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Covid Vaccinations

Covid Vaccinations

The Primary Care Network of The Chiltern & The Brook Surgeries together with Rycote Surgery (Thame), & Morland House (Wheatley) have been approved as vaccination sites working from the delivery site at Morland House.

Now that the vaccination of the first four groups has been completed (see table below), mass vaccination sites and some pharmacies are also offering the jab; these are being managed nationally.  You do not need to wait for a letter from the NHS.  The vaccination is now being offered to:

  • people aged 65 and over
  • people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers

If you are in one of the above groups, you can book an appointment by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.  You will need your NHS number and date of birth which will be used to confirm your eligibility for the vaccination.  Those considered extremely clinically vulnerable are those patients told to shield during the height of the pandemic because their medical condition made them more vulnerable to infection.

If you choose to book a vaccination at one of the vaccination centres that are open every day, you may get your vaccination sooner, but you may need to travel further.  If you prefer, you can wait to be contacted by the Surgery to have your vaccination.  The Practice is making really good progress but is not running vaccination clinics every day as they have to wait for vaccine supplies to become available.

Whichever option you choose, it is important to be aware that you will need to have your second dose at the same place where you had your first dose, and this cannot be changed.  The vaccination centres may well give you a date for your second vaccination when you attend for your first one.

Rest assured that if you have had your first vaccination at The Chiltern & The Brook Surgeries or Morland House, you will be contacted to arrange your second one within the recommended period which is currently 11 to 12 weeks.

There is no need to telephone the Surgery to let them know that you have booked an appointment elsewhere – the system will update them once you have had the vaccination (but not before – hence you may be called by the Surgery even though you have booked at another site).

Please wait to be contacted for your invitation to have a vaccination.  Due to the short notice receipt of new vaccine supplies and problems with the post, this will be via telephone in the first instance.  Please make sure that the Surgery has an up-to-date telephone number for you (including mobile number if possible).  You can update your contact details via this website.

All patients will still be required to wear masks before entering the Surgery unless you have a medical exemption and, of course, you should not attend if you have any symptoms of the coronavirus.

 

Priority

Risk group

1Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
2All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3All those 75 years of age and over
4All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5All those 65 years of age and over
6Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (see below)
7All those 60 years of age and over
8All those 55 years of age and over
9All those 50 years of age and over
10Rest of the population (to be determined)

Please be assured that, as soon as we are able, we will communicate with all eligible patients.  In the meantime, we would be extremely grateful if you do not contact the Surgery as we have no more information available than is given here.

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
  • When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives

For more information:

Information on the vaccine is available on the www.nhs.uk website

Public Health England (PHE) has created a number of leaflets for patients which can be viewed here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccinationprogramme.

These leaflets will also be available soon in a number of different languages, as well as Braille and Easy Read versions, and a British Sign Language video.

Frequently Asked Questions for Patients

How Will Patients be Invited for a Vaccination?

When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be in the form of a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they get their letter.

What Happens to Housebound and/or Patients with No Transport?

The Practice shares the concerns of patients in this category regarding attendance at the hub in Wheatley and/or Chiltern and Brook Surgeries. The restrictions around community transport during the pandemic unfortunately still apply.  Now that the Oxford Vaccine is available, genuinely housebound patients can be catered for.

We have been advised that the Watlington Volunteer Drivers have continued to operate and they anticipate that they will receive requests to take people to Wheatley and/or Chiltern and Brook Surgeries for the COVID vaccinations.  Please telephone 07765154120 for more details.

For Chalgrove, contact CHATS on 07495 636744.

A mileage charge will be applicable to cover expenses.

Is the NHS Confident the Vaccine is Safe?

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the official UK regulator, have said this vaccine is very safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products.  There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.

How Long Does the Vaccine Take to Become Effective?

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your suffering from COVID-19 disease.  You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.

Why is it Important to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccination?

If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work.

Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can, should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for.

The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.

Is the Vaccine Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly?

Yes, the Pfizer vaccine does not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products.

If, and when, further vaccines are approved we will publish information about known allergens or ingredients that are important for certain faiths, cultures and beliefs.

Who Cannot Have the Vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for women who are pregnant.

People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.

How Effective is the COVID-19 Vaccine?

This is all included in the information published by the MHRA, and Public Health England will also be publishing more resources for patients and professionals.  People can be assured the NHS will ensure that they have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.

Will Other Measures (Social Distancing/Face Coverings/Lockdowns) Still Apply to Me if I’ve Had the Vaccine?

The answer is yes, you should still act to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community and comply with all the regulations that are in place.