Covid-19 Vaccinations at NUH
On this page you will find general infromation about the Covid-19 vaccine, who is eligable, how to book and where our QMC and City Hospital vaccination hubs are located.
Further information on the Covid Vaccination programme in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can be found on the CCG website.
The Government has accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines for use.
The vaccines are typically delivered by a simple injection in the upper arm. Two doses of the vaccine are required, up to 12 weeks apart, to achieve protection against Covid-19.
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.
Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.
Both Covid-19 vaccines are effective vaccines from clinical trial data and are anticipated to have sizeable effects on preventing severe disease and hospitalisation in individuals
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccines meet the strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA follows international standards of safety and approved vaccines must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks that all other licensed medicines go through.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
Who shouldn’t have the vaccine?
The vaccine is safe for most people, but you are advised to not book the vaccine if you:
- Received a flu vaccination in the last seven days
- Currently have a fever
- Have a history of an allergic reaction to the ingredients of the vaccines
- Tested positive for Covid-19 in the last four weeks
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Currently people who are:
- 70 years+ AND/OR
- Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
- Health and social care staff
Covid-19 Vaccines in the community
Some vaccinations will take place on GP practice premises and others will be at community vaccination centres, for example in council buildings. Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff are working alongside GPs to vaccinate those people who are identified as priority groups for the vaccine. Further details on the Covid-19 vaccinations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can be found here.
You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn to receive the vaccine.
Covid-19 Vaccines at our hospital vaccination centres
All patients will be asked to prove eligibility at the appointment with their NHS number and photo ID. If a person does not meet the eligibility criteria they will be turned away at site.
At this time 'Keyworker' status does not infer eligibility for vaccine.
The booking process
- Click this link
- You will be taken to Swiftqueue and asked to choose a preferred vaccination site. Select your preferred location.
- Register as a new user – Please ensure you enter your NHS number. You will only be able to book if you are the account holder (so if booking for mum, create the account for mum).
- Choose a date and time for your initial vaccination.
- Check your inbox and junk mail for an email that confirms your booking.
Attending your appointment
Please do not attend your appointment if you have had sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours, a postive Covid test within 4 weeks of your appointment, or if you have any Covid-19 or flu-like symptoms.
- Ensure that if you have had your flu vaccination, it was more than 7 days before ago
- Turn up just before your scheduled appointment time
- Attend alone unless you need support from a carer. Please note our vaccination clinic staff are unable to look after children so please arrange childcare if needed.
- Bring your NHS number
- Avoid bringing large bags or other personal items with you
- Wear a surgical face mask at all times unless medically exempt
- Observe social distancing and signage
The QMC Vaccination Centre is open 8am - 7.30pm 7 days per week. The City Hopsital Vaccination Centre is open 8.30am - 6pm on Tues - Thurs and Sat - Sun.
Attending for a Covid-19 vaccine at Queen's Medical Centre
The QMC Covid-19 Vaccination Centre is located in the Discharge Lounge, Ward A44, A Floor, South Block of the QMC (21 on this map ).
Enter via the South Entrance, opposite the EENT entrance.
Limited parking for those with mobility issues is available in the bays outside EENT.
The nearest visitor car park is Car Park 1. You can find maps of the QMC site here.
Attending for a Covid-19 vaccine at City Hospital
The City Hospital Vaccination Centre is located in the Resuscitation Department (Lambley Ward), on the link corridor opposite Trent Cardiac Centre (Junction W3 on this map ). The unit is in the West block near Junction W3, on the Ground Floor.
The nearest entrance to the Vaccination Centre is South Entrance (Lower Ground). From South Entrance take the stairs or lift up to the Ground Floor. The vaccination centre is clearly signposted. Please ask a member of staff if in doubt, or one of our volunteers who are on hand to help at South Entrance Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
Limited disabled parking is available in the bays in front of Green Entrance.
To find the location of pay and display car parks see our map of the City Hospital site here.
More Information on Covid-19 vaccines
- Read and download vaccine information leaflets
- Read about the first person to be vaccinated at NUH here
- Read the announcement about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine’s approval
- Read the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) advice about the priority groups to receive the vaccine
- Go to NHS Coronavirus vaccine Information page