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Millions of people in the UK have received their COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccine is safe and effective and provides the best protection from COVID-19.

Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • Reduce risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • Reduce risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • Protect against COVID-19 variants
  • Reduce risk of getting Long COVID

The first dose gives some protection from three to four weeks after you’ve had it, but you need two doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

Walk-in vaccine sites

Local walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are a convenient and easy way to get your vaccine. All offer first, second and booster vaccinations.

  • St James’ Hospital (Hamble House, Nelson Drive, off Edenbridge Road, Southsea, PO4 8LD)
    • Monday to Sunday, seven days per week
    • 8am – 8pm
    • Over 12s
  • Laly’s Pharmacy (1 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2RY)
    • Monday – Saturday, 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm
    • Sunday, 10am – 2pm
    • Moderna and Pfizer vaccines only
    • Over 16s
  • Fratton Park (Frogmore Road, Southsea, PO4 8RA)
    • Saturday 29 January
    • 10.30am – 4.30pm
    • Over 12s
  • Gunwharf Quays, opposite Joules outlet shop (PO1 3TZ)
    • Friday 28 January, 12 – 7pm
    • Saturday 29 January, 12 – 8pm
    • Sunday 30 January, 12 – 6.30pm
    • Over 12s
  • Charles Dickens Activity Centre (Lake Road, Charles Dickens, PO1 4HH)
    • Tuesday 1 February
    • 9am – 6pm
    • Over 12s
  • Landport Community Centre (Charles St, Charles Dickens, PO1 1JD)
    • Friday 4 February
    • 9am – 6pm
    • Over 12s
  • Paulsgrove Community Centre (Marsden Road, Paulsgrove, PO6 4JB)
    • Saturday 5 February
    • 11am – 4pm
    • Over 12s
  • St Jude’s Church (Kent Road, Southsea, PO5 3EL)
    • Saturday 5 February
    • 10am – 4pm
    • Over12s

Other ways to get your vaccine

There are several ways you can get a vaccine:

  • Wait to be contacted by the NHS to invite you to a local NHS service such as a GP practice
  • Attend a walk-in vaccination site*
  • Book your appointment online through the NHS website
  • At school, if your school is delivering the in-school vaccination programme delivered by the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team.

*Please check what vaccines are being offered at your local walk-in centre, and if enough time has passed since your last dose, before attending.

If you attend a walk-in centre, you can bring your NHS number if you know it, but it isn’t essential.

Read what happens at your vaccine appointment on the NHS’s website.

Information by age group

Children aged 5 to 11

Further advice regarding COVID-19 vaccination for other 5- to 11-year-olds will be issued in due course.

Children aged 12 to 15

All children aged 12 to 15 years have been invited to receive both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with the second dose no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose.

The School Age Immunisation Team will offer a first and second dose to all eligible 12- to 15-year-old children at mainstream secondary schools in Portsmouth in the spring 2022 term through the school-based COVID-19 vaccination programme.

If a young person still needs their first dose, or is eligible for their second dose, they can:

  • Attend a local walk-in site with a parent or carer who can give consent (listed above) or search online for the nearest walk-in site, or book an appointment through the National Booking System or call 119.
  • Attend vaccination day at school with a completed parental consent form. Schools will contact parents/carers directly with information about the school vaccination programme.

Anyone under the age of 18 who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19 must wait 12 weeks before they can have a vaccination.

Parents/carers of young people aged 12-15 will be asked to give consent for the vaccine. Find out more about the vaccination for young people on the NHS website.

Young people aged 16 and 17

Young people aged 16 and 17 can get a COVID-19 vaccine. They are given in two doses. You can have your second dose eight weeks after your first.

To get your vaccine, you can:

  • Attend a local walk-in clinic (listed above) or find your nearest walk-in clinic – no appointments needed
  • Book an appointment online through the NHS National Booking Service or call 119
  • Wait to be contacted by your GP practice
  • Have your vaccine at school (if you’re aged 16 or 17 and your school is delivering the in-school vaccination programme delivered by the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team)

16- and 17-year-olds don’t need to be accompanied by, or have permission from, an adult to get the vaccine.

Anyone under the age of 18 who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19 must wait 12 weeks before they can have a vaccination.

You can bring your NHS number to a walk-in appointment if you know it, but that isn’t essential.

Booster jabs

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

You can get your booster dose if you had a second dose at least 12 weeks ago and you:

  • Are aged 16 and over
  • Are aged 12 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
  • Are aged 12 and over and live with someone who is immunosuppressed
  • Are a frontline health or social care worker
  • Live or work in a care home

People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

If you have a weakened immune system and have had a third dose of the vaccine, you can get a booster dose from 12 weeks after your third dose.

Your GP or hospital specialist will invite you for your booster dose when it’s due.

If you have a letter from your GP or hospital specialist inviting you for your third dose, you can get your booster at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site. You’ll need to bring your letter with you.

There are several ways to get your appointment:

  • Attend a local walk-in clinic (listed above) or find your nearest walk-in clinic – no appointments needed
  • Book an appointment online through the NHS National Booking Service or call 119
  • Wait to be contacted by your GP practice
  • At some local pharmacies – NHS England has arranged for some pharmacies in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to provide the booster vaccination. This is by appointment only through the NHS National Booking Service

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS and they’ll never ask for your bank account or card details.

If you can’t book online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you are unwell when your appointment is due

You should not get vaccinated if you are feeling unwell, are self-isolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test or within four weeks of having a positive COVID-19 test.

You can update your appointment online or call 119 if that’s how you originally made your appointment.

 

More information about the vaccine

Vaccine safety

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. The safety of the vaccines continues to be monitored.

Side effects

Like all medicines, the COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them. Most side effects are mild and shouldn’t last any longer than a week. These include:

  • A sore arm from the injection
  • Feeling tired
  • A headache
  • Feeling achy
  • Feeling or being sick

You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine but you may have caught it just before or after your vaccination.

Serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are extremely rare.

Development of vaccines

All vaccines used in the UK must be approved by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which makes sure the vaccines meet strict international standards for safety, quality and effectiveness. Once a vaccine is approved, it’s closely monitored to continue to make sure it is safe and effective.

You can watch a video about how COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly and safely on the NHS website, where you’ll also find further information about vaccine safety.

Fertility

There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant.

You can have the vaccine if you’re aged 18 and over and you’re:

  • Trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future
  • Pregnant or think you might be
  • Breastfeeding

The vaccines you’ll be offered depends if you’re pregnant and how old you are. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Read more about pregnancy, breastfeeding fertility and the vaccination on the NHS website and read the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Q&As on COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility.

Allergic reactions

Most people with allergies (including food or penicillin allergies) can be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tell healthcare staff before you’ve been vaccinated if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis). They may ask what you’re allergic to, to make sure you can have the vaccine.

Serious allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines are very rare.

Types of COVID-19 vaccine

There are currently four COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK. These are:

  • Moderna
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Janssen (available later this year)

When you book, you’ll be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you. This might be due to your age or if you are pregnant for example.

Walk-in clinics should advertise what type of vaccines are being offered at the clinic.

Booking your second vaccine

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had a serious allergic reaction to the first.

If you book your appointments online, you’ll be asked to book your first and second appointments at the same time. You can manage your appointments on the NHS website to view appointments and re-book if needed.

If you have your first dose at a walk-in clinic, you can book your second COVID-19 vaccination appointment online after 24 hours of your first dose. Or you can attend a walk-in clinic 8 weeks after your first dose.

Useful links

Information about COVID-19 vaccine

 

NHS website
What to expect at your appointmentNHS website
Vaccination guide for eligible children and young peopleGovernment website
FAQs about COVID-19 vaccineNHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group
Useful resources like videos and translated guidesCouncil webpage
St. James’ Hospital vaccination centre and temporary changes to travel around the site to help with traffic flowCouncil news pages
Scams relating to the COVID-19 vaccinationCouncil webpage
How many people have been vaccinated in PortsmouthCouncil webpage

NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver the vaccine while at the same time continuing to be there for everyone who needs care.

Here’s how we can help them:

  • If you’ve booked an appointment, please attend at the time you’re asked to.
  • If you attend a walk-in clinic, please follow the guidance at that location.
  • Wherever you receive your vaccination, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives, even if you’ve already had your vaccine.

Got a question about the vaccine?

If you have any questions about the vaccine, get in touch with our COVID-19 vaccination team who will be happy to help.

Email us at covidvaccine@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call the freephone number 0300 561 0018