The Vallance Centre Covid Vaccination Program FAQ’s

Information for all patients

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

We are following the national guidance on the most at risk groups. We will then move down the at risk categories, offering the vaccine in order.

Some patients at the moment are not allowed to have the vaccination:

  • Any patients with a known serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to medicine or food
  • Anyone with active Covid-19 symptoms
  • Anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 within the last 2 weeks

I fit the criteria but am not registered with you, can I have the vaccine?

We are currently working as a group of practices to vaccinate our patients. Patients registered at the following practices are part of our grouping and will be invited for vaccination:

  • Dr Ngan and Partners at the Vallance
  • Dr Chiu and Partners at the Vallance
  • Ardwick Medical at the Vallance
  • Ailsa Craig Medical Practice, Longsight
  • Longsight Medical practice, Longsight
  • Parkside Medical, Longsight
  • Dickenson Road Medical Practice, Longsight
  • Surrey Lodge Medical Practice, Victoria Park
  • Wilmslow Road Medical Centre, Rusholme
  • Urban Village Medical Centre, Ancoats
  • City Health, City Centre
  • New Islington Medical Centre, Ancoats
  • The Docs, City Centre
  • Cornbrook Medical Practice, Hulme
  • The Arch Medical Practice, Hulme
  • Manchester Medical, Moss Side

All NHS staff will be eligible as well working in these sites.

When will I receive an invite?

Please be patient, we receive the vaccination in batches of approx. 1,000.

Practices will make attempts to contact you either with a text message, phone call or even a letter. We have entrusted individual practices who know their patients best, to be responsible for contacting patients.

Given the sheer number of patients involved, please do not contact your practice unless you have been invited or contacted by them.

I have not received an invite, can I just turn up for one? Or can my family member who is accompanying me just have one at the same time?

No, unfortunately only those who have booked after being invited can have a vaccination. We appreciate it can be frustrating to wait.

Are you offering the Pfizer or AZ/Oxford Vaccination?

We are due to receive both. We are currently unable to offer patients a choice of which one they want to be vaccinated with.

I am housebound or in a care home, how do I receive the vaccine?

We are relying on individual practices to reach their housebound and care home patients. There is an active plan for each practice and they will contact you shortly to arrange the vaccination if there is vaccine availability.

If you receive an invitation for a vaccination at the Vallance but feel you cannot travel to or are housebound, please contact your own practice who will be able to discuss with you the options.

Is the vaccination safe? Is it effective? What are the ingredients? What are the side effects?

We know there is a lot of uncertainty about this vaccination due to its rapid rollout. We respect patients’ opinions and their freedom to choice to have or not have the vaccination. However we also must note that there is a lot of misinformation and not entirely true or even completely false news and information.

Please have a read of the official NHS guide for patients on the vaccinations here which has a list of ingredients, side effects etc: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine.

Does the vaccine contain any animal products?

Neither the AZ or the Pfizer vaccine contain any animal products.

When will I be invited for the second vaccination?

Both the AZ and Pfizer vaccination requires two doses. At present there is a national guide that we should vaccinate the second dose at 12 weeks and we are following this advice. However, this can be subject to change and we will therefore contact you as soon as we know any changes to the situation. You do not need to contact us as we will automatically arrange the second vaccine with you directly.

I have received a letter about a Covid Vaccination Mass vaccination centre

There are some additional Nationally organised vaccination centres. In Manchester the nearest is the Etihad Tennis centre. Some pharmacies are also offering this service.

These centres are running at the same time as the GP practice led vaccination centres, but they have slightly different ways for us to invite you for the second vaccination.

It is therefore highly recommended that you attend the same centre for both your vaccinations. It does not matter which one you choose – the vaccination is the same.

Do I need to know anything about attending the Vallance Centre?

Please watch the video above.