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COVID 19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination updates:

People aged 30 and 31 now able to book their appointments

From today, people aged 30 and 31 are able to book their vaccine appointments through the National Booking Service (NBS). Text messages are going out initially, followed by letters later in the week.

Appointments for second doses brought forward for over 50s

The NHS is contacting people in cohorts 1-9 that haven't already had a second dose to bring forward their second dose appointments from 12 to 8 weeks. This includes contacting people that booked through the NBS with texts and emails.

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI)  has published health system guidance on accelerating doses.

Share your COVID-19 status service

A new service allowing people to share their COVID-19 status is available via the NHS App and the NHS website. People must have an NHS login to access these services.

Those in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently two doses of any approved vaccine, will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel using this service or by calling 119 to request a letter.

If someone has had at least one vaccination dose, the service will create a QR code which securely holds their vaccination details in the Share your COVID-19  status on the NHS App. The expiry date shown relates to the QR code. The NHS App will automatically refresh with a new date. If you download a PDF you will need to request a new one with an updated QR code before travelling.

Anyone without a smartphone who needs to prove their COVID-19 status, can request a letter by calling 119.

People can also ring 119 if their travel is imminent and they believe their information is incorrect.

Find out more about demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling and  how the NHS App protects your data here.

The Check your COVID-19 vaccine record service

The Check your COVID-19 vaccine record, available via the NHS App, allows people to view their vaccination details, like name and batch number and enables them to reports any side effects they may have experienced.

COVID-19 vaccination update

Please do not contact the practice to ask for a COVID-19 vaccination. You will be contacted when you are eligible.

To make sure everyone gets the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established so the vaccine can be given to those who need it first.

We will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date, so please don’t contact the practice to ask for a vaccine before then.

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

If you receive a text message from your practice it should start with

This is a message for [name], date of birth [DOB], from [organisation name].

We are  very busy at the moment vaccinating people against both COVID and flu and also supporting our patients with routine and urgent health requests so we are unable to answer questions about the covid vaccination.

We have created a list of frequently asked questions which may be useful to you. There is also more information on the NHS website.

What vaccine for COVID-19 is currently available?

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are now available. Both vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection, and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA.

Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe? 

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  

Will vaccines still be provided/can I still attend my appointment during the national lockdown?

Yes. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, is an important medical appointment and so is within the rules wherever you live. Vaccinations will continue as normal in all areas through the national lockdown and beyond. If you have booked or are offered an appointment, please attend it.

Why are you postponing second doses?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks.

This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.

Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time.

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The Covid 19 vaccine is now available across the UK. When its your turn you'll receive an invitation from us. This will include all the info you need to book.

We are working hard to make sure those who are most in need of the COVID vacciantion get it first. Please don't contact us to get an appointment for the vaccine. We'll be in touch as soon as its your turn.

The Covid vaccine is now approved and will be available for free. We are starting with those who need it first. Find out more here

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