One year anniversary of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Manchester

Today we celebrate one year since the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme began in Manchester. On this day last year, Barry Williams made Manchester history at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre where he became the first person in Manchester to receive the vaccine.

A year on, with the support from our teams we have given almost 890,000 Covid-19 vaccines and delivered them with the help of over 1,500 volunteers. This amazing effort has helped the NHS deliver the largest vaccination programme in UK history.

With cases of coronavirus on the increase in Manchester, it is important for all over 18’s to get the booster jab and 12-17’s to make sure they get their jabs too. Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning said:

“We have rolled out almost 1 million vaccinations in Manchester and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our incredible staff and volunteers.

The vaccine is our main defence against Covid-19 and getting your booster is essential to protect yourself against Omicron. The new Omicron variant is easier to catch and spread, so it is important to be protected.”

All over 18’s are now eligible for their booster vaccine if their second dose was three months ago or more and they can book online or call 119.

The Gateway can also help Manchester residents book their vaccine, call 0161 947 0770 or 0800 092 402. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. If you’re struggling for transport, ask them about their free taxi service to and from your vaccination appointment.

You can find all local walk-in clinics on the Manchester City Council website.

To find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination, visit the NHS website.