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COVID-19 vaccination programme

Last reviewed on 13 July

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over.

In St Helens Borough, the vaccine is being offered at St Helens RFC, in some pharmacies and via a mobile vaccination service that visits different locations in the borough, which we will publicise in advance.

You can walk in without making an appointment to the clinic at St Helens RFC, which is open seven days a week from 8am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 7pm. It offers both first and second doses of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

You can also book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination

If you attend the vaccination centre at the Totally Wicked Stadium, you can expect to be given this leaflet with information for people who have had their COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. Vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and have saved thousands of lives.

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

  • The first dose of the vaccine offers good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection you must get a second dose (which must be at least eight weeks after your first).

  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, you could miss out on holidays to other countries, as well as festivals and events in the UK. The government hasn’t ruled out making ‘vaccine passports’ mandatory if required in future.

  • If you're double-vaccinated, you won't need to self-isolate if you've been to an ‘amber list’ country.

  • It’s really easy to get the vaccine – you can just turn up at the drop-in clinic at St Helens RFC, seven days a week from 8am to 7pm. Or you can book online at nhs.uk/covidvaccination. It's also being offered in some pharmacies and there’s a walk-on bus that visits different locations in the borough, which we'll publicise in advance.

  • It’s quick and painless – you’ll be in and out within 20 minutes.

  • The vaccines have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. Arm yourself with the facts at nhs.uk/covidvaccination.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have produced YouTube videos explaining the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in the following languages:

The government has produced a COVID-19 vaccination guide for adults, which has been translated into multiple languages.

You can visit NHS England's publications site to download leaflets about the COVID-19 vaccine in multiple languages.

The BBC has produced vaccine information videos in five South Asian languages – Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu – covering the following topics:

Please be on your guard against an email/text message scam - and make sure any vulnerable friends and family members are aware.

It tricks people into handing over their credit card details to secure a vaccination appointment.

The NHS will never ask for any bank details in order to register for a vaccination. If you are in any doubt that a text message or call is genuine, please contact your surgery.