COVID 19 & VACCINATION BOOSTER PROGRAMME
Spring Booster Programme
Patients aged 75 year old and over, plus patients aged 12 year old and over with a weakened immune system are eligible for a Covid booster this spring.
Patients are advised to wait 6 months since their previous dose to get maximum protection from a Spring Booster.
You will usually be contacted by the NHS, inviting you to book an appointment when you are due.
We do not have any Covid vaccinations at this time but you can book your appointment via the National booking system on the link below.
The appointment dates you'll be offered start from 3 months (91 days) after your previous dose, but booking an appointment around 6 months after your previous dose is preferable.
NHS guidelines state the following criteria for a weakened immune system:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
- a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- an organ or bone marrow transplant
- a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections
- a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a 3rd dose and a booster (4th dose)
If you believe you are eligible you will need to take one of the following with you to the vaccination appointment
- a letter from your hospital specialist inviting you for a booster
- a hospital letter that describes the condition or treatment that caused you to have a severely weakened immune system at the time of your 1st or 2nd dose
- a prescription or a medicine box with your name and the date showing when the medicine was prescribed – this must show that you had a severely weakened immune system at the time of your 1st or 2nd dose
COVID VACCINE PROGRAMME 2021
- We have several staff in the practice with Covid or having to isolate, so are off sick or working at home. This means we currently have limited resources. You may have to wait longer to get through to us on the telephone, so please use our online service or email in with your query instead. If you need to cancel an appointment, please select option 2.
- Follow this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ to find sites/to book in. Please do not call the surgery to give you details on walk in sites, our telephone lines need to be freed up for medical emergencies.
- Due to unwell patients being unable to get through on the practice phones and patients calling in about covid vaccines after the Government have advised them not to, our receptionists have been given strict instructions to tell patients that they cannot deal with covid queries with you over the telephone. Please do not be offended by this. Patients should be calling NHS 119 with their query or referring to the Government covid website. If 119 refer you back to your GP then you will need to email in your query to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please do not book online a GP appointment with a GP at the practice to discuss your covid vaccination record. Appointments should only be used for medical conditions.
If you're unable to get vaccinated against Covid-19 for medical reasons please follow the guidance in the link below;
COVID VACCINATION PASSPORTS AND ADDING A VACCINATION ADMINISTERED ABROAD TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORD
If you’ve had a vaccine abroad we can add the details given to you by the authority who administered it to your GP medical record, however it will not register on the NHS App portal as NHSE have not given GP surgeries the access to the national NIMS database to do this. 119 continue to inform patients that their GP practice can do this but this is incorrect and they are still sending people to us which is extremely frustrating for everyone. We are advising our patients to make an official complaint to NHSE so they look into this urgently and find a solution. If you email us about this issue we will have to refer you back to 119.
- We are unable to give you certification of a covid vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against Covid-19. You can however find details of all your vaccinations on the NHS App. Proof of vaccination documents have yet been developed and as such cannot be provided by your GP. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you. Please do not contact the practice about this as our staff resources are needed to roll out the vaccine programme.
You can however, find how to get proof by following this simple YouTube video in the following link https://www.mygp.com/nhs-login/?mc_cid=1cf7df3f4d&mc_eid=855beebf58
PREGNANCY & FERTILITY
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines.
Pregnant patients are at higher risk of complications if contracting Covid-19 and the Covid vaccine is highly recommended and studies in the USA have shown there are no safety concerns.
This is a useful link to information from the British Fertility Society stating that there is no risk http://www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Covid19-Vaccines-FAQ-1_3.pdf.
This is not available from Central Surgery. You may be able to get this done privately, however we are not able to help you to find one as we are not permitted to hold any details of companies that do this.
COMPLAINTS & CONCERNS
As the Covid programme is directed by NHSE any concerns or complaints patients may have, we advise that you write directly to NHSE as the surgery has no control over the rolling out of the vaccine. Their details can be found in the following link;
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
We ask that our team are treated with respect. They are working really hard with limited resources. Anyone found to be offensive or abusive will be removed from the surgery register.
WE ARE HAVING TO WORK DIFFERENTLY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
- We are currently operating a total telephone triage system for our patients which means you must speak to a clinician first. You musn't come to the surgery unless you have been invited in by a member of the Central Team.
- Please do not come more than 15 minutes before your allocated appointment time. For Track and Trace reasons we cannot allow you in the building before then.
- Upon arrival, we will ask you to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to reduce the risk of infection. The clinician seeing you will have already washed their hands and be dressed in full PPE when they come to collect you from the waiting room. This is to save time in your appointment.
- For COVID reasons the windows in the waiting room have to remain open so we apologise if it is cold whilst you are waiting.
- We ask that you keep your children seated with you at all times and restrict them from touching surfaces.
- Due to social distancing measures and infection control guidance, you may have to wait longer than normal to be given an appointment to have a blood test or another investigation such as a smear.
- You must not visit the practice if you suspect you may have the coronavirus. You need to call 111 or visit the 111 website for guidance.
- You can visit the NHS Testing and Tracing page to arrange a test if you think you have symptoms.
- Should require an Isolation Note, you can visit the 111 website to obtain one.
KEEPING YOU SAFE WHEN YOU VISIT OUR SURGERY
There have been a lot of changes put in place to Keep You Safe when you visit your GP practice in the Kingston.
Watch this short video to see what’s changed, what’s different and how we are trying to #KeepYouSafeSWL
ADVICE FOR SEEKING APPOINTMENTS FOR CHILDREN
If a child in your care and has symptoms of a cough and/or fever, it is important that they take a PCR test to check if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
Having a negative PCR test result will mean a child can access GP services as quickly as possible at this time, reduce strain on local NHS services going into the winter, and help in continuing to keep our community safe.
To book a free PCR test in your area visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test