How can I book my COVID-19 vaccine?

You can book your jab with the NHS in a variety of ways if you are eligible.

You can make an appointment with the national booking service or wait for an invite locally from your local GP service.

Understandably, this may seem confusing. However, the NHS vaccination programme – the largest in our history – has been rolled out at speed in just a few months.

The vaccine is being offered through a variety of routes to ensure that we offer it to as many of those who are most at risk as quickly as possible. Eligible people are able to book, or may be invited to book, their vaccine in different ways depending on the vaccination service that is offering it. This can mean that individuals may receive both a letter inviting to book at a vaccination centre, and/or a direct invite from a GP, Primary Care Network (PCN) or other service. The advice is to take the earliest opportunity possible to attend for your vaccination.

We hope the below explanation is helpful.

National booking service

The national booking service covers the national network of large vaccination centres (such as Ashton Gate and the BIC) and local community pharmacies.

If you are eligible, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online on NHS UK

You may also receive a text or letter inviting you to book as well.

Please note that you cannot use the national booking service to book a vaccine appointment with your local GP-led vaccination service.

See more about the national booking service on NHS UK.

Vaccination sites in Dorset you can book on the national system are:

  • Castle Lane Pharmacy, Bournemouth

  • The Grove Pharmacy, Christchurch

  • Wallisdown Pharmacy, Poole

  • Bryant Pharmacy, Poole

Locally – GP-led vaccination services

The local GP-led system covers GP-led vaccination services.

All 18 primary care networks are offering vaccine. These services involve groups of GPs working together as primary care networks to vaccinate collective patients in one location; this means that you may not be vaccinated by your local GP; you may be required to travel to a different site nearby to where you live.

You will be contacted by your local GP-led vaccination service to book a vaccine appointment. This maybe by text message, phone or letter.

  • Atrium Health Centre (Mid Dorset Primary Care Network)

  • Poole Ferry Port (Poole Central Primary Care Network)

  • Hamworthy Club, Wimborne (Poole North Primary Care Network)

  • Marine Surgery (South Coast Medical Group)

  • Wareham Hospital (Purbeck Primary Care Network)

  • St Albans Medical Centre, East Way, Bournemouth (Central Bournemouth Primary Care Network)

  • Beaufort Road Practice, Bournemouth (Bournemouth East Collaborative Network)

  • Westbourne Medical Centre, Bournemouth, (Poole Bay & Bournemouth Primary Care Network)

  • Christchurch Medical Practice (Christchurch Primary Care Network)

  • Talbot Medical Centre (North Bournemouth Primary Care Network)

  • Heatherview Medical Centre (Shore Medical Primary Care Network)

  • Saint Leonard’s Hospital (Wimborne & Ferndown Primary Care Network and Crane Valley Primary Care Network)

  • Weymouth Community Hospital (Weymouth & Portland Primary Care Network)

  • Bridport Medical Centre (Jurassic Coast Primary Care Network)

  • Sturminster Newton Medical Centre (The Vale Primary Care Network)

  • The Digby Hall, Sherborne (Sherborne Area Network)

  • Whitecliff Surgery, Blandford (Blandford Primary Care Network)