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.
We 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
The NHS in Leeds has teamed up with the Leeds Local Optical Committee to launch a new service called CUES, which stands for Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service. Access the service by calling NHS111.
CUES is free to access and is for all patients. The service will predominately be delivered over the phone or a video consultation. However, depending on the severity of the individuals eye problem they may need to be seen face to face by a clinician, this could be in the community or at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Find out how the service will be delivered by watching this short video clip from Paul Appleson, an optometrist in Leeds https://youtu.be/x0SBOhDhlm4