COVID-19 vaccination service

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People aged 65 and over, carers and pregnant women can now book their autumn COVID-19 booster online. Information will be posted on this page when other groups are eligible for their jab.

If you struggle to find an appointment at your preferred local location, please try again on the following Monday when the national booking system opens a new week of appointments.

Please don’t walk in to nearby clinics as they are already full and you may find a very long queue.

Don’t ring your GP surgery because they can’t book appointments and will have to refer you back to either 119 or the national booking system

We are currently unable to offer walk-in appointments. Read our frequently asked questions for answers to general questions including what to do if you've had COVID before and which vaccine is being used.


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. 

So, if you are trying to book a vaccination, the national system will look for the nearest appointment available in the next 25 days not the next available nearest appointment, which might be in 28 days time. This means you might be offered an appointment in Weston Super-Mare in six days time, but not one in Weymouth in 28 days time. 

We are working with the national team to extend the booking window in Dorset and have enough appointments available for everyone and we will be giving autumn vaccinations until 10 December or longer if it’s needed.

Those who are eligible to receive an autumn booster should not go to vaccination sites without a prior booking and may be turned away.  

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 where a vaccination is available. 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, Meyrick Ward, Boscombe, BH7 6JF

(Mon & Weds 08:00-20:00 Sat 08:00-14:00)

 

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

(Mon & Tues 08:00-20:00)

From 23rd September open Fridays
 
Community hospital services

Langdon Ward, Bridport Community Hospital, DT6 5DR

(Weds 08:00-18:00)

 

Blandford Community Hospital (Outpatient Clinic), Blandford Forum, DT11 7DD

(Sat 09:30 - 16:30)

 
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      
Pharmacy2U Dorchester, Dorchester, DT1 1UW  
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.

Autumn booster - who and when can you get your jab

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 75 years of age and over

The National Booking Service will be open to you from 7 September 2022 to book appointments from 12 September.

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

 

All other eligible people

The National Booking Service will be open to you from 12 September to book appointments from 19 September 2022.

You will usually be offered an appointment around 3 months after your last dose of Covid-19 vaccine and your vaccination may be offered to you by a service other than your GP. Some people may also receive a letter and/or text message from NHS England encouraging them to book their vaccination.

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.

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 NHS The National Booking Service or NHS Grab a Jab where available.  

Please read our Frequently asked questions. 

 

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

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

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.

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

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

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 Autumn 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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