Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus and the NHS is currently offering the vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
How will I get my vaccine?
The NHS may contact you in a range of ways to book your appointment.
Your local GP service: East Riding of Yorkshire GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice, and you might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself – you will be told where to attend when you are invited. If you have had your first jab, you will be contacted about getting your second.
Local hospital services: You might be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient our outpatient. If you have had your first jab, you will be contacted about getting your second.
National NHS COVID-19 Vaccination booking service: If you haven’t already been vaccinated you will receive a letter to book an appointment in a vaccination centre or community pharmacy – either online or by phone. The number of location will increase over the coming weeks.
If you can’t travel to one of these, or there is another reason you can’t book an appointment, you can choose to wait until your local GP service contacts you.
If you receive a letter to book through the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service and you already have an appointment booked elsewhere please ignore the letter.
For more information visit: nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
Vaccinations will take a while, so don’t worry if you or a family member is in one of the priority groups and hasn’t heard anything so far. You might know others who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that doesn’t mean that you are a lower priority.
The NHS is working hard to vaccinate as many people in these groups as quickly as possible, but it is only the start of the vaccination programme and it will take some time to work through everyone.
It is also important that once you receive your vaccine you continue to follow government guidance and only go out for business or essential reasons, continue to social distance and wear a mask.
Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine
People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. Download the guidance explaining why you have to wait for your turn.
Information about the second dose of the vaccine
Prioritising the first doses of vaccine for as many people as possible on the priority list will protect the greatest number of at risk people overall in the shortest possible time.
The MHRA has authorised the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on a two dose schedule, with the second dose to be given after 4 weeks but within 12 weeks of the first. Following a review of clinical evidence and latest public health data, the JCVI and the Department for Health and Social Care have also updated guidance for the NHS on the second dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. It recommends that the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will also be offered between 3 and 12 weeks apart.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals please remember:
The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112.
The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
For more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, visit the NHS website.