Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and the NHS is starting to offer vaccines to those who are at most risk from Covid-19.
The first vaccinations will be offered to people in the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), starting with people aged 80 and over. Groups of GP practices are working together to provide vaccines from local centres and will contact eligible patients when it is their turn.
Some vaccines will also be offered from ‘hubs’ at hospitals in Bradford and Leeds to people who work in care homes and frontline health and care workers who are at the greatest risk of catching Covid-19.
As more supplies of the vaccine become available, we will be able to offer the vaccine to more people and at other locations. These will include local vaccination services provided by GPs and pharmacists, in people’s homes if they can’t come to us and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but you will be invited for a vaccine when it’s your turn so you do not need to contact your practice or the NHS.
This will be the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS and you can really help us to deliver it to those that need it most by doing the following:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you when it’s the right time.
- When we do contact you, please act immediately and make sure you attend your appointments.
- Please continue to follow all the guidelines – hand hygiene and social distancing in particular – to control the virus and save lives.
Further Information about the Vaccine
For answers to some of the key questions please see these frequently asked questions.
You can also visit www.nhs.uk or the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership website to download the patient information leaflets on specific topics from Public Health England, for the full list of documents, visit the Public Health England website.
Below, is a selection of documents:
- Guides for adults, social care staff, healthcare workers and those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
- What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination
- Why do I have to wait for my Covid-19 vaccine? poster
- Guidance to Vaccine Centres
- Vaccination information for public health professionals
- Vaccination consent forms and letter templates for healthcare workers, social care staff and care home residents
Selected documents are available from Public Health England relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme:
COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults – Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff – Information for frontline health and social care workers on COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers – Information for frontline healthcare workers on COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding – Information for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination – Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccination: care home and healthcare settings posters – This COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups poster is suitable for all care home and healthcare settings.
Guidance to vaccination centres on managing allergic reactions following COVID-19 vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – Statement by Dr June Raine, Chief Executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the guidance to vaccination centres on managing allergic reactions following COVID-19 vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a – Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination information for public health professionals.
COVID-19 vaccination: consent form and letter for healthcare workers – Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination consent form and letter templates for healthcare workers.
COVID-19 vaccination: consent form and letter for social care staff – Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination consent form and letter templates for social care staff.
COVID-19 vaccination: consent forms and letters for care home residents – Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination consent forms and letter templates for care home residents.
Document links on this page were last updated on: 18 December 2020
For the full list of COVID-19 vaccination programme documents, visit the Public Health England website. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/