FAQ Vaccination Centre SSE Arena Belfast
How do I book an appointment at the Vaccine Centre at the SSE Arena?
If you are eligible, you can book a vaccination appointment at the Vaccine Centre ay the SSE arena by visiting https://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated
Can I park at the Vaccine Centre at the SSE Arena?
Car parking is free but limited and with thousands of people expected to attend in the coming weeks, public transport may be a better option.
Can I get public transport to the Vaccine Centre at the SSE Arena?
Yes, we are encouraging the public to travel by public transport or to arrange someone to drive them to attend their vaccination appointment. The SSE Arena is located on a glider route that travels into and out of the city centre. Please follow public health guidelines for social distancing and face coverings while using public transport.
I have reduced mobility - what provisions have been made for me to access the centre?
The SSE Arena Belfast is an inclusive venue and is committed to ensuring that services are accessible to all visitors. If you require assistance in relation to accessibility, please speak to a member of staff on arrival. We will be happy to assist you.
I have a therapy/blind dog - are they permitted in the centre?
Assistance dogs are welcomed at the Vaccine Centre at the SSE Arena. If you require assistance in relation to accessibility, please speak to a member of staff on arrival. We will be happy to assist you.
What documents do I need to bring with me and where can I find my Health and Care number?
You need to bring photo ID such as a passport or driving licence, and your Health and Care number. You can find your Health & Care number on any letters from the hospital, letters from your GP, on any prescription or on your medical card. You can see this in the middle of the image below.
Will I have to wear a mask at the vaccine centre?
Yes. Unless exempt, you will be required to adhere to all COVID-19 infection control guidelines within the vaccine centre by sanitising your hands on entering, wearing a face covering and adhering to social distancing by following the spots on the floors.
Will there be an observation period after receiving my vaccine?
Yes, you will be observed for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccination in line with observation guidance following the issue of a National Protocol for the Administration of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine in Northern Ireland. This will be seated within the SSE Arena, adhering to social distancing and face covering guidelines.
Do you have patient information in a variety of different languages?
COVID-19 information materials are available in a range of up to 17 languages on the PHA website and Browsealoud is also available to translate the website and pdfs: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/northern-ireland-covid-19-vaccination-programme
How do I change or cancel my vaccination appointment?
We would also like to remind the public that vaccine appointments should only be changed if you are travelling or if you are unwell. You must provide full details as well as the reason for your amendment and include all supporting evidence or travel confirmation documents.
Staff are currently receiving thousands of emails to change appointments and are finding it very difficult to cope with the volume of requests. Please bear with us and we will respond to requests as soon as we can. We would like to thank everyone for their continued patience.
Will I receive the same vaccine for both my first and second doses?
Yes. You will receive the same vaccine (Pfizer or AstraZeneca) for both your first and second dose vaccination.
Should I have the Astra Zeneca vaccine?
The AstraZeneca vaccine will continue to have a vital role in saving lives, reducing hospitalisations and helping Northern Ireland move out of lockdown.
Following the latest advice from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), people aged under 40 will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech in NI through the regional Trust vaccination centres.
Anyone of any age who has had a first dose of Astra Zeneca should proceed with their second dose of this same vaccine.
The JCVI has advised that those aged under 40 may still make an informed choice to receive the Astra Zeneca vaccine, for instance where no alternative vaccine is available, or where someone has an appointment booked for vaccination in the coming days and may prefer not to reschedule to receive an alternative vaccine.
The JCVI’s updated advice relates to reports of extremely rare adverse events of concurrent thrombosis (blood clots) and thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) following vaccination with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.
The JCVI has updated its risk/benefit advice in relation to age groups, in light of the current low incidence of disease and current and projected availability of alternative vaccines. In light of these factors, Pfizer is now its recommended vaccine for under 40’s.
The change means some logistical alterations to Northern Ireland’s vaccination programme. From Monday, May 10.
* People aged 40 plus can book Astra Zeneca first dose appointments at the SSE Arena vaccination centre and community pharmacies.
* People aged 30-39 can book their Pfizer first dose appointments at the other regional Trust vaccination centres across NI.
* People aged 30-39 can choose to make an informed decision to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine from participating community pharmacies if that is what they prefer or if they decide they would rather not wait to receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
* Anyone aged under 40 already booked for their first vaccine at one of the Trust centres, including the SSE Arena, will have this appointment honoured – with the Pfizer vaccine.
* Anyone of any age who has received an Astra Zeneca first dose should proceed with their second dose of Astra Zeneca. That’s unless they had an extreme adverse reaction to the first dose.
It is very important that everybody who has already had their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine gets their second dose of the same vaccine, irrespective of age. The only exception is for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts following their first dose.
Am I eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Northern Ireland?
We are seeing increasing numbers of ineligible people, including people from the Republic of Ireland, trying to book an appointment at one of our vaccination centres. Only those who meet the criteria will be vaccinated. If you turn up and are not eligible you will be turned away and you will have wasted staff time in the process.
To avail of a vaccine in Northern Ireland you must have the following:
- A Northern Ireland HSC number
- You must be registered with a Northern Ireland/UK GP
- Produce photographic ID