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August 2021 Vaccination Appointment Update

First dose vaccinations are available from either one of the many walk-in centres across Northern Ireland or via a Community Pharmacy.

Following the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) it is preferable if people aged under 40 receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

More information about the latest JCVI statement can be found at this link:

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

18 and over

At present, if you’re aged 18 years or older, or will turn 18 by the 31 October (you were born on or before 31 October 2003) you can get vaccinated at one of Northern Ireland’s mobile vaccination clinics or at a Community Pharmacy.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable aged over 16 at 30 June 2021

If you’re aged over 16 years of age at 30 June 2021 and ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ (CEV) or ‘Clinically Vulnerable’ (CV), you can book your vaccination online for any of the regional vaccination centres. 

You should have received a letter from your GP advising you if you’re in one of these categories.

Children aged 12-15 living with an immunosuppressed person

If you are aged between 12 and 15 years of age (born between 1 August 2005 and 31 July 2009), and living with an immunosuppressed person, you can book a vaccination online at any of the regional vaccination centres. 

You household should have received a letter from a GP/ Trust consultant advising that one of the members of your household is immunosuppressed.  You will need to bring this letter with you as proof to receive the vaccine.

Booking an appointment

Book online

You can book a vaccination online:

Booking online will make sure you avoid any queues at the vaccination

Where to get a vaccination  

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at any of Northern Ireland’s mobile vaccination centres without an appointment. Those attending these facilities must bring photographic ID or proof of address and where possible their Health and Care number.

Further mobile vaccination clinics will be held across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks and the details will be on this page.

The following mobile vaccination centres are available:

Belfast HSC Trust

  • Indoor tennis centre and Ozone complex, Ormeau Embankment, Belfast BT6 8LT:
    • Sunday 1 August, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
    • Wednesday 4 August, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Olympia Leisure Centre, Boucher Road, Belfast 
    • Sunday 1 August, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Northern HSC Trust area

  • Sunday 1 August from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • The Junction, Antrim (old Tom Tailor unit) :
    • Friday 6 August from 1.00 pm to 6.30 pm
    • Saturday 7 August from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm
  • Ballycastle GAA Club:
    • Saturday 7 August from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Meadowlane shopping centre, Magherafelt:
    • Sunday 8 August from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • Sheskburn recreation centre, Ballycastle:
    • Sunday 8 August from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Dunclug, Ballymena North, 120 Cushendall Road, Ballymena:
    • Wednesday 11 August from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Hawthorn Adult Centre, Ellis Street, Carrickfergus BT38 8AZ:
    • Saturday 14 August from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
    • Sunday 15 August from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

South Eastern HSC Trust area

  • Ards Shopping Centre:

Sunday 1 August, 11.00 am to 7.00 pm

You can continue to get your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at any of Northern Ireland’s regional vaccination centres.  If necessary, you can attend on another date, without having to change your original appointment, as long as the required interval has passed since your first dose. The required interval between first and second doses is:

  • six weeks for Pfizer 
  • eight weeks for Moderna
  • eight weeks for Astra Zeneca

The main vaccination centres are:

  • SSE Arena, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ
  • Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA
  • Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Trostan Avenue, Ballymena BT43 7BL 
  • South Lake Leisure Centre, 1 Lake Road, Craigavon BT64 1AS
  • The Foyle Arena, 2 Limavady Road, Londonderry BT47 6JY
  • Omagh Leisure Centre, Old Mountfield Road, Omagh BT79 7EG

Lakeland Forum, Broadmeadow, Enniskillen BT74 7EF

Transport to vaccination centres

If you need transport to get to your vaccination appointment, community transport may be able to help, subject to availability.  

For more information, contact your local community operator – contact details are at the following links: 

Getting to the SSE Arena vaccination centre

If you’re travelling to the SSE Arena for your vaccination, free parking is available at Eastside and Northside car parks in Belfast and there is a free shuttle-bus service from the Northside car park.

The G2 Glider services runs every 15 minutes from the city centre or you can get a train to Titanic Quarter station, a short walk from the SSE Arena.

When travelling on public transport, face coverings must be worn and social distancing practices observed. All transport services are provided within COVID-19 guidance regulations.

Vaccination at a community pharmacy

he majority of Pharmacies are currently only supplying the AstraZeneca vaccine at this time. However initially a small number are providing Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations with new pharmacies being added each week.

Can I be vaccinated at Community Pharmacy?

To be vaccinated at Community Pharmacy, you generally have to be registered with a GP in Northern Ireland and meet an eligible age cohort:

  • For those aged 40 years or over, you can be vaccinated at those pharmacies providing either AstraZeneca or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • For those aged 18 years or over, you can be vaccinated at those pharmacies providing Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant and have not yet received your first vaccination or have received your first Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination, you can be vaccinated via the Community Pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination service at those pharmacies providing Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations.

If you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant and have received your first vaccination of AstraZeneca, you can be vaccinated with your second dose of AstraZeneca via the Community Pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination service at those pharmacies providing AstraZeneca.

Please speak to your Obstetric provider or midwife for advice about getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you book with a community pharmacy but are not eligible your appointment will be cancelled.

How do I know which pharmacy is providing the service?

If you are eligible, please visit the relevant map of participating pharmacies to see if your desired pharmacy is providing the COVID-19 vaccination service with your desired vaccine choice.

For the map of pharmacies providing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations click here

For the map of pharmacies providing Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations click here.

Map instructions

1.  Click on the map and search for a pharmacy close to or most convenient for you

2.   Click on pharmacy name

3.   Then either click on the weblink to the pharmacy’s online booking system or phone the pharmacy to make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination.

4.   **Please note booking systems on the map belong to the individual pharmacies and not Health and Social Care – for issues or queries in relation to booking contact the pharmacy **

 If you are blind or partially sighted and need help in accessing the details of your local participating pharmacy, please contact RNIB at 0303 123 9999. Please note: this is not a booking line and the operator cannot help organise any vaccination appointments. 

RNIB are ready to answer your call Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Calls cost no more than a standard rate call to an 01 or 02 number, and count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls. The price of calls varies between different providers, including between landline and mobile companies, so check with your provider if you are unsure.

The email address is: helpline@rnib.org.uk

What else do I need to know or bring to my appointment?

Each pharmacy will be operating different clinic dates and times. They will also have different arrangements in place for booking appointments. Please contact your desired pharmacy for more information on their individual procedures.

Please do not book multiple appointments at different pharmacies or booking sites as this reduces the number of appointments available.

Please do not attend the pharmacy or vaccination appointment if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or are currently in self-isolation having been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead contact the pharmacy to get advice and rearrange your appointment.

You will need proof of your identity in order to receive your vaccination. This ideally should be photographic ID (showing proof of your date of birth), such as passport or driving licence. If this is not available, please contact the pharmacy to see what other forms of identification can be used.

If you do not have the required proof of identification you will not be able to receive your vaccination. You will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt). Please also check with the pharmacy if they have any additional infection control procedures in place that you will need to comply with

Categories: General Information
Updated: 4 months ago Posted: June 24, 2021 9:25 am Share: