Read the latest information about how the Coronavirus vaccine is being made available in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Many of those who were vaccinated at the start of the vaccination programme, are now starting to return for their second dose. The NHS has been planning meticulously to ensure people can get that second dose when it is the right time for them to do so.
Over the next few weeks, vaccination supplies are being prioritised for people who are due their second dose.
A limited number of appointments for first doses in April are still available, but they are filling up fast. So if you are in an eligible group and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, the time to do so is right now.
If you are in one of the following groups you can now book your covid vaccination through the links listed below, or you can contact your GP practice.
How to book
The booking process
Photo ID and proof of eligibility will be needed on arrival and if you unable to provide these you will be turned away
All other patients will be contacted to book your vaccination when your turn comes. Please do not contact your GP practice or the hospital enquiring about the vaccine.
Health and care workers and carers
Changes to the National Booking System have been introduced which means that from now eligible frontline health and social care workers and carers who are unknown to the system will need to use alternative routes. In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland this means by contacting your GP practice or by booking an appointment at a Hospital Hub.
The vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the upper arm. Two doses of the vaccine are required for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines; this will range between three and twelve weeks apart to achieve enhanced protection against coronavirus.
Vaccines in hospitals
Hospital Hubs are delivering the vaccine at Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Loughborough Hospital and Feilding Palmer Hospital.
Vaccines in GP practices
All local GP practices in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are now covered by a vaccination service. Some vaccinations are taking place in GP practices and others are at community vaccination centres, for example in council buildings.
Vaccinations are administered by groups of GP practices, known as primary care networks, with one practice generally providing vaccines on behalf of all practices in the group. As the vaccine supply increases, more GP practices are also able to provide the vaccine from their own premises, to make it easier for patients who are unable to travel
Find out where vaccinations are taking place for your GP practice:
These are the main vaccination sites for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. There are also occasions when more GP practices are able to provide the vaccine, depending on the available supply, making it more convenient for patients who are unable to travel
Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff are working alongside GPs to vaccinate patients in order of priority.
The priority groups have been determined at national level by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations.
To find out which priority groups of patients are currently being offered the vaccination click here.