VACCINATIONS for coronavirus are now under way at a medical centre in Northwich.

It is hoped the vaccine will provide the way out of the pandemic, with a third vaccination now approved for use in the UK and around two million people having already had the jab.

Here is everything you need to know as the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out arrives in town.

Where are the vaccinations being delivered in and around Northwich?

GP practices are working together to deliver the vaccine, meaning Northwich residents might not have the job at the practice they are registered with.

In Northwich, the vaccination is being administered at Kingsmead Medical Centre, in Kingsmead Square.

Other Cheshire sites where GP-led vaccinations programmes are taking place include Dene Drive Primary Care Centre, in Winsford, Frodsham Leisure Centre and Knutsford District and Community Hospital – while Victoria Hall, in Middlewich, will join that list later this week.

Vaccinations are also taking place at hubs in NHS hospitals – including Leighton, Macclesfield and the Countess of Chester.

Some Cheshire residents could also be invited to have their Covid jab at the north west’s mass vaccination site at the Etihad Tennis Club, in Manchester, if they live up to a 45-minute drive away.

When will I get my jab?

Vaccinations against the coronavirus are being administered to priority groups set out by experts in the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation.

Anyone who is at a higher risk of suffering from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus will get the vaccination first.

Residents will receive a letter when it is their turn have the vaccine.

The NHS hopes to have given the first jab to everyone in the top four priority groups – older care home residents and staff, everyone over 70, frontline NHS and care staff, and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – by the middle of February.

National guidance now advises that people should receive a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine within 12 weeks of the first, and residents will be told when it is their turn for a second jab.

A spokesman for NHS Cheshire clinical commissioning group said: “Not all areas of the county have started vaccinating yet, so don’t be worried if you or a family member is over 80 but hasn’t heard anything so far.

“You might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that doesn’t mean that you are a lower priority.

“GPs and other practice staff are working hard to vaccinate as many people in this group as quickly as possible and, during January and February 2021, many more people will be invited in, but it is only the start of the vaccination programme and it will take some time to work through everyone.”

Avoid Covid jab scams

Residents are also being warned of Covid vaccination scams, which have seen fraudsters pretending to be from the NHS, asking for a form of payment to get a coronavirus jab.

The vaccine is only available free of charge from the NHS – it will contact residents when it is their turn and it will never ask for payment, bank details or for patients to press a button or send a text confirming if they want a vaccine.

At the moment, the NHS is not making house calls to discuss or deliver the vaccine, so anyone offering this or a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the police online or by calling 101.