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COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

 The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.

 If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination.  For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS.  This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. 

 This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

 Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter.   Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives. 

 Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

Please also see resources from the Gov.uk website for consent forms and information for older adults, healthcare workers, social care workers, a leaflet on pregnant women not taking the vaccine, information on what to expect after the vaccination, why you are being asked to wait and posters for care home and healthcare settings. The resources are below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme

Many thanks and Stay safe, Family Surgery.

Covid-19 Vaccination programme

The NHS will start vaccinating patients with the new Covid-19 vaccine very shortly. For further details please click here.

You will be contacted when it’s your turn. At first the vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus before being offered more widely.

We expect the vaccine to be offered first to:

  • People who live in care homes and care home workers
  • People aged 80 or over
  • Health and social care workers

PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SURGERY for information, advice or appointments about the vaccine as we cannot provide this and enquiries will overwhelm our phone system. The NHS has a rigorous system in place to contact patients directly.

We will update this page with further information as it becomes available to us.

Please note that the Covid vaccination programme is a National Priority and GPs, Nurse and other Practice staff may be re-deployed to deliver this work. This means that there will be fewer appointments available for routine consultations at the surgery and we will have fewer staff to deal with your requests. There may be additional delays in dealing with prescription requests and other queries. We are also having to deliver flu vaccinations for those aged 50-64 at the same time putting an even bigger strain on our services.

Please bear with us during this difficult time. The team at the Family Surgery are doing the best for your care during this time.