If you are in a priority group then you are at high risk of getting coronavirus, especially if you have a long-term condition. The priority groups are listed here: COVID-19 vaccination priority groups.

If you are eligible and get invited for the free vaccination, it’s really important you attend your appointment to protect yourself and your family. But please wait to be contacted by your GP.

As our local NHS organisations continue to respond to the pandemic you must continue to follow the Government advice around COVID-19 restrictions regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not.

When will I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS in Derbyshire has a clear vaccine delivery plan and will contact you when it’s your turn to get the vaccine as quickly and easily as possible.

Do not contact the NHS first, they will contact you.

Find out more about when you are likely to receive your vaccination: When will I get my COVID-19 vaccine?  (Published: 13 January 2021) 

How might I be contacted to get my vaccination?

If you’re invited to have your vaccination at a local centre such as a hospital or GP surgery, you’ll usually get a text or email. You may sometimes get a letter.

If you’re invited to have your vaccination at a larger vaccination centre or at a pharmacy, you’ll get a letter.

The NHS will never ask for:

  • Your bank account or card details
  • Your pin or banking password
  • Copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Frequently asked questions

For the latest information visit the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website which will be updated regularly and will include local updates on the vaccination programme- Frequently Asked Questions (updated 15th Jan)

Joined up Care Derbyshire also post regular vaccination programme bulletins, you can sign up to receive these bulletins here.   

Do I have to have the COVID-19 vaccine even though I’ve already had COVID-19?

An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from COVID-19, reduce hospitalisations and save lives. Vaccines are the only way to eradicate disease. 

People that have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated. It is still just as important for those who have already had COVID-19 as it is for those who haven’t.  

What does a vaccine do?

Vaccines teach your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases. It’s much safer for your immune system to learn this through vaccination than by catching the diseases and treating them. Once a vaccine has trained your immune system to know how to fight a disease, it can often protect you for many years. 

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines are now safer than ever before. Any vaccine must first go through the usual rigorous testing and development process and be shown to strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness before it can be deployed.

 

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