Vaccination Programme in Calderdale


Info on volunteering in vaccination programme here

Info on patient transport for over 80s:  here

Info on offering people lifts to vaccination appointments here

Useful resources such as info graphics and answers to FAQS on vaccines here

11/7/21 Vaccination Programme in Calderdale Update

The aim is to for all adults to have been offered a first vaccination by the end of July 2021. Vaccinations are being delivered at a number of surgeries across Calderdale,  Boots in Halifax and the pharmacy in Tesco in Brighouse. The latter two sites are available to book through the National Booking System for eligible cohorts.  Alternatively your GP surgery will get in touch when it’s your turn.

In addition to pre-booked appointment sessions we are also running regular walk-in vaccination clinics throughout Calderdale where you do not need to book in advance.

They hold these clinics subject to demand and deliver vaccinations on a first-come first-served basis.

These clinics are open to anyone

  • over 18 who has not already received their first vaccination.
  • over 18 who had their first vaccination over 8 weeks ago. (You must ensure that you attend a vaccination clinic which is delivering the same vaccine type as your first jab).

Pop-up clinics at mosques have been organised and they have also happened at other centres to vaccinate our homeless population, our asylum seeker communities and at Basement Recovery (addiction services)

People should try to avoid contacting their GP to request a vaccination – they will be contacted when it is their turn.

You will be contacted by the centre where you received your first dose after around 10-11 weeks to book in your second.  Only contact the centre/surgery if it has gone over 11 weeks and you have heard nothing.  Going a handful of days over 12 weeks isn’t a problem, but beyond this, protection is reduced, so if you cannot attend during the right time frame, get in touch with your GP to discuss the situation.

Neither of the two vaccines currently available contain any animal products.

Both vaccinations have both been extensively tested on tens of thousands of volunteers. The reasons that it is available in such a short space of time is not because safety has been compromised, but because there has been unprecedented international cooperation, ample funding, political will, and less bureaucratic hoops.

The vaccine is safe for almost everyone, does not impact fertility, and like other vaccines, due to the way it works, does not pose a threat of other long-term health impacts.

People with history of a severe allergy to the ingredients of the vaccines should not be vaccinated.

The MHRA has updated its guidance to say that pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding can have the vaccine but should discuss it with a clinician to ensure that the benefits outweigh any potential risks.

Similarly, advice for women planning a pregnancy has also been updated and there is no need for women to delay pregnancy after having the vaccination.

Vaccinations will only be available through the NHS for the moment. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112. Any such text message is a scam – ignore!

For more FAQs on the vaccine programme in Calderdale, the local NHS page is an excellent resource

There are also further in-depth resources on this website here