NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme and roll-out – Hampshire and Isle of Wight update

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The NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight is continuing to vaccinate patients against coronavirus during the biggest immunisation programme in history. We will be keeping this page updated on the local roll-out of the vaccine across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and have also added some of the frequently asked questions that have been coming through. If you have a question to add to our FAQs please get in touch with us.

Vaccine programme update

In December last year, we began rolling out the vaccination programme with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reaching patients 80 years of age and above, as well as frontline health and social care staff, based on The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance for priority groups.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has gained further momentum with the news that the Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has been authorised for use. The first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccinations started to be delivered to sites across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in early January. Before the vaccine can be distributed, each batch needs to be checked and approved. As soon as this happens the NHS can deliver.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we would ask people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they are contacted. The NHS is working hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first. 

How will you be invited for the vaccine?

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight our residents will be invited in one of three ways to have a vaccination:

  • Using a local GP service: GP practices are working together across the county 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: These are due to go live shortly. If a person lives within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and haven’t already been vaccinated, they may have received a letter asking them to book an appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If they can’t access the NHS website they can call 119 free. If a person would prefer to be vaccinated by their local GP practice or vaccination centre, as explained in the letter, they can wait to be contacted by their GP or try the website again later as sites are being added as they become available.

NHS England is also arranging for some local pharmacies to provide the vaccination on an appointment basis. Details of pharmacies will be added to the national booking system as they go live so individuals will be able to book an appointment with them, if that is their choice. We will add details of pharmacies in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to the list of sites and the online map as they go live.

Find out more about the vaccine programme in Hampshire and Isle of Wight: