Covid-19 Vaccine – Update

This News Post will be kept up to date with all information we have for patients regarding the Covid-19 Vaccinations. Please do not telephone the surgery for information as this takes up valuable phone time and stops urgent calls from patients getting through.

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.

 

*Latest Update – 18.01.2020*

Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first larger regional Vaccination Centres. This is great news as it provides more options for getting vaccinated.

People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.

You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, the closest of which is at Taunton so far.

If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides. You have a choice of talking up the offer to attend the mass vaccination site, or wait for your GP to give it to you more locally.

We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.

Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.

Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. You have not been taken off any lists and we will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.

Click here for more information on the Covid-19 Vaccination rollout.

*15.01.2020*

Due to new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers, we have written to all patients that had a second Covid-19 vaccination appointment booked in, informing them that we need to reschedule them. The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12-week period. We will contact patients closer to the end of their 12 weeks to book their second Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

While you will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term protection from the virus, you will still have a high level of protection at 22 days after you received the first dose. The new guidance will also help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. We have been reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.

We hope our patients across our PCN (the five GP surgeries that form Nexus Primary Care Network) can appreciate the efforts, the additional work and extra hours that all our teams have put in to ensure we were in a position to offer the Covid-19 vaccine to patients and also understand that the decision to postpone the second dose was taken by the Chief Medical Officer for NHS England and is completely out of our control. We have done our utmost to ensure our patients have had access to the Covid Vaccination Programme whilst continuing to also offer our normal services according to NHS guidance. Please read the statement made by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer below.

It is important to note that even when you have received a vaccine, you must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask, as well as the additional measures in place in your area.

If you’ve already attended a covid-19 vaccination clinic based at Mount Pleasant Health Centre and would like to leave feed back please click here.

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The evidence clearly shows vaccinated individuals get almost complete protection after the first dose. Simply put, every time we vaccinate someone a second time, we are not vaccinating someone else for the first time. It means we are missing an opportunity to greatly reduce the chances of the most vulnerable people getting severely ill from Covid-19. If a family has two elderly grandparents and there are two Pfizer vaccines available, it is better to give both 89 percent than to give one 95 percent protection with two quick doses and the other grandparent no protection at all. Our ambition is to have offered vaccines to the most vulnerable 13 million people by the middle of February. Therefore, as a key part of the national effort to protect as many people in at-risk groups as quickly as possible, booster doses will now be delivered within 12 weeks of the first dose.’

– Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van Tam

 

For more information on the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

 

*07.01.2020*

Mount Pleasant Health Centre along with the other four practices in the NEXUS PCN are starting their second pre booked covid-19 vaccination clinic today. Patients that are eligible have been called and booked in for an appointment for this clinic.

Each clinic runs over two days and takes a lot of organisation, planning and time from each practice. Rest assured plans continue to be in place as we run these to keep as much normal primary care activity as possible but we thank you for your understanding that there will be some disruption.

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form, which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity.

The NHS will never ask for peoples banking information. 

 

*16.12.2020*

As some GP practices in wave 1 and 2 begin their rollout of the vaccine to priority 1 groups (see below image) it’s important to remember that patients will be contacted when it is their turn.

Mount Pleasant Health Centre and the other practices in our network (Nexus PCN) do not currently have a wave assigned so we do not know when we will begin our covid-19 vaccine clinics. We are hoping to be a part of the rollout as soon as possible..

Thank you to our patients for their continued understanding.

 

*07.12.2020*

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:

-Some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
-People who work in care homes
-Health care workers at high risk
-The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK 

For more information:

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

JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK