Covid-19 vaccination programme
Covid-19 Vaccine Update October 2021
You have probably seen news coverage about booster vaccine and third primary dose vaccines.
The JVCI announced in September that all adults over the age of 50 and children aged 12 and over with chronic long term medical conditions are now eligible for booster vaccines. Please see this link for further information on booster vaccines.
You should be contacted by the practice by text message if you are eligible. However, if you think you have been missed, please contact reception using the secure webform (e-Consult) from our website, or you can contact 119 if you wish to get your vaccine elsewhere.
A small group of patients aged over 12 who were thought to be immunosuppressed (through disease or medication) around the time of their first two doses should be offered a third primary dose after 8 weeks. It is thought that these patients will then require a further booster dose after 6 months (effectively meaning they receive 4 doses in total) one of our GP's, Dr Simon Hodes, has collaborated on an information sheet which you can find here
Up to date information about COVID vaccinations can be found at https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/
Vaccination programme overview
We are delighted to have been able to deliver the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine to so many of our patients in recent weeks. The vaccination centre at Bridgewater House has worked really well and we are continuing to bring patients in for their vaccine – particularly focussing on those who are clinically at risk, and also our unpaid carers. We have also started to invite our more elderly patients in for their second dose.
There are some weeks when we are not receiving as much supply of the vaccine as we would like, and we know this has led to some frustration and concern. We do liaise with our colleagues in the NHS locally to try to get more vaccine stock into our centre, but the supplies are controlled nationally and this means we can’t always offer as many vaccine appointments as we want to. If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to be vaccinated, you can alternatively try to book online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus- vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or dial 119 to see if an alternative nearby vaccination centre has any appointments.
We are expecting the supply to increase considerably from the middle of March so we hope to be able to call in many more people after that – for their first and their second doses, and in line with national guidance about priority groups. Please be assured that nobody who is due a second dose will have to wait longer than 12 weeks for it.
For more information on the vaccine programme in this area, you can use this link https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/covid
Thank you for your understanding.