COVID-19 vaccine information
Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus. Following extensive trials, two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have been approved in the UK and the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has started in Hull.
An independent group of experts (Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that the NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19.
In line with the JCVI’s prioritisation, in Hull we vaccinate people aged 38 and over, those at high risk of coronavirus and unpaid carers.
This is the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken. It is a huge challenge, and there will be bumps in the road.
Demonstrating your vaccination status for international travel
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.
If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
GP practices and the CCG are not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
How will I get my vaccine?
Hull GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice, and you might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself – you will be told where to attend when you are invited in. When you have had your vaccination you will be told when you will need to go back for your second dose.
Until now, the NHS asked people not to contact them about their COVID vaccination and wait until they are approached. At the moment the NHS is inviting people over 45 and those who are at high risk from coronavirus. These people will be contacted via a letter or be called by their local surgery to book their appointments.
People who have received a letter from the NHS can book their appointment at vaccination centres or the community pharmacy by contacting the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. Those who cannot do it online can call a free 119 number, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The national system allows patients to pick a convenient location and time. If you can’t book any slots in your preferred location, please try again later, when more appointments are added to the system.
Alternatively, if travelling to one of the sites available via the national booking system is difficult, those who are currently eligible can choose to wait until their local GP-led vaccination services contact them to have their vaccine closer to home. The NHS assures that no one will be missed and local practices will be in touch at the appropriate time with those who could not go to a large scale vaccination centre.
It’s important to note that if someone receives a letter from the NHS to book with the national system, and they already have an appointment booked with their local GP practice, then please ignore the letter and keep the existing appointment.
It is also important that anyone who has had the vaccine continues to follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask as well as the additional measures in place where they live.
Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine
People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. Download the guidance explaining why you have to wait for your turn.
Accessible information about coronavirus vaccine
Local GPs across the Humber, Coast and Vale have filmed an important message in multiple languages* to encourage vaccine confidence and dispel vaccine myths and misinformation. The videos can be viewed on YouTube here.
*We will be adding more languages to this playlist.
COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults in BSL
COVID-19 guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding BSL
COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination in BSL
Easy read information about COVID-19 vaccinations can be accessed by going to COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read leaflets – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
You can also watch this video from Mencap explaining COVID vaccine.