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COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination Information
COVID-19 Vaccination Information

16/06/21 Update on vaccine appointment availability

We currently have availability for Pfizer vaccinations at: 

  • Leicester General Hospital Wednesday 16 - Friday 18 June, Sunday 20 June, Tuesday 22 June 
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary Saturday 19 June.

Further dates are released on a rolling 7-day basis.

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

Updated 09/06/21

You can use our online 'hospital hub' vaccine booking system to book your first vaccination if:

  1. you're aged 21 or over
  2. you'll turn 21 before 1 July 2021
  3. you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable) or you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable) - eligible conditions can be viewed here
  4. you have a learning disability
  5. you're a frontline health or social care worker
  6. you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a carer

Second appointments should only be booked with us if you had your first vaccine at our hospitals.

The full UK Government priority criteria can be viewed here

 All groups will need to provide proof of eligibility at our vaccine hub. Please see notes on proof of eligibility in the 'booking a vaccine' section below.

As part of the Leicester 'Vaccination Surge Plan', we are encouraging eligible adults to come forward for vaccination, who are Leicester/Leicestershire resident and who meet the following criteria:

  1. You are an adult and you live with two or more adults and you are not from the same family
  2. You live with someone who is at higher risk from Covid either because they are aged 50 or over or they have a health condition

 Please do not book a vaccine if you 

  • Have 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

Further Information

  • If you are under 40, or pregnant, you should use the booking links for Pfizer vaccine, rather than AstraZeneca
  • Eligible people may be invited directly by their GP or the national booking service by letter, or text.  You can trust your text message is genuine if it comes from ‘NHSvaccine’, includes a link to the NHS.uk website and gives you the option of phoning 119. 
  • Our hospital vaccine team may also contact patients via text. If you need to verify the text, please call our booking centre.
  • Pfizer vaccine no waste appointments - to avoid vaccine wastage, we may offer vaccine appointments outside of the priority groups above, for appointments within three working days. 

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 


 Changes to second dose appointments for people in priority groups 1-9  

In line with Government advice anyone in priority groups 1 - 9 who are yet to have their second dose of Covid vaccine will be offered an appointment eight weeks after their first jab, rather than at week 12.This is to ensure people across the UK have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity.

If you were still waiting to have your second dose after 15 May, we will have moved your appointment to an earlier date and notified you via text and/or email.

Please attend the earlier appointment to get fullest possible protection, as early as possible. 

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital or to die from it. There is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

 Booking a vaccine at our hospital hubs  

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 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 – To make a booking you must have an NHS number. You can find your NHS number here.
  4. Choose a date and time for your initial vaccination. (The system will automatically generate your second appointment).
  5. 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, or 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

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. 

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.

Information about the AstraZeneca vaccine 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have advised that the benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh any risks but that careful consideration should be given to people who are at higher risk of specific types of blood clots because of their medical condition.

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. 

 More Information on COVID-19 vaccines