Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective and gives the best protection against coronavirus.

Local community vaccination centres

Community vaccination centres have been set up across the Borough of Bury and vaccines are being given to priority groups. The centres are located at:

  • Bury: At the Elizabethan Suite, Knowsley Street
  • Prestwich:  At the Walk-in Centre, Fairfax Road
  • Radcliffe: At Bealeys Intermediate Care Facility, Dumers Lane
  • Ramsbottom: At Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Market Place (due to open during January)

National lvaccinatiuons centres have also been set up.  The centre for the North West is at the Etihad Tennis Centre at The Veledrome in Manchester. 

How the COVID-19 vaccine is given

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm. It is given as 2 doses with a period of time between receiving the first and second dose. Even if you have had the vaccine it is important to continue with the simple things we must all do to protect each other.

Eligibility to receive the vaccine

Vaccination is by invitation only.  Your GP practice will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. Initially vaccines are being given to specific groups in priority order, as identified by scientists and the Government.  

Vaccination rollout programme 

Please note:  

  • The timescales given below are indicative for the first dose only.
  • Timescales may be subject to change as they are dependent on receiving expected vaccination supplies. 
  • Your GP practice will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine
  •  A second dose of the vaccine will be given within 12 weeks of the first dose. 

Priorities for receiving the first dose vaccine are as follows. 

  1. Phase 1: Care home residents and staff (over 3,400 people)
    • December 2020 to January 2021
  2. Phase 1: People aged 80 years and over plus health and social care workers (14,000+ people)
    • December 2020 to February 2021
  3. Phase 1: People aged 75 years and over (over 7,000 people)
    • January 2021 to February 2021
  4. Phase 1: People aged 70-74 years plus those aged 16-64 who are clinically extremely vulnerable (over 15,000 people)
    • January to February 2021
  5. Phase 2: People aged 65-69 years (over 9,000 people)
    • February to March 2021
  6. Phase 2: People aged 16-64 in an at risk group, including carers (over 21,000 people)
    • March to April 2021
  7. Phase 2: People aged 60-64 years (over 14,900 people)
    • April to May 2021
  8. Phase 2: People aged 55-59 years of age (over 13,500 people)
    • April to May 2021
  9. Phase 2: People aged 50-54 years of age (over 13,500 people
    • May to July 2021

More information about priority groups is available at