Everyone aged 18 and over plus anyone aged 16 and above who is clinically vulnerable are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.
The eligible age group is changing rapidly - check the latest information at NHS COVID-19 vaccination
If you are eligible you do not need to wait to be contacted to arrange an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination. Book an appointment now by contacting the NHS booking line 119 or book online using the link to the National Booking Service.
The objective of the COVID-19 immunisation programme is to protect those who are at highest risk from serious illness or death. The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) have set out a prioritisation for persons at risk, ranking eligible groups according to risk, largely based on prevention of death from COVID-19-specific. At this stage we have to adhere to guidance provided by the JCVI. For full details follow the link to the JCVI Green Book.
Currently the following are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination:
- people aged 18 and over. Check the latest information at NHS COVID-19 vaccination
- people at high risk from coronavirus(clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
We will try to contact you via text, phone or letter if it becomes apparent you are in an eligible group but not yet had your vaccination. Texting is the preferred method of choice - please contact the Health Centre if we do not have your mobile number or if you have previously opted out of receiving text messages. If we do not have a mobile number for you we will contact you by phone or letter, but this process is inevitably slower, time consuming and more expensive for the practice. Please ensure we have your up to date contact details so that we can notify you - if not, please email the practice with your details using this feedback form.
Details of how to book a vaccination appointment are contained in the text message, or will be explained in phone calls or letters to patients. When booking through the National Booking Service you will be given appointments for both your first and second vaccine doses. You will be asked your 10 digit NHS number, contained in your invitation letter if you have received one, but you can still book an appointment if you do not know your NHS number.
2nd vaccine doses
If you have already received the first dose of the vaccine without suffering any serious side effects you should complete the course. This includes people aged under 30 years old. Second doses should be offered within 12 weeks of the first, but because of concerns about the Indian variant people over 50 and those with severe underlying health conditions which put them at high risk will now receive their second dose eight weeks later.
The current guidance is that the second dose should be the same type of vaccine as the first dose. Whenever possible patients should attend the same vaccination venue for both doses to ensure that the same vaccine is available and the second dose is administered at the correct time. There are some circumstances where it clearly may not be possible for the patient to attend the same site (e.g. they have moved home or, in between the first and second dose, they have moved to a new GP practice which is not part of the PCN grouping that administered the first dose.) In these circumstances, it would be appropriate for the new provider to administer the second dose.
Link to news
Link to latest COVID-19 update
COVID-19 Vaccination and Blood Clotting
The recent news about possible safety issues associated with the AstraZenaca COVID-19 vaccine has caused considerable concern for many of our patients and the practice has received a large number of queries from patients seeking advice. The practice recommends that all patients follow the recommedations issued by the Medicines and Health Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI). Comprehensive information about the relative risks of COVID-19 infection and vaccination Information can be found by following the link COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting.
A statement issued by the JCVI can be accessed by following the link JCVI statement on the AZ COVID-19 vaccine
If you have already received the first vaccine dose without suffering any serious side effects you should have the second dose on time as you may still be at high risk of the complications of COVID-19. You should complete the course with the same vaccine you had for the first dose. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers, unpaid carers and family members of those who are immunosuppressed. Whilst it is expected that the first dose of the vaccine will have given you some protection, particularly against severe disease, having the second dose will give you higher and longer lasting protection.
Patients should be reassured that when the time comes for under 40’s to have their first vaccination an alternative to the AZ vaccine will be offered. For those aged under 40 who have already received their first AZ vaccine the current advice is that they should still have the AZ vaccination for their second dose as planned - the new advice only applies to first doses.
Unless you have an imminent appointment for your first vaccine we request that you access current information online rather than contacting the practice for advice.
How GPs Have Contributed To The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
If you were wondering about how GPs have been contributing to the COVID-19 vaccination programme read the experiences of Dr John Griffiths, a GP in Winsford. His recent blog provides a good overview of the role GPs have made in helping to deliver the vaccine. Follow the link to read more How GPs have contributed to the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
For the latest information about COVID-19 including figures about case numbers and vaccination rates visit Coronavirus daily update