Boosting immunity against Covid-19 begins in Doncaster

Booster vaccines against the coronavirus are now being rolled out across Doncaster for all eligible people.

Among the first to be invited are health and care workers and more elderly and vulnerable people who have already had two doses of the vaccine.

Around 150,000 people in Doncaster are eligible for the booster which is currently being given a minimum of six months after the second dose.

This means several thousand won’t be invited for the jab until early next year, but the programme has begun with over 11,000 people vaccinated so far.

GP lead for Primary Care in Doncaster Dr Nabeel Alsindi said: “When you get that call to receive a booster jab, please keep your appointment. Cases of Covid-19 have been rising again in Doncaster and as we move into the winter months we want to offer as much protection as possible to those who are more vulnerable to catching the virus.

“We can’t be complacent about this and as we could also see higher levels of the flu virus circulating this winter, it’s more important than ever to take up the offer of more protection.

“It’s also important to continue to wash your hands thoroughly, which also helps to prevent catching the flu, and wear face coverings in health settings such as surgeries and hospitals.”

How and when to get your booster vaccination

If you are eligible for a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, you’ll be offered it currently no sooner than six months after you had your second dose.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

You will only be offered a booster jab if you have previously had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

For your booster you are likely to be given Pfizer or Moderna as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). It doesn’t matter if your previous vaccine was AstraZeneca – they have been classed as compatible and safe.

If you have any doubts or questions, you can speak to a clinician at your vaccination appointment.

Who can book online?

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine online if you are a frontline health or social care worker. Over 3,000 heath and care staff working in Doncaster have already had their booster jabs.

You can also book it online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:

  • aged 50 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid-19

Walk-in or drop-in clinics

If you turn up to a drop-in clinic in Doncaster asking for a booster, please be aware you may be turned away if you had your second dose less than six months ago.

Example: If you had your second dose on 5 June, you are not eligible for your booster until 5 December or after.

If you were to turn up at one of our drop-ins before you get your invite and can prove you are eligible, you may have to wait until other booked patients have had their jab – and getting it on the day may be subject to availability.

Due to recent issues with data systems, some people may have received two or more invitations to get their booster jabs. We are working to correct this, so please accept our apologies if you have been affected. We are doing our best to ensure we don’t miss anyone.

For more information about how and when you can book online, please visit Book or manage a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

And please have a look at our frequently asked questions on our website: COVID-19 Vaccination Booster Programme – Doncaster CCG

19 thoughts on “Boosting immunity against Covid-19 begins in Doncaster

  1. I have had a for text to arrange to book booster was told Goole (I have no transport) buses don’t go to Goole. people in Thorne have been going to Stainforth WHY cant I??

  2. I am trying to get my booster jab but am having no luck.When I had my first jab I was told by my doctor to have the AstraZeneca vaccine and not the Pfizer. I have had both the suggested jabs but now I want my booster it seems no one has the AstraZeneca vaccine. I contacted my GP last week but they have ignored my email. I have a number of medical conditions but cannot get any help, even the 119 can’t help and it was there agent told me to contact my GP surgery. I am 72 years and have to use a wheelchair .Can you help please?

  3. I tried to book my booster online but the nearest place offered is rossington I am unable to travel that far can I get my booster at lakeside drop in centre. I have had my invitation and age 76
    Kind regards
    Ian steel

    1. Apologies for the late response Ian. If you are eligible for a booster jab and can prove it you can go to Lakeside but you may have to wait. Kind regards.

  4. We have been very disappointed with our attempts to get a Covid booster jab. We had been told by our practice that we would be notified when it was due and we would be able to go to Adwick Leisure Centre as before when we had our first 2 Covid jabs.

    We were notified on Monday 25th October and again on 26th October to make an appointment for our jab. We followed the link only to be told there were no appointments available at the 4 centres shown which included Adwick Leisure Centre.

    After 7-8 attempts we tried the Leisure Centre itself but they advised us to try the CCG website. This did not produce any way to get appointments. Then we tried public health and they advised us to ring the CCG. This we did this morning and we were told we would be contacted with an appointment. Having rung again after 3-4 hours we were told that we would definitely be rung so we waited in all afternoon as, despite having given my wife’s mobile number, we are frequently rung on the house phone. No phone call was forthcoming.

    We rang BBC Look North and they were interested in our problem but advised us to try 119 so we did this. Having answered multiple questions we were advised to wait and then the line went dead. As advised on 119 we then tried the NHS website and we were offered appointment sites at 10-25 miles away. We are 75 and 82 and hardly drive at all since the pandemic. We only drive locally and would not want to go to Sheffield or even Rotherham where we do not know our way around. We rang Look North again as they at least have promised to look into the matter. It does not seem we are alone with our problem.

    So where do we go from here? If the person from the CCG who was supposed to ring us did not have any appointments to offer, then it would have been polite to ring us and tell us why, rather than just have us waiting in for a phone call that never came.

    Please keep us informed

    1. Thank you for getting in touch. We’re sorry to hear about the issues you are having in trying to book your booster jabs. I have passed your comment to our enquiries team who will look into this for you. Please send your full names and contact number to donccg.communications@nhs.net so we can follow this up for you. Kind regards, comms team.

  5. Hello,
    Could you advise if Dearne Valley Leisure Centre will offer a booster jab if I went tomorrow?
    Thank you ,Sarah

  6. Please help l have been trying to book for my booster jab I am overdue and high risk I am 78 years old I need to find a place near were I live

  7. When looking at the vaccination sites it is not clear which sites are offering Booster Vax. Also it is shocking to see the comment, may close early for staffing issues & “low take up”……Please let us know in advance where we can “drop in”, if we have to queue that’s for us to do, then we can try for the Booster…..TIA

  8. Queued for just over 2hrs outside in the cold st the Lakeside centre for my booster jab. I am 70 years old but there were other older people waiting.
    There was one person giving vaccinations.
    How come some people have recieved invitations to attend with an appt while the rest of us had to stand out in the cold.
    Not good enough where has the organisation for the previous 2 vaccinations gone

    1. Dorothy, please see the information we have here: https://www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/covidvaxclinics/
      You can either book a booster jab through the National Booking Service – which doesn’t necessarily mean you will get a local appointment – or wait for your GP surgery to call and book you in when you become eligible (six months after your second covid vaccination)
      We provided the walk-in option at some Doncaster centres to offer people a bit of choice – though you still have to prove your eligibility on the day and be prepared to wait if you’re not booked. Strictly speaking we have to vaccinate people in the order that they become eligible and the walk-in was an extra that people choose for themselves whether or not to queue for. This is something we have made clear on our website and in other public messaging.
      I hope this is helpful

  9. I am also having a problem booking a Covid booster jab and am now a month overdue. I have been to my surgery this morning and was told they were not doing booster jabs. Is there a walk in centre I can go to.
    Dearne Valley Leisure Centre is the closest to where I live but not sure whether they are doing boosters.

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