The first phase of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has started. When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be a letter or text, either from their GP or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments.
Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this invitation.
We are all excited to hear that there is real progress on a Covid vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- Our area will be getting a limited amount of vaccine in the next few weeks.
- We have to follow strict government guidelines which tell us which group of patients to vaccinate first
- We will contact you if you are eligible for a vaccine when we know what date the vaccine is available for you.
- It is essential, if you are given a vaccine, that you return for the second part of the vaccination on the date that you are advised to.
- Please do not telephone us to ask when or if you are going to get a Covid Vaccine. We will contact you individually if and when you are invited to have one and will keep this website updated with as much information as we can.
- We have many patients to vaccinate so we ask for your patience as we work through this vaccination programme which will last well into 2021.
Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of hand-washing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.
Thank you for your patience.
Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.uk website.
General Practice vaccination centres have been asked to prioritise and vaccinate our elderly patients with the vaccine we are receiving.
For employers or the self employed please read the statement below.
Hospital Hub sites are leading on the vaccination of health and social care staff working to the NHS England operational guidance issued on 7 January 2021 which outlines staff groups as including but not limited to the following:
- Staff working on the vaccination programme
- Staff who have frequent face-to-face contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care, mental health, urgent and emergency care and community settings including dentists, optometrists and pharmacists
- Those working in independent, voluntary and non-standard healthcare settings such as hospices, and community-based mental health or addiction services
- Laboratory, pathology and mortuary staff including funeral directors
- Those working for a sub-contracted provider of facilities services such as porters or cleaners
- Temporary, locum or ‘bank’ staff, including those working in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients
- Frontline social care workers directly working with vulnerable people who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in hospital, people’s own homes, day centres, or supported housing); or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS, independent sector or third sector).
Foster carers are not included as front line health and social care staff. They do not need to let their GP practice know they are a foster carer. However, if a foster carer is caring for an extremely clinically vulnerable child then they will be invited to be vaccinated sooner. This will be coordinated through local authorities.
Individuals who are included in the staff groups above should be directed to their employer who will be able to inform them on the plans for their organisation. Organisations or individuals who are self-employed but are included in these groups should contact the HIOW Vaccination Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.