COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
We have so far vaccinated over 7,000 patients within our PCN (which comprises Towcester Medical Centre, Brackley Medical Centre, Springfield Surgery and Brook Health Centre). This represents nearly everyone in the first four priority groups as set out by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation).
We are now contacting patients in Group 6 – individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions making them clinically vulnerable. This is a huge cohort of people, and it will take some time for us to work through this group. Please be patient and do not call the surgery until we have contacted you (by text or phone).
Patients in Group 5 (those aged 65 and over) are being asked to book their vaccinations at the mass vaccination centres. You will receive a letter telling you how to book your appointment.
There appear to be a number of scams in operation regarding covid 19 vaccinations – please be aware that we will never ask you for payment for your vaccination and we will never ask for your bank details. Check before you click on any link that the text is genuine – if it looks odd it is probably is odd! You may receive texts or letters from us asking you to book your covid 19 vaccination but usually not an email.
You will all have seen the reports on the news regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.
You may also be aware that the logistics of distributing this vaccine is somewhat challenging.
The vaccine IS coming – but please bear with us.
We are currently working our way through the priority lists – those aged 60 years old and above with an underlying health condition are being contacted now and booked in the next available clinic. Also those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable are being contacted. If you think a member of your family (aged 60 or above with an underlying health condition or extremely clinically vulnerable) has not yet had the vaccination and you think has not yet been contacted – please contact Towcester Medical Centre and enquire – it may be that we have been trying to contact but unable to get through. We are keen to reach everyone possible.
The next tranche of patients will be contacted in the next couple of weeks – we will update here when we move on to the next tranche.
The vaccine vaccination programme – Frequently Asked Questions:
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Please DO NOT contact the surgery – we cannot book an appointment for you for the Covid-19 vaccine until you have been invited.
WE WILL CONTACT YOU – by phone or by text or by letter. Once you have received contact there is a link provided to book an appointment online if you can, but if you cannot do this do not worry, the surgery will telephone you to book an appointment.
NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO MAKE SURE YOUR CONTACT NUMBERS ARE UP TO DATE AT THE SURGERY.
Watch this space for more news!
The vaccine centre hub for this area is Brackley Medical Centre, Wellington Road, Brackley, NN13 6QZ – situated just before you enter Brackley right next door to the big new Sainsbury’s store. Head for Sainsbury’s and you should then see signs for Brackley Medical Centre.
Currently, due to the number of vaccines available, only those aged 80+ are invited. This will be expanded once more vaccines become available to us. And again, we will contact you – please do not contact us to try to book an appointment.
Covid 19 Vaccination – Why do I have to wait (Public Health England leaflet):
In light of new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers with regard to the vaccine for covid-19, the NHS in Northamptonshire intends to reschedule the majority of second vaccinations. The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.
People will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term protection from the virus, but will still have a significant level of protection at 22 days after receiving the first dose. The new guidance will also help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. Please be reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.
This means changing large numbers of appointments. If an appointment is going to be changed we will get in touch with you. If you do not hear from us, then please attend your appointment as planned. Given the numbers of people we need to contact and the time it will take, please do not contact the hospitals or GP practices as they are extremely busy. Your call may prevent one that is more critical from getting through.
We thank you for your understanding and patience.
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