19th September 2023
For some, Covid-19 is unpleasant. But for many, particularly those with certain health conditions, older people and pregnant women, they can be very dangerous and even life-threatening.
In line with expert advice, the NHS is offering Covid-19 vaccines to those at greater risk of serious illness.
Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against Covid-19.
If eligible, you are encouraged to come forward as soon as you can, for the best possible protection. It is important to top up your protection, even if you have had a vaccine or been ill with Covid-19 before.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is delivered by the NHS, and Wokingham Borough Council is supporting the programme in any practical way we can.
Please visit the Community Directory and search “Covid-19 vaccination” for the latest information.
The NHS writes to all those who are eligible to remind them they can get the vaccine.
Where to get the vaccine
You can also use a walk-in vaccination centre where bookings are not required.
This will show sites where available in Wokingham Borough.
At the vaccination centre
When you visit a vaccination centre, bring your NHS number (or your booking reference number), and wear a face covering if you can.
To help yourself stay well in winter, you should also get the flu vaccine. See the NHS website for more details.
Beware of scams
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls, phishing emails and text messages about Covid-19. The vaccine is only available through the NHS and it is free of charge - at no point will you be asked to pay.
The NHS will never:
- Ask you for your bank account or card details
- Ask you for your PIN or banking password
- Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine or testing
- Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
- If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
Useful links and guides
- The Government has produced the following resources on Covid-19 vaccinations, and many are available in multiple languages:
- A guide to the autumn 2023 programme
- Covid-19 vaccination guide for adults
- What to expect after the Covid-19 vaccination
- Covid-19 vaccination for women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
- For people with a weakened immune system
- For children aged 6 months to 11 years
- For young people aged 12 to 17 years
- British Sign Language resources
- Easy Read leaflets
- Other documents on the Covid-19 vaccination programme
More information is available on:
- The NHS website for advice about Covid-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home
- The Berkshire Public Health website
- The NHS Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board website – see FAQs.
The NHS has produced the following videos:
- Covid-19 and getting vaccinated
- Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people
Vaccination data at local and national level can be found on the Gov.uk website
If you have other questions, please email our Covid-19 vaccine support team on email@example.com