COVID 19 & VACCINATION BOOSTER PROGRAMME

COVID VACCINE PROGRAMME 2021

 

Updated 21/9/21

 

 

  • The Government have now announced that the Covid Booster Programme will commence this week. However, patients have to wait to receive a text before they can book one. When you get a text depends on when your booster is due. This link will be in the text  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/  Please use this link to book in. Please do not call the surgery as we are not an approved booster site. 

 

  • Due to unwell patients being unable to get through on the practice phones and patients calling in about covid vaccines after the Government have advised them not to, our receptionists have been given strict instructions to tell patients that they cannot deal with covid queries with you over the telephone. Please do not be offended by this. Patients should be calling NHS 119 with their query or referring to the Government covid website. If 119 refer you back to your GP then you will need to email in your query to swlccg.centralsurgery@nhs.net
  • Please do not book online an appointment with a GP to discuss your covid vaccination record. Appointments should only be used for medical conditions. 

  • If you are over 50 you cannot bring your vaccine forward before 8 weeks and if under 40 years old you cannot bring your vaccine forward before 12 weeks. Please read this guidance from JCVI https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/C1254-covid-19-vaccination-programme-faqs-on-second-dose-v2.pdf We are receiving requests for this but please note even if you email us we can't assist. 

 

COVID VACCINATION PASSPORTS AND ADDING A VACCINATION ADMINISTERED ABROAD TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORD

  • If you’ve had a vaccine abroad we can add the details given to you by the authority who administered it to your GP medical record, however it will not register on the NHS App portal as NHSE have not given GP surgeries the access to the national NIMS database to do this. 119 continue to inform patients that their GP practice can do this but this is incorrect and they are still sending people to us which is extremely frustrating for everyone. We are advising our patients to make an official complaint to NHSE so they look into this urgently and find a solution. If you email us about this issue we will have to refer you back to 119.

 

  • We are unable to give you certification of a covid vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against Covid-19. You can however find details of all your vaccinations on the NHS App. Proof of vaccination documents have yet been developed and as such cannot be provided by your GP. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you. Please do not contact the practice about this as our staff resources are needed to roll out the vaccine programme.

You can however, find how to get proof by following this simple YouTube video;    

https://www.mygp.com/nhs-login/?mc_cid=1cf7df3f4d&mc_eid=855beebf58

 

  • We are aware that in some national newspapers articles were published certain batch numbers for the AstraZeneca that are not accepted in some countries. We cannot answer your queries relating to this and would advise you to contact NHSE directly on england.contactus@nhs.net or call 119.

 

CONCERNS RELATING TO ASTRAZENECA COVID-19 VACCINE

The benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh any risks.

The MHRA’s scientific review of UK reports of extremely rare. The evidence to date does not suggest that the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca causes venous thromboembolism without a low platelet count.

By 31 March 20.2 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca had been given in the UK meaning the overall risk of these blood clots is approximately 4.4 people in a million who receive the vaccine.

Anyone who did not have these side effects should come forward for their second dose when invited.

Vaccines are the best way to protect people from COVID-19 and have already saved thousands of lives. Everyone should continue to get their vaccination when asked to do so unless specifically advised otherwise.

Read the latest Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance - Latest from MHRA
  

COVID VACCINATION PASSPORTS 

We are unable to give you a certification of covid vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against Covid-19. You can however find details of all your vaccinations on the NHS App. Proof of vaccination documents have yet been developed and as such cannot be provided by your GP. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you. Please do not contact the practice about this as our staff resources are needed to roll out the vaccine programme.

You can however, find how to get proof by following this simple YouTube video;    

https://www.mygp.com/nhs-login/?mc_cid=1cf7df3f4d&mc_eid=855beebf58

We are aware that in some national newspapers articles were published certain batch numbers for the AstraZeneca that are not accepted in some countries. We cannot answer your queries relating to this and would advise you to contact NHSE directly on england.contactus@nhs.net or call 119.

 

PREGNANCY & FERTILITY 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines. 

Pregnant patients are at higher risk of complications if contracting Covid-19 and the Covid vaccine is highly recommended and studies in the USA have shown there are no safety concerns.

JCVI Pregnancy guide to having the Covid-19 vaccine 

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists - Covid Vaccine Guide in Pregnancy

This is a useful link to information from the British Fertility Society stating that there is no risk http://www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Covid19-Vaccines-FAQ-1_3.pdf.

 

ANTIGEN TESTING

 This is not available from Central Surgery. You may be able to get this done privately but we do not hold any details of companies that do this. 

  

COMPLAINTS & CONCERNS

As the Covid programme is directed by NHSE any concerns or complaints patients may have, we advise that you write directly to NHSE as the surgery has no control over the rolling out of the vaccine. Their details can be found in the following link;

NHS England contact us / complaints

 

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

We ask that our team are treated with respect. They are working really hard with limited resources. Anyone found to be offensive or abusive will be removed from the surgery register.

UBER - REDUCED RATES TO GET TO VACCINATION SITES

Uber is covering a trip up to £15, for anyone travelling to or or from one of the original seven mass-vaccination centres (T&Cs apply*).

For more information about their campaign please visit their website here

 

WE ARE HAVING TO WORK DIFFERENTLY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

  • We are currently operating a total telephone triage system for our patients which means you must speak to a clinician first. You musn't come to the surgery unless you have been invited in by a member of the Central Team.
  • Please do not come more than 15 minutes before your allocated appointment time. For Track and Trace reasons we cannot allow you in the building before then. 
  • Upon arrival, we will ask you to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to reduce the risk of infection. The clinician seeing you will have already washed their hands and be dressed in full PPE when they come to collect you from the waiting room. This is to save time in your appointment.
  • For COVID reasons the windows in the waiting room have to remain open so we apologise if it is cold whilst you are waiting.
  • We ask that you keep your children seated with you at all times and restrict them from touching surfaces. 
  • Due to social distancing measures and infection control guidance, you may have to wait longer than normal to be given an appointment to have a blood test or another investigation such as a smear.  
  • You must not visit the practice if you suspect you may have the coronavirus. You need to call 111 or visit the 111 website for guidance.
  • You can visit the NHS Testing and Tracing page to arrange a test if you think you have symptoms.
  • Should require an Isolation Note, you can visit the 111 website to obtain one.

KEEPING YOU SAFE WHEN YOU VISIT OUR SURGERY

There have been a lot of changes put in place to Keep You Safe when you visit your GP practice in the Kingston.

Watch this short video to see what’s changed, what’s different and how we are trying to #KeepYouSafeSWL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM_g9-amnEI

 

SUPPORT AVAILABLE DURING COVID

If you require financial guidance during these difficult times there are couple of resources that you can access. Find out more detail by clicking on the links below;

  • Starting or returning to work: The information on this page is for anyone looking for work, anxious about going back to work, or wanting to develop new skills https://bit.ly/CKworkplace
  • Worried about money: The information on this page is for people who are worried about money, their housing situation or other financial pressures. https://bit.ly/worriedaboutmoney
  • New to benefits: The information on this page is for people who need help understanding and/or applying for benefits. https://bit.ly/newtobenefits

More local/national resources and services that you can access

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STAYING HEALTHY DURING COVID-19

Please find useful information regarding keeping well during COVID times 

COVID.docx

ADVICE FOR SEEKING APPOINTMENTS FOR CHILDREN

If a child in your care and has symptoms of a cough and/or fever, it is important that they take a PCR test to check if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

Having a negative PCR test result will mean a child can access GP services as quickly as possible at this time, reduce strain on local NHS services going into the winter, and help in continuing to keep our community safe.

To book a free PCR test in your area visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test