COVID-19 COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Vaccination sites in Manchester

There are vaccination sites across Manchester.

Covid vaccines  

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19. More information on the COVID-19 vaccination is available on NHS website

Which COVID-19 vaccination you can get

First dose

Anyone age 5 or over before 31 August 2022 can book a first dose.

Second dose

You can book a second dose if you are:

  • age 5 or over (and were 5 before 31 August 2022) 

If you are under 18 you can have your second dose 12 weeks (84 days) after your first dose.

If you are 18 years or older you can have your second dose 8 weeks (56 days) after your first dose.

First booster

You can have a first booster if you are: 

  • over 16 
  • aged 12 – 15 with a condition that means they are at high risk from COVID-19 can have a first booster. 

You can only have your booster 3 months (91 days) after your second vaccination. 

Seasonal booster

You can book a seasonal (autumn booster) if you are:

  • aged 50 or over
  • pregnant
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk due to a health condition
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk because of a weakened immune system
  • aged 5 and over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • aged 16 and over and a carer, either paid or unpaid
  • living or working in a care home for older people
  • a frontline health and social care worker

Ways to receive your Covid vaccination  

You can book on the national booking service site or ring 119, in Manchester you can also go to one of our walk-in centres and no appointment is needed.  

People who are registered with a Manchester GP can also call the Gateway to book an appointment on 0161 947 0770 or 0800 092 4020, lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm. 

Manchester's free confidential health helpline

Call free on 0800 840 3858 or text: 07890 036 892. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 

For more information about how to get a Covid vaccination visit the NHS website. For non-emergency medical issues call NHS 111 or visit NHS 111. In an emergency call 999.

The service is for anyone with COVID-19 questions, who needs help with booking vaccination or testing appointments or has questions on when to self isolate. Advice is provided by a nursing team. Translation service available.   

Contacting you about your COVID-19 vaccination 

In Manchester there are three ways you might be contacted to get your vaccination: 

  • Most people will be contacted by their GP practice, which will book them into their local Vaccination Centre; these are run by local GP practices working together.  
  • You might be contacted by your local hospital as an outpatient or inpatient.  
  • If you are eligible and haven’t already been vaccinated, you will receive a letter from the national booking service inviting you to book online or call 119 to book an appointment at a local vaccination site or a local pharmacy-run vaccination centre in the city. 

Contacting us about vaccine availability

If you are a private provider of health and social care services in Manchester that fall into current JCVI cohorts and have not been contacted about COVID-19 vaccine availability, or have questions about the vaccine rollout, please email

Flu vaccination 

Many people who are more susceptible to Covid-19, are also at greater risk from flu, so make sure you get your free flu jab if you are eligible this winter.

If you’re able to get a Covid-19 booster dose and a flu vaccination at the same time, it is safe to do so. Not all providers will be able to offer them at the same time though, so you may need separate appointments.  

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