COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Please follow the article below which is updated regularly on the lead GP practice website for Covid vaccination in South Woodham Ferrers.

To enable everyone to get the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, priority groups have been agreed nationally, so the vaccine can be delivered to people who need it first.

The designated site from which Covid vaccines are being delivered locally is Crouch Vale Medical Centre (near the new Sainsbury's in South Woodham Ferrer's)

Please do not contact the practice to ask about COVID-19 vaccination. You will be contacted when you are eligible.

We are working hard to plan the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations, while continuing to deliver the largest ever flu vaccine campaign and supporting our patients with routine and urgent health requests. On that basis, we are unable to handle increased contacts from patients to answer additional questions about the COVID vaccine.

To help answer your likely questions, we have included some important information you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination:

    • The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first (see below).
    • We will be in contact with you with information about where and when you will need to receive the vaccine.
    • Please act on your invite when it comes and make sure you attend your appointment.
    • Please continue to follow social distancing, face covering and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

What are the priority groups?

PriorityRisk group
1Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
2All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3All those 75 years of age and over
4All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5All those 65 years of age and over
6Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (see clinical conditions below) [footnote 1]
7All those 60 years of age and over
8All those 55 years of age and over
9All those 50 years of age and over
10Rest of the population (to be determined)

I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?

The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.

I am in one of the listed groups above, why do I have to wait?

The COVID-19 vaccines will become available as they are approved for use and as each batch is manufactured. So every dose is needed to protect those at highest risk. You will be called in as soon as there is enough vaccine available. Some people who are housebound or live in a care home and who can’t get to a local vaccination centre may have to wait for supply of the right type of vaccine. This is because only some vaccines can be transported between people’s homes.

Can I pay for a COVID-19 vaccine privately or at a pharmacy?

No, the COVID-19 vaccination is only available through the NHS to eligible groups and it is a free vaccination.

More information

If you need more information on the COVID-19 vaccination, please visit:COVID VACCINE NHS

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