Attending your Appointment

Attending your appointment

What to expect when you arrive

Please attend no more than five minutes before your appointment time.  Please ensure you wear a face mask at all times whilst in attendance, adhere to social distancing guidelines and use the hand sanitiser available.

On arrival, you will be checked-in by a member of staff and you will be asked to show your invitation letter with your NHS number, and any proof of eligibility you have been advised to bring at the point of booking (eg. proof of employment for staff). You will be asked to confirm your date of birth and postcode and to confirm you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not had a flu jab in the last 7 days.

Please DO NOT ATTEND if you are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19 illness, or you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms.

You will then have a basic health check, which includes questions about any allergies you have and any medication you are currently taking.

You will be asked to give your consent confirming you are having the vaccine.

You will then be given the vaccination. This is given via a needle into your non-dominant arm and will feel no more than a quick sharp scratch (similar to a flu jab).

After you have been vaccinated, you will be given advice about the follow-up dose you need to have to give you maximum protection against the virus.

You may be asked to wait for 15 minutes before you leave the centre so we can be sure you are do not exhibit any immediate complications. It is also advised that you do not drive for at least 15 minutes after the vaccination.

If you are attending the PRSA in Boston, please make sure that you have your booking reference ready, if you have one. If you do not have a booking reference, please have your letter and / or NHS number ready.

Some people may experience mild flu like symptoms 12-24 hours after being vaccinated, if this is the case you should take paracetamol.

Important information

Please do not attend your appointment if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Please re-visit the national booking service to alter your appointment for around 4 weeks after the onset of symptoms, or 4 weeks from the first positive test if you are symptomatic.

Similarly, you must not attend your appointment if someone you have been in contact with has symptoms of COVID-19. Please re-visit the national booking service to alter your appointment for 10 days from your original appointment.

You will not be given a choice of vaccine. All vaccines that are administered in the UK have been tested and are approved for use.

Please note that abuse to staff at vaccination sites WILL NOT be tolerated under any circumstances.

Vaccination walkthrough video

Please take the time to view our walkthrough video by clicking on the link below. This video will give a clear idea of what to expect during your visit to the vaccination centre.

Your COVID-19 vaccination centre walkthrough (sign language and subtitles)

Your COVID-19 vaccination centre walkthrough

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