COVID vaccinations: questions and answers about accessing a vaccine in North Yorkshire

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

Real-world data on the effectiveness of vaccines is regularly updated and published by the UK Health Security Agency and is available, here.

Some patients are now eligible for booster and third doses, in line with updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

There's more information in this BBC explainer.

Covid Vaccine Eligibility v4

How do I arrange my coronavirus vaccination?

First / second vaccine doses

Patients eligible for a third vaccine dose

The Government has identified a group of patients who should receive a third dose of vaccine as part of their initial vaccination programme.

These are patients with severe immunosuppression around the time of their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses. These patients are being identified by their GPs and hospital consultants and will be contacted by their GP practice (or Primary Care Network) at the appropriate time - there is no need to get in touch with your practice.

There's more information, here.

More information on the specific medical conditions associated with immunosuppression can be found here.

Booster doses: eligibility and access

There's more information about eligibility and access, here.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I get vaccinated?

There are a number of sites across North Yorkshire offering vaccinations. You can choose the location most convenient to you when you book an appointment, or you may choose to access a vaccination at one of the pop up or walk in centres which are now offering vaccines.

Is help to travel available to attend my vaccination appointment?

People should access their vaccination appointment in the same way they would access any other medical appointment using existing services. In addition, if needed, there may be volunteer drivers available, charities are offering their support and patients who meet the criteria for patient transport for medical appointments may also be able to use that service.

I am housebound; can I be vaccinated at home?

We strongly encourage everyone who can to attend a vaccination site when invited. We are working through the best ways to bring the vaccine to those who are unable to leave their home as a healthcare system. How this will best be achieved is shaped by the characteristics of the vaccines available.

Is the vaccine safe?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Any COVID-19 vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or clotting problems, have been very rare.

To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:

You can read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

Can I choose what vaccine I receive?

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. You will only be offered a specific vaccine if you're either:

  • pregnant
  • aged under 40 and do not have a health condition that increases your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

If this applies to you, you'll only be shown appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine when you book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online.

If you book through your GP surgery, tell them if you're pregnant or under 40.

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your first dose.

Are the vaccination sites safe?

Each vaccination site has been carefully selected against a set of comprehensive criteria which ensure that social distancing can be maintained the site is easy to access and the one way systems can be maintained where needed. We have only selected sites where we are able to comply with government guidance to ensure that each vaccination is administered safely.

Videos about the vaccination programme

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These videos have been produced by the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership. The full suite is available, here. There's further guidance from local GPs, including messages in Bengali, Polish, Slokav, Urdu and Pashto, as well as in British Sign Language (BSL) from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.