How to access COVID-19 vaccination

Find out who can get the vaccine and how in Coventry. Healthwatch Coventry is your independent champion in health and social care services. On this page we put together useful information about how COVID-19 vaccination is working in Coventry.
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Drop in vaccination

New days, times and locations for drop in vaccination clinics come out regularly from the NHS.

If you go to a drop in clinic and already have a vaccination slot booked through the national booking system or your GP practice, please remember to cancel your booking. This will mean vaccine doses aren't wasted and your slot can be made available to someone else.

Drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those aged 18 or over at the Coventry and North Warwickshire Cricket Club

A drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic is being held at the Coventry and North Warwickshire Cricket Club, CV3 1HB.

It will be open: 

  • Friday 30 July, 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday 31 July, 8am to 6pm

  • Friday 6 August,8am to 6pm

  • Saturday 7 August, 8am to 6pm

Available to anyone aged over 18. It will be giving both first and second doses and doses of both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

Drop in COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 18-39 year olds

First and second dose of Pfizer vaccination for those aged 18-39 years are available at the following, no need to book just drop in during the opening times given:

Coventry Community Resource Centre, Red Lane, Coventry CV6 5EE

  • Between Thursday 22 - Tuesday 27 July, 9am to 6pm, Sundays 10am to 6pm

Acorn Pharmacy, Unit 2 Remembrance Road, Coventry CV3 3DP 

  • Tuesday 27 July, 9am to 1pm
  • Thursday 29 July, 9am to 1pm
  • Saturday 31 July, 9am to 1pm

   

Drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those aged 40 or over.

First and second doses of AstraZeneca are available at the following, no need to book just drop in during the opening times:

Acorn Pharmacy, Unit 2 Remembrance Road, Coventry CV3 3DP

  • Monday 26 July, 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday 28 July, 9am-1pm
  • Friday 30 July, 9am-1pm
  • Sunday 1 August, 9am-6pm
  • Wednesday 4 August, 9am-1pm

How much time should there be between your first and second dose of vaccine?

The prime minister has announced that all age groups can have the second COVID-19 vaccination dose 8 weeks after the first dose.

This does not mean that if your second dose does not happen in this timeframe that it will not be effective. You can still have it.

If your second dose is booked for over 8 weeks after your first dose, you should be able to move this to 8 weeks if you have used the national COVID-19 vaccination booking system online or via phoning 119.

You may hear about people who have different lengths of time between their vaccinations to you, this could be for a number of reasons including: vaccine supply in their local area, or a pre-existing health condition or a policy in another country.

Please do not attend drop in vaccination clinics in the hope of getting your second dose more quickly than 8 weeks after your first dose. This will not happen.

Children at increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease to be offered Pfizer vaccine

The UK government's scientific advisors have recommended that medically vulnerable children be offered the Pfizer vaccine. This includes:

  • Children aged 12-15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down's Syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities.
  • Children aged 12-17 who live with an immunosuppressed person.
  • Children aged 16-17 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious COVID-19 should already have been offered the vaccine as part of previous guidance.

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccination that has been approved for children in the UK, for those aged 12 or older. The approval came after a trial involving 1000 young adults in the USA found that any side effects were generally short-lived and mild.

Having a problem getting your vaccination?

If you have been trying to book your vaccination and have not been successful, are having problems getting your second dose, or have another problem with getting vaccination let Healthwatch Coventry know. Our role is to speak up for patients and we can let the NHS know. We can also provide information to you.

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Booked COVID-19 vaccination

National booking system

If you are over 18 years of age you can book a COVID-19 Vaccination by phoning 119 or through the national booking website .

Vaccination Centres local to Coventry include the vaccination centre at Stoneleigh Park and a vaccination Centre at University Hospital Coventry.

8 Coventry pharmacies can also be booked: including a  a City Centre pharmacy and pharmacies in Willenhall, Foleshill, Woodway Park, Allesley, and Hillfields.

The GP led vaccination centre at Coventry and  North Warwickshire cricket club in Binley, Coventry has also just been added to the national online and phone booking system.

A complete list of vaccination sites in Coventry can be found on the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership website

 

Local GP led COVID-19 vaccination 

Most GP practices in Coventry have signed up to take part in vaccination and they are doing this in groups of practices called primary care networks.

People are contacted directly by their GP practice to be invited for vaccination. You must not try to go for a vaccination unless you have been invited.

People being invited to GP led vaccination are:

  • those aged over 18
  • those aged over 16 with an underlying health condition 

Stoneleigh Vaccination Centre to close at the end of August 

The vaccination centre at Stoneleigh will close at the end of August. If you have a vaccination booked at Stoneleigh, you should still attend as they will still fulfil your appointment.

Concerned about the AstraZeneca vaccine or want to know more?

The independent group that oversees vaccination decided that the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be given to people aged 39 or younger. This has led to some people having concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

Public Health England have recently published a leaflet to help address any concerns you may have about having your second dose. 

Find the leaflet here

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