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Vaccinations and boosters

Vaccines continue to remain the best line of defence against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated and going for your COVID-19 booster jab when you are invited, is one of the single most effective things we can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

For any updates on the eligibility around vaccines or for more information on COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in Surrey, visit the Surrey Heartlands COVID-19 booster vaccinations webpage. To book or manage your COVID-19 vaccination or booster, visit the NHS Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination webpage.

In the video below Dr Sally Johnson, Clinical Lead for COVID Vaccinations in Surrey Heartlands explains how vaccinations are being rolled out to local Surrey residents.

Where are the vaccination centres?

Vaccination services are running in a number of community locations.

You can find out more, including details of locations and availability of walk-in vaccination clinics with no appointments required on the Surrey Heartlands Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination centres webpage.

Who is eligible for a vaccine?

First and second dose

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information on the first and second dose of the vaccine, including when you can get your second dose of the vaccine after having your first dose, visit the Surrey Heartlands First and second dose COVID-19 vaccinations webpage.

For all information and details on Surrey's vaccination programme, including information about vaccinations for 12 to 15s, booster vaccinations, third dose vaccinations and to find your nearest vaccination centre, visit the Surrey Heartlands Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme webpage.

5–11-year-old vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccine is one more vaccine that children aged 5 - 11 are now able to have to protect them from the virus. COVID-19 is still active and causing some children to miss out on their education and things they enjoy. The JCVI recommends that 5–11-year-olds be offered the vaccine, which has been approved by the UK's medicines regulator, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of COVID-19. 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.

Where can my child get vaccinated?

You can get your child vaccinated at vaccination centres, pharmacies and GPs offering jabs for this age group. You can view these sites and make an appointment through the NHS Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination webpage or by calling 119.

How many doses will my child receive?

Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. Those 5–11-year-olds who are more at risk from the virus can already get two paediatric (child) doses, eight weeks apart, and their GP or hospital specialist should have been in touch to arrange this.

More information on the GOV.UK COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children aged 5 to 11 years webpage. You can also find information on the Surrey Heartlands Vaccinations for 5 to 15 year olds webpage.

Boosters

Everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can get a booster dose.

Spring COVID-19 boosters

You will be contacted by the NHS when you are due for a spring booster, and you will usually be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you are eligible for a spring booster, but have not had a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.

If you have a severely weakened immune system you need to get a third dose before you get a booster.

Spring COVID-19 boosters are currently being offered to those who are:

  • aged 75 and over
  • live in a care home for older people
  • are aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system

COVID-19 may affect you more seriously if you are in one of these groups, therefore the spring booster is being offered to help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from the virus. More information on the spring boosters including how to get your spring booster, can be found on the NHS How to get a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine webpage.

How to book your booster dose of the vaccine

You can now book your appointment at least three months following your second vaccination using the NHS book or manage a booster dose.

For all information on the Coronavirus booster vaccine including how to find your nearest walk-in site, and which health conditions can put you at risk from COVID-19, visit the NHS Coronavirus booster vaccine webpage. You can also find more information on the booster programme on the Surrey Heartlands COVID-19 booster vaccinations webpage.

Vaccine confidence calls

We are supporting Surrey Heartlands GP surgeries to reduce inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake by contacting adult residents in the county in areas where there is low uptake.

The only number the team will call you from is 01483 404 939.

Once the team have made contact, they will offer you information and support to receive your COVID-19 vaccine and will offer to make a booking on your behalf if you wish them to do so. You are under no obligation to discuss your vaccine status and our team will respect any request to end the call.

Additional information

Privacy and data

Relevant data sharing agreements are in place between Surrey County Council and participating NHS Surrey Heartlands GP Practices. The agreements for Vaccine Confidence Calls and Customer Services are both available on our website.

Scams

Please beware of scams. We will never ask you to dial a premium rate number, make a payment, supply your bank details, or provide information such as your social media identities or login details. Trading standards has seen a significant increase in Coronavirus related scam complaints since the start of the pandemic. The Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards webpage includes information about scams and how to report a scam.

You can find more information on vaccination scams in the Vaccination scams section of this page.

Pregnancy and seasonal immunity

Pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against COVID-19 as it could prevent some women in later pregnancy becoming seriously unwell and needing hospital treatment. This is why it is important that pregnant women have their vaccination as soon as they are invited.

Pregnant women with underlying clinical conditions are at higher risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19. These conditions include; immune problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma. It's also considered important for pregnant women to get the vaccine if they are:

  • overweight
  • over the age 35
  • in their third trimester of pregnancy (over 28 weeks)
  • of black and Asian minority ethnic background

The first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will give you good protection against COVID-19 but you need the second dose to get longer lasting protection. You do not need to delay this second dose.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and to book your appointment visit the GOV.UK COVID-19 vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding webpage.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, visit the NHS Book or manage your Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination webpage.

Pregnancy and flu vaccination

Flu infection increases the chances of pregnant women and their babies needing intensive care, that's why it is important for all pregnant women to have the flu vaccine which will help protect themselves and their babies. The flu vaccine can be given safely at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards.

The flu vaccine has many benefits for pregnant women including:

  • reducing the risk of serious complications, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • reducing the risk of miscarriage or having a baby born too soon or with a low birth weight
  • helping to protect their baby, who will continue to have some immunity to flu during the first few months of their life
  • reducing the chance of the mother passing infection to her new baby

You can get the free flu vaccine from your GP, or it may also be available from your pharmacist or midwife.

For more information on flu vaccination during pregnancy, visit the GOV.UK The flu vaccination: who should have it and why webpage.

Mandatory COVID Vaccine needed for anyone working or volunteering in a care home

Anyone entering a care home for work or volunteering will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 . This will help to protect those most at risk from the virus. Full guidance on the GOV.UK Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance webpage.

No NHS number? How to register with a GP or Doctor

You do not need to have a GP/doctor or an NHS number to get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you don't have an NHS number you can contact your local GP/doctors surgery to organise the vaccine or attend a COVID-19 vaccination walk-in centre or pop-up centre.

If you don't have an NHS number here is what you need to do. See the COVID-19: vaccine information for people without an NHS number guidance which is available in 25 languages including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Polish and Urdu.

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the British Red Cross, have produced translated guides with key information on how to register with a GP and book COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccination scams

  • We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.
  • The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.
  • Surrey Heartlands will not send an email inviting you for a vaccination but only send invitations for the COVID-19 vaccination by text or phone call and the NHS national booking system contacts people by letter directing people to the national booking system website with a unique booking reference.

People are warned to be alert to these scams. The video below has been made by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards together with Dr Sally Johnson from NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group to prevent COVID-19 vaccine scams.

The COVID-19 vaccination is free. To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following:

  • The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
  • Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you cannot find an answer to your question on the information hub you can contact the Vaccination team via: syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net

Or call 0300 561 2500 lines are open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday only.

Please note, this is not a vaccination booking service.

Video of Dr Sally Johnson, Clinical Lead for COVID Vaccinations in Surrey Heartlands

Video by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards together with Dr Sally Johnson from NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group to prevent COVID-19 vaccine scams

Public Health England British Sign Language video about COVID Vaccination and blood clotting guidance