COVID-19 VACCINATION - NEWS & UPDATES

 

LATEST UPDATES

14/12/2021 - Booster Programme

In light of the urgent need to deliver Covid booster vaccines to prevent the spread of the Omicron Variant we will be following government advice to focus on urgent care only in the practice for the next few weeks. 

We will be diverting as many staff as possible to our vaccine clinics with the aim of delivering another 15,000 vaccines before the end of the year.

We would like to ask you to help us by holding off contacting us about any routine matters until the New Year. We remain open and will have a duty team available every day to speak to anyone with a health issue that cannot wait and will continue to see you in person when required.

Our eConsult service has been temporarily suspended until the new year.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

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

 

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.

 

RECORDING VACCINES GIVEN OVERSEAS

If you have received one or more of your coronavirus vaccinations abroad then please follow the link below to book an appointment to have these recorded in QR code format in your NHS Covid pass on the app.

Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had abroad

 

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