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People still need vaccinating against Covid-19

Covid-19 vaccination is one of the key remaining tools in controlling the pandemic, with safe and effective vaccines reducing hospitalisation and transmission, ultimately saving lives. We are seeing the impact that vaccines make already – hospitals are less pressured than they have been during the pandemic, even when rates rise.

Unfortunately, we still do not have the level of vaccination across the community that we’d have hoped to see a year after the programme began. This means people are getting unnecessarily unwell and the most vulnerable individuals, whose vaccines may not be as effective as for others, face restrictions on their day-to-day lives.

Hundreds of people continue to come forward every week for their first, second, or third “booster” vaccination. Appointments and walk-ins for all doses remain available at our vaccine centres.

We can all support vaccine uptake through constructive conversation or offering practical assistance to:

  • improve understanding of the importance of vaccination
  • increase confidence in the safety of the vaccine
  • improve access to vaccination

Trusted community figures, leaders, and caregivers are uniquely placed to talk directly with people to understand their concerns around vaccination and address misinformation.

So, we’ve pulled together this page with some great tips around how to start and structure a conversation about Covid-19 vaccinations and encourage more people to attend for theirs.

Having an informed vaccine conversation

A familiar face and trusted voice is uniquely placed to have a conversation with those who are uncertain about vaccination and help them make their own informed choice. We know this kind of discussion can be daunting, we hope to support you in approaching these conversations with some useful resources.

This helpful video, produced by NHS and Local Authority partners in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, is a great introduction to Healthy Conversation about vaccination. It guides you in putting the person you’re speaking with at the centre of the conversation and keeping the discussion comfortable:


You can download the framework for discussion document from this video, and you can learn more about Healthy Conversations and vaccine conversation at this website

Making Every Contact Count – Vaccine Confidence

Who can be vaccinated and where should they go?

To support conversations with residents we appreciate you need to have the key information to hand about how and where people can access their vaccinations. 

All adults are eligible to receive first, second, and booster vaccines. Under 18s vaccination is being rolled out and eligibility updated appropriately.

You can make use of, and signpost to, the NHS website for the latest information on vaccine eligibility.

You can check locations and book a vaccination online or by calling 119.

You can also just turn up and walk-in for your vaccine at a wide range of locations across Nottingham.

Appointments and walk-ins are available at our Forest Recreation Ground vaccination site. Be aware there are different clinic times for over 16s and 12-15 year olds, so do check at the above link.

Supporting someone to book an appointment

Literacy, language, confidence, or access to technology issues can present hurdles to booking a vaccination appointment. Any support that you can offer people in overcoming these hurdles can make a huge difference.  

You could help them navigate the booking system or, if they wish, make the appointment on their behalf whilst you are with them:

Book your vaccination or call 119

If residents have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, they can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

British Sign Language videos about vaccinations are also available from Notts Deaf Society.

More vaccination resources

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group regularly produce a Covid-19 vaccination toolkit to provide community leaders with the most up-to-date information about the vaccine to help you share key messages. Please find the January 2022 version below:

Covid-19 vaccination toolkit

If you would like to sign up to receive the toolkit updates and invites to webinar briefings, please contact nnccg.team.engagement@nhs.net 

They also have a vaccines queries hotline – you can phone 0300 500 80 80 with any questions about vaccines (but you can’t book via this number).

Funding opportunity

If you are a community or voluntary organisation and have ideas about innovative ways that the importance of vaccination could be promoted or how uptake or access could potentially be improved for priority groups, you may be eligible for financial support through the Inequalities Small Grants Fund.

For further details, and to apply, please see the application form below.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Inequalities Fund Application Form

Talk to us

Thank you for your ongoing support in engaging with your communities about vaccination to help ensure we are all as protected as possible against Covid-19.

To help us improve this page please share any feedback or ideas about what you would like to be included.

We’d also be keen to hear any common themes in “vaccine hesitancy” or other Covid issues you become aware of through engagement with your community.

You may be hearing what we are not, and sharing your knowledge and observations will help us understand and improve our services and communications about Covid-19 and vaccine hesitancy.

Email us at CoronaVirusQueries@nottinghamcity.gov.uk with the subject “Community vaccine talk”.