Renfrewshire Council

Coronavirus vaccination centres

When you will get your vaccine, about your appointment, how to get to the local centres, what happens at the centre, why you should get the vaccine, more information.

The Covid19 vaccination programme is the largest ever carried out in the UK. 

Renfrewshire Council is supporting NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with the local rollout of the Covid19 vaccination programme.  

Three vaccination centres have been set up in the area and are now open. The centres are at:  

  • The Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley
  • Johnstone Town Hall
  • Renfrew Leisure Centre.

The vaccinations are being given out by the NHS. We and Renfrewshire Leisure are providing support to manage the operation of the centres. 

When you are eligible for your vaccine, the NHS will write to you directly with details of your appointment, including the time and place.


When you will get your vaccine 

The following should already have been given at least the first dose of the vaccine or been given an appointment: 

  • older care home residents and their carers
  • front line health and social care workers
  • people defined as clinically extremely vulnerable
  • everyone aged 65 and over
  • those aged 60-64

If you are in one of these groups and you think you should have received an invitation for your vaccination by now, or if you have lost your invitation letter, fill out the missing invitations form on the NHS Scotland website.

The next groups to be vaccinated at the vaccination centres are:

The NHS are currently sending letters to people registered as unpaid carers with their GPs or through benefits system.

If you are an unpaid carer and you're not registered as one, you can register to get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on the NHS Inform website if you haven't been sent an appointment already. 

See the full priority list for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on the NHS Inform website.


About your appointment 

The NHS will write to you directly when you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Your letter will contain details of the location, date and time for your appointment.

You do not need to contact anyone. The letter will give you full details of what to do if you are unable to attend the appointment. Please do not turn up at one of the centres without an appointment.

Please note that due to national issues with the supply of the vaccine, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have temporarily reduced the opening hours of vaccine centres across the area in the coming weeks. Anyone whose appointment requires to be rescheduled will have been contacted directly.

Some people have received appointments for vaccine centres at locations elsewhere in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area but outwith Renfrewshire. If your appointment is somewhere you will have difficulty getting to, you can rearrange it online via NHS Inform or call the helpline number on your appointment letter to discuss rearranging it.


How to get to the local centres 

Your vaccination appointment is one of the most important reasons to leave the house. It is a medical appointment, which is deemed an essential journey. 

The current coronavirus restrictions are changing on Friday 2 April from 'stay at home' to 'stay local'. This means non-essential travel is allowed in your local authority area. 

You can find out more about the changes to restrictions on the Scottish Government website

The three local centres were chosen for their size, but also for their central locations and good transport links. If travelling by car, free parking for the vaccination centres will be available in the car parks of each venue. Electric vehicle charging points are available at the Lagoon and Renfrew Leisure Centre.

If travelling by public transport, you can plan your journey via SPT's Journey Planner.

If you need help to plan the best way to your appointment by public transport, Traveline Scotland have now set up a free 24-7 helpline on 0141 465 1878. When you call the helpline, you'll hear a recorded message asking you to hold for help with travel to a vaccination centre - that will allow you to speak to someone in person. 

If you have a mobility issue, you can use SPT's bookable, door-to-door MyBus service. Advance booking is recommended, as capacity is limited due to social distancing requirements. Find out more detail on how/when to book on SPT's website here or call them on 0345 128 4025.

If you were on the shielding list, it is recommended you use your own transport to get to the centre if you can. If you need extra support to get to your vaccination appointment, you can call the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 (open Mon to Fri during office hours). You can also use SPT's MyBus service (details above).


What happens at the centre 

Strict hygiene practices and physical distancing measures will be in place, and all staff will be wearing PPE..

When you go for your appointment, you should:

  • wear a face covering;
  • bring your appointment letter with you;
  • arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. If you are too early you may be asked to wait outside or in your car;
  • wear loose-fitting clothing you can easily remove your arm from. 
  • use the hand sanitiser provided

Our staff will meet you and direct you to the medical area, where NHS staff will assess you and give you the vaccine. This will be done through a jab to the upper arm. 

To keep everyone safe, we ask you attend your appointment alone. However if you need support or are unable to do this, you can bring one carer or family member to help you. 

More information on what happens at your appointment, how to prepare for it, and what happens afterwards, is available from the NHS.


Why you should get the vaccine  

Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect you, your family and friends from the virus. The vaccine rollout will eventually allow the government to start lifting restrictions and getting life back to normal again, which we all want to see. 

More information on the vaccine and why the government's medical advisors have judged it as safe - as well as information on side-effects and advice on being vaccinated while pregnant - is available from the NHS.


Further info

If you have a question which isn't answered here, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's website has a detailed FAQ section which may be helpful - you can read that here.