The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In Warrington, the vaccine is being offered at Warrington Hospital and local, GP-led vaccination centres. There are also larger ‘mass vaccination’ centres in operation, which are being organised by NHS England, and provide additional opportunities to vaccinate people alongside the local GP-led programme.

The NHS will contact you to book a vaccination appointment when it's your turn to have the vaccine. People will be contacted in line with the agreed national priority list.

Please do not contact the NHS, including your registered GP practice, for a vaccination unless you are told to do so.

NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has put together information about the local community vaccination programme, including a list of frequently asked questions. This includes questions about eligibility, booking your vaccination appointment and mass vaccination centres.

Social care staff

All frontline social care workers, including care home workers, home care workers and those working in day centres and supported living, who have close personal contact with those who are clinically at risk from COVID-19 are eligible for the vaccine.

Further information on vaccinations for social care staff and which staffing groups are classed as frontline social care workers can be viewed on the NHS website.

If you believe you, your organisation, or the service you provide falls into this eligibility group, or you are unsure and want further advice, please send the following information to socialcare-covidvac@warrington.gov.uk

  • Name and address of your organisation (please include a link to a website where possible)
  • If you are a private carer, an outline of the care you provide and how you are paid for this
  • CQC registration (if applicable)
  • Number of eligible staff

Unpaid/informal carers

The NHS is now offering appointments for the COVID vaccination to specific groups of unpaid carers. The only carers who qualify at this time are 'those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable'.

The definition is very specific. It is important that only those who meet the above criteria book an appointment because it is aimed at protecting those most at risk of harm. You will be required to sign and confirm that you meet these eligibility requirements. If you are confident that you are eligible for the vaccine as an unpaid carer you can now book an appointment via the national booking service or by calling 119. You will need your NHS number which you can get from the NHS website if you don't already know it.