Greater Manchester’s Covid-19 booster programme gets off to “flying start”

Less than a month after the first Covid-19 booster vaccine doses were given, more than 115,000 people across Greater Manchester have now received theirs.

With thousands of doses being administered across GM’s ten localities every single day, health chiefs are confident to say they will be able to offer the booster to the majority of those eligible by the end of December.

Demand for the booster has been high, with the vast majority of people receiving their invite directly from the NHS or from their GP taking up the offer. Clinic sessions running right across Greater Manchester have regularly been booked out.

WSome areas – like Bury – have taken the opportunity to administer the flu and Covid vaccination at the same appointment, which they say has been well-received by patients.

Multiple locations across Greater Manchester are offering the Covid-19 vaccine booster, along with first and second doses.

The mass vaccination centre at the Etihad Tennis Centre in Manchester has so far vaccinated hundreds of thousands of people since the start of the year and continues to do so. It is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm (shortened hours on MCFC match days) and has plenty of parking and the Etihad Campus Metrolink Stop nearby. The centre also accepts walk-ins.

Christine Khiroya, Nurse Consultant with Lead Responsibility for Screening and Immunisation for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Demand for the booster has been extremely high and as soon as eligible people are getting their booster invites they are finding a venue handy for them and booking straight in.

“It means we’re getting through thousands of boosters a day. And coupled with the annual flu vaccination programme in full swing and first and second Covid-19 doses – that’s a lot of jabs!

“With Covid-19 still spreading in our communities, and other winter bugs including flu beginning to circulate, we are making sure that the most vulnerable are protected”

Eligible for a booster?

Wait for your invite directly from the NHS or your GP and then get your appointment booked.

To book at the Etihad and other local options including pharmacies and some hospital hubs go to NHS.uk and search for Covid-19 vaccine or dial 119.

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