Covid-19 vaccine

Trafford’s Covid-19 vaccine programme is well underway – thank you to everyone who has come forward for their first and second doses.

On this page, you can find out more about who can get the vaccine in Trafford, and where. You can also visit the Trafford Council website with updated public health guidance in regards to the virus.

Who can have the Covid-19 vaccine and how do I get it?

There are different ways you can get a COVID-19 vaccination in Trafford.

Walk-in clinics

By visiting our walk-in clinic page you can see what clinics are operating each week in Trafford - you do not have to book in advance at these particular clinics, unless you are wanting your booster jab. Boosters must be booked via the national booking service or by invitation from the NHS.

People aged 18 and over

You can get your first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over (or will turn 18 within 3 months). You can wait for your GP to contact you first but we would encourage you to use the national booking service to book a slot at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now so you can be protected sooner.

People aged 16 and 17

The NHS is offering a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. If you will turn 18 within 3 months, you can also get a second dose. You can book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now by using the national booking service, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

Children aged 12 to 15

All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination). Most children can get their vaccine at school in Trafford – see 12-15 year-olds section here – or can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.

More information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.

Booster vaccines

Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from Covid-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine. You can have the booster jab from 6 months after the date of your second dose, although you can make your appointment to have it from 5 months after that second dose.

You can either wait to be invited by the NHS once you become eligible (as described above) or you can visit the national booking service to organise it yourself.

Booster jabs are available by appointment-only via the methods described above. Though there are walk-in sites operating in Trafford, these sites can only give first and second doses on a walk-in basis.

A booster vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna has been shown in trials to produce the best immune response in those vaccinated with two doses of any of the Covid-19 vaccines. It may or may not be the same brand of vaccine you received in your first and second doses. The booster not only helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses but helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from Covid-19.

They are available for people most at risk from the virus who have had a second dose of a vaccine.

This includes:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Young people and children at high risk from COVID-19

Some young people and children aged 12 to 17 are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine if either:

  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

Conditions that mean they may be at high risk and eligible for 2 doses are:

  • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
  • Down's syndrome
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
  • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

Those who are eligible for 2 doses of the vaccine will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to arrange their appointments.

People with a weakened immune system

A third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people aged 12 and over who had a weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses.

This includes people who had or have:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
  • a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections
  • a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a 3rd dose

If you're eligible for a 3rd dose, the NHS will let you know when and where to have the vaccine.

How long do I have to wait before getting a second dose?

16 and 17 year-olds who are not frontline health and social care workers, or who are not deemed to be in an 'at-risk' group according to the JCVI, are currently only being invited to get one dose of the vaccine.

The first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection from Covid-19, everyone aged 18 and over needs a second dose, and this should be given no earlier than 8 weeks later.

Which vaccine will people get? 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) currently advises that it is preferable for adults aged under 40, who don’t have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease, to be offered an alternative vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. 

For those in this age group who have had already their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and had no adverse reactions, they should still come forward for their second dose when invited.

Please note, it is important not to wait for a certain type of Covid-19 vaccine to be made available. The NHS is not able to offer you a choice of vaccine other than in exceptional circumstances. They have all been tested rigorously, and significantly reduce the chances of you needing to go to hospital.

How effective are the vaccines from protecting me against Covid-19 illness?

The latest data from the Office of National Statistics (25 October 2021) states the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines remain effective at preventing infection from the dominant variants of Covid-19 in the UK (Delta and Alpha variants).

Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca were 67% effective against infection with the Delta variant (79% with Alpha). Two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech were 80% effective against infection with Delta (78% with Alpha).

You can find out more on the ONS site.

After my vaccine

Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards. You will need to remain in clinic until that time has elapsed.

The vaccines significantly reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus, but it is crucial you continue to follow the government guidance to ensure you fully protect yourself and those around you.

The vaccine may take up to 21 days after the second dose for a body to build up the full protection offered by the vaccine. No vaccine offers 100% protection and some people may still get Covid-19 despite having their vaccination. However, the vaccine will ensure their symptoms are less severe than they could have been without the protection offered by the jab.

The first dose of the vaccine ensures the immune system recognises the virus that causes Covid-19 and builds immunity to it. The second dose further boosts this immune response to ensure longer term protection. Second doses will be offered approximately 8 weeks after the first dose. It is vital that people attend for their second dose in order to ensure you have the best protection offered by the vaccine.

Fraud and scam callers

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the Covid-19 vaccination. To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

  • Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
  • If you are contacted by telephone, the caller will identify themselves by saying that they are calling on behalf of the NHS and they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccine. The caller will then offer locations, dates and times for you to attend a clinic locally.
  • 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.
  • 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.


NHS Trafford CCG’s commitment on Covid-19 vaccinations

NHS Trafford CCG is working with our primary care colleagues (GP practices, pharmacists etc) to ensure that all Trafford people across all our neighbourhoods who need, and are eligible for, a coronavirus vaccine are offered one.

The vaccine rollout is a national challenge requiring an unprecedented effort but one which we will support as a team, working with others and in line with our values of compassion, support, integrity and partnership.

In doing so we will work with primary care to:

  1. Offer vaccines in line with need to ensure the greatest public health benefit
  2. Reduce the pressure on our health and care services by protecting people through their first dose
  3. Ensure we are providing equity of access to vaccinations
  4. Maximise our coverage so that all vaccines are used

We will do this by:

  1. Supporting our residents to get their vaccination
  2. Supporting our Primary Care Networks to deliver a vaccination programme
  3. Supporting our vaccinators to provide mutual aid when needed
  4. Matching the supply of vaccines against need