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Latest updates as Liverpool Women's Hospital gradually returns to normal

Updated 10:30am 02/12/2021

Our main entrance area and patient car park are now open. Patients will be permitted to enter the hospital to wait inside when they arrive prior to an appointment. For full details on these latest changes CLICK HERE





LWH COVID-19 booster and flu vaccination  - Staff Information Hub

This area of the Trust website has been set up to provide LWH staff with easy access to the latest information, advice and guidance on Covid-19 vaccine arrangements. The below is for the attention of STAFF ONLY and does not relate to any arrangements for patient vaccinations. 

UPDATED: Thursday 2nd December 2021 

The main aim of the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme is to reduce deaths, serious disease and hospitalisations from COVID-19 over the 2021 to 2022 winter period and through 2022. Health and social care workers are among the priority groups to receive a booster vaccine ahead of this winter.

You can read more about the purpose of the booster vaccination programme via the Gov.UK website HERE.

You can also access a helpful NHS guide about booster vaccinations HERE. 

The booster programme at LWH has now ended. A small number of limited clinics may be scheduled at some point in the near future. However, please refer to the following information on how and when to get your booster sooner.

National Booking Service for COVID-19 booster vaccinations

**UPDATED GUIDANCE** Planning is underway so that people in eligible cohorts will soon be able to book an appointment through the national booking service 30 days in advance of the date from which they can get the booster, which is 91 days (3 months) after the date of their second vaccine.

This means that from 61 days after the date of their second vaccine appointment, eligible people can book their advance appointment for a booster. The actual appointment dates will still only be from 91 days after the date of their second vaccine.

The timing of invitations will also be changed so that people receive them in advance of their 91 days eligibility date (exact timing TBC).

Further information will be added to this page in due course. In the meantime, please keep visiting the following site for updates: 

If you have received your booster vaccine from another source after being prompted by your GP recently, please inform so your details can be updated.


Which vaccine is being used for LWH's booster programme?
LWH staff received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for their first two doses.

The booster jab in use at LWH has been the Pfizer/BioNTech (as of August 2021 this vaccine is now also referred to by it's official name Comirnaty).

You can read information about the Pfizer vaccine via the following link. Please make sure you have read this information before attending your appointment:

You can also read more information about the use of the COVID-19 vaccines via the GOV.UK Green Book Chapter 14a here: 

Why can I no longer book my vaccines at LWH?

There are currently no planned vaccine clinics at LWH as these have ended. If any further dates are planned in the future you will be able to book your booster by following or typing in this link to access the booking form:

We are aware that some staff who have not had any COVID-19 vaccine yet may wish to have theirs now following the recent announcement about mandatory vaccinations for NHS staff. If you need to book a vaccine for the first time you will need to do this via the national booking service which can be accessed here:

You will need your ten digit NHS number to book your appointment. You should be able to find your NHS number within the main NHS app, on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, test results, and hospital referral or appointment letters. If you don't know it or can't find it, you can request your NHS number instantly HERE.

 If you have received your booster vaccine (or any other COVID-19 vaccine) from another source and you have not informed the Trust yet, please do so now via so your details can be updated.


Further questions or advice
If you have any questions or need further advice please contact the Vaccine Team at: 



Here is a list of common questions with answers

I have missed my chance to book my booster on the advertised dates, does this mean I can't get it at LWH now?
Vaccine clinics at LWH have now ended. If you are eligible you will be able to book your booster via the national booking service. Please wait to be contacted. 

I don't live in England and I am having difficulty booking an appointment. What should I do?
If you are a member of staff who does not live in England, you should have been contacted by the Covid Vaccine Team with details on how to book your appointment if you are having difficulty. You can also email the team yourself if you have any specific queries about this at: 


What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Very common side effects include; 

  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection
    • feeling tired
    • headache
    • general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

These symptoms tend to be worse for the first 24-48 hours after the vaccine and it might be worthwhile to take regular paracetamol during this time as it can reduce fever and pain after vaccination.

Reporting of side effects
If you are concerned about a side-effect it can be reported directly via the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site through the MHRA here: 

Is it safe to have the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine together

Yes. LWH is rolling out both vaccines in line with national guidance. It is entirely safe to have them both together. You can read more about this HERE if you wish.

Why has the Pfizer vaccine now got a different name?
In August 2021, Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine was granted official approval for use in individuals 16 years of age and older by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With official FDA approval, the company was allowed to start marketing the vaccine with an official name, Comirnaty. You will probably see the vaccine continue to be referred to as Pfizer mostly (particularly in the UK) but if you see or hear it being called Comirnaty, it is the same vaccine. This is basically a new trading/brand name for it from the United States.