Covid Vaccine Information
Get Boosted Now
The COVID-19 booster helps to give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from the virus. If you had your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over three months ago and are eligible to get your booster, it's important that you get the jab to protect yourself and those around you.
Find out who is currently eligible for the booster jab on the NHS website here.
How to get your booster
There are several ways for people in Sefton to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine:
Book an appointment using the National Booking Service
Use the National Booking Service to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine at your nearest available site. You can find out more about who is currently eligible for which dose of vaccine and book an appointment here.
Book an appointment at a GP-led vaccination site
If you are a resident living in Southport and Formby, you can contact Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing Centre by calling 01704 395830 to book an appointment for a vaccine if eligible.
Find walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccines
You can search for walk-in sites, and find out who is currently eligible to get a booster vaccine at a walk-in centre, on the NHS website here.
You can find out more about the booster vaccine on our frequently asked questions page here.
Get tested for COVID-19
It's important to test regularly for COVID-19 and follow the current self-isolation guidance to keep our families, friends and communities safe.
The two main tests for COVID-19 are:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test
PCR tests, if you do have coronavirus symptoms, can be booked at local test sites, or a home test kit can be requested if you cannot get to a test site.
Find more information, including dates and locations for Mobile Testing Units throughout January in Sefton, on the Sefton Council website here.
Rapid lateral flow tests
Free rapid lateral tests are for when you do not have symptoms. Rapid test kits can be ordered online from the government website or collected from various locations in Sefton, subject to availability. You can find out more about this on the Sefton Council website here.
You can find current guidance on when you need to self-isolate on the NHS website.
COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy
Whether you’re pregnant, think you might be, or you are trying for a baby, we encourage you to take up the offer of a vaccine and get protected against COVID-19.
Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both mother and baby, including admission to intensive care and premature birth. Vaccination is considered safe at any time before, during, or after pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and is recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives.
How to book your COVID-19 vaccine
You can book yourself an appointment through the National Booking Service, or you can attend a walk-in session at a vaccination centre without an appointment if you prefer.
More information and advice
Advice for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding is here. Read frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy here.