COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Please refer to the information below to find out more about the COVID-19 national vaccination programme. We will be updating this page regularly.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale's COVID-19 vaccination programme, part of the biggest mass vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, is now live.

Over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will be offered the vaccine. The first to be offered the vaccination will be residents aged 80 and above.

To ease pressure on the NHS at this busy time, and to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible, please do not call your GP practice.

Please be assured you will be called directly when it is your turn to come for the vaccine.

This is how the appointment system will work:

  • If you are registered with a GP in HMR, you will be called by a staff member from a member of the local COVID-19 vaccination team
  • If you live within Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale but are registered with a practice outside our borough, you will be contacted by representatives from that local authority area
  • The caller will identify themselves and say they are calling on behalf of the vaccination programme in HMR and they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine
  • The caller will then offer times and dates available for you to attend. They will also give the location of the site (usually Riverside) where you will receive it. This will not be your usual surgery
  •  All current COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. It is vital you return and keep your second appointment when invited
  • The callers booking vaccinations will not ask for any other personal details other than asking you to confirm your name. They certainly will not ask for any money. Sadly, we have already been alerted to possible phone scams with callers asking for payment for access to vaccinations.
  • Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards. You will need to remain in the clinic until that time has elapsed

It is important that you attend your vaccination appointment. But if for any reason you can’t, let us know as soon as possible so your slot can be offered to another resident.


Please share this information with people you know, especially the elderly and vulnerable.


The COVID-19 vaccination

  • The vaccination is a simple, safe, and effective way of protecting people against COVID-19 before they come into actual contact with the virus
  • The vaccine uses a person’s natural defences to build resistance to COVID-19 and their immune system stronger by creating antibodies
  • The vaccines will not give the person COVID-19
  • Both the Pfizer and the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines are being used in HMR (Depending on the availability)

  • The UK government has secured early access to 355 million vaccine doses through agreements with seven separate vaccine developers, giving the UK the best chance of securing a safe and effective vaccine at the quickest speed
  • The vaccine provides protection against the new variant as well as the old one


Our ask to the public of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

Please do not contact your GP practice, hospital, other NHS organisations regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. You will be contacted as soon as you become eligible. Thank you.

  • We will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward so please don’t seek a vaccine before then.
  • Please act on your invite and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
  • Please be patient with us whilst we finalise our plans to roll out the vaccine.
  • Continue to abide by hands, face, space guidance, which will still save lives.

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

  • The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. 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 you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
  • At the moment we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

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.


Questions about COVID-19 and the vaccination programme?

Mohammed Jiva
Covid-19 vaccine Clinics in Rochdale Borough
Information on how COVID-19 vaccination programme will be delivered in the Borough of Rochdale

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