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COVID-19 vaccination programme for the borough of Rochdale

Coronavirus (COVID-19): book now if you're eligible

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

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.

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

Book an appointment - ring 0300 303 0355 or email

Everyone else needs to wait their turn. Please do not contact your GP. You will be contacted when your appointment is due, unless advised otherwise.

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

We’ll keep this page updated as more information is available.

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


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 and over
​9​All those 50 years 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   

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

What to expect after your first vaccination

GOV.UK has information on what to do after your first dose, what to do if you're not well for your next appointment and more.

Your second vaccination appointment

It's important to have both doses of the same vaccine to give you the best protection. You need to attend your second appointment and you'll be contacted with a date and time of your next appointment.

Advice for certain groups of people

Can I choose which vaccine to have?

No, the approved vaccines that have gone through the strict regulation approval. All the vaccines offer a high level of immunity. 

The NHS has produced a guide to help you understand the vaccines offered in the UK and when to have them. It also explains how they work and why they're safe and important.

Answers to frequently asked questions on the vaccine

Watch vaccination related videos

We're in the process of creating additional videos and will add these to this section.

Vaccine fraud: stay safe from scammers

Scams can come in many different disguises, so it’s important to know the warning signs to look out for and what to do if you have or think you've been targeted.

Join the NHS COVID-19 vaccine team

Your NHS needs you

To help ensure the NHS is able to deliver a large-scale vaccination programme without significantly impacting on other vital services, the NHS is recruiting to thousands of paid and volunteer roles. These include vaccinators, while also working with partners to build a bank of volunteers who can support vaccine services.

COVID-19 vaccine monitoring reports

Popular COVID-19 pages

Basics to help tackle COVID-19