The Coronavirus vaccine has been approved as safe and effective, and the first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has started within some hospitals.
Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are now available. Both vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection, and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA.
Vaccination has begun in key locations in Wigan Borough, starting with those people aged over 80.
When it is the right time, people will receive an invitation to come forward. You do not need to contact anyone at this stage to book your vaccine. This may be through a telephone call or letter.
People over the age of 80 are being prioritised for the vaccine at this time.
People are being offered vaccinations in line with recommendations from the independent JCVI. The NHS are contacting people when it is their turn. People will need an appointment to get their vaccine; most people will be invited by letter from their GP practice or the national programme.
If you or your family member are in one of the current priority groups, they will be on the priority list and will get invited as soon as there is a vaccine for them over the coming weeks.
There are currently two vaccination clinics delivering the vaccine in the Borough - one in Wigan, and one in Leigh. More are expected to open soon.
Only people with an appointment can get vaccinated at the clinics, so please don’t just turn up. People are being contacted directly when they are eligible, so when your turn comes, you will be contacted.
Robin Park Leisure Centre
Opposite the main entrance to the DW Stadium
Address: Loire Drive, Newtown, Wigan, WN5 0UL
The entrance to the clinic is to the left of the Leisure Centre, through the metal gates. A member of staff will be at the gates greeting people.
Follow the Anjou Boulevard road past Pizza Hut, Empire Cinema and Club 3000 Bingo and turn right at the mini roundabout in front of the stadium. The Leisure Centre is on your right opposite the main entrance to the stadium. Look for the NHS signs for free car parking. The entrance to the clinic is to the left of the Leisure Centre, through the metal gates.
Alternative route by foot from Robin Park Retail Estate:
Take the pedestrian path between Next and Benson Beds towards the DW Stadium. The entrance to the clinic is on your left after you have left the retail park. Look for the NHS signs and staff member.
Leigh Leisure Centre
Address: Car Park 1, Sale Way, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, WN7 4JY
The entrance to the clinic is behind the Leisure Centre, through the entrance in car park 1. A member of staff will be at the doors greeting people.
Follow Sale Way past the stadium, Morrisons and the Holiday Inn. The road swings to the left. Follow the road to the end and turn left at the very bottom in to car park 1. The entrance to the clinic is on the left of the car park.
Alternative route by foot:
After you have walked past the stadium, take the pedestrian path on the left between the stadium and car park/Leigh Leisure Centre. The entrance to the clinic is on your right after the buildings. Look for the NHS signs and staff member.