COVID 19 VACCINATION - FIRST DATE SATURDAY 9TH JANUARY 2021

We are all excited to hear that there is real progress on a Covid vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us. We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe. To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:

  • The Pfizer/BioNTech and Astra Zenica vaccines have now been approved by the British regulator (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) as safe to be used.
  • There are other Covid vaccines in development and have not yet been licensed to be used on patients in the UK.
  • It appears that those eligible for the vaccine will need to have two Covid-19 vaccines for them to be most effective between 3 and 12 weeks apart
  • There will be some large vaccination centres and some mobile units to deliver and administer the vaccines. 
  • Many thousands of people have volunteered to be part of the project to organise and administer these vaccines which is really encouraging.

We have some good news to start the year off.  We will be receiving our first batch of vaccine (Pfizer Biontech) next week and our first Covid vaccination clinics will be taking place on Saturday 9th January 2021 at Sturminster Newton Medical Centre. These will be BY APPOINTMENT only.

We are working with Gillingham Medical Practice and will be following the government recall process on prioritisation of the vaccinations. Our first cohort will be approximately 975 patients over the age of 80 based on their age and clinical risk. Do not worry if you or your relative is over 80 and doesn’t get called this week, we will be calling the remainder as soon as we get confirmation of our next delivery which will hopefully be the following week. Following on from this this we would hope to vaccinate more people each week so that we can immunise as many people as possible in a short a time as possible. This will be dependent on vaccine availability.

We will also be going into our local care and residential homes to vaccinate residents and staff within the next few weeks as well.

This good news however is not a reason for complacency. COVID numbers are rising in North Dorset. An 50% increase from previous weeks. Please adhere to social distancing rules and protect yourselves and others. The finish line is now in sight, so please stay safe until we get there.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL US TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION. YOUR SURGERY WILL CONTACT YOU.

Please pass this message to anyone you know who might not see this message.

Please do update us with your details, especially if you have a mobile number and/or email address.  Email us on bv.prescription@dorsetgp.nhs.uk  

Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of hand-washing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.

PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE SURGERY FOR AN APPOINTMENT

ELIGIBLE PATIENTS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ 

The Government has produced a list of patients who will be eligible for the vaccine once it is available in order of priority.  We cannot vaccinate the next group until the first groups are complete. The order of priority is listed below:-

  • Older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers;
  • All those 80 years of age (and over) and Health and Social Care Workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over;
  • All those 70 years of age and over;
  • All those 65 years of age and over;
  • High-risk4 adults under 65 years of age;
  • Moderate-risk5 adults under 65 years of age;
  • All those 60 years of age and over;
  • All those 55 years of age and over;
  • All those 50 years of age and over

Published: Jan 1, 2021

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