COVID-19 VACCINE



COVID-19 Vaccination Update




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


We have been asked by NHS England and NHS Improvement to start delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme in January 2021. This will be done by working together with other local GP practices (called a Primary Care Network) to provide the vaccines.


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.


We will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about where to go and when.


Please don’t contact the practice to ask for a vaccine before then.


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?


Older adults in care homes, care home workers and frontline health and social care workers are being offered the vaccine first.


Then the vaccine will also be offered in age order to:



  • Those aged over 80 years

  • Those aged over 75 years

  • Those aged over 70 years

  • Adults on the NHS shielded patient list

  • Those aged over 65 years

  • Adults under 65 years with long term conditions.


Those aged 50-64 will be offered it later. Please wait your turn. If you are not in the groups above, you will have to wait for a COVID-19 vaccination until more supplies are available. When more vaccines become available, we will be offering it to more people.


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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