Covid-19 vaccination information

Covid-19 vaccination information

Information updated on 8 January 2020

The first phase of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has now started.  

People in the top priority groups, agreed by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, are starting to be offered vaccination appointments in our area.

Getting to this stage has taken an incredible amount of hard work and planning. You have an important part to play in helping the NHS deliver the vaccine in a safe and effective way.

  • please don’t contact the hospital or your GP about the vaccine; the NHS will let you know when it's your turn to be vaccinated
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments. You will need to have two doses of the vaccine, at least 21 days apart.
  • and please continue to follow all the national COVID guidance  

It is really important to continue washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, wear a face covering and keep a safe distance apart from people even after having your vaccination.

It will take some weeks to invite all those in the priority groups to have their vaccination. In Hertfordshire, some people aged over 80 are already being contacted by the Lister Hospital and invited to attend their first vaccination appointment.

Please remember that no one will ever ask for payment for a COVID vaccination. If you receive a phone call of this nature that you are concerned about, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or the police on 101.

Others aged over 80 who already have an appointment booked at the Lister Hospital for another aspect of their care might be offered the vaccination during the course of the visit. Staff who look after people who live in care homes, and front line health and social care staff are also being booked in for vaccination appointments. 

Information to read before your vaccination

If you receive an invitation to have your vaccine, you may want to know more about what the vaccine means for you and what to expect after your vaccination *updated 8/1/21

If you are a frontline healthcare worker who is offered a COVID-19 vaccination read about how the vaccine will help protect you during the course of your work. There is also some information for social care workers who are invited to have their vaccination. *updated 8/1/21

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy, you may find this leaflet useful. *updated 8/1/21

If you are going to have your COVID-19 vaccination, please complete, print and take the relevant consent form with you to your appointment. If you aren't able to print at home, there will be copies available at the vaccination centre.

More information

Why do I have to wait? *updated 8/1/21 – this leaflet explains why you may not get the vaccine straight away, even if you are in a priority group. Please be assured that you will be called in as soon as there is enough vaccine available.  

More information on the vaccine is also available on the NHS.UK website

COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups

Information in different formats and languages

Information about the COVID vaccination will be available in alternative formats shortly.

Last modified: 

08 Jan 2021