COVID-19 vaccination service

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People aged 50 and over, carers, pregnant women, health and social care staff and anyone at higher risk can visit a walk-in clinic or book your autumn COVID-19 booster online until 12 Feb. 

It’s not to late to get your first or second COVID-19 jabs at one of our community vaccination centres. 

Read our frequently asked questions for answers to general questions including what to do if you've had COVID before, if you are housebound and which vaccine is being used.


Walk-in clinics

Anyone living in and the surrounding areas, eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination will be able to walk-in and grab a jab at the following places:

  • Portland Hospital, Castle Road, Portland DT5 1AX, Saturdays 4 and 11 February between 9am-4pm

  • Westminster Memorial hospital, Shaftesbury. Wednesday 8 February, anytime between 10am – 3pm. (Entrance off Magdalene Ln, Abbey Walk, SP7 8BD)

  • The Atrium Health centre, Dorchester, DT1 1QR. Thursday 9 February,  anytime between 10am - 3pm.

No appointment needed. Just turn up. 

 

The NHS vaccination team will see as many people as they can while doors are open during our community clinics.

Walk in appointments are also welcome at all other vaccination centres during clinic times.

2023 clinic opening times 

Kings park community vaccination centre open Wednesday and Saturday 9.30am -4.30pm. Please note for next week only the clinic will be open Monday 16 and closed Wednesday 18 January. Bookings needed for children vaccinations either primary or booster jabs and walk-ins open to adult boosters only.

Weymouth (Linden unit) Tuesday and Wednesday 8am to 4.30pm. Walk-in appointments during clinic times welcome. 

Bridport (Langdon ward) – Thursday 9am to 6pm. Walk-in appointments during clinic times welcome.

Community pharmacies – appointment only via National Booking Service or local booking service. 

 


Where you can get your vaccination and how to book

Zoom in on the map using the + button bottom left to see where you can get a jab near you

 

Book an appointment

Book your appointment via the NHS National Service or call 119. 

The national booking system and 119 allow people to see available appointments for the next 25 days and they open a week’s worth of appointments each Monday. 

 

Dorset COVID-19 vaccination sites

GPs have their own local booking system and may contact you direct to arrange your vaccination with them. You can do this or, if you prefer, you can book your appointment on the National Booking System to have your vaccination at a range of locations including vaccination centres, community hospitals and pharmacies which are providing the service shown on the table below.

NBS - National Booking Service

LBS - Local booking service

The locations below show all the vaccination sites in Dorset. You can select a lcoation for your jab on the National Booking Service.

  Book on NBS Book on LBS 5-11 year olds 12-15 year olds 16-17 year olds 18 year-olds+
Vaccination centres

Kings Park Hospital

Wednesday and Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm

 

Linden Unit, (next door to Westhaven Community Hospital, DT4 0QE

Tuesday and Wednesday 8.00am - 4.30pm

 
Community hospital services

Langdon Ward, Bridport Community Hospital, DT6 5DR

Thursday 9.00am -6.00pm

 
GP Local vaccination services
East Way Clinic, Bournemouth, BH8 9PU          
Christchurch Medical Practice, Christchurch, BH23 3AF  
Lake Road Surgery, Verwood, BH31 6EH  
The Atrium Health Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1QR        
Talbot Medical Centre, Bournemouth, BH10 4BX        
Westbourne Medical Centre, Westbourne, BH4 9HJ        
Poole Ferry Port - "North Lounge" Passenger Terminal, Poole, BH15 4AQ  
The Hamworthy Club, Wimborne, BH21 3AP        
Wareham Hospital, Wareham, BH20 4RN  
Marine Surgery, Southbourne, BH6 3DB  
Sturminster Newton Medical Centre, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1QU        
St Leonards Hospital, Ringwood, BH24 2RR        
Community pharmacies
Ashley Heath Pharmacy, Ringwood, BH24 2HP  
Boots Pharmacy, Bournemouth, BH2 5NL  
Colehill Pharmacy, Wimborne, BH21 2SE    
Castle Lane Pharmacy, Bournemouth, BH8 9UD      
Day Lewis PLC, Lilliput, Poole, BH14 8EE  
Day Lewis PLC, Wareham, BH20 4LR  
Day Lewis, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4DT  
Rowlands Pharmacy, Bournemouth, BH9 3RE      
Beaminster Pharmacy, Beaminster, DT8 3AA    
The Abbey Pharmacy, Sherborne, DT9 3BA    
Stalbridge Pharmacy, Stalbridge, DT10 2LL    
The Grove Pharmacy, Christchurch, BH23 2FQ    
Wallisdown Pharmacy, Poole, BH12 5BU      
Bryant Pharmacy, Poole, BH14 0AD    
Kamsons Pharmacy, Highcliffe, BH23 5EY      
C&M Chemists, Boscombe, BH7 6BW      
Well Bridport - East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF      

 

Cancelling/rearranging an appointment

If you need to cancel or rearrange your booking, visit the National Booking System and visit the manage your appointment section.

If you've booked through your GP, you will need to rearrange/cancel through them.

Support getting to your vaccination appointment

Patients who do not have access to transport can get help to attend their appointment via community transport services.

For more information please visit:

BCP Council area - https://sedcat.org.uk/need-help-with-transport-for-your-covid-vaccine

Dorset Council area - Dorset Community Transport Directory - Dorset Council


Autumn booster - who and when can you get your jab

This winter will be the first time we see the real effects of both COVID and flu in full circulation as we go about life as normal. For everyone, particularly those most susceptible to serious illness, getting the vaccinations for both viruses will help to boost immunity during the colder months.

The 2022 autumn booster programme aims to increase immunity in those at higher risk from COVID-19 and thereby improve protection against severe COVID-19 over winter 2022 to 2023.

Accordingly, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised an Autumn Booster is offered to

 

Frontline health and social care workers and all adults 65 years of age and over

The National Booking Service is now open for you to book your vaccination appointment.

 

Housebound and older adult care home residents

There are special arrangements to visit residents of care homes for older adults and those who are housebound eligible for the vaccination – please be patient while we book everyone in.

 

 

If your GP is offering the COVID-19 booster they may reach out to you to book your vaccine. Some people may also receive a letter and/or text message from NHS England encouraging you to book.

You will usually be offered an appointment around 3 months after your last dose of Covid-19 vaccine.The gap since your last vaccination may be longer than 3 months, this is because decisions about when and who should have the vaccination are made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and we deliver the vaccination programme based on their advice about timings.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding

 

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If you are pregnant, it is very important that you have all the Covid-19 vaccinations recommended during pregnancy, including any additional boosters, even if you are fit, healthy and up to date with all the other Covid vaccines you are entitled to. It is safe to have the Covid vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy.

The ingredients from the vaccine leave your body after a few days after sending a signal to your immune system to create the antibodies that will recognise and fight the virus.

As with all vaccines, including flu, studies[3] have shown that protective antibodies developed from Covid vaccination can transfer from mother to baby across the placenta, and after birth through breast milk, helping with the baby’s immunity for the first few months of their lives.[4]

[3] American Medical Association: Assessment of Maternal and Neonatal Cord Blood SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies and Placental Transfer Ratios

[4] Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: Vaccination

Find out more about the safety and efficiency of the COVID-19 vaccine when you're pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby on the NHS website

Vaccinations for children and young people

Clinics for children and young people

Children aged 5-11 and 12-17 who are at-risk can visit any of the clinics below with a booked appointment via the National Booking Service.

King's Park, Boscombe on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays

Linden unit Weymouth on Tuesday afternoons

 

Sensory room 

A relaxing, dedicated space has been created at the King’s Park vaccination centre in Boscombe for young people and adults with learning disabilities or severe and long-term mental health conditions.

The sensory room is for anyone who may need some extra support whilst receiving their vaccination to use to help them keep calm away from the communal waiting area that may be noisy or cause anxiety. Find out more in our news story.

 

 

People who need a first or second vaccination or a first booster

Those who were age five at 31/08/2022 and over are eligible for a first or second vaccination and everybody over the age of 18 is eligible for a first booster if you have yet to take up the offer. 

If you wish to come forward for any of the earlier vaccinations, please book through the  The National Booking Service at one of our vaccination clinics. 

Please read our Frequently asked questions. 

 

Before you leave home for your vaccination

Ahead of your visit

Please check out the parking and transport situations for the site you are attending and factor this in to your journey.

It is helpful to bring with you :

  • your booking confirmation if you have a booked appointment - this may be a letter, an email or a note you have made of the booking reference
  • your NHS number
  • a note of any regular medication you take
  • proof of eligibility and photo ID.

If you have a carer, require support or are a little nervous about gettin your jab, please do bring someone with you. We also have volunteers who can assist at our larger vaccination centres.

You may bring a support dog but pet dogs must stay at home.

During your visit 

You will find signage, directions, staff and volunteers on site to help guide you. 

You may be asked to confirm key information a number of times. This is to double check that you are correctly booked in and we have the right information for you.

You will need to wear a mask or a visor at all times unless you are exempt.

Cancelling or amending appointments

If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, you can do so in the manage your appointment section of the vaccine national booking service.

If you have any symptoms which could indicate COVID-19 or have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 28 days, DO NOT attend - you can cancel and rebook your appointment.

 

Large vaccination centre at King's Park Hospital, Bournemouth

Getting to the vaccination centre

The vaccination centre is on the King’s Park Community Hospital site in Gloucester Road, Bournemouth BH7 6JF.

By car

Travelling westbound on the A338 take the exit for King’s Park and the Vitality Stadium and follow King’s Park Drive until you reach the junction with Gloucester Road, by the indoor bowls centre. There is free on-street parking in this area as well as King’s Park pay and display car park (reference 59046) and you can also park for free in East Cemetery. From here it is a 3 minute walk to the vaccination centre. Please note you cannot drive right to the hospital site from this direction as there is a road barrier. It does, however, allow you to avoid residential roads.

Travelling eastbound on the A338 take the A3049 exit signposted for Boscombe. Leave the roundabout at the second exit then turn left onto Holdenhurst Road. Follow the road to the roundabout and take the second exit into King’s Park Drive. Then follow instructions as above.

From the A35 main Boscombe high street turn into Gloucester Road. The hospital site is on your right towards the end of the road. There is a limited number of parking spaces for the vaccination centre on site and these are clearly marked. There is limited free on-street parking but this road is often busy.

Disabled parking and access

Dedicated disabled parking for the vaccination centre is available on the site.

You can drop off someone attending for their vaccination at the designated area on the site – a volunteer will direct you. There is no parking in this area so you will need to park elsewhere before returning for pick-up.

There are also disabled toilets available.

By bus, by train and on foot

The vaccination centre is a short walk from the main A35 Boscombe high street, which is served by a number of bus routes (Yellow Buses 1, 1B and 2; MoreBus M2). Pokesdown railway station is also on this road and is about 12 minutes’ walk away.

Cycling

There will be an area to lock your bicycle.

We occasionally need to close the centre for various reasons. If this happens this will be shown in the latest news at the top of this page.

When you arrive at the centre

The vaccination centre is near the entrance to the King’s Park site on the right. The area is clearly signposted and volunteer marshals will be on-hand to support. Please go to the reception desk when you arrive.

If you have any symptoms which could indicate COVID-19 please DO NOT enter the building - you can rebook your appointment.

Toilets

There is access to toilets in the vaccination centre – staff and volunteers will direct you.

Sensory room 

A relaxing, dedicated space has been created at the vaccination centre for young people with learning disabilities or severe and long-term mental health conditions.

The sensory room is for those aged 5-15 to use before and during their COVID-19 vaccination to help them keep calm. It avoids them having to utilise a communal waiting area that may be noisy or cause anxiety. Find out more in our news story.


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After your vaccination

After you’ve had your vaccination

Protection against COVID-19 from the vaccine takes two to three weeks to become effective. 

If you require any information about your vaccination, such as proof of vaccination for a NHS COVID pass, download the NHS App to your smartphone/tablet or check your NHS account.

All the details, regarding your covid vaccinations, including date, product, batch number and where administered, will be available.

Side effects

Common side effects are much less serious than developing coronavirus or flu or the complications associated with each virus, and they usually go away within a few days. If your side effects seem to get worse or if you’re concerned, call or click NHS 111. If you do seek advice from a health professional, make sure you tell them about your vaccination so that they can assess you properly.

Everyone is different, so the side effects you may experience (if you get any at all) will depend on which vaccine you receive, whether it’s your first or second dose and you as an individual. Common side effects include:

Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection

  • Headache or muscle ache
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling tired
  • Fever (temperature above 37.8°C)
  • Joint pain

You may also have flu-like symptoms with episodes of shivering and shaking for a day or two.

Contact information

If you have any queries about the vaccination programme in Dorset, including if you aren’t sure whether you qualify for the Autumn booster or not, contact the team at dhc.covidplus@nhs.net

The team will respond as soon as they can and will try to answer your question directly, although sometimes we may need more information from you before we can resolve your query.

You can also pop in to a vaccination centre with evidence of your medical records/prescription to discuss you eligibility with one of the team.

To change or cancel a booking made on the National Booking System, visit the national website or call 119.

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