Last updated: 21.01.2021
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine have now been approved for use and we are vaccinating our patients in groups of clinical priority as defined by the Government JVCI. When it is your turn to be vaccinated, we will contact you.
The two approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.
Who will get a vaccine?
The vaccine has been offered to those at greatest risk from COVID-19 first: people over 80 years old, frontline health and social care workers. As more supplies of the vaccine or alternative vaccines become available it is being rolled out in phases to people aged between 50-80 years old, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn so please avoid contacting your local hospital or GP practice.
If you are a patient at this surgery and your current occupation falls within the category of frontline health or social care worker, please email the surgery to advise us of this. We may ask for proof of this employment.
Where and when can I get a vaccine?
The AstraZeneca vaccine will be given at this surgery. Arrangements are also being put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies and different vaccines become available. These include new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
You may receive a letter from NHS England inviting you to attend a vaccination centre outside of our local area. Please note, you do not need to go to one of these centres if you are happy to wait for the surgery to contact you. Like all GP surgeries around the country, we receive limited numbers of the Covid vaccine each week and we are inviting our patients in systematically.
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;
- Once you are invited for the vaccination and an appointment has been arranged for you, please read the latest government guidance prior to attending;
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.