Coronavirus update and advice

Walk-in vaccination clinics

We are making it as easy as possible for people to get their Covid-19 vaccinations. We have a number of walk-in vaccination clinics for eligible people in Bolton.

No appointment needed - just turn up. If you are unsure, please come along for a chat.

Please note:

  • Second doses minimum of eight weeks after first for over-18s.
  • Second dose minimum of 12 weeks after first for under-18s, unless they have a condition that means they are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid or live with someone more likely to get infections. The period between doses for this group is as soon as eight weeks.
  • Anyone eligible for a third dose (people with weakened immune systems or with certain conditions) can have this as soon as 8 weeks after their second.
  • Boosters should be at least three months after a second dose and are either Pfizer or Moderna unless advised otherwise for medical reasons.
  • Spring booster (if eligible) at least three months, but ideally closer to six months, after your last dose.

Recently had Covid? You'll need to wait a number of weeks before having the vaccine:

  • 4 weeks (28 days) for people aged 18 years old or over
  • 12 weeks (84 days) for five to 17 years old
  • 4 weeks (28 days) for  5 to 17 years old who are at at high risk from COVID-19, or live with someone who has a weakened immune system

This starts from the date that symptoms started, or the date of the positive test result, whichever was earlier.

Bolton’s walk-in vaccination clinics up to Sunday 10 July, 2022

All sites offer:

  • 1st, 2nd and booster doses
  • 3rd/4th doses if eligible
  • Spring booster if eligible, subject to supply

Under-16s must be accompanied by a parent/carer to give consent. All vaccines will be Pfizer or Moderna, depending on age.

Thursday 30 June

The Manor House, St Helens Road, Daubhill, 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Age 18 and over.

Friday 1 July

Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Age five and over.
The Manor House, St Helens Road, Daubhill, 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Age 18 and over.
Horwich RMI, 3pm-6pm. Age five and over.

Saturday 2 July

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm. Age 12 and over all day. Age 5 to 11, 11am-4pm.
Horwich RMI, 1pm-4pm. Age five and over.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Age five and over.
The Manor House, St Helens Road, Daubhill, 9am-3pm. Age 18 and over.
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-1.15pm. Age five and over.

Sunday 3 July

Breightmet Health Centre, 10.30am-4.30pm. Age 12 and over all day. Age 5 to 11, 11am-4pm.

Monday 4 July

Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Age five and over.
Horwich RMI, 4pm-6pm. Age five and over.
The Manor House, St Helens Road, Daubhill, 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Age 18 and over.

Tuesday 5 July

Horwich RMI, 3pm-6pm. Age five and over.

Wednesday 6 July

Breightmet Health Centre, 11am-6.30pm. Age 12 and over. Age 5 and over, 1pm-6pm.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Age five and over.
Horwich RMI, 4pm-6pm. Age five and over.
The Manor House, St Helens Road, Daubhill, 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Age 18 and over.
Waters Meeting Health Centre, 3pm-6pm. Age 18 and over.

Thursday 7 July

Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 1pm-5.30pm.
Age five and over.

Friday 8 July
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Age five and over.
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 1pm-5.30pm. Age five and over.

Saturday 9 July

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm.
Age 12 and over all day. Age 5 to 11, 11am-4pm.
Horwich RMI, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.
Age five and over.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm.
Age five and over.
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-1.15pm.
Age five and over.

Sunday 10 July

Breightmet Health Centre, 10.30am-4.30pm.
Age 12 and over all day. Age 5 to 11, 11am-4pm.

Appointments

Bolton Medical Centre
Thursday 30 June, 9am-3pm. Booster appointments for patients of: Bolton General Practice, 3D Medical Centre, Deane Medical Centre, Bolton Medical Centre, Olive Family Practice, Beehive Surgery, Deane Clinic, Al Fal Medical Group, Orient House Medical Centre, Lever Chambers (Dr Loomba), Bradford Street Surgery (Dr Zarrouk), Great Lever One, Dr Dakshina-Murthi (Pikes Lane Centre).
Ring your GP.
Age 16 and over.

Assistance

Anyone requiring a vaccination can contact NHS Bolton CCG for help on: 01204 462125, 462157, 462028. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Bolton callers only.

Regular vaccination sites

In addition to our walk-in vaccination sites, there are a number of vaccination sites in the borough where you can book an appointment for your vacciantion on the National Booking System. If you don't have internet access, call 119.

Greater Manchester Vacciantion Centre

Walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations are available at Etihad Football and Tennis Centre, 9 Sportcity Way, Manchester M11 3DU.

Free parking/taxi dropoff car park L. Disabled access.

  • Thursday 30 June. Age 12 and over, 8am to 8pm. Age five and over 2.30pm to 8pm.
  • Saturday 2 July. Age five and over, 8am to 3.30pm.
  • Sunday 3 July. Age five and over, 8am to 3.30pm.
  • Monday 4 July. Age 12 and over, 8am to 8pm. Age five and over 2.30pm to 8pm.
  • Tuesday 5 July. Age 12 and over, 8am to 8pm. Age five and over 2.30pm to 8pm.
  • Wednesday 6 July. Age 12 and over, 8am to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 7 July. Age 12 and over, 8am to 8pm. Age five and over 2.30pm to 8pm.
  • Saturday 9 July. Age five and over, 8am to 3.30pm.
  • Sunday 10 July. Age five and over, 8am to 3.30pm.

Overseas documentation checks

UK patients who received a vaccine overseas can have these recorded at the Greater Manchester Vaccination Centre. No appointment needed.

The opening times are the same as the vacciantion times above.

Be clear on Covid vaccinations - your guide to Covid-19 vaccinations

We are all encouraged to continue to do our best to keep each other safe and one of the things we can do is be fully vaccinated.

It’s never too late to have any dose of the vaccine as all vacciantion sites will offer first, second, third and booster doses (including fourth and spring boosters).

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the Covid vaccines as safe and hundreds of thousands of doses have been given to people in Bolton. They are our best defence against the virus; they help to protect you from becoming seriously unwell with Covid and reduce the chances of spreading the virus to more vulnerable people.

Keeping up to date with the changes to the vaccination programme can be difficult. The following information will help you to understand who is eligible for which vaccine, and when.

5-11 year olds

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) initially recommended that children aged 5-11 years old who were at most risk of becoming serious unwell with Covid, or those who lived with someone with a weakened immune system, should receive the vaccine.

Children at high risk can have two doses, eight weeks apart.

This offer is now extended to ALL 5-11 year olds, regardless of any underlying health conditions.

They can have two doses, 12 weeks apart.

If your child has had Covid, they should wait 12 weeks before having the vaccine. This is reduced to four weeks if they are at high risk or live with someone with a weakened immune system.

12-15 year olds

As with 5-11 year olds, those aged 12-15 years can have two doses of the vaccine, 12 weeks apart.

Many 12-15 year olds have already received their vaccination as part of a schools programme. However, anyone who requires dose one or two can attend one of our designated walk-in clinics.

If your child has had Covid, they should wait 12 weeks before having the vaccine. This is reduced to four weeks if they are at high risk or live with someone with a weakened immune system.

Those at high risk from Covid, or if they live with someone with a weakened immune system, can get a second dose eight weeks apart. They can also get a booster dose three months after their second dose.

16 years and over

Anyone aged 16 and over can have two doses of the vaccine plus a booster.

Doses one and two should be 12 weeks apart.

A booster dose is recommended 12 weeks after a second dose and will help to increase protection against new variants.

Anyone aged 16-17 who has had Covid should wait 12 weeks before having any dose.

Those aged 18 and over should wait four weeks.

Third dose

The third primary dose is for people who have or had a severely weakened immune system (immunosuppressed) at the time of their first or second dose.

If you need a third dose, you should have received an NHS invitation (letter or text) inviting you to come forward.

The third dose offers extra protection and is at least eight weeks after your second.

You may be required to show your NHS invitation at a walk-in clinic.

Immunosuppressed means you have a weakened immune system caused by certain conditions or by certain medication or treatment you are taking.

It does not include those with long-term health conditions, such as asthma.

Fourth dose

The fourth dose is essentially a booster dose for people aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system who have already had three primary doses of the vaccine.

This booster, or fourth dose, can be taken at least three months after your third primary dose.

You are also eligible for a spring booster, at least three months later. For some people this will be their fifth dose (three primary doses and two boosters).

You may be required to show your NHS invitation at a walk-in clinic.

Immunosuppressed means you have a weakened immune system caused by certain conditions or by certain medication or treatment you are taking.

It does not include those with long-term health conditions, such as asthma.

Booster

The booster programme began in Autumn 2021 and since then everyone aged 16 and over has become eligible for a booster if it has been 12 weeks since their second dose.

The booster will help to reduce your chances of becoming seriously unwell with Covid, and from spreading the virus to other people.

You can’t have a booster until you have had dose one and two of the vaccine.

Spring booster

The spring booster is for people who are more likely to be seriously affected if they catch Covid and it is intended to provide extra protection.

It is for anyone aged 75 or over, people who live in a care home for older people, and those aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system (immunosuppressed).

This does not include people with long-term health conditions, such as asthma.

If you are aged 12 or over and immunosuppressed you may have already had a third primary dose and booster (fourth dose). However, you are still eligible for a spring booster.

For maximum protection you are advised to have your spring booster at least three months, but closer to six months, after a previous booster.

Vaccination teams will visit residents living in care homes with the spring booster.

This is the biggest vaccination programme our country has ever seen.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is led nationally by NHS England and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group is managing arrangements at a local level.

If you are thinking of travelling abroad, please check the latest vaccination guidance for your destination.

Spain, for example, requires proof of a booster dose if your second dose was more than 270 days prior to travelling.

Some countries require you to self-quarantine unless you’ve had a booster dose at least seven days before travel.

Children and young people aged 12 and above also need to show proof of being fully vaccinated in some countries.

NHS

NHS information and advice about Covid-19.

Government

Government advice for living safely with Covid.

Bolton Council

The Bolton Council website has information on a range of topics.

Be aware of Covid-19 scams. To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember:

  • The Covid-19 vaccine is only available from the NHS and is free. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime. 
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm that you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

Teams are going door-to-door in key areas, speaking to residents about the virus and the importance of taking part in the vaccination and testing programmes.

Leaflets, translated materials and interpreters are being used to share vital messages with everyone in the community.

We are also working with community leaders and voluntary organisations to ensure we can reach as many residents as possible.

It is now more important than ever to ensure that Bolton residents stay up to date with the latest guidance and advice which aims to keep is as safe as possible.

Community Champions are volunteers who provide trusted information in their local community about how people can protect themselves and others from the virus.

If you have had Covid-19, you may still be experiencing some effects that are impacting on your quality of life. Alternatively, you might be supporting a family member or friend following their Covid-19 illness which may be challenging.

Find advice on how to manage some of the common effects of Covid-19, or how you can support someone’s recovery, on the Your COVID Recovery website.

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