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COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination Information
COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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.

The vaccine is safe for most people, but you are advised to not book the vaccine if you:

  • Received a flu vaccination in the last seven days
  • 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 

Who is currently eligible to have the vaccine at Leicester's Hospitals?

Updated 06/03/21

Currently our online 'hospital hub' vaccine booking system is open, but with limited availability. Our online booking system can be used by the following members of the public to book their initial vaccine appointment:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. At risk’ adults aged 16 to 65 years with clinical criteria (eligible conditions can be viewed here).
  7. All those 60 years of age and over

 All groups will need to provide proof of eligibility at our vaccine hub. For group 6, this means an up to date clinical letter or prescription. 

Please note, currently:

  • Our sites are not linked to the national booking system for Covid vaccination, and so there may be some variation between the groups that we are able to book in our hubs, and the groups that are nationally announced as eligible for vaccination.
  • Others who are eligible may be invited directly by the hospitals, their GP or the national booking service and appointments are available at other locations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. 
  • Under 60s can only book at our hubs if they meet the criteria for the clinically vulnerable. 
  • Carers (paid and unpaid) are advised to visit their GP for vaccination.
  • 'Keyworkers' outside of health and social care are not yet eligible for vaccine. This includes teachers and police.
  • Nationally, group 8 (people aged 56 and over), are eligible to book with their GPs or through the national booking service. They are not currently eligible through our hub vaccination. Whilst you the online booking is complete, you will be turned away at site, as we are currently unable to book this group.

If you become aware of messages circulating on WhatsApp, Facebook or elsewhere that appear to contradict this page, please contact the Leicester's Hospitals communications team: communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk 

The full priority criteria can be viewed here


Booking a vaccine at our hospital hubs  

Current vaccine levels mean we are able to offer appointments to those who are eligible (as per criteria above) at our hospital vaccination hubs. The booking process can be found below. 

Please note: Proof of eligibility AND Photo ID will be required on arrival. Clinically extremely vulnerable patients will need to present a valid shielding letter. Patients who are 'At Risk' must provide an up to date clinical letter, or prescription to validate their eligibility. Patients who are unable to provide these will not be vaccinated. 

The booking process 

  1. Click on the link for your preferred vaccination site (below):
    1. Glenfield Hospital
    2. Leicester General Hospital
    3. Leicester Royal Infirmary
  2. Enter the pin CovidVL19 
  3. Register as a new user – To make a booking you must have an NHS number. You can find your NHS number here.
  4. Pick the patient option on the form and fill in your details - if you are a member of the public please ignore all references to 'staff' or 'employer'
  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, so we advise that you check back at a later date as we add more appointments.


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

Proof of eligibility

Add attendees will be required to bring Photo ID that confirms their likeness, name and date of birth. If you have been issued with a direct letter inviting you to get vaccinated, you should also bring this with you.

Additionally, people that are in the following groups must provide additional eligibility proof:

  • Group 2 (Health & Social Care Workers) must bring a valid staff identification and if non-NHS, a letter confirming job role and eligibility).
  • Group 4 (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) must present a valid shielding letter.
  • Group 6 (At risk adults) must bring a current clinical letter or prescription that confirms that they meet the criteria

 Patients who are unable to provide these will not be vaccinated even where they have a confirmed online booking. 


 More Information on COVID-19 vaccines