COVID-19: Vaccination Information

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Booster vaccines update

Following a Government announcement on 29th November, the NHS is developing plans to extend the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to include everyone aged 18 and over.

12 to 15 year olds will also be offered a second dose of the vaccine and an additional booster will be available for people who are immunosuppressed.

People will become eligible for their booster three months after their second dose (reduced from six months).

For now, all you need to do is wait to be contacted by the NHS. Please help us to help all patients by not contacting your GP practice about your booster or attending vaccination sites.

If you are over 40 or a health and social care worker, and are eligible for your booster, go online to nhs.uk or call 119 to book your appointment. Visit happyhealthylives.uk/vaccinationdrop-ins to see all the places you can go for a walk-in appointment.

This announcement will put the surgery under significant pressure as we are currently operating the surgery as “business as usual”. Vaccines clinics will depend on vaccine availability and staff availability, as we will need to deliver clinics on weekends; we physically cannot deliver booster clinics in the week with our normal services. Please understand this when you call reception as we are receiving verbal abuse due to clinics not being available. Our advice to all patients would be if you can get booked into a mass vaccination clinic sooner, please take the appointment.

Unity Primary Care Network: COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – Boosters

Our practice is part of the Unity Primary Care Network, which also includes Engleton House Surgery and Allesely Medical Centre. Together we are coordinating the COVID-1 vaccination Booster programme for our patients within our network. Booster vaccinations will be given at one central site and the programme commenced from the 4th October 2021. Care homes and housebound patients will be contacted separately to arrange their booster vaccinations.

Booster vaccines MUST be given 180 days after the 2nd dose, if given earlier our vaccinators are not medically covered. Boosters are all Pfizer vaccines for those clinically suitable to have this vaccine. Patients who are not, will be delt with on a case by case basis.
We are contacting patients through texts, phone calls and letters. We are arranging clinics as quickly as possible, arranging clinics depends on vaccine delivery and staff availability; please be patient as we try and work through this as quickly as possible. Be mindful that this work is on top of what we are already doing not in place of.

It is advised that you are observed for 15 minutes after the vaccination, so please bear that in mind when booking your appointments.

Who will receive the COVID-19 Booster Vaccination?

COVID-1 booster vaccinations will be administered to the below cohorts in the order that the cohorts are listed below. We are inviting patients based on the national guidance (determined by the Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations). Please do not contact the Practice to book your COVID-19 Vaccination until you have received your invitation. We have searches that tell us who is required and when.

  1. All those aged 80 and over and Health and Social Care Workers
  2. All those aged 75 and over
  3. All those aged 70 and over
  4. All those aged 65 and over
  5. High risk adults under 65 years of age (the criteria for ‘high risk’ will be provided by the JCVI) 
  6. Moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age (the criteria for ‘moderate-risk’ will be provided by the JCVI) 
  7. All those aged 60 and over
  8. All those aged 55 and over
  9. All those aged 50 and over

Where is the vaccination site?

We will be running a joint vaccination clinic for the 3 surgeries at Broomfield Park Medical Centre.

You can only attend the site if you have a booked appointment or are driving someone to their appointment. If you arrive at the site without an appointment you will not be seen.

When you arrive at your appointment please be aware there is very limited parking available at Broomfield Park Medical Centre but you can use pay and display at the Butts Rugby Club or street parking.

I am housebound, how do I get vaccinated?

If you are a care home resident or we already provide you with home-visits, you will be contacted at a later date to arrange your vaccinations.

COVID-19 Vaccine scam

The Government and NHS Counter Fraud Authority have produced the attached poster to alert people to scams relating to fake invitations to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please help us to alert other patients and members of the public by sharing on your social networks.