Once you have had your appointment booked for the COVID-19 vaccination, this is what you can expect on the day:

  • If necessary, you can bring one relative to help you through the clinic and please arrive no more than 5 minutes before the appointment time (this ensures no crowds and minimal waiting at the entrance).
  • You should both be fit and well with no new COVID symptoms. If you or a household contact have a new continuous cough and/or high temperature and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste then please cancel the appointment and DO NOT come to the surgery. Stay at home and visit NHS 111 COVID-19 online
  • You should wear a face mask at all times during this process.
  • The Emerald Suite entrance is located to the left of the main building and entrance. Staff will be visible and greet you at the entrance, right in front of the parking area.  Location information if found here.
  • There may be a queue at the entrance while we move people safely through the one way system in the building.  Please bring an umbrella in case of inclement weather. You should not be waiting outside long and will be screened that you are well before entering the building.
  • You will be invited into the building when a vaccinator from your practice team is free and we have confirmed your details and appointment.
  • You will be guided to a vaccination room and the vaccine administered after safety checks and consent has been taken.
  • You will not be offered a choice of vaccine. Stock varies each week and the clinic usually runs with a single vaccine supply.
  • If required for the Pfizer vaccine, staff will guide you to a designated waiting area with a time sticker so you know when 15 mins of observation time have passed.
  • If having the Astra Zeneca “Oxford” vaccine there is no need to wait 15 mins, but you should not drive for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
  • You will be observed, but please flag to staff present if you are feeling unwell following the vaccination. These reactions are very rare.
  • After this time staff will again guide you out of the building, ensuring good social distances are maintained.
  • You will need to maintain all the usual COVID secure measures following vaccination until further guidance is produced around this.
  • The commonest side effects are a sore arm and feeling a little tired or achey for 24-48 hours. If in the unlikely event that you have a more serious reaction following the observation period, please contact your practice team or 111 if out of hours.