COVID vaccinations: questions and answers about the rollout in North Yorkshire

Timing

Who should I contact to arrange a vaccination?

You don’t have to do anything. You will be contacted by the NHS and invited for a vaccine when the time comes. No-one will be left out. The invitation may be from your local GP surgery inviting you to attend a GP-led vaccination site in your area, or from the NHS, inviting you to book an appointment (via the NHS National Booking Service) at one of the larger vaccination centres or pharmacy sites. You may receive an invitation from both – chose which is best for you.

When will I get vaccinated?

This BBC article explains the current position.

Do I need a second dose of the vaccine?

If you've received a first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZenica, or Moderna vaccines, the answer is yes. It is important that you receive the second dose of the vaccine when invited. This ‘booster’ is an important part of the vaccination process - particularly with the Delta variant which originated in India now in widespread circulation in the UK - and is common with many vaccines. The timing of second doses will be in line with the standard operating procedure for each vaccine, normally between eight and 12 weeks after your first dose. The NHS will arrange your second dose with you, there is no need to call your GP to arrange.

How soon after my vaccination will I be protected?

You will have increased protection from serious illness caused by the COVID-19 virus between two and three weeks after your first dose of the vaccination.

However, emerging data suggests this additional protection is limited against the Delta variant after one vaccine dose and both doses are required to provide the maximum protection.

Everyone, including those who have received a vaccination, should continue to comply with government guidance, around social distancing, face coverings and hand washing even after they have received a jab, in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Access

Where will I get vaccinated?

There are four types of vaccination sites operating at the moment: local vaccination centres which are run by GP practices through their primary care networks, hospital hubs which are focusing on health and care staff, larger vaccination centres, such as the one at Askham Bar near York, and pharmacy-led sites, such as the one at Knaresborough.

The local vaccination sites across North Yorkshire and York include:-

  • The Forum, Northallerton
  • Tennants Auction House, Leyburn
  • The Pavillions, Harrogate
  • Whitby Pavillion
  • Scarborough Rugby Club
  • Filey Surgery
  • Derwent Practice, Malton
  • Pickering Medical Practice
  • Posterngate Surgery, Selby
  • Tadcaster Health Centre
  • Haxby Health Centre
  • Nimbuscare Mass Vaccination Hub, Askham Bar
  • Ripon Racecourse

The hospital hubs vaccinating in North Yorkshire and York are:-

  • Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  • York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (York and Scarborough)

Your vaccination site will be clearly indicated when you receive your invitation from the NHS for your vaccination appointment.

Is help to travel available to attend my vaccination appointment?

People should access their vaccination appointment in the same way they would access any other medical appointment using existing services. In addition, if needed, there may be volunteer drivers available, charities are offering their support and patients who meet the criteria for patient transport for medical appointments may also be able to use that service.

I am housebound; can I be vaccinated at home?

We strongly encourage everyone who can to attend a vaccination site when invited. We are working through the best ways to bring the vaccine to those who are unable to leave their home as a healthcare system. How this will best be achieved is shaped by the characteristics of the vaccines available.

About the vaccines

Is the vaccine safe?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Any COVID-19 vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or clotting problems, have been very rare.

To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:

You can read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

Can I choose what vaccine I receive?

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. You will only be offered a specific vaccine if you're either:

  • pregnant
  • aged under 40 and do not have a health condition that increases your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

If this applies to you, you'll only be shown appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine when you book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online.

If you book through your GP surgery, tell them if you're pregnant or under 40.

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.

Vaccination site safety

Are the vaccination sites safe?

Each vaccination site has been carefully selected against a set of comprehensive criteria which ensure that social distancing can be maintained the site is easy to access and the one way systems can be maintained where needed. We have only selected sites where we are able to comply with government guidance to ensure that each vaccination is administered safely.

Videos about the vaccination programme

In English ...

In Malay ...

In Sylheti ...

In Mandarin ...

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In Pidgin English (Nigerian) ...

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In Yoruba ...

In Kurdish ...

These videos have been produced by the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership. The full suite is available, here. There's further guidance from local GPs, including messages in Bengali, Polish, Slokav, Urdu and Pashto, as well as in British Sign Language (BSL) from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.