COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Vaccine Invitation Letter

If you are aged 80 or older you may have received a letter from the NHS nationally inviting you to book your vaccine by visiting a website or calling 119 - please don't worry if you are struggling to get through on the phone or have gone online and find that the sites on offer are too far to travel to.

Seven mass vaccination sites have been set up by the NHS nationally, and are running alongside local GP-led vaccination centres with the aim of offering as many options to people as possible to get vaccinated. We have 2 sites vaccinating people aged 80 and over in Knowsley at the moment and we are also vaccinating in our care homes.

If you have received a letter but you don’t want to attend one of these sites outside of Knowsley (the nearest currently being a pharmacy site in Widnes and Manchester Ethihad sports complex) you will still be able to have your vaccine at our local GP-led sites, you will be contacted directly by your GP practice in the next 2 weeks.

Details of how GP practices in Knowsley are working together to vaccinate patients in the priority groups.

GP practices in Knowsley are beginning to invite people aged 80 and over to have the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – this brief update explains more about how the process works.

Whilst we understand people will be keen to know when they are likely to have their COVID-19 vaccination, there is no need for patients to contact their GP practice, or any other NHS organisation, to ask for their vaccination – or to request one for a member of their family – they will be invited when it is time for them to be vaccinated, either by a letter or a phone call.

The borough’s GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so patients might not be contacted by their usual practice, and patients will attend one of the vaccination hubs rather than their practice, they will be told where to attend when they are invited in. When they have had their first vaccination patients will be given an appointment for their second dose.

Not all areas of the borough have started vaccinating yet, so patients should not be worried if they or a family member is over 80 but hasn’t heard anything so far. Patients might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that doesn’t mean that they are a lower priority. GPs and other practice staff are working hard to vaccinate people in this priority group as quickly as possible, and during January many more people will be invited in. Patience is requested please as we are only at the start of the vaccination programme and it will take some time to get everyone vaccinated.

General informtion about the COVID-19 vaccine and priority groups can be found here: