Booking your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

You can book your appointment now using the National Booking System or by calling 119 if you're:

  • aged 18 or over
  • aged 17 and within 3 months of your 18th birthday aged 18 or over and registered with a GP surgery in England.

You have to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

If you're under 17 years and 9 months old and eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you cannot use this service to book an appointment. Please wait to be contacted by the NHS.

If you're aged 16 or 17, you can also find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.

Manage your appointments

If you have pre-booked your vaccination appointment and are no longer able to make it, please support our continued vaccination delivery by rearranging your appointment. If you booked through the national booking system then you can change it using this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination

If you booked through your GP practice sending you a link, then you may be able to change your booking using that same link. If not, please contact the GP practice.

Stay safe

As we continue to respond to the pandemic it’s also important to find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Vaccinating people aged 12-15 | key information

Vaccinating people aged 12-15 | key information

Children (those aged under 16 years old) are an important and complex part of our community, with special healthcare requirements as they grow and develop into adults. This means their vaccination needs are different from adults, including vaccination against Covid-19.

Throughout the pandemic and vaccination programme, one of the key jobs of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has been to consider the impact on children's health. The JCVI is the Government's advisory body on vaccines.

Which children are now eligible for vaccination?

The Prime Minister has now announced the decision to expand the offer of vaccinations to all healthy children aged 12-15 years old.

This follows the first group of children who become eligible for vaccination, including two key groups:

·       Children aged 12-15 who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to Covid-19 infection.

o   For more detail on what constitutes this type of vulnerability see the question further down: "How are vaccinations being carried out for clinically extremely vulnerable children?"  

·       Children aged 12-15 living in homes with someone who is immunocompromised

Vaccinations for these groups of children are already underway and are being run differently from other children's Covid-19 vaccinations.

Which vaccine will be used for children?

Children will be vaccinated using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is also known as Comirnaty. Comprehensive, peer-reviewed research has been carried out on adults and separately on children aged 12-15.

The vaccine is delivered using an injection, usually into the shoulder. This is different from the nasal spray used for some other vaccines.

Is there a difference between how vulnerable children and healthy children will be vaccinated?

Yes, clinically extremely vulnerable children are advised to receive two doses of vaccine. For more details on how this is organised please see the question further down: "How will clinically extremely vulnerable children receive their vaccine?".

Healthy children are advised to receive only one dose. Information on this process is below

How will healthy children receive their vaccination?

Vaccinations will be carried out in schools, although it will not start in all schools immediately. Specific arrangements will be made with each school to ensure the vaccine is delivered safely and effectively.

Who will be carrying out children's vaccinations?

Local NHS agencies will lead the vaccination process, and all staff are required to undergo special training in using the Covid-19 vaccines. They also need to have specific safeguarding training, and many will also have experience working with the School Age Immunisation Service, so they are accustomed to working with children.

How do the children consent to being vaccinated?

Schools will contact those with parental responsibility to secure consent for their children to be vaccinated. This information will be shared with the relevant local NHS organisation which is delivering the vaccines, so that the correct amount of vaccine is taken to the school on the day.

What if I don't want my child to be vaccinated?

The Covid-19 vaccines have undergone rigorous trials on children aged 12-15, and it has been determined that children face a greater risk of serious illness from infection that they do from vaccination.

However, if you are responsible for providing consent you may decide not to do so, and that decision will be respected.

In some circumstance, children under the age of 16 can consent to medical treatment such as vaccination even if this conflicts with their parents' view. This is covered by a concept called Gillick competency, and you can read more information about that here.

What if I want my child to be vaccinated but he or she is away from school on vaccination day?

Further vaccination sessions and other opportunities will be provided for children to be vaccinated after half-term, ensuring nobody who wants a vaccination will miss out.

Can I attend a vaccination at the school with my child?

No, enabling accompaniments for all children would place too large an organisational and security burden on schools. It is likely that opportunities after half-term will make it possible to accompany your child, but we advise that early vaccination is the safest and most effective course of action.

How are vaccinations being carried out for clinically extremely vulnerable children?

Your GP practice is carrying out searches of their patient records to identify patients who are aged 12-15 years old and who have specific conditions or illnesses. Patients with these conditions have been identified by the JCVI as being extremely clinically vulnerable and therefore eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine:

·       severe neuro-disabilities

·       Down’s Syndrome

·       underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression

·       profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)

·       severe learning disabilities

·       those on the learning disability register

Details regarding additional groups with underlying health conditions to be offered vaccination are provided in Chapter 14A of the Green Book. Click on the link and search on the page for "Individuals aged 12 years or above at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection".

When you attend your appointment, please bring your letter, text or evidence of the child's condition, including date of birth.

Where can CEV children be vaccinated?

It is important to understand that not all Covid-19 vaccination clinics can vaccinate children. If you are attending a walk-in clinic to vaccinate someone under 18 years old, please check before you attend that it will be able to carry out that vaccination.

What if my child is clinically extremely vulnerable but the GP doesn't contact us?

We realise that GP records may not identify all eligible 12-15 year olds. Parents or guardians of children with any of the conditions mentioned above who are not contacted by their GP can still attend certain walk-in clinics.

If you are attending a walk-in clinic to vaccinate someone under 18 years old, please check before you attend that it will be able to carry out that vaccination.

What about children living in immunosuppressed households?

GP practices are identifying patients who are immunosuppressed and writing to them to explain that any household contacts aged 12-15 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. They will provide details of how to book a vaccination or where to attend a walk-in clinic.

If you receive a letter or text, please take it with you to your appointment.

However, if you are not contacted by the GP practice and you are responsible for a child living in an immunosuppressed household you should either:

·       contact your GP

·       attend an appropriate walk-in clinic with evidence of the child's situation

o   make sure this includes evidence of date of birth

If you are planning to attend a walk-in clinic to vaccinate someone under 18 years old, please check before you attend that it will be able to carry out that vaccination.

You may also find this information useful: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Covid booster vaccine rollout

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has said that for the 2021 COVID-19 vaccination programme, the following people should be offered a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the same order as the first part of the vaccination programme.

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

As was the case when the vaccination programme first began, the NHS will contact people directly to let them know when it is their turn to get their booster vaccine.

The JCVI advises that the booster vaccine dose should be offered no earlier than six months after completion of the first course of vaccination. 

 The 'booster' vaccination programme is separate to the recent recommendation of third doses for people with severely weakened immune systems - something that is already being rolled out.

What is the COVID-19 booster programme?

The COVID-19 booster programme is the rollout of an additional vaccine dose to people who have previously received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to ensure continued protection for those most at risk from COVID-19.

Why is the COVID-19 booster programme needed?

We want to provide the people that are most likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 and those who care for them with the best possible protection for this winter. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has reviewed available data and provided advice that COVID-19 boosters are first offered to the most vulnerable in order to provide maximum protection during the Winter months.

The flu vaccination programme is now running which protects people from serious complications from getting flu, so we would also encourage people that are eligible for a COVID-19 booster to also get their flu vaccination. More information on the flu vaccination is at www.nhs.uk/flujab

Why aren’t most younger people being offered a booster?

As most younger adults will only have received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose in late summer or early autumn, the benefits of booster vaccination in this group will be considered at a later time when more information is available. In general, younger, healthy individuals may be expected to generate stronger vaccine-induced immune responses from primary course vaccination compared to older individuals.

What type of vaccine will the COVID-19 booster be? What if it’s different to the one I have had?

After reviewing data on booster responses from different combinations of COVID-19 vaccines, JCVI advises a preference for the Pfizer-BioNTech (vaccine to be offered as the booster dose irrespective of which type of vaccine was used in the primary schedule). There is good evidence that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is well tolerated as a booster dose and will provide a strong booster response.

Alternatively, individuals may be offered a half dose of the Moderna vaccine, which should be well tolerated and is also likely to provide a strong booster response. A half dose of Moderna vaccine is advised over a full dose due to the levels of reactogenicity (side effects) seen following boosting with a full dose in clinical trials.

Where mRNA vaccines cannot be offered e.g. due to contraindication, vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine may be considered for those who received AstraZeneca vaccine in the primary course. More detail is available in the green book

Will there be any side effects from the booster vaccine?

As with your previous dose the common side effects are the same for all COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK.

If you had serious side effects after any previous dose you may be advised to avoid or delay further vaccination. You should discuss this with your doctor or specialist.

Can I have the booster if I haven’t completed the first vaccination course?

No, you need to finish the first course of your vaccination.

Can I get the flu and COVID-19 booster vaccine at the same time?

The COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccine can be given on the same day and for people that are eligible for both, there may be opportunities to have both together. We would encourage you to get your vaccinations as soon as possible and get fully protected rather than waiting as it may not always be possible to get them together.

Can I get the booster if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant and in one of the groups that the JCVI has recommended for the boosters, you are eligible to receive a booster, no earlier than six months after completion of the first course of vaccination. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn.

Resources for self-isolation and treating symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Staying at home (self-isolating) can be difficult, but it's important to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading to other people.

 

The NHS has useful information to support you should you need to self-isolate and includes details of how the NHS volunteer responders service can help with things like collecting shopping, medication and prescriptions.

 

Self-isolation and treating coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

The government has produced guidance for households with a suspected case of COVID-19 and also for contacts of people with a confirmed infection who do not live with the infected patient.

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

You may also find the following links useful:

Derbyshire Community Response Unit
Derbyshire Voluntary Action
Derby Community Hub 
Community Action Derby
Community Directory Derbyshire
The Bee Tree Community – ending social isolation
Prioritise your mental health and wellbeing as lockdown eases
derbyandderbyshireemotionalhealthandwellbeing.uk
Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service Kooth – free online counselling, support and advice for those aged 11-25
Qwell - free online counselling, support and advice to any parent or carer in Derbyshire
 

Transport - helpful information for people unable to use conventional buses

Transport 

For info please see below from the local authority website https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/transport-roads/public-transport/derbyshire-connect-active-travel/derbyshire-connect-and-active-travel.aspx

Derbyshire Connect Active Travel

Services to healthcare appointments for people unable to use conventional buses because of age, disability or because they live in areas where public transport is limited.

Services are door-to-door to hospital, GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, dentists, opticians, chemists, physiotherapists and any other medical appointments. Passenger assistants are available, on request, for anyone needing extra help.

They are partly funded by us and replace the Active Travel services previously paid for by us and run on our behalf by some of the county’s community transport groups and volunteer car schemes.

These services run weekdays, generally between 9am and 5pm, although other journeys may be possible outside of these times. They need to be booked in advance, giving as much notice as possible. There are no weekend services.

Derbyshire Connect Active Travel uses volunteer cars and accessible vehicles able to carry passengers using wheelchairs.

Charges vary depending on how far you travel. You will be advised of the fare when booking.

Derbyshire Connect Active Travel Amber Valley and Erewash

If you live in any town or village within the boundaries of Amber Valley or Erewash borough council areas you can use this Derbyshire Connect Active Travel service.

This service is run by Ashbourne Community Transport, Erewash Community Transport and Community Transport Swadlincote.

Booking line tel: 0115 930 9134 (9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday) or email: enquiries@erewashct.com

Book in advance giving as much notice as possible.

If you need to use a wheelchair please mention this when booking.

Derbyshire Connect Active Travel Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire

If you live in any town or village within the boundaries of Bolsover, Chesterfield and East Derbyshire district and borough council areas you can use this Derbyshire Connect Active Travel service.

This service is run by Active Response Transport.

To book:

Please book in advance giving as much notice as possible (minimum 24 hours notice).

If you need to use a wheelchair please mention this when booking.

Derbyshire Connect Active Travel High Peak and North Derbyshire Dales

If you live in any town or village within the boundaries of the High Peak and the northern Derbyshire Dales district and borough council areas you can use this Derbyshire Connect Active Travel service.

This service is run by Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, The Bureau – Glossop's voluntary and community transport network – New Mills Volunteer Centre and Connex Transport.

Booking line tel: 03333 444 125 (9.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.) Book at least 48 hours in advance of travel.

If you need to use a wheelchair please mention this when booking.

Derbyshire Connect Active Travel South Derbyshire and South Derbyshire Dales

If you live in any town or village within the boundaries of South Derbyshire and the southern Derbyshire Dales district council areas you can use this Derbyshire Connect Active Travel service.

This service is run by South Derbyshire Community Volunteers Service.

Booking line South Derbyshire tel: 01283 219761 (9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday). Book at least 48 hours in advance of travel.

Booking line southern Derbyshire Dales tel: 03333 444 125 (9.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday). Book at least 48 hours in advance of travel or email: office@sdcvs.org.uk (both areas).

If you need to use a wheelchair please mention this when booking.

Vaccination programme bulletins - archive

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #1 | 9.12.20

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #2 | 17.12.20

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #3 | 18.12.20

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #4 | 21.12.20

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #5 | 23.12.20

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #6 | 4.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #7 | 5.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 vaccination programme - Stakeholder bulletin #8 | 6.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #9

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #10 | 11.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #11 | 12.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #12 | 13.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #13 | 14.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #14 | 15.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #15 | 18.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #16 | 20.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #17 | 21.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #18 | 22.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #19 | 25.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #20 | 27.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #21 | 28.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #22 | 29.1.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #23 | 2.2.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #24| 3.2.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #25 | 5.2.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #26 | 8.2.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #27 | 10.2.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #28 | 12.2.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #29 | 16.2.21

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #30| 19.2.21

 

Derby and Derbyshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin #32 | 26.2.21

Helpful information for people with a learning disability

Helpful information for people with a learning disability

People with a learning disability are now in group 6 and will get their vaccine soon. Below is a round-up of helpful information for people with a learning disability. If you would prefer to download the below information please click here.

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Don't miss out when it comes to your health. If you have a learning disability, tell your GP and get access to extra support. This video by Mencap provides more information.

 

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Click here for an easy read guide for women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby.

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This video about the COVID-19 vaccine recorded by speech therapists in Coventry and Warwickshire.


Click here for more information about reasonable adjustments.

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The NHS has written this guide to help volunteers helping with the vaccination programme understand more about reasonable adjustments.

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The NHS has written this guide to help clinicians understand more about reasonable adjustments. 

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Click here for an easy read guide for women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby.

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Click here for an easy read guide explaining what to expect after your vaccination.

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Click here to watch this video by Skills for People and Learning Disability England about the COVID-19 vaccine.


Click here to watch this video by Joanne Finney who recorded this video to encourage others with Down’s Syndrome to get vaccinated.