COVID-19 Vaccine


Update 29/11/21 - Covid Booster Information

We are holding our final Covid Booster clinic at UMC on Tuesday 30th November.  After this date all eligible patients will need to book through the National Booking Website.

For details of local vaccine sites please see the Kent & Medway CCG website  


Update 21/9/21 - Covid Booster / Third Dose

We are now in Phase 3 Planning Stages and aim to deliver Boosters / 3rd doses from UMC

The COVID-19 booster programme will be offered in two stages and patients can also book via the National Booking System to attend another local site if more convenient.

Stage 1: The following persons will be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as practicable for:

  • adults aged 16 years and over who are immunosuppressed;
  • those living in residential care homes for older adults;
  • all adults aged 70 years or over;
  • adults aged 16 years and over who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable;
  • frontline health and social care workers.

Please note that we will be inviting those patients who are eligible for a third covid-19 booster dose into clinics at University Medical Centre dependent on deliveries and we will aim to contact you by the mid-October if you are in stage 1 as above.

Stage 2: The following persons will be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as practicable after Stage 1, with equal emphasis on deployment of the influenza vaccine where eligible:

  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • adults aged 16 – 49 years who are in an influenza or COVID-19 at-risk group.
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals’

Update 24/8/21

As we work towards launching our 2021 Flu Campaign and await National guidance about delivery of Covid-19 vaccine boosters for the most vulnerable cohorts, we want to remind all patients about how patients who have not already had a covid-19 vaccine can access a first vaccine in Canterbury and surrounding areas:

From Thursday, 19th August, all 16 and 17-year-olds began receiving letters, inviting them to come to their nearest walk-in centre, with many already receiving invitations and taking up the offer. 

The JCVI updated guidance on 4 August so  all 16 and 17-year-olds could be offered one dose of the vaccine and anyone in this age group can now find their nearest centre through the ‘grab a jab’ NHS online walk-in finder, with more sites becoming available every day. Follow-up text messages and GP letters were then sent out on Tuesday, 17th August to 16 and 17-year-olds as this cohort can now be vaccinated ahead of their return to school.

We have also invited our at-risk children aged between 12 and 15-years-old, who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, with 30,000 children in this age group already protected across England. 

Those who are eligible include children with Down’s syndrome, or who are undergoing many cancer treatments, had organ or bone marrow transplants or who are on the learning disability register. The Covid-19 vaccine will also be offered to children aged 12 and over, who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, such as those receiving chemotherapy or who have had a transplant.

The National Booking Service (NBS) is open to anyone aged 18 or over, and to people within three months of their 18th birthday.

For more information about the vaccine programme in Kent and Medway visit


Update 17/8/21

Patients aged over 16yrs can now attend the walk-in clinic at the the Sea Cadet Hall, Vauxhall Road Canterbury.  Clinics run Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and 1.30pm-5pm.  Children aged between 12-15yrs with underlying conditions or living with an immunosuppressed individual will also be able to attend - letters will be sent to these individuals in the comming days.  

Update 24/6/21

The Sea Cadet Hall, Vauxhall Road Canterbury, is now taking walk-ins in addition to booked appointments.  Anyone 18 and over for first or second dose Pfizer vaccine may attend: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.  There must be a gap of 8 weeks between 1st and 2nd vaccines.   


Update 24/5/21

We will no longer be offering first dose Covid-19 vaccinations at UMC.  We are now working collaboratively with all Canterbury practices  to deliver vaccines from a central vaccination hub in Canterbury - The Sea Cadet Hall at Vauxhall Road. 

The Canterbury PCN Hub commences on 24th May–  to vaccinate Phase 2  patients in cohorts 10-12 and is now live on the National Booking System (NBS). Any patient that wishes to book for a 1st or 2nd Pfizer vaccination in the eligible cohort  from aged 32yrs and upwards  may book in themselves directly online at: via telephoning 119. 

Eligible patients in this cohort are also sent out letters and text invites by the NBS to book directly and will be sent confirmation of their appointment times when an appointment is booked.

Update 28/4/21

The University Medical Centre continues to work with the Canterbury South PCN Practices to ensure that all our Cohorts 1-9 are being invited in for their 2nd Covid-19 vaccine in line with the Government guidelines. Vaccine supplies currently dictate the cohorts of patients we are inviting in and we are keen to complete the second doses as part of Phase 1 of the National Vaccination Programme.


We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you. There will be home visits for housebound patients.

Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.


Which priority group are you currently inviting?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

As of 14th April 2021 we are currently inviting those highlighted in red below

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers 
  • All those 75 years of age and over 
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 
  • All those 65 years of age and over.
  • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality  
  • All those 60 years of age and over 
  • All those 55 years of age and over 
  • All those 50 years of age and over

What conditions are included as 'clinically extreamely vulnerable'? 

  • have had an organ transplant
  • are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy
  • are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer
  • are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • have been told by a doctor you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
  • have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
  • are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)
  • have a serious heart condition and are pregnant
  • have a problem with your spleen or your spleen has been removed (splenectomy)
  • are an adult with Down's syndrome
  • are an adult who is having dialysis or has severe (stage 5) long-term kidney disease
  • have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of your needs

What is an 'underlying health condition'?

  • have a lung condition that's not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)
  • have heart disease (such as heart failure)
  • have diabetes
  • have chronic kidney disease
  • have liver disease (such as hepatitis)
  • have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)
  • have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections
  • are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)
  • are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)

How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

We are contacting patients by telephone mostly and will send letters to those we are unable to get hold of.

If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call your surgery to cancel so that we can invite someone else.

Why is the vaccine not available from our own surgery?
Across the country GPs are working in groups of practices to provide the Covid-19 vaccine. We understand the people would like to get the vaccine from their own practice but unfortunately this is not possible at this time. If this changes we will update this information.

Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?
No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.

If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.

How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.

When will the second dose be given?
From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.

Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.

Find out more: For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit