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COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination Information
COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Updated 17 September 2021

Eligibility to book your COVID-19 vaccine at Leicester’s Hospitals.

You can book your first, second, or COVID-19 booster jab using our online booking service, provided that you meet the criteria below:

  • For your first vaccination you must be aged 18 or over.
  • For your second vaccination you must be 18 or over, at least 8 weeks since your first dose, and have an NHS number.
  • ONLY Health and social care staff who are 26 weeks since second dose can book their booster dose via our online booking system.

People with suppressed immune systems over the age of 18, will be contacted directly for their third vaccination by our hospital booking team or via their GP. Do not book your third dose via our online system. 

Further Information

  • At this time we are not offering the booster vaccine to other patient groups or the public. Patients, including those over 70 should wait to be contacted by the NHS for their booster vaccine appointment. For further information about this, or about the initial dose for 12-15 year olds please click here to go to the Leicester City CCG COVID-19 Vaccination page
  • People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer vaccine
  • Our hospital vaccine team may also contact patients via text or phone. If you need to verify the text, please call 0300 303 1563
  • If you become aware of messages circulating on WhatsApp, Facebook or elsewhere that appear to contradict this page, please email the Leicester's Hospitals communications team: communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk  

  Please do not book a vaccine if you 

  Please do not book a vaccine if you:

  • Currently have a fever
  • Have a history of an allergic reaction to the ingredients of the vaccines
  • Had the onset of COVID-19 symptoms and/or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last four weeks
  • Are outside of the eligibility criteria of 8 weeks for second or 26 weeks for booster vaccination.
  • Are part of a flu or COVID-19 vaccine research trial or study (contact your trial lead for more information)

 Booking a vaccine at our hospital hubs  

Please note: Photo ID will be required on arrival. Patients who are unable to provide these will not be vaccinated.  

For health and social care staff for BOOSTER clinics please bring proof of work ID.

The booking process for eligible people: 

  1. Click on the link for your preferred vaccination site/clinic (below):
    1. Glenfield Hospital
    2. Leicester General Hospital (Pfizer vaccine)
    3. Leicester Royal Infirmary (Pfizer vaccine)
  2. Enter the pin CovidVL19 
  3. Register as a new user or login with your swiftqueue details – To make a booking you must have an NHS number. You can find your NHS number here.
  4. Select your appointment type.
  5. Choose a date and time for your initial vaccination. (The system will automatically generate your second appointment).
  6. Check your inbox and junk mail for an email that confirms your booking. You will also receive a text reminder if you filled in the contact number field

If you do not see any appointment availability online it means that our appointments are fully booked, click here for other booking options.

Attending your appointment 

To help you, and others, be seen quickly and safely please:

  • Attend alone if you can
  • Arrive on time (not early) to aid social distancing on site 
  • Wear a face covering
  • Bring photo ID, NHS number & proof of eligibility

 More Information on COVID-19 vaccines

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Covid-19 vaccines meet the strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA follows international standards of safety and approved vaccines must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks that all other licensed medicines go through.

Normal side effects

As with any vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccines will cause side effects in some people including headaches and soreness in the arm, but the total number and the nature of Yellow Cards reported so far is not unusual for a new vaccine.

For a list of potential side-effects of the vaccine click here

Second dose appointments

People who have had two doses of Covid vaccine are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, be admitted to hospital, die from Covid or spread it to others, so it is important that you attend both your first and second vaccine appointments.

In line with JCVI guidance you should have your second appointment no earlier than 8 weeks after your first vaccine. If you attend our vaccine clinics, earlier than the advised interval you will be unable to receive your second vaccine and will be asked to book an appointment after 8 weeks