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Keep up to date with the latest news, events and announcements from your local Practice.

You can access information about the Pfizer BioNTech COVID19 vaccination using the following links:

pdfHaving your vaccine at Alwoodley Medical Centre leaflet

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults

What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination

BBC Explainer video

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should I contact with questions? You should contact your own GP surgery if you have questions about your appointment. Please review the links above before contacting your own GP surgery with clinical questions.
  • Are there toilet facilities: Yes, toilet facilities will be available for patients attending for vaccination and the person immediately accompanying them.  Toilet facilities for those not being vaccinated and not immediately supporting a patient are not available due to social distancing requirements.
  • Can we use the surgery car park: Yes, the surgery car park is available for use.  Due to traffic issues on the surrounding streets we recommend parking in the park and ride car park if possible though.
  • Are wheelchairs available: Limited provision of wheelchairs is available, however we would recommend you bring your own if required.
  • Where will I sit after: There will be ample sitting space - both indoor and outdoor - available. You should wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination, and then please leave promptly if you feel well in order to reduce the number of people in the centre at any time.
  • Both vaccine appointments are during Shabbat - have you considered this: We are aware that a significant number of our community observe Shabbat, and with the help of Cllr Dan Cohen have received advice from Rabbi Kupperman for which we are very grateful. The current vaccine is incredibly complex to deliver, and whilst we will endeavour to offer alternative times when possible, if you are invited to vaccination during Shabbat it is acceptable to receive the vaccination. We can confirm there is no need for any competent adult receiving the vaccination to sign any document – consent is provided verbally. In terms of travel to the centre, for those unable to walk, taxi travel should be pre-arranged and pre-paid which Cllr Cohen has kindly offered to facilitate for those who need it. To facilitate the effective use of such travel arrangements anyone observing Shabbat who attends the centre for vaccination should identify themselves to our stewards and we will ensure that they are ready to leave for their planned journey home which we ask them to plan for 30 mins after their booked appointment time.
  • When will I get my vaccination: Please see the JCVI information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-25-september-2020

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2020.12.08 Vaccine HCW Find ESig

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has now been approved for use and the NHS will be starting to offer this to priority groups as soon as supplies arrive.

 

When will a vaccine be available?

The first, limited, deliveries of the vaccine started week beginning 7 December and the NHS is offering them to those who need them most based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations.

 

Who will get a vaccine?

The vaccine will be offered to those at greatest risk from COVID-19 first, people over 80 years old and prioritised frontline health and social care workers. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here. As more supplies of the vaccine or alternative vaccines become available it will be rolled out in phases to people aged between 80 and 50 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn so please avoid contacting your local hospital or GP practice.

Where and when can I get a vaccine?

To start with, vaccines will only be available at hospital ‘hubs’ where the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely. However, arrangements are also being put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies and different vaccines become available. These include local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.

We will be contacting more and more people over the coming days and weeks, as well as protecting those of our staff who are at greatest risk. Please don’t contact your NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you

Further information and how you can help us

We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine - we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours
  • Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;
  • Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

IMG 2190We have received an additional delivery of 500 seasonal Flu vaccines.  The new 50-64 year old group is now eligible to book their vaccine. We would encourage early vaccination as early information suggests that when the new Covid vaccine arrives there will need to be a three week gap between the flu and the covid vaccine.

We have several vaccination clinics running during the week of 7th December, and are keen to get all of this stock allocated/used. If there is evidence of demand we will request more. The evening clinics have filled quickly already, but hopefuly you will be able to nip into one of the morning/afternoon clinics whilst working from home.

Please use the NHS App or Patient Access to book if possible, otherwise call reception after 11am.

We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings.  The current government advice about high risk groups is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november?fbclid=IwAR0K7Xgty8LCRd3O7ELMbOEMR7doeGPWFR3jPEoeofKFjzY0nsP8h3WuisQ#protecting-people-more-at-risk-from-coronavirus Further publication is due Monday 2nd November , and the Government will be writing affected patients.  The GPs at the surgery have no additional information above and beyond this and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.
 
For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members.  As a practice we are very sorry, but decisions about children attending school are not ours to make.  It's not something that we can help with.  We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide on the best course of action.

Flu clinics will be held on the following dates and this post will be updated as clinics are added.. On these days we will only manage medically urgent requests after 11am as the majority of our clinical team will be running the flu clinics during the afternoons so less urgent matters may be defered.  We encourage you to use our "Patient Triage" tool rather than the telephone to request help in order to avoid the wait for your phone call to be answered as we expect lines to be busy - see the green bar at the top of the page. 

When attending a Flu clinic we encourage you to walk/jog/cycle/scoot to the practice or to park in the public "Park and Ride" car park across King Lane where traffic flows will be easier. You must wear a face covering - please bring the covering you use for shopping etc. You will walk through the pracice - so entering at the front and leaving through the back doors - and to keep the flow going please wear clothing that provides easy access to your upper arm/shoulder without needing to undress.

  • Wednesday 9th September
  • Wednesday 16th September
  • Thursday 24th September
  • Wednesday 30th September
  • Wednesday 14th October
  • Thursday 22nd October
  • Wednesday 28th October 
  • Thursday 5th November
  • Wednesday 11th November
  • Thursday 19th November
  • Tuesday 24th November

If you are eligible for your Flu Vaccination then please call our reception team on 0113 393 0119 to book your vaccination.

50-64 year olds without another reason to be eligible - please DO NOT contact the practice as we cannot offer you a vaccination yet.

Click here for more information on the NHS Flu Vaccination

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