Who is currently eligible for the vaccine?
- people aged 45 and over
- people at high risk from coronavirus (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 coronavirus
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
What if I am not yet on the list?
If you are not on the above list, please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS or your GP for a vaccination before then.
How to get the COVID-19 vaccine
If you fall into one or more of the categories above, you can book a vaccine appointment online.
These appointments will take place at Greater Manchester’s regional vaccinations centre, at the Etihad campus in east Manchester.
You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
- Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS website
How we'll contact you
If you are registered with a GP in Oldham, you will be contacted directly from your practice or an NHS representative when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
You may be eligible to receive your vaccination at the Etihad regional vaccination centre first.
If you choose not to book online and would rather receive your vaccination locally, you can wait to receive your vaccination through your GP. This may mean waiting a little longer to be vaccinated.
If you are contacted by phone, which may be from a mobile number, the caller will identify themselves and say they are calling on behalf of your GP to book your appointment for a Coronavirus vaccine.
You may also be invited for your vaccination by a letter from your GP or an NHS representative, which will include details on how to book your appointment.
If you live in Oldham but are registered with a practice outside the borough you will be contacted by representatives from that local authority area.
It is important that you do not book multiple appointments – for example, one appointment at your GP and another at the regional vaccination centre.
Doing so will waste vital vaccinations. Please only book one appointment, at the place most convenient for you, and ensure you attend.
What to do if you missed your first vaccine appointment
The first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine has now been offered to those in the top groups most vulnerable to the virus.
If you have been offered an appointment for the first Coronavirus vaccine but had to cancel or simply just weren’t able to make the slot offered, don’t worry, there’s still time to get your jab.
To book an appointment you can:
- Call your GP surgery
- Book an appointment online: Book your coronavirus vaccination - NHS website
- Call 119
Waiting for your second vaccine?
If you received your first Coronavirus vaccine less than 12 weeks ago and are still waiting to hear about your second appointment, please don’t worry. We’ll contact you when it’s time for your second vaccination.
However, if it has been 12 – 14 weeks since your first jab and you still haven’t been contacted for a second appointment, please get in touch with the location where you had your first vaccine to arrange.
Please contact the NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group Customer Services team on firstname.lastname@example.org if it has been 14+ weeks since your first vaccine and you still have not received an appointment for your second dose. The team will then investigate as to why this has happened and will work with you to access your relevant practice and provide alternatives.
What to expect when you have the vaccine
The Covid-19 vaccination is given in two doses.
You will be given an appointment for your second dose three to 12 weeks after having the first dose.
Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards.
You will need to remain in the clinic until that time has elapsed.
- A guide to your COVID-19 vaccination - PDF easy read format GOV.UK website
There are six vaccination centres currently open across the borough:
- Moorside Medical Practice
- Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre
- Greenbank Medical Practice
- Integrated Care Centre
- Fields new Road Primary Care Centre
- Failsworth Group Practice
These are in addition to the Greater Manchester Vaccination Centre which is based at the Etihad campus, east Manchester.
We are also running Pop up Coronavirus Vaccination Centres across the borough.
The aim of the centres is to make it even easier for people to receive the vaccine in their communities.
People will be invited to attend these clinics as and when they take place.
Why is the vaccine important?
The vaccine – along with hands, face, space – is the best way to protect residents from Coronavirus and has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.
It is important that you attend your vaccination appointment.
But if for any reason you can’t, let your GP know as soon as possible so your slot can be offered to another resident.
For more information on the Coronavirus vaccine, visit the NHS website:
- Why vaccination is safe and important - NHS website
It has been brought to our attention that there is someone knocking on doors, offering the vaccine.
This is a scam so do not let this person into your home, give them any personal details, or accept anything from them.
Additionally, we’ve heard reports of phone calls where residents have been asked to pay for their vaccination.
This is also a scam. The vaccination is free and the callers booking vaccinations will not ask for any other personal details other than asking you to confirm your name.