We are making excellent progress with the covid vaccination programme across Lincolnshire. Following the successful completion of vaccinations for people aged 70 and over (the first four cohorts), we are now vaccinating people in cohorts five and six.
You are now eligible for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination if:
- you are aged 60 or over
- you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you are an eligible frontline health worker
- you are an eligible frontline social care worker
- you are eligible for Carer’s Allowance – find out more about Carer’s Allowance on GOV.UK
- you are on the GP Learning Disability Register
You also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
Find out more about who is eligible to have a coronavirus vaccination.
You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, self-isolating or waiting for a COVID-19 test.
If you are not eligible yet, please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.
You have the choice to either:
- Have your vaccination at a Local Vaccination Site via your local GP services, who will contact you directly if they haven’t already done so, or;
- Book an appointment at a Large Vaccination Centre, either via online Book a coronavirus vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or the national telephone number 119.
If you receive the letter but have already booked your vaccination, you do not need to do anything else – you can ignore the letter and attend for your vaccination as per your appointment.
Please do not contact your GP practice unless they have specifically asked you to (by writing, texting or emailing you). Your practice will contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated, and is busy dealing with people who require care for clinical issues.
You should only attend for vaccination if you have an appointment booked – you will not be vaccinated without an appointment. In addition, if you are experiencing covid symptoms of any kind, or self-isolating, please do not attend for vaccination. You will be rebooked when it is safe for you to attend.
We are committed to vaccinating everyone as quickly as possible. We know that there has been some reporting nationally about practices focusing on people in cohort six, however, we would like to reassure people in Lincolnshire that everyone in cohorts five and six will receive their vaccination.
If you have been identified as one of the additional 1.7 million people required to shield until the end of March, the NHS will contact you to arrange your vaccination if you have not already had your first dose.
There have been some patients who have requested their second vaccination date is moved, however, your date is linked to when you had your first vaccination, so we would ask you to keep the date you have been given. If you have not been given a date, please be assured the NHS will be in touch with you to arrange this.
The vaccination sites already running across the county are:
Large vaccination centres:
- Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln
- Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston
- Lincoln County Hospital
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
Local vaccination centres:
- Louth Community Hospital
- Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham
- Waddington Branch Surgery, South Lincoln
- St Marys Medical Practice, Stamford
- Franklin Hall, Spilsby
- Sidings Medical Practice, Boston
- Rustons Sports and Social Club, Lincoln
- Portland Medical Practice, Lincoln
- The Storehouse, Skegness
- Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln
- Springfields, Spalding
- John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough
- Marisco Medical Practice, Mablethorpe
Take a look at our FAQS and useful links to further information below ⬇️
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccine has been approved to use. A dedicated team of MHRA scientists and clinicians carried out a rigorous, scientific and detailed review of all the available data, starting in October 2020.
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine. Very common side effects include:
• Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
• Feeling tired
• General aches, or mild flu like symptoms
I've had my flu vaccine, do I still need a COVID vaccine?
Yes, the flu vaccine doesn’t protect you from COVID-19. If you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, normally seperated by a week.
Can I just turn up and ask for a vaccine?
No. You will not be vaccinated without a booked appointment.
Why have I received a letter inviting me to book through a national booking service?
This means that you are now eligible for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. Residents within a 45 minute drive of a large vaccination centre are being sent these letters. In Lincolnshire, we currently have two large centres. One in Boston, at the Princess Royal Sports Arena and another in Lincoln, at the Lincolnshire Showground.
I have received a letter but I have already booked or attended an appointment through my GP. What should I do?
If you already have a vaccination booked through your local NHS please ignore the letter and attend that appointment – there is nothing you need to do.
I have received invites to get vaccinated from both a local site and the national system, but haven’t booked with either yet. Can I choose where to go?
Why do I have to travel to the large vaccination centre for my appointment?
You don’t. The large centres are another option, but if you prefer to wait until the NHS invites you to a local vaccination site, you may.
What if I can’t get to the Vaccination Centre?
People can also wait until more locations closer to where they live become available. The NHS will follow up with people that haven’t booked their appointment, as a reminder.
In Lincolnshire, the NHS is working alongside colleagues from Lincolnshire County Council, to ensure there is support to access appointments. If advice is needed, you can call their Customer Transport Helpline on 0345 456 4474. The helpline operates 09:30 – 17:30 Monday to Friday and 10:00 – 15:00 Saturday.
I don’t have access to the internet
There will be alternative ways to book, including telephone and options for those with sensory impairments.
What are the operating hours of the telephone booking system?
The telephone booking service will be open 16 hours a day (from 7am until 11pm), seven days a week. People will also be able to book online 24/7.
What should people do if they can’t get through to the booking phone line straight away?
At times, due to high demand, the phone line will get very busy, which may mean waiting on the line for a while or calling back later. You can alternatively book online.
If you need help to do this, please ask someone in your support bubble.
Does this service work for people who don’t understand English well or are deaf?
The phone line will have interpreters and a BSL facility available on request to help you book your appointments.
I have tried to book an appointment at Boston, but am getting other venues?
This will be because all slots immediately available have been booked. More continue to be added, so please try again tomorrow.
How does the national booking system work?
The National Booking Service (NBS) aims to find people the next available appointment at the nearest of the existing vaccination centres or community pharmacies. Because it is a national system, it can suggest centres outside of Lincolnshire. You do not have to accept the appointment it offers. You can try again the next day, when more appointments at the centre close to may be available, or you can wait until your GP invites you to a local vaccination site
You will need your name, date of birth and NHS number to book.
At the time of booking you will be asked to book your first vaccination and your follow up vaccination for 11 to 12 weeks’ time.
Is there a ‘how to’ guide to booking on the national booking system?’
Please see our ‘how to’ guide How to book your vaccination appointment at a large vaccination centre
My neighbours / friends have received a letter from the national vaccination centre to book their jab. Why haven’t I received mine?
The NHS is inviting people for vaccinations based on expert advice on who would benefit most. This has been set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). At the moment we are focusing on all residents, 65 years of age, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions, people who live or work in care homes, and health and social care staff.
If you are in one of these groups you will be invited to book your vaccine soon.
A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to roll out in full. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it.
The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t call us before you are invited.
I have an appointment booked but I now have symptoms of Covid, what should I do?
You should NOT leave home, unless to get a Covid test. You can cancel appointments using the Online booking page or telephone service for large vaccination centres. If you have an appointment at one of the local GP led sites you can cancel your appointment by contacting your GP practice.
See advice and guidance on what to consider before travelling to a COVID-19 vaccination centre
For further information and advice, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination
- GOV.UK: COVID-19 vaccination guide for older adults
- Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Publication of COVID-19 vaccinations administered
Below are a series of easy read leaflets and resources that can be read prior to attending the vaccination centre. These resources will help provide accessible appointments to ensure people with a learning disability and autistic people in a high-risk group have safe and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination:
- Covid Vaccine film produced by Skills for People and Learning Disability England
- PHE easy read Covid vaccination leaflet
- PHE easy read What to expect after the vaccine leaflet
- PHE easy read adult consent form