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.

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Contact information

If you have any queries about the Covid vaccination programme in Dorset you can contact the Dorset HealthCare 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. To change or cancel a booking made on the National Booking System you need to call 119 or visit the national website.

Who can get their vaccination and when

The table below shows who is eligible for different vaccinations and when.

The sites administer the Pfizer vaccine (also called Comirnaty) and the Moderna vaccine (also called SpikeVax). If you had the Astrazeneca vaccine for your first and second 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.

Those eligible for the spring 2022 booster may be invited for their vaccination between three and six months after the end of their primary course. This booster is most effective at boosting your immunity at closer to the six-month interval but is safe to have from three months after your first booster.

All care homes have appointments arranged either with their GP or with Dorset HealthCare before the end of May. The visits are arranged with care home management who will inform residents of the visit.

covid vaccination schedule

 

Where you can get your vaccination and how to book

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

We have two large vaccination centres at King’s Park Hospital, Bournemouth and Vespasian House, Dorchester. In addition, some community pharmacies and some primary care networks run by groups of local GPs are also offering vaccinations. All our sites are shown below.

Book an appointment

Book your slot via the NHS national system.

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

Vaccination centres

 

 

 

 

 

Kings Park Hospital, Boscombe, BH7 6JF

 

Vespasian House, Dorchester, DT1 1TG

 

Langdon Ward, Bridport Community Hospital, DT6 5DR

 

 

 

Linden Unit, Westhaven Community Hospital, DT4 0QE

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Iford URC, C & M Chemists, Boscombe, BH7 6RU

 

 

 

 

Pharmacy2U Dorchester, Dorchester, DT1 1UW

 

 

Well Bridport - East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF

 

 

 

 

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.

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 or by calling 119. Where GP services are providing a service they may contact parents to book on their own local booking system.

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

 

Dorset's large vaccination centres

Find out more about our centres at King's Park Hospital, Bournemouth and Vespasian House, Dorchester including:

  • opening hours
  • how to get there
  • parking.

King's Park Hospital, Bournemouth

Opening hours

This centre is generally open 8am-8pm every day except:

  • closed Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing day
  • all other Bank Holidays when open 8am-2pm.

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.

Vespasian House, Dorchester

Opening hours

This centre is generally open 8am-8pm every day except:

  • closed Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing day
  • all other Bank Holidays open 8am-2pm.

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.

Disabled parking and access

There is one disabled parking space at the front of the building. People with a disability can park here or relatives and friends can drop off and pick up people with a disablity here. 

Those who need a disabled parking space should buzz in at the barrier and they can park or ask the front door marshal to assist them.

It's recommend that, if you need to drive, to visit the site at the weekends when parking is easier. 

The vaccine centre is all on the groundfloor and is fully wheelchair accessible.

Getting there

 The vaccination centre is Vespasian House, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TG.

By car

 Travelling to Dorchester on the A35, turn into town at the Stadium Roundabout (by Dorchester Town Football Club). Head north on the B3147, past the cricket ground, and take the left turn at the traffic lights. Still on the B3147, continue until you reach Top O’Town Roundabout, and take the left-hand exit onto Bridport Road. You will almost immediately come to the Top O’Town car park (on your right) and, continuing on, Vespasian House is the second exit on the right (Barrack Road).

Travelling to Dorchester from the north, take the B3147 as you approach town (look out for the Lidl supermarket on your left) and continue up to Top O’Town Roundabout. Take the right-hand exit onto Bridport Road. You will almost immediately come to the Top O’Town car park (on your right) and, continuing on, Vespasian House is the second exit on the right (Barrack Road).

Parking

 Pay and display parking is available at the Top O’Town car park, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Vespasian House.

By train

Vespasian House is within walking distance of both the town’s railway stations. From Dorchester West, head north to Bridport Road on either Williams Avenue or the B3147/Cornwall Road (allow around 10-15 minutes) and from Dorchester South, head north past the Fairfield car park and turn right onto the B3147/Cornwall Road (allow around 15-20 minutes).

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

For more information about the spring 2022 booster programme, please read our frequently asked questions.

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