Vaccinations

Updated 11.04.22

The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others. You are less likely to be seriously ill, die or spread the virus to other people.

Who can have a COVID-19 vaccination
  • 1st and 2nd doses are available for people aged 12 years old and over

  • Boosters are available for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old

  • Spring boosters are available for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system

  • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over are available

  • all 5 to 11 years old are being offered two doses of a low does vaccine

Please refer to the NHS website for further information.

How and where to get a COVID-19 vaccination

Booking an appointment

You can book an appointment via the NHS website or by calling 119. You will be offered various appointment times and locations dependent on availability.

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Local walk in sites

From Monday 7th March Blackburn Cathedral will accept walk in appointments from 9:30 - 17:15 Monday – Saturday and 10:30 – 15:15 on Sundays

Vaccinations in the home

If you’re unsure about going to a vaccination site or need support to leave home, it may be possible to have your vaccination in your own home. Further information can be found about the Vac At Home service.

Free travel for when you go to have your COVID vaccination

To help make it easier for you to go and get your COVID vaccination, we are offering free travel by bus and taxi.

  • when you go to get your COVID vaccination, you can travel for free on any bus service within Blackburn with Darwen – just tell the driver you’re going to get your COVID vaccine
  • to arrange for a taxi, call: (01254) 777888 or (01254) 696996 or go to: http://www.cityprivatehire.co.uk/. When booking a taxi for a vaccine appointment, please ask the operators to book a taxi on BwD Vaxi Taxi account
Booster vaccinations

The coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine helps improve the protection you have from earlier doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

There are 3 types of boosters for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine:

  • a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 years and over, and some children aged 12 to 15 years, who have had a second dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago
  • a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses and who had an additional primary does (third dose) of the vaccine at least 3 months ago
  • a spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to people aged 75 years and over, people who live in a care home for older people, or people aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system

Further details about booster vaccinations can be found on the NHS website

Vaccination of children and young people

Everyone aged 5 years and over, can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

Further information can be found by following the links below:

Vaccine safety

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.
They can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them.
Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines side effects and safety.

Vaccination and pregnancy

You can be vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) if:

  • You are pregnant or think you might be
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You are trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

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.

You will be able to discuss the benefits and potential risks of having a COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy at your vaccination appointment.

For further information please refer to the NHS website, or call 119. You can also speak to your GP or your maternity team for advice.

Leaflets in community languages

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available in many different languages and also in easy read format, to help everyone get the information they need to decide to have their vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults multi-lingual leaflets

Easy-read guides providing information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccination.

Vaccination scams

Coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the NHS. You may be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or a pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Find out more about how you will be contacted.

Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay and:

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive a call that you think is a scam please hang up. If you receive an email that you think is a scam please do not click on any links or reply with any of your details.

Please visit Coronavirus vaccine scam warning | Action Fraud for more information.

NHS Covid Pass for work, events and travel

Please visit NHS COVID Pass - NHS (www.nhs.uk) for further details.