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Started by: Tommy Two Stroke (9459)

Last week I had me booster jab, but there was a bit of hassle in that from the week before I had a text message from the NHS inviting me to be jabbed, but not at Robin Park, where I had me first two jabs, so I left it a few days hoping that my GP would send me an invite for the Robin Park Leisure Centre site, which is run by the Wigan Borough CCG (GP's)

After nearly a week, I decided to book the appointment via the NHS text, and it was ridiculous, the nearest vaccination centre was a pharmacy in Haydock,,,, Tonker Land
The list was basically vaccination centres in St Helens, which is also Tonker Land
Other places were in Horwich, Warrington, Whiston, Chorley Hospital, Leyland, and somewhere in Manchester, I have forgotten where.
So how did I keep being offered all of these different places ?
Well when you log on to the NHS booking system, it gives a list of five vaccination sites, the nearest site first, and by keep going back to the first screen and putting in different requirements, by ticking different boxes, you can get offered different places, and the standard wait was until about the second week in December, but on the system other times were popping up in different locations, which was obviously down to cancellations, and some of these were from as early as the next day, and the vaccination centre in Mesnes Street popped just once with an 8.00am appointment the day after, and it was gone in seconds, snapped up by a Wiganer.

I did all this messing around for about two hours, and I kept getting kicked off the system, but eventually I settled on an appointment at the Bolton Wanderers ground at Middlebrook in a couple of weeks time.

The day after this I got the invite text from me doctors, for the Robin Park site, so I cancelled my appointment with the NHS and when I went on to the Robin Park booking site, there were loads of appointments, I could have gone the day after, but I booked an appointment for Thursday, a two day wait.

The reason I have put all of this on, is that when yoo login to the NHS booking system, don't think that you have to book from that first list of vaccination centres, if there is not an appointment date or time you want, then keep going back and forth on the system, because cancelled appointments are popping up all the time, but if you choose one which is only the next day or in the next few days, make sure you book it straight away, because if you leave the page, it will be snapped up by someone else

Replied: 28th Nov 2021 at 14:05

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