Coronavirus vaccine rollout in Bury

On this page you will find lots of useful information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine rollout in Bury, along with when you can expect to be invited and answers to questions you may have.

Check out our Vaccinometer and rollout timeline


Our Vaccinometer is updated weekly and shows at a glance how many of the eligible population of Bury have received their first and second dose of the vaccine. 

The latest publication below shows that as of 13 June 2021, a total of 120,340 first doses and 86,395 second doses of the vaccine have been delivered from Bury's four community vaccination centres, hospital hubs and regional vaccination centres.

An updated Vaccinometer will be published on 20 June 2021.

Please note: Our vaccinometer does not include those who have been invited for a vaccination but are yet to book an appointment, or those who have declined the offer. Everyone in the groups listed in Phase 1 and 2 (see below) have been invited to receive at least one does of the vaccination.

Rollout timeline for first dose vaccinations

This handy chart shows all of the eligible groups of people and by when we expect to have offered them their first dose of the vaccination. 

When can I expect to be invited for my first dose?

Bury's roll out plan shown in the chart above falls into three phases, in line with guidance from scientists and the Government, the vaccines are being offered first to those at highest risk of catching and suffering serious complications from the virus as highlighted by the nationally defined groups.

Phase 1 - completed 

  • Care home residents and staff.
  • People aged 80 years and over plus health and social care workers.
  • People aged 75 years and over.
  • People aged 70-74 years plus those aged 16-69 who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Phase 2 - completed

  • People aged 65-69 years.
  • People aged 16-64 in an at-risk group, carers and people living in the same household as someone who is immunosuppressed. Unpaid carers that are not known to local services can request to update their carer status with their GP.
  • People aged 60-64 years.
  • People aged 55-59 years of age.
  • People aged 50-54 years of age.

Patients in the above groups that are housebound will be offered a vaccination at home.

Phase 3 target completion date end of July 2021

  • People aged 18-49.

If you are eligible but not yet had the first dose of the Covid vaccination, you can:

More information about priority groups is available at

Second dose vaccinations

For people aged over 40 and those that are clinically vulnerable, the second dose of the vaccine is given 8 weeks after the first dose.  For everyone else it will be given 11 weeks after the first dose. 

You will be contacted by letter, phone or text message to book an appointment when the time is right. If you haven't been contacted by the week before the date your second dose is due, please contact your GP Practice. 

There is no reason to expect that the second dose will be less effective if administered beyond 12 weeks, and the current guidance is that if the course of vaccinations is interrupted or delayed, it should be resumed as soon as possible, but does not need to be restarted.

Where will I receive the vaccination?

Bury has four community vaccination centres run by GP Practice teams supported by Community Pharmacy and many, many volunteers.

They are located at:

  • Bury: At the Elizabethan Suite, Knowsley Street (at this location there are some steps to be negotiated, however, a lift is also available).
  • Prestwich:  At the Walk-in Centre, Fairfax Road.
  • Radcliffe: At Bealey Intermediate Care Facility, Dumers Lane.
  • Ramsbottom: At Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Market Place.

Watch our walk-through video and listen to staff, volunteers and patients talking about their experience of working at or having a vaccination at one of the vaccination centres:

Bury's four community vaccination centres are suitable for patients that can attend themselves or with support from a carer, all centres are suitable for wheelchair users.

Where essential, a single carer can accompany the person being vaccinated with the exception of the Prestwich centre, however, where possible we would kindly ask that carers wait outside due to limited space.

  • National vaccination centres have also been set up including one at the Etihad Tennis Centre.
  • There is also a hospital vaccination hub at Fairfield General Hospital for health and care staff and hospital patients. 

I've got an appointment but I need to amend it, what should I do?

If you have booked an appointment via your GP Practice and need to change or cancel this, please contact your Practice directly. If you have booked an appointment yourself via the Simply Book online system after being given the booking link by your GP Practice or via the National Booking System after receiving a letter from the NHS, you can make any changes to your booking through the same website you used to book your appointment. 

How is the vaccine given?

The vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm, both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccines (the two vaccines being given at our local vaccination centres) are given as two doses, with the second dose given 11 weeks after the first dose.

Can anyone not have the vaccine?

A very small number of people who are at risk of the virus cannot have the vaccine, this includes people who have severe allergies.

Will the vaccine protect me?

Catching the virus can be serious and may lead to long-term complications, and while these are more common in older people or those with underlying clinical risk factors; being healthy doesn't reduce your risk of catching the virus or passing it on.

The vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from the virus.

Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective - some people may still get the virus despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.

Is the vaccine safe?

The vaccines are safe and effective and give the best protection against coronavirus. They have undergone months of rigorous testing in trials involving tens of thousands of participants which means we can be sure that they meet strict safety standards and offer high levels of protection. 

Does the vaccine have any side effects?

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them.  Most side effects are usually mild and short-lived and, a bit like with the annual flu vaccination, not everyone gets them, they can include:

  • A sore arm where the needle went in
  • Feeling tired
  • A headache
  • Feeling achy
  • Feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers such as paracetamol if you need to. If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

I've had a positive COVID-19 test, can I have the vaccine?

If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 4 weeks from the date you had the test before you book an appointment.

Do some people need a specific vaccine?

It is advised that adults aged under 40 without underlying health conditions receive an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

If you are pregnant, speak to a healthcare professional from your maternity team or GP surgery before booking. It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, which are not available at all vaccination sites. 

Protecting each other

Even if you have had the vaccine it is important to continue with the simple things we must all do to protect each other like practising social distancing; wearing a face mask and washing your hands carefully and frequently.

Coronavirus vaccine scams - please be vigilant

Action Fraud is warning people to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the vaccine to commit fraud.

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