COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

** Update Jan 25th 2021**

. We are working with the wider Somer Valley area to deliver the vaccination programme.

Current cohort being invited for vaccination: we are now on Group 3 ‘ 75 – 79’ although we have not yet invited everyone in this group.  If you are over 80 and can come to the surgery and have not yet had your vaccination please contact the surgery now. If you are a resident in a care home for the elderly or employed by a care home for the elderly please also ring the surgery now to book your appointment.

Otherwise , please do not ring the surgery to book unless you have received your invitation to book via text, email or letter.  The NHS is following a strict schedule of eligible patients as follows:

1 Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 All those 80 years of age and over. Frontline health and social care workers
3 All those 75 years of age and over
4 All those 70 years of age and over. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health
conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and
mortality
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over

Within these groups above we also have to divide the group into higher and lower risk categories. For example, for each age cohort the patients who are also ‘ shielding’ will be invited first.  When you receive your invitation to book your appointment please book immediately with reception. If in the case of receiving an invite but by the time you contact reception there are no slots available we will ensure that you are invited first for the next clinic. We only have notice of our next clinics a few days ahead, so our schedules are very tight. We also have very limited numbers available to book at one time. When we think that we have invited the whole of one group we will ensure that all patients within that group have either been vaccinated or declined. If we have not heard back from you at this point we will try again to contact you.

Frontline healthcare and socialcare workers will be invited to attend a hospital hub, local details of this have not yet been released. If you would like us to code you on our records as a frontline healthcare or socialcare worker please contact our secretarial team to discuss adding this code to your records. At the present time this group is not due to be invited for  vaccination by the GP practice. The exception to this is people employed by a care home – if you have not had your vaccination yet please contact us now.

Local care home for the elderly vaccinations  are now completed. If any resident of a care home for the elderly, or a staff member has not yet been vaccinated please contact the surgery now to book.

Vaccinations for housebound patients have not yet started, this is because of logistical challenges. There are some unresolved issues around transportation of the vaccine to individual households.  We are eagerly awaiting more news. You will still receive an invite to attend the surgery when your age group is due, and if you can attend the surgery please do so. If you cannot attend the surgery please wait for local arrangements.

Vaccination queries  BANES, Swindon and Wiltershire CCG have now lauched a webpage with COVID19 vaccination updates: https://www.bswccg.nhs.uk/latest-covid-19-updates

You can also e-mail enquires to: bswccg.vaccinequery@nhs.net

Which vaccine? Vaccinations clinics are running with either the Pfizer or Astra Zeneca vaccine. You will not have a choice of vaccine, although you could refuse an early invite ( eg for Pfizer vaccine) but you will then not be a priority for another invitation until a later stage.

Be prepared. You can help us ensure our clinics run smoothly by coming prepared, please read the attached guidance to ensure any questions you may have are addressed prior to your appointment. Although you will be speaking to a clinician at the time of your appointment these appointments have to be very short to enable us to adminster a large number of vaccines during a short specified time period.

Please note the following reasons to NOT have Pfizer vaccine:

  • allergy to polyethylene glycol 
  • severe allergy to multiple agents
  • severe allergy to unknown medications
  • COVID19 infection ( symptoms or positive swab) within the last 4 weeks
  • current illness with fever
  • please note that a straightforward allergy to a known antibiotic eg penicllin is not a contraindication. if you are uncertain please discuss with your GP

 

Please note the following reasons to NOT have the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine:

  • COVID19 infection ( symptoms or positive swab) within the last 4 weeks
  • current illness with fever

Useful further information to read prior to your appointment:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/information-for-uk-recipients-on-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19/information-for-uk-recipients-on-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948338/jcvi-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-dec-2020.pdf

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/