Keep up to date with the latest news, events and announcements from your local Practice.
The NHS is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all children aged 5-11, in line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). As well as protecting children against serious COVID infection and long covid, this will reduce the risk of children passing on the infection to others.
We will be contacting parents of our patients in this age group over the next few weeks to offer them appointments at special vaccination clinics. Please wait to hear from us and do not contact the practice. Alternatively if you prefer, you can book an appointment at selected vaccination centres and community pharmacies by visiting www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, free of charge.
For further information on COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11s please visit www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/
We are well on our way with our Flu Vaccination Clinics and the Primary Care Network have started clinics for the Covid Boosters
Once we have a delivery date for the flu vaccines we will invite you to make an appointment.
We provide flu vaccines if you are:
- Aged 50 and over
- Aged 2, 3 (by nasal spray),
- Over six months of age in a clinical risk group.
- Living in a long-stay residential care home
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals,
For more information please see the NHS page about flu vaccine.
If you have had both your covid vaccinations and are entitled to a covid booster you will be contacted six months after your second dose.
Since December 2020, we have worked with other local practices to help provide COVID-19 vaccinations for patients in the priority groups. Regretfully, to ensure we can meet the needs of all our patients going forward, we are not able to continue offering this service for the next phase of the vaccination programme (people aged under 50).
We are still providing second vaccinations for people in the priority groups who had their first dose at Alwoodley and will contact you when your second vaccination is due. The second dose is really important to make sure you get the maximum amount of protection against Covid-19 so please book your appointment as soon as you hear from us.
How to book your first vaccination
If you are eligible for your vaccination and would like to book an appointment, please visit the National Booking Service website. If you are not able to book online you can call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Vaccinations are available at the following centres across the city:
· Elland Road Community Vaccination Centre, Leeds
· The Village Hotel Leeds North, Headingley
· The Village Hotel Leeds South, Morley
· Superdrug, The Merrion Centre, Leeds
· Bramley Village Health & Wellbeing Centre, Bramley
· The Grange Medical Centre, Seacroft
· Wetherby Town Hall, Wetherby
· St Mary's Parochial Hall, Middleton
· St Martins GP practice, Chapeltown
We are unable to issue a Covid vaccination certificate at the practice and ask you not to contact us regarding this.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.
The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.
Alternatively 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 the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
- Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination.
- People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
- People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
- People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
· Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting
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