able to receive a booster dose from 3 months after this.
I want to get my child vaccinated – what is the consent process?
Parents, carers or those with parental responsibilities should attend COVID-19 vaccination appointments with their child. Unlike vaccinations in schools, consent is collected on the day so this is the best way to make sure they can be vaccinated by going through questions together on site. For looked after children, please refer to the care plan where permissions and restrictions of consent will be outlined. Further information on consent to treatment for children and young people.
My child is scared of injections – can you help?
We are making efforts to ensure that these clinics are child-friendly and welcoming for young children. Vaccinators can make reasonable adjustments and fast-track individuals who are worried about vaccination. Please mention any concerns to a member of staff when you arrive at the clinic.
Will my child be offered a booster?
The NHS follows government decisions about who to vaccinate and the number of doses they received, which reflect recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI). Currently there are no plans to offer healthy 5-11 year olds a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
How will I be contacted to be invited to book an appointment?
If we have a mobile number for you on our records then you will receive a text from which you can follow a link to book into an appointment. Alternatively, if we do not have a mobile number for you on our records then we will call you to invite you to book an appointment. You can also ring the practice on 01524 551551 or walk in to one of our clinics (depending on how busy it is).
I think I should be eligible for the vaccination but I have not been invited yet
If you have not yet been invited to book an appointment, please contact us on 01524 551551 and choose option 3 when prompted to speak to one of our team managing the vaccination programme.
I previously declined the invitation to have the vaccine, but now I would like to have it – how do I book an appointment?
If you have previously declined, missed or not received an invitation, please contact us on 01524 551551 to book an appointment or attend one of our walk-in clinics (no appointment needed).
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and Links to Blood Clots
We want to reassure patients that the risks with the AstraZeneca vaccine are extremely low and for the vast majority of people the benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risks.
For patients who have questions about their second dose of AstraZeneca; The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) state that ‘all those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age’. There are specific patients who should take clinical advice before receiving a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – primarily patients with a history of thrombosis or who have experienced thrombosis after vaccination (with any COVID-19 vaccine).
How do I know that the invitation is not a scam?
Below are two examples of what the text invitation may look like:
Please be aware that even if you are registered with Queen Square Medical Practice, the invitation will come from Lancaster Medical Practice. Additionally, please note that Lancaster Medical Practice and any other NHS organisation will NEVER ask for any banking information, passwords or PIN numbers. If you think you have received a false invitation, you can report it using Action Fraud.
What is long-COVID?
For some people, coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or “long COVID”. The chances of having long-term symptoms does not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first get COVID-19. People who had mild symptoms at first can still have long-term problems. There are lots of symptoms
you can have after a COVID-19 infection. Common long COVID symptoms include extreme tiredness, shortness of breath and difficulty sleeping. A full list of symptoms is available on the NHS website.
I don’t know if my contact details are up to date
If you think that we may have an outdated phone number for you, please either ring the practice on 01524 551551 or fill in our form by clicking the link below. Please note that this is for Lancaster Medical Practice patients only.