Covid Vaccination Update
Who Is Eligible For The Vaccine?
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. At the moment this is:
- people aged 80 and over
- people who live or work in care homes
- health care workers
The vaccine will be offered more widely in the community in the coming weeks. The PCN is working hard to deliver the vaccine as soon as our deliveries are confirmed. Unfortunately we are unable give exact dates or timescales.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Click here for details on the priority order
We will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact us for a vaccination before then as demand on our services are already very high. We will be following national guidance on the order of vaccinations based on vulnerability to the virus.
What Happens When You Become Eligible?
1) You will receive a text (If you do not have a mobile number you will be contacted via a telephone call/letter)
2) The message will include the details for the booking number. Please call and expect a wait as this line is very busy.
3) Once through you will be booked into an appointment at a local vaccination centre.
Please note we have limited vaccine with each delivery and we often receive vaccine at short notice, therefore we are contacting patients in stages. All eligible patients will be invited for vaccination as deliveries are confirmed.
To help us contact you quickly, please ensure your GP practice has your mobile number on record.
You will be given instructions about attending your appointment in your invite message.
If You Are A Healthcare Worker:
Health care workers are eligible for the COVID vaccination. This includes: doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. It is important health care workers receive their vaccine to help keep themselves and their patients safe.
If you and a health care worker and would like your COVID vaccination please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include on the email:
- Your name
- Your job role
- Whether you have any allergies and whether this has caused anaphylaxis in the past
- Whether you carry an EpiPen
- If you are on any anticoagulants
PLEASE ONLY CONTACT EMMA IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED HEALTH CARE WORKER
About The Vaccine:
The PCN is expecting to receive deliveries of both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca Vaccine. The PCN does not get a choice of the vaccines we receive. For both Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines, a 2-dose schedule is advised. The second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine may be given between 3 to 12 weeks following the first dose. The second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may be given between 4 to 12 weeks following the first dose.
Both vaccines have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
When booking your appointment, the call handler will ask screening questions to ensure you are have no clinical contraindications to receive the vaccine.
We are grateful for your patience as we continue to work hard to deliver this new vaccination as efficiently as possible. We are working in line with the latest NHS and Government guidance.
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