COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION

Covid Vaccine Booster Programme Update (02/21/21)

You may have read about the expansion of the Covid vaccine booster programme. Please be aware that we are vaccinating to our maximum capacity.

Please support us by NOT contacting the surgery about your vaccine at this very busy time.

If you are now eligible but have not yet heard from us you can contact the National Booking Service on 119 or visit the website below to arrange your booster dose.

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

LATEST UPDATES

7/9/2021 - Third dose vaccination for severely immunosuppressed aged 12+

The JCVI has advised that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. This is separate to any potential COVID-19 booster vaccination. There are national recommendations as to who is considered eligible for the third vaccine and General Practices are working with Hospital Specialists locally to identify those who should receive this. There is no need contact the NHS. If you or your child is eligible for vaccination, we will contact you.

For more information see JCVI issues advice on third dose vaccination for severely immunosuppressed - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

AZ Vaccine manufactured in India

Following on from the additional queries raised around the AZ vaccine that has been manufactured in India, we have been in touch with DHSC (who are leading on this piece of work) again. They have now provided us with the following additional lines regarding this issue:

  • All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria.
  • The European Medicines Agency, as well as our own medicines regulator, has authorised this vaccine and travel should not be affected.
  • No Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK.
  • All doses used in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections, by the UK medicine’s regulator, the MHRA.
  • Ensuring safe and open travel with our global partners is a clear priority and we are engaging with international partners on certification to ensure travel for vaccinated people is unhindered in the future.
  • We have spoken to the EU Commission who have confirmed that neither the Commission nor the EMA has advised Member States against accepting travellers vaccinated with ‘SII doses’.
  • Our High Commission in Malta has been discussing this issue with the Maltese Government, who have agreed that they will accept the NHS certificate with the EMA approved AZ Vaxzevria dose.
  • Astra Zeneca vaccine will be recognised in the same way as any other.

On the stories specifically about Malta last week:

  • The Maltese authorities have agreed to amend their travel advice so this should not happen again.

 

VACCINE PASSPORTS

Many patients are enquiring about how to get their Vaccine Passport.  In order to do so, patients will need to download the NHS app.  Information about this and how to access it can be found on our Online Access page.

PLEASE NOTE: Any vaccine doses administered outside of England will not appear on the NHS App under the 'Covid Passport' section. NHS England are aware of this issue and are looking to resolve this issue.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR YOUR VACCINATION

If you are thinking about or due to have your COVID vaccination we thought you might like some more information about the vaccination and what to expect so here are a few useful links to You Tube videos’

 

CHANGES TO PRACTICE WORKING

In order to support General Practice in delivering this programme, NHS England and the CCG have issued clear guidance on creating capacity by focussing only on urgent work and certain key areas.  It also means we may have to de-prioritise non urgent work and cancel non-urgent appointments at short notice.  We would like to reassure you that as always, we will continue to offer urgent care throughout this time. We are going to suspend our e consultation option for this week.

Additionally, you will be used to receiving invites for health reviews.   However certain reviews (Asthma, Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, TIA/Strokes and Heart failure) will be temporarily stopped for the next 4 months.  Please do not be alarmed if you do not receive your expected invite for review - we will instead be focussing on delivering COVID vaccinations.  Once this delivery has been completed, we aim to catch up on reviews and monitoring bloods that have been deferred or cancelled.

As you can appreciate, the landscape is changing very quickly and our priority remains the care of our patients whilst delivering this programme.  Thank you for your patience and support.

CLICK HERE FOR NHS INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) VACCINE

 

COVID-19 Immunisation FAQ's

Healthier Together (our local NHS Integrated Care System made up of all Bristol, South Glos and NS GPs) has produced an excellent FAQ resource providing up to date information about the local vaccination program. Please click on the link below for further information.

COVID-19 IMMUNISATION FAQ's

Published: Dec 2, 2021