The NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight is continuing to vaccinate patients against COVID-19 during the largest immunisation programme in history.
We have created this central resource for updates on the roll-out of the vaccination programme in our communities, including answers to frequently asked questions.
Vaccine programme update
Excellent progress continues to be made with delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
More than 2m vaccines have now been delivered to those in our communities who are most at risk.
We are extremely grateful to of our colleagues, volunteers and partners involved in supporting the delivery of the vaccination programme to our communities.
Who is eligible for the vaccine?
We continue to offer the vaccine to those in priority groups in-line with recommendations from the Joint Committee On Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI). The groups now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine include:
- people aged 18 and over
- people who are at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who are at moderate risk from COVID-19 (clinically vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people who receive a Carer's Allowance
- everyone on the GP Learning Disabilities Register.
When it is the right time people will be contacted to make their appointments. For most people they will receive a letter either from their GP or the national booking system. Some services are currently also calling and texting patients to invite them.
If you are in one of the above groups and you haven’t had your vaccine yet, it’s not too late to come forward. You can book at nhs.uk/covidvaccination, or by calling 119. If you prefer, you can wait to be contacted by a local GP-led service.
How will I be invited?
Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, eligible residents are being invited to have the vaccination in one of the following ways:
- Using a local GP service: GP practices are working together to vaccinate as many people as possible. Residents may be contacted by a different surgery to the one they usually go to
- Local hospital services: Patients may be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient or outpatient
- At a vaccination centre: There are four large scale vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight:
- Basingstoke Fire Station
- St James's Hospital, Milton, Portsmouth
- The Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight
- Oakley Road, Millbrook, Southampton
- If an eligible person lives within 45 minutes of a vaccination centre and hasn’t already been received the vaccine, they may receive a letter asking them to book an appointment at a vaccination centre through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119. Alternatively they can wait to be contacted by their GP
- At a local pharmacy: Some pharmacies are providing the vaccination on an appointment basis. Individuals can choose to book an appointment at a pharmacy once they have received their invitation letter
Help Us Help You
The NHS across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight continues to work hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first. You can help us help you:
- Unless you are in the groups listed above, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time
- When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all national guidance including social distancing, wearing a face mask or covering when required and regular handwashing