FROM 19-JULY-2021, ALL PATIENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO WEAR FACE MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCE IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS
COVID-19 Booster Notice
The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities. All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.
Please DO NOT contact the practice over any vaccination queries or bookings as this will stop patients with medical conditions being able to get through.
You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months. We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly. New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December. We will be working with all our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days. All these appointments will be added to the National Booking System. We encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, has yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so. In terms of any planned appointments, there are no changes at the current time, and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
There is a national shortage of Flu vaccines.
As soon as stock is available, you will be contacted to attend our local vaccination centre at Jubilee House. You will also be offered COVID boosters if they are eligible.
Regarding Covid-19 booster vaccines from our CCG
The coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine programme is continuing to be rolled out across the country. A booster dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and gives you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19. You will be offered a booster dose no earlier than 6 months after you had your 2nd dose. The NHS knows who is eligible and will invite you to book your booster vaccination programme when it is your turn. You will be able to book an appointment at a vaccination centre of your choice. This could be a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy.
Those currently eligible to receive a booster dose include:
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (ex. HIV patient, Transplant recipient, Receiving certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer – but they can book via the national booking system by self-declaring as a member of health and social care staff.
If you or your family member is housebound then specific arrangements will be made to make sure you receive the booster vaccination at home. It can take longer for the home visiting team to visit everyone on their list so please be patient. There is no need to contact the practice.
If you have not yet been contacted to book your booster then please do not worry. You will be invited to do so as soon as possible. You DO NOT need to contact your local GP or any other NHS service at this stage.
The NHS has initially been prioritising boosters for those most at risk, such as care and nursing home residents. Over the coming weeks more and more people, including housebound individuals, will be invited to book an appointment for the booster dose. In the meantime, if you know you are eligible and would prefer not to wait then you can book an appointment via the national booking system online.
Further information about COVID-19 vaccines is available at:
WALK-IN CLINIC FOR COVID VACCINATIONS, COVID BOOSTERS & FLU JABS