COVID-19 vaccination service

Dorset HealthCare is running the COVID-19 vaccination service across Dorset, working with other health and care organisations to offer the vaccine to everyone who's eligible at a range of different sites.

Click the arrows on the panels below to find out more.

Latest news

Vaccination centres at both Kings Park Unit and Linden Unit will be closed for the upcoming Bank Holiday Monday on 29 August. 

Read about our summer vaccination programme with more details on how to get your jab further down on this page.

There are additional clinics taking place at King's Park Hospital on Saturdays 8-11am for 5-11 year olds throughout August. 

Who can get their vaccination and when

The information below shows who is eligible for different vaccinations and when. If you have not yet had any vaccinations or have not completed the full course you can still come forward to have whichever dose you need.

Our sites administer the Pfizer vaccine (also called Comirnaty) and the Moderna vaccine (also called SpikeVax). If you had the Astrazeneca vaccine for earlier jabs, you can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your booster. Under 18s will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.

If you cannot have Pfizer or Moderna for medical reasons, please contact your GP, who will then contact us, and we will source an alternative vaccine.

2-dose primary course

The gap between doses 1 and 2 is 8 weeks

Everyone aged 18 and over

Those aged 5-17 in an at-risk group or a household contact of someone immunosuppressed

The gap between doses 1 and 2 is 12 weeks

Children and young people aged 5-17 who are not at risk

 3-dose primary course

The gap between doses 1, 2 and 3 is eight weeks Everyone aged 5+ who is immunosuppressed

*For either primary course, only children who have turned 5-11 by 31 August 2022 are eligible.

First booster dose

3 months after primary course

Everyone aged 16+

 

Those aged 12-15 in an at-risk group or a household contact of someone immunosuppressed

Additional spring 2022 booster dose

At least 3 months after above booster

Everyone aged 75+ before 1 July 2022 and residents in a care home for older adults

 

Everyone aged 12+ who is immunosuppressed

People with diabetes qualify for the primary course and the first booster, but not the spring booster unless they are over 75.

Autumn 2022 booster dose

We will publish more information soon aboutthe roll-out of this programme in Dorset. You can see who will be eligible in the JCVI’s announcement.

If you have COVID-19 between doses

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms that suggest you may have the virus you need to delay further vaccinations by:

4 weeks

Everyone aged 18+ and those aged 5-17 in an at-risk group

12 weeks

Healthy children and young people aged 5-17

 

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 (mobile services will be coming soon – look out for more information on this page)

All sites offer vaccinations for anyone aged 18 and over. Most sites also offer vaccinations for children aged 5-11.

We have a large vaccination centre at King’s Park Hospital, Bournemouth. In addition, community pharmacies and primary care networks run by groups of local GPs are also offering vaccinations. All our sites are also shown in the table below.

Book an appointment

Book your slot via the NHS national system or call 119.

If your primary care network of GPs is providing vaccinations (not all of them are) they will contact you with details of how to book on their own booking system (shown as LBS on the table below).

Cancelling/rearranging an appointment

To cancel or rearrange your booking, visit the National Booking System.

Walk-ins

Curently our King's Park Centre in Bournemouth is the only location offering walk-ins and these are for those aged 12 and over only. If the centre is busy this may mean a wait if you arrive as a walk-in. 

These and other ad hoc walk-in opportunities are available on the NHS Grab a Jab website.

 

Book on NBS

Book on LBS

5–11-year-olds

12 years +

12+
Immuno-suppressed

Over-75s spring booster

Vaccination centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kings Park Hospital, Boscombe, BH7 6JF

 

Langdon Ward, Bridport Community Hospital, DT6 5DR

 

 

 

Linden Unit, Westhaven Community Hospital, DT4 0QE

 

 

 

Blandford Community Hospital, DT11 7DD

 

 

Primary care network local services

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaufort Road Surgery, Bournemouth, BH6 5AJ

 

 

 

 

East Way Clinic, Bournemouth, BH8 9PU

 

 

 

 

Christchurch Medical Practice, Christchurch, BH23 3AF

 

Lake Road Surgery, Verwood, BH31 6EH

 

 

Poole Ferry Port - "North Lounge" Passenger Terminal, Poole, BH15 4AQ

 

 

The Hamworthy Club, Wimborne, BH21 3AP

 

 

 

 

Wareham Hospital, Wareham, BH20 4RN

 

 

The Grove Medical Centre, Sherborne, DT9 3AA

 

 

 

 

Heatherview Medical Centre, Poole, BH12 4AY

 

 

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 Grove Pharmacy, Christchurch, BH23 2FQ

 

 

 

 

Wallisdown Pharmacy, Poole, BH12 5BU

 

 

 

 

 

Bryant Pharmacy, Poole, BH14 0AD

 

 

 

 

Kamsons Pharmacy, Highcliffe, Christchurch, BH23 5EY

 

 

 

 

 

Pharmacy2U Dorchester, Dorchester, DT1 1UW

 

 

 

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.

Before you leave home for your vaccination

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.

It would be helpful if you could bring:

  • your booking confirmation - 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.

Who should or shouldn’t come with you

  • if you have a carer or require support to help you get around the site, someone can come with you. We also have volunteers who can assist on-site
  • you may bring a support dog but pet dogs must stay at home

Your appointment

Please allow plenty of time for your appointment, including queueing, assessment, vaccination and post-vaccination waiting time.

Volunteer marshals are usually available outside and inside the site to support you. Please follow the signs and the directions of the marshals.

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.

After you’ve had your vaccination

Post-vaccination, you are advised not to drive for 15-minutes.

Protection against COVID-19 from the vaccine takes two to three weeks to become effective. It is important that you return for your subsquent doses and boosters, if eligible, and continue to follow the current guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

If you are pregnant

Pregnant women are encouraged to have all their vaccinations at any stage of pregnancy.

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

5-11 year olds

Parents or guardians of children aged between five and 11 years old can arrange for their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

See ‘Where you can get your vaccination’ (above) to find out which sites can vaccinate this age group.

There are additional clinics taking place at King's Park Hospital on Saturdays 8-11am for 5-11 year olds throughout July and August. 

Appointments can be booked on the National Booking System

To find out more about vaccinations for 5-11 year olds see the NHS national guidance.

12-15 year olds

See ‘Where you can get your vaccination’ (above) to find out which sites can vaccinate this age group.

Appointments can be booked on the National Booking System. Where GP services are providing a service they may contact parents to book on their own local booking system.

Sensory room 

A relaxing, dedicated space has been created at the King’s Park vaccination centre in Boscombe 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.

To find out more about vaccinations for 12-15 year olds, see the NHS national website.

 

Large vaccination centre at King's Park Hospital, Bournemouth

Opening hours

August

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

1

2-8pm

2

Closed

3

2-8pm

4

Closed

5

Closed

6

8am-2pm 12-15 year olds and 75+

8-11am 5-11 year olds

7

Closed

8

2-8pm

9

Closed

10

2-8pm

11

Closed

12

Closed

13

8am-2pm 12-15 year olds and 75+

8-11am 5-11 year olds

14

Closed

15

2-8pm

16

Closed

17

2-8pm

18

Closed

19

Closed

20

8am-2pm 12-15 year olds and 75+

8-11am 5-11 year olds

21

Closed

22

2-8pm

23

Closed

24

2-8pm

25

Closed

26

Closed

27

8am-2pm 12-15 year olds and 75+

8-11am 5-11 year olds

28

Closed

29  Bank holiday

Closed

 

30

 

Closed

31

 

2-8pm

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Can I still come forward for a first or second dose if I have not yet done so?

It is never too late to come forward for your first, second or (if you were immunosuppressed at the time of one of these) a third dose of the vaccine. You do not need to be registered with a GP and can find a walk-in option, book an appointment or more information on the national booking website. You can also call 119 free of charge which also offers translators on request.

Q: How do I get my booster dose of the COVID vaccine?

For an initial booster dose (the first dose following your primary course), you can visit the NHS COVID-19 vaccination website to find your nearest walk-in option or book an appointment. 

Q: I was eligible for the Spring Booster but have not yet come forward, can I still get this?

The Spring Booster programme is now finished. Only patients that fall within eligible cohorts with a weakened immune system, at risk or considered unlikely to come for a vaccination in Autumn should now receive the Spring Booster. The remaining groups of people are now advised to wait until autumn for their next booster.

Q: I turn 75 after 1 July, am I eligible for the Spring Booster, and can I still access this?

The clinical advice is to wait until autumn for your next booster. The NHS will contact you when you need your next booster.

Q: If my child turns 5 after 31 August 2022, are they eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, this one-off programme applies to those currently aged 5 to 11, and children will continue to become eligible as they turn five years of age until the end of August 2022.

Q: I haven’t been invited for a booster yet and I had my last jab more than three months ago. Can I turn up at a vaccine centre or will I be turned away? If so, why?

The JCVI advice is that people should wait until around six months since their last dose for maximum effectiveness, and people are asked to wait until the NHS invites them to book. However, provided they are in one of the eligible groups and they attend a site that accepts walk-ins for booster doses, they will not be turned away if it has been more than three months since their previous dose and they have not had COVID recently (see next answer).

Q: I have recently recovered from COVID-19, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. You still need to get a booster dose of the vaccine for extra protection, even if you have recently recovered from COVID-19.

If you have recently recovered from the virus, you will need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. People will need to wait:

  • 4 weeks (28 days) if they are aged 18 years old or over, or aged 5 to 17 years old and at greater risk from COVID (as defined in UKHSA’s Green Book – see table 3 and table 4)
  • 12 weeks (84 days) if they are aged 12 to 17 years old and not at greater risk from COVID (as defined in UKHSA’s Green Book – see table 3 and table 4)

Q: Why should I still get the vaccine now that restrictions have been lifted?

Vaccines have enabled the gradual and safe removal of restrictions on everyday life over the past year.

Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, we can get back to doing the things we love. However, COVID-19 is still out there and there are still people in hospital unwell with the virus.

Make sure you stay up-to-date with your vaccines for the best possible protection and for extra reassurance that you are keeping yourself and others safe.

Q: Will I get side-effects from a booster dose?

You may experience some mild side effects from the booster dose, regardless of how you reacted to previous COVID-19 vaccines. Side effects are very mild, do not last for long and not everybody will get them. Side effects can include a sore arm, feeling tired, a headache, feeling achy, and feeling or being sick. If you do get these, a pain killer such as paracetamol is recommended.

Q: Will I be expected to get more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the future?

The NHS will be delivering an Autumn Booster in England to those who are most vulnerable from COVID-19, including people aged 50 and over. Please see the following recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to see if you are eligible.

Q: Am I classed as immunosuppressed and eligible for vaccination?

Your GP or hospital doctor will have informed you if you are classed as immunosuppressed and you will have received a letter from the NHS advising you of this. If you believe you are classed as immunosuppressed and have not received a letter, please check the information from the NHS or if necessary get in touch with your GP or hospital doctor for further advice.

Q: Can I receive Vaxzevria (previously AstraZeneca) as my vaccination in Dorset?

If you are unable to receive Moderna or Pfizer vaccine due to medical conditions, and your GP or consultant advises that Vaxzevria (previously AstraZeneca) is the vaccine you should receive, please contact your GP practice who will be able to support you in accessing the right vaccine.

Please note change in vaccine name: AstraZeneca has now been granted a Conditional Marketing Authorisation (CMA) by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for their COVID-19 vaccine, branded as Vaxzevria. It is important to note that there are no quality, safety, or efficacy implications from the change in licensing status of the new licensed stock. There are also no changes to the vaccine’s characteristics or its administration and handling requirements.

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After your vaccination

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.

Contact information

If you have any queries about the vaccination programme in Dorset, including if you aren’t sure whether you qualify for the spring booster or not, contact the team on 07779 264351 or email dhc.covidplus@nhs.net

The team will respond within one working day 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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