Covid Vaccinations

We have now started to call in patients for their covid vaccines starting with the over 80s. Currently, vaccinations are the Pfizer vaccine and are taking place in Manor House next to Nonsuch School from Wednesday 16th December. If you are in this age group and haven’t been contacted by us and are not housebound please get in touch asap.

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Key Points

  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It will give you the best protection against coronavirus
  • The vaccine is part of our defence – we need to continue with hands, face, space
  • The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

Prioritisation

  • An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS first offers vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19
  • This includes older adults in care homes and frontline health and social care workers. When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible
  • The phased vaccination programme will see patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, among the first to receive the life-saving jab
  • Care home providers are also being asked by the Department of Health and Social Care to begin booking staff into vaccination clinics. GPs are also expected to be able to begin vaccinating care home residents.
  • Any appointments not used for these groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19

The order of priority for each group in the population corresponds with data on the number of individuals who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death, estimated from UK data obtained from March to June 2020 (see See Link).

The current priority list is as follows: See link

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workersCOVID-19 Greenbook chapter 14a See Page 11
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals See Link
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

Delivery

  • There are 50 hospital hubs in the first wave and more hospitals will start vaccinating over the coming weeks and months as the programme ramps up
  • GPs and other primary care staff are also being put on standby to start delivering the jab. A small number of GP-led primary care networks will begin doing so during the following week (week beginning 14 December) with more practices in more parts of the country joining in on a phased basis during December and in the coming months. At the moment this is at Manor House next to Nonsuch Park
  • Vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres will subsequently stand up when further supplies of vaccine come on stream.

The Vaccine

  • The life-saving vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the shoulder but there is a complex logistical challenge to deliver from the manufacturers to patients. It needs to be stored at -70C before being thawed out and can only be moved four times within that cold chain ahead of use.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • The vaccine approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.
  • It has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
  • Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world.
  • Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
  • So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and no serious side effects or complications have been reported.
  • You can read about the MHRA approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 on the GOV.UK website
  • We are looking to get the approval of the Astra Zeneca | Oxford vaccine soon which can be kept at fridge temperatures so will be easier to deploy

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • After having both doses of the vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus.
  • It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.
  • There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.
  • This means it is important to:
    • continue to follow social distancing guidance
    • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it is hard to stay away from other people

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

  • Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
    • a sore arm where the needle went in
    • feeling tired
    • a headache
    • feeling achy
  • You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
  • If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
  • If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.
  • It is very rare for anyone to have a serious reaction to the vaccine (anaphylaxis). If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes.
  • Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them
    immediately.

Q&A

Why do I have to wait?

  • TheCOVID-19 vaccines will become available as they are approved for use and as each batch is manufactured. So every dose is needed to protect those at highest risk.
  • The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine.
  • Some people who are housebound or live in a care home and who can’t get to a local vaccination centre may have to wait for supply of the right type of vaccine. This is because only some vaccines can be transported to people’s homes.

Where can I get my COVID-19 vaccination?

  • Vaccines will be offered in a range of settings.
  • Some vaccination teams will visit people to offer the vaccine, for example in care homes, other people may have to go to the nearest centre. Because some of the vaccine has to be stored in a very low temperature freezer, you may not be able to get the vaccine in your normal GP surgery until the Astra Zeneca | Oxford vaccine is released

What if the centre I am offered is not easy to
get to?

  • Please try to attend the vaccination centre you are offered. If you cannot attend that centre you may have to wait to get the vaccine in a more convenient location.

Can I pay for a COVID-19 vaccine privately or
at a pharmacy?

  • No, the COVID-19 vaccination is only available through the NHS to eligible groups and it is a free vaccination

Advice if you are of childbearing age, pregnant
or breastfeeding

  • You should wait to have the COVID-19 vaccine:
    • if you are pregnant – you should wait until you have had your baby
    • if you are breastfeeding – you should wait until you have stopped breastfeeding
    • If you are trying to get pregnant, you should wait for 2 months after having the
      2nd dose before getting pregnant.
  • There is no evidence it is unsafe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. But more evidence is needed before you can be offered the vaccine.

Scammers

Please note only take phone call and contact from our surgery. Unfortunately, we have been informed of scammers recently has highlighted in this correspondence

Warning of vaccine scam phone calls

Scammers are using the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to try to con people out of money, a council has warned.

Wirral Council told people to be on their guard after residents of New Ferry were prompted to book non-existent “vaccine appointments” in a recorded phone message.

Those receiving the calls are then asked to confirm by pressing a button on their phone – which results in them being billed by their provider.

Elderly people have been targeted by the calls, the council said.

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