Covid Vaccinations upcoming
Boosters, Third Doses and 12-15 year olds
JCVI and NHS England have recently announced a number of proposals for the next stage of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign. These proposals, once launched will take several weeks to be put into action, due to manpower and vaccine availability issues. We request that patients do not contact GP practices or the NHS about this, as they will be contacted when we are in a position to offer these services. The NHS will make contact with you mainly by SMS, but when no response Phone or Letter.
Please help us by updating your mobile phone number online or via receptions so that you will receive messages.
Booster Covid Doses for Adults
We are expecting to be offering Covid Booster (3rd doses) for adults over 50, starting in early October. These will be Pfizer vaccine.
Patients will be recalled in age and disease order, in a similar way to the initial vaccination campaign with oldest and most vulnerable (over 80, housebound, care homes) being called first.
You will only be recalled once 6 months have elapsed from your second vaccination. Patients who are truly housebound can be vaccinated at home.
Combined Covid and Flu vaccination clinics
We are now starting to send invitations by SMS or phone will go out to the oldest and most vulnerable first, in the same order as the initial vaccination campaign.
- We will be offering appointments at Marshfield Community Centre, in Downend, and you may get invited via 119 to a mass vaccination site.
- Covid vaccinations must be delivered in the same vaccine priority groups order - starting with the most vulnerable, who had their primary vaccinations longest ago.
- We have to allow a 15 minute wait for these, which means that clinics run much slower, and it is expected that the booster campaign will take several months in keeping with the initial vaccination program.
- Flu vaccine (only) clinics in contrast run much faster, and our aim is to vaccinate people in advance of Winter flu outbreaks.
- So rather than make all over 50s wait to have both vaccines together, we are running vaccinations in parallel -giving younger and less vulnerable groups a chance to get their flu vaccination earlier if they would prefer. This means that some people will have Covid and flu vaccinations together, and some separately.
Immunosuppressed Adults 16+
We will be offering a specific group of immunosuppressed individuals a third Covid vaccination. This is where their immune system (due to disease or medication) may not generate a good or prolonged immune response. We will contact you when this is available, and when the precise definitions of which patients are effected, are released, likely in early October.
Children aged 12-15
We understand that at recent decision by the CMO is that all 12-15 year olds will be offered a single Covid Vaccination (likely Pfizer).
This campaign will be offered via the school nursing service and NOT through GP practices.
Covid Vaccination Clinics
Grabajab – NEW walk in Covid Vaccination session
Not had your vaccine yet and still thinking about it?
Friends and family had it but you haven’t made your mind up?
Do you know someone who needs a friendly nudge?
Want to travel? Want to protect yourself? Want to protect your family? then take the plunge – get that jab!
Walk in clinic on Saturday 14th August 1pm-3pm: Christchurch Surgery, North Street, Downend. BS16 5SG. Pfizer vaccine available for people who are 18 and over.
You can get your first dose or second dose, if your first dose was 8 weeks ago.
Book your COVID-19 vaccination or attend a walk-in clinic - Healthier Together (bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk)
You can also ring your surgery and book an appointment for your vaccine if you prefer
Or book here www.grabajab.net for details of walk in and other clinics around Bristol
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17th May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of our COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you've completed your course of vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Do not contact the surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
The following is a link to the GOV.UK website on Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad
Thanks to all of you (Click image or here for video)
The second 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 SMS message either from their GP, or the national NHS. This letter or Text 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 letter. Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website.
In the meantime please remember to continue to comply with the Covid-19 restrictions and practice the rules of Hands>Face>Space
At present all Covid Vaccinations are being delivered nationally from GP Hubs. and National Mass vaccination Centres. There is GP Hub vaccination centre for every 50-60,000 people. The vaccination centre for our group of practices (Network4 PCN) is based in Downend, Bristol. Smaller individual surgeries cannot currently get stock or deliver vaccinations yet -but we hope that this will change as the vaccine availability improves, particularly the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
Most of the appointments we are offering will be taking place in Downend at this stage, and Three Shires staff are part of the team organising and administering vaccinations there. We appreciate that this may be a long way to travel for some patients particularly those in Marshfield and Colerne. We are extremely grateful to see so many volunteers from our practice from all of the 4 villages, helping out with marshalling the clinics car parks, and help with clinic organisation and soon vaccination.
The letter "when will I get my vaccine" below explains that you may be getting either a letter centrally from the NHS (which will offer vaccination at a Mass Vaccination Site -Ashton Gate or now at Bath Racecourse and some selected Pharmacies) or an SMS or phone call from your practice (inviting you to Downend). You have a choice whether you chose a Mass Vaccination Site or a local one e.g. Downend - but only book one location. Once you have had your vaccination, your GP record gets updated either way.
Groups 1-9 are now vaccinated to a high level- >95%. If you are in these groups and feel that you have been missed, please contact your surgery.
We are now vaccinating Group 10 directly to arrange their vaccinations. Those in group 10 aged 38-40) will get a national recall letter or SMS -i.e. will be vaccinated at a national site (Bath Racecourse / Ashton Gate /Pharmacy) We will move into other vaccination groups as the campaign progresses.
Current Vaccination Groups
If you are a Carer - and are not known to the practice or wider system please read the letter Information for Carers requesting vaccination here or -please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 965 2200 for South Gloucestershire to be registered.
Families of immunocompromised or shielded. A number of our patients are immunocompromised (have less strong immunity) due to medications or underlying medical conditions. We have vaccinated this group early in the campaign. All household members over 18 are now (April 2021) encouraged to be vaccinated. Due to changes in availability of vaccines, and restrictions on the age of AstraZeneca vaccine -delivering these has not been possible as quickly as we would have liked. We have been contacting immunocompromised patients to try to identify their family members via SMS and phone to offer them vaccine, which is available both by the national hub and through our vaccination centre. If you have not been contacted -please ring your surgery and we will assist you to get your vaccination.
At this stage we are following a series of nationally defined criteria and that allows us to contact the people we want to come forward for vaccination. We are working tirelessly to vaccinate our patients as quickly as possible using every potential slot and every dose of vaccine as soon as we receive it. Please be patient and kind to our staff; we will be in touch when it is your turn.
Dr Richard Greenway
Vaccine who gets it first
When will I get my Vaccine
Information For Carers Requesting Vaccination