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If you are over 70 and haven’t had your first vaccination yet you can contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment.

We are working to contact all patients over 70 by the middle of February but if you haven’t heard from us yet and want to book an appointment, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
 
This will allow you to choose a time slot and location that suits you. If you are not able to book online you can call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. (Please be aware that phone lines can get very busy so you may prefer to call later in the day when it is can be less busy.)
This is only available for first vaccination appointments and if you are aged 70 or over. Everyone else will still need to wait to be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn for a vaccination or for an appointment for their second vaccination if they don’t already have one.
 
You still need an appointment to get a vaccination so please do not go to any of the centres unless you have one booked. This is important because booking slots are carefully managed to allow for social distancing and the number of appointments is based on the supply available that day.
We are also contacting all patients who are registered as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been asked to shield, as well as people in the eligible cohorts who are housebound. If you haven’t been contacted yet, you should hear from us this week.
 
Finding your NHS number
You can still book an appointment if you don’t have your NHS number, provided you are registered with a GP practice. However, it will be quicker if you have your number: this will be on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, or you can find it online at
 
Registering with a GP
You can find a GP practice on the NHS.uk website. You will need to fill in a form to register - for some practices you can do this on their website so check there first. Alternatively, you can download a GMS1 registration form on GOV.UK or arrange a time to pick up a registration form from the GP surgery. If you have problems registering with a GP practice, call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33.
 
Other frequently asked questions (see separate attachment)

The NHS is now offering vaccinations to people who are most at risk from Covid-19. This follows the approval of both the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines as safe and effective, after extensive trials.

The two approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.
 
The first vaccinations are being offered to people in the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), starting with people in care homes and those aged 80 and over. Groups of GP practices are working together to provide local vaccination services and will contact eligible patients when it is their turn.
 
When it is your turn, you will receive an invitation via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.
 
WE KNOW LOTS OF PEOPLE WILL BE EAGER TO GET PROTECTED BUT PLEASE COULD WE KINDLY ASK YOU NOT TO CONTACT THE PRACTICE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE VACCINE OR TO ASK FOR AN APPOINTMENT, AS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET ONE UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN INVITATION.
 
If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
 
Please note that vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112. The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
 
In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives
 
For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk or see these frequently asked questions.

We have had many expressions of interest in volunteering to help with the vaccination campaign.  Our principle need will be for Marshalls to help with traffic (both cars and people) managements.  Outdoor/warm clothing required.  If you are over 18 and would like to volunteer please complete the form below and we will include you on our email distribution list.

 

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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.