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COVID-19 vaccination programme for the borough of Rochdale

11 Jun 2021



COVID-19 vaccination programme for the borough of Rochdale



The vaccination programme across the country is well underway. Please help to share this information with people you know across the borough.


Vaccine clinics: no appointment necessary

Extra vaccination clinics have been put in place across the borough of Rochdale as the drive to increase vaccination take-up and stop the spread of the disease continues.

if you're eligible for a vaccine, aged 18 or over and not got an existing appointment please drop into one of the following extra vaccine clinics for your jab. You do not need an appointment to attend any of the vaccine clinics.

  • You must be registered with a GP in the borough of Rochdale. Find a local health service.
  • Please bring your NHS number with you if you can. You can find this on the NHS website. Find my NHS number
  • If you're attending your second vaccine, please bring your first dose vaccination card with you. You must have attended Number One Riverside for your first dose.  

Check with one of the vaccination team at the clinic if you're not sure if you're eligible.

Date ​Time Location Vaccine
​Friday, 11 June 2021 ​9.30am–12noon Rochdale Infirmary, Whitehall Street, Rochdale OL12 0NB Please use the outpatients entrance on Quarry Street. ​Pfizer - first vaccine only.
​Saturday, 12 June 2021 ​9am-3pm Heywood Phoenix Centre, Church Street, Heywood OL10 1LR ​Pfizer - first and second vaccine. Second vaccine: if more than 8 weeks since first vaccine.
​Sunday, 13 June 2021 ​9am-2pm and 3pm-8pm Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU Pfizer - first and second vaccine. Second vaccine: if more than 8 weeks since first vaccine.

First vaccine: book a local vaccination appointment

If you haven't had your first COVID-19 vaccine and meet both of the following conditions, please get in touch to make an appointment:

Everyone else needs to wait to be contacted, unless otherwise advised.

Phone lines are available Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm or Saturday–Sunday, 10am–4pm.

Book an appointment locally - ring 0300 303 0355 or email 


First vaccine: book an NHS appointment online

If you're eligible for your first COVID-19 vaccine you don't have to wait to be contacted and can book your NHS appointment online. Appointment slots are being booked up quickly. If you're unable to book an appointment through the National Booking Service at the moment you can:

  • Keep checking the National Booking Service as more appointments will become available over the next few weeks. You'll have to travel to a regional vaccination centre for your appointment.
  • Wait to be contacted by your local vaccination service. Please do not contact your GP or other NHS providers.

Book your appointment at a regional vaccination centre


Second vaccine: book a local vaccination appointment

You must have an appointment to receive your second vaccination. You cannot just turn up at one of the local vaccination service centres.

If it's been at least 11 weeks since you've had your first vaccination and you've not received your invite for your second vaccination, please book an appointment.

Everyone else must to wait to be contacted; you will be contacted with a date and time for your next appointment.

It's important to have both doses of the same vaccine to give you the best protection.

Phone lines are available Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm or Saturday–Sunday, 10am–4pm.

Book an appointment locally - ring 0300 303 0355 or email


Who is responsible for the vaccine rollout?

The COVID-19 vaccine is only available through the NHS to eligible groups.

The vaccine rollout within the borough is being managed by Rochdale Health Alliance (our local GP Federation) and the Primary Care Networks. The council is supporting the NHS to deliver it to as many people as quickly as possible.

Who will get the coronavirus vaccine first?

Nationwide vaccines are being distributed on a priority system. People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. When more vaccines become available, they will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.

Subject to vaccine supplies the government has pledged to offer the first vaccine dose to:

The following have been classed as the priority groups. 

​Priority ​Risk group
​1 ​Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
​2 ​All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
​3 ​All those 75 years of age and over
​4 ​All those 70 years and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
​5 ​All those 65 years of age and over
​6 ​Adults aged 16-65 years in an at-risk group (see clinical conditions)
​7 ​All those 60 years of age and over
​8 ​All those 55 years of age and over
​9 ​All those 50 years of age and over
​10 ​Rest of the population (to be determined)

About your vaccination 

You may get an appointment to attend the Greater Manchester NHS Vaccination Centre (Manchester Tennis and Football Club, Etihad Campus).

If you wish to attend a local vaccination centre instead, you do not need to do anything; you will be contacted in due course to make an appointment at one of the local vaccination centres within the borough.

Appointments are dependent on national supplies of the vaccine being available.

  1. If you're not registered with a GP, you will need to register. Find a local health service.
  2. You will receive a call or a letter from your NHS provider with a date and time of your appointment. If you live in borough but are registered with a practice outside the borough, you'll be contacted by your local NHS provider in that local authority area.
  3. You'll be provided with a contact telephone number if you want to get in touch to change your appointment or if you've any questions.
  4. Clinically-trained staff will be providing the vaccinations in a safe environment and all the necessary instructions will be given to patients in the letter or telephone call inviting them to attend.

Local vaccination service centres   

You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine. You cannot just turn up at one of the vaccination service centres.  

The following are confirmed vaccination service centres. Please follow the relevant signs to gain entrance to the building.