COVID-19 Vaccination: Booster Vaccination 💉
We are experiencing a high number of calls from patients requesting a COVID-19 Booster Vaccination.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind patients, like previous the NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have a booster. Therefore, we ask that patients do not contact the practice to book their vaccination.
What you need to know ⚠️
Timing of booster:
The booster is being offered at least 6 months after your last dose. Like your previous doses, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm.
Protection against severe disease from the first 2 doses seems to decline very slowly. So don’t worry if your booster vaccine is given a few weeks after the 6 months time-point. The booster dose should help to extend your protection into the next year.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.
Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.
Please Note ‼️ You must wait 4 weeks (28 days) before booking if you've had a positive COVID-19 test, starting from the date you had the test.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
Thank you for your patience,
Drs Walling and Nathan
COVID SYMPTOMS SCREENING
All patients will be screened by our reception team for covid symptoms. If you have any symptoms of covid you will be advised to book for a PCR test by calling 119 or online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Whilst you await the result of your PCR test, you will be offered a telephone appointment with a clinician, who will be able to assess you. Once you have received a negative result and if you still need to be seen you will be able to request a face to face appointment.
Please do not attend the surgery for any reason if you have any symptoms of covid this is to protect our vulnerable patients and staff
Main Covid symptoms are:
A new continuous cough
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Who can get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The NHS is currently offering the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
People in the groups below can get the vaccine now. The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible.
If you are not eligible yet, wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
People aged 32 and over
You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if:
- you're aged 32 or over
- you'll turn 32 before 1 July 2021
People at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
People at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you're at high risk, you will have had a letter from the NHS saying you're clinically extremely vulnerable.
If you've had this letter, you can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.
People with other conditions that put them at higher risk
People with certain other health conditions are at high risk and can get the COVID-19 vaccine (as well as people who are clinically extremely vulnerable).
These conditions include:
- long-term lung conditions (such as severe asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis)
- long-term conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels (such as congenital heart disease, heart failure and peripheral arterial disease)
- chronic kidney disease
- long-term liver conditions (such as cirrhosis and hepatitis)
- conditions affecting the brain or nerves (such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or stroke)
- learning disabilities
- a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections (such as HIV or some treatments for lupus, psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis)
- severe mental conditions (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder)
- severe obesity (a BMI of 40 or above)
If you have a condition that means you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, the NHS will contact you to arrange your vaccination appointments.
Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine Update
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination.
People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
PHE Oxford/AZ Information Leaflet
Further information and how you can help us
We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:
Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine - we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours
Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;
Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
We are open! Coronavirus has led to a number of changes for our practice but we’re very much open and seeing patients. To help keep everyone safe and to minimise the risk of infection, we’re currently doing most consultations by phone or video; however, if we need to see you, then we will ask you to come to the surgery or arrange a home visit. We’re also carrying out routine and preventative care such as cervical screening tests, children’s immunisations and reviews for people with existing health conditions. If you receive a reminder about any of these, please make an appointment – you’ll be seen in a safe environment. When you book an appointment, we will ask you a set of questions to make sure you don’t have symptoms associated with coronavirus, including a new continuous cough, loss or change of sense of smell or taste and a high temperature. If you do have symptoms, you must self-isolate for 10 days, only leaving home to get tested. – visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call NHS 119 to book an appointment at your nearest centre. Anyone living with you will need to stay at home for 14 days. If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, contact NHS 111 and they will advise you what to do. If you need to order medication, please ring the surgery or order it online. We are dealing with all other requests as fast as we can, but please bear with us if some of these take a little longer than usual. For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
- Do not come in to the surgery for routine care if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (Cough, high temperature, loss of smell or taste)
- If you need any medical help or advice contact us by phone and a GP will triage your request. Please note we will not be taking appointment bookings at the reception desk.
- Please order your prescription online or by posting your slip through the post box at Ashfield (Front door) or The Grange (Prescription box in the foyer).
- Alternatively, you can use our online consultation service https://wsp.psf-live.co.uk/7191/#/portal (Please check response times)
- If your GP decides that a face to face assessment is necessary, they will book an appointment for you to be seen by the duty doctor in the afternoon. Here is some important information about your visit to help keep you and our staff safe.
- Come in at your appointment time, not before. This is to minimise the amount of time spent in the surgery and avoid having more than 1 person in the waiting room at a time.
- Please come to your appointment alone unless you are accompanying a child or vulnerable adult.
- Stand in the area marked out in the waiting area and let the receptionist know you have an appointment.
- Please wear a face covering or mask to your appointment. This needs to be well fitted and covering both your mouth and nose.
- We have a hand sanitiser in the waiting room, please use this before going through to the consulting room.
- The GP or Nurse you see will be wearing full PPE this means a mask, apron, gloves and visor.
With the Governments new rules on face coverings coming into effect from 24th July 2020, face masks / Facial coverings will be mandatory in shops and other public areas. We understand some patients will be worried about wearing a mask especially if you have breathing difficulties.
GPs are not in a position to provide exemption letters or certificates for patients who believe they should be exempt from wearing a face covering as this would divert the GP's time away from direct patient care.
The guidance suggests there is no requirement for the public to provide evidence, medical or otherwise, for exemption therefore a self declaration from the individual should be sufficient.
Please see the governments web page for the lastest advice. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Latest Government Advice, Help and Information
For the latest Government information about restrictions and information relating to the coronavirus pandemic go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you need to book at coronavirus test go to https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
For advice about coronavirus symptoms, self isolation and high risk groups go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
To access support from an NHS volunteer responder call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).