Who is currently eligible to have the vaccine?
Please note, currently:
- Others who are eligible may be invited directly by hospitals, their GP or the national booking service and appointments are available at other locations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. This will happen by letter, or text. The NHS nationally is sending text messages to some people to invite them to book a vaccine appointment. You can trust your text message is genuine if it comes from ‘NHSvaccine’, includes a link to the NHS.uk website and gives you the option of phoning 119.
- Carers (paid and unpaid) are advised to visit their GP for vaccination.
- To avoid vaccine wastage, we may offer vaccine appointments outside of the priority groups above, for appointments within 48 hours of notice. These invites come directly from the hospital and will in the first instance be offered to recent hospital patients on an age basis
How to book a Covid vaccine in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Drop in clinics
There are regular drop in clinics available for all eligible groups. For the latest drop in sessions visit the CCG website.
If would prefer to book an appointment in advance, you can do so using one of the following routes:
National Covid Vaccine Booking Service
You can book online or by telephone by calling 119.
You can use this service to book at the following local locations:
- One of nine pharmacies
- Leicester Royal Infirmary– or book directly using SwiftQueue
- Leicester General Hospital – or book directly using SwiftQueue
- Leicester Glenfield Hospital – or book directly using SwiftQueue
- Loughborough Hospital– or book directly using SwiftQueue
You may also be able to book at a vaccination centre outside Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland if you live within a 45 minute drive.
Your GP practice
Your GP practice will also invite you to book your vaccine if they are part of the vaccination programme.
Some vaccinations are taking place in GP practices and others are at community vaccination centres, for example in council buildings.
Vaccinations are administered by groups of GP practices, known as primary care networks, with one practice generally providing vaccines on behalf of all practices in the group.
How to use SwiftQueue
- Enter the pin CovidVL19
- Register as a new user – To make a booking you must have an NHS number. You can find your NHS number here.
- Pick the patient option on the form and fill in your details – if you are a member of the public please ignore all references to ‘staff’ or ’employer’ and write the word ‘Patient’ in all fields related to employment.
- Choose a date and time for your initial vaccination. (The system will automatically generate your second appointment).
- Check your inbox and junk mail for an email that confirms your booking. You will also receive a text reminder if you filled in the contact number field
If you do not see any appointment availability online it means that our appointments are fully booked, so we advise that you check back at a later date as we add more appointments.
Attending your appointment
To help you, and others, be seen quickly and safely please:
- Attend alone if you can
- Arrive on time (not early) to aid social distancing on site
- Wear a face covering
- Bring photo ID, NHS number and proof of eligibility
Proof of eligibility
All attendees will be required to bring photo ID that confirms their likeness, name and date of birth. If you have been issued with a direct letter inviting you to get vaccinated, you should also bring this with you.
Updated at 06/07/2022