Your appointment

The invitation

In Herefordshire and Worcestershire, you will be invited to attend an appointment at a GP surgery, a Vaccination Centre, or in some cases, a Hospital Hub.

People who are eligible for appointments will receive a letter or text from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling you how you can book an appointment. Alterntaively, you can check whether you are eligible via the NHS Booking Service here

You may also be contacted by your local GP practice. Please do not contact your GP practice or local hospital if you haven’t received an invite yet.  

All vaccinations are by appointment only. Please do not contact your GPs or local hospital to ask about a vaccination appointment.

The appointment

You can expect each vaccination appointment to take around 30 minutes. If you have been sent an invitation letter, please bring this with you as we will need your NHS number in order to update your record. Please note, some GP practices may not send a letter and may send a text instead.

You are asked to attend your appointment alone unless you require a nominated carer for medical reasons. Please do not bring any other family members or friends as they will not be offered the vaccine or be able to wait in the centre.

Although we have measures in place to keep you and our staff safe, please wear a face covering when attending your appointment. It is also advisable to wear loose clothing as the vaccination is given in your upper arm.

Toilets and disabled facilities are available on site. You may wish to bring a drink with you as no refreshments will be provided when attending your appointment.

On arrival, you will be checked-in by a member of 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 tested positive for Covid-19 in the previous 28 days.

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/shoulder and will feel no more than a quick sharp scratch (similar to a flu jab).

After your vaccination

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 ok before you travel. It is advised that you do not drive for at least 15 minutes after the vaccination.