COVID-19 vaccine roll-out
Hundreds of local vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams have now opened across England, with more practices in more parts of the country joining in on a phased basis during December and in the coming months.
Vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service, led by local GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists, who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community.
An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS first offers vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19. The phased vaccination programme will see people aged 80 and above among the first to receive the life-saving jab.
When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but the NHS is asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.
Key information for patients about the coronavirus vaccine
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. Please wait to be contacted.
At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:
· some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
· people who work in care homes
· health care workers at high risk
The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Meanwhile, we must all continue to adhere to stick to the local tier restriction rules and remember hands, face, space.
As we prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine, we want to share some facts on ways that vaccines are crucial and part of our defence against infectious diseases.
- Did you know that vaccines reduce the spread of infectious disease and even get rid of some completely?
- When enough people get vaccinated, it’s harder for a disease to spread to those who can’t have vaccines.
- Getting vaccinated protects not only you but also your family, friends and community.
- Vaccines are made to prevent people from getting serious infectious diseases. It’s much safer for your immune system to learn to fight illness through vaccination than by catching and treating them.