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Covid Vaccinations

Covid Vaccinations

The initial phase of the Covid vaccination programme has been completed on schedule and, as of the middle of May, over 4000 patients have been vaccinated with their first doses with over 1500 of those receiving their second dose.

This is out of a total patient population of around 7500 across the Chiltern and Brook Surgeries.  The figures are the total number of patients who have received their vaccinations.  Unfortunately, the Practice is not able to break down the numbers further to reveal who attended the Watlington, Chalgrove, Wheatley, the Kassam, or any other location.

NHS England is now modifying the strategy whereby the emphasis was on many vaccinations taking place at your local GP Surgery.  With immediate effect the Practice will only be offering COVID-19 vaccinations to those patients in priority groups 1-9 who have not yet had their first dose or are awaiting a second dose. Please do not contact us about vaccinations unless you are in one of these groups. The groups are detailed in the table below, or you can view it by clicking here. 

If you are in the priority group 10 (specified as Rest of the population (to be determined) in the table below, but effectively people aged 49 down to 18), you will need to book your appointment via the national NHS booking service when your age group becomes eligible. This will allow you to find a suitable date and time at another site including the Kassam Stadium vaccination centre (or other large centre in a neighbouring county) and a participating community pharmacy. Currently, people aged 40 – 49 can book their first dose on the system, together with people in groups 1 – 9.

As we start to take gentle steps to come out of lockdown, the Practice is constantly reviewing their processes and procedures at the Surgery.  There are no immediate plans to change the current arrangements with regard to booking appointments, entering the premises and sitting in the waiting room etc.

The Practice will be taking a watch and monitor approach at the moment by reviewing government statistics and subsequent recommendations during the next few weeks now that the lockdown roadmap is being implemented.

Keeping patients socially distanced and safe brings challenges to both Surgeries due to the size of waiting rooms, corridors and volumes of traffic.  Telephone triage consultations with GPs/Physio etc. will continue before inviting in patients who medically require face to face examinations/investigations.  This has been the method of operation throughout the pandemic.

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)

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.