Covid Vaccinations Update

TO ALL OF OUR PATIENTS

We are all excited to hear about the progress of the rolling out of the Covid vaccine and look forward to this improving the quality of life for all of us.

We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.     Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.

To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:

  • There are now two vaccines available to protect patients – Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech.
  • Another vaccine (Moderna) has been licenced and will be available later on in 2021.
  • The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have emphasised that it is best for patients to get their second dose 12 weeks after their first vaccine. There is a high level of protection afforded by the first dose
  • By vaccinating a greater number of people with a single dose, more deaths and hospitalisations will be prevented.

 

  • Please do not contact the surgery nor the hospital to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when the NHS has instructed us to – we have already contacted all 80+ year old patients and are now moving down to the next cohort – 75-79 year olds.  You should have been contacted by the practice – if not please contact us urgently.  If you declined a vaccination but have changed your mind – contact us.  We cannot give patients a choice of the vaccination they receive.  

 

  • For any patients who are currently Housebound, you will be contacted by the Community Nursing Team to have this vaccination done in your home in the coming weeks.  If you feel your personal situation has changed and you are now able to get out of the house, do contact us and we will fit you into one of the clinics at Batheaston Medical Centre.

 

  • At the current time all of our vaccinations are being done at Batheaston Medical Centre BA1 7NP  – we are part of a Primary Care Network (PCN) with Fairfield Park and Batheaston MC.  We are working as a PCN to provide these clinics and all the doctors, nurses and admin staff at Batheaston for the clinics are coming from all three practices.   Evrybody is working exceptionally hard and putting in many additional hours to provide this service.  We know that our patients are very grateful and that is much appreicated.
  • Things change on a daily basis – but at the current time we are contacting patients by telephone to book appointments if we have your telephone number.   For patients for whom we have a mobile number we will also send a text prior to us contacting you so that you know you are in the next cohort and that you can expect a call from us, and that you will need to be able to travel to Batheaston.
  • The process of allocating vaccine to clinics across the country is complex – I’m sure you will have seen this on the news.  Therefore we do not know very far in advance when our next batch will be allocated.
  • You will also be aware that big hubs and vaccination centres are being set up – Ashton Gate in Bristol, and Bath Racecourse will be a centre soon.  Those centres will give alternative choices to patients about where to go for their vaccinations.  That could mean you will get a separate letter from NHS England inviting you to book directly into one of those alternative clinics.  Again this is moving at pace, and the guidance does seem to change rapidly.  Please be patient – the NHS is doing an amazing job in difficult circumstances.
  • We will not under any circumstances go outside the government guidance in terms of vaccinating patients in the order of priority that we are informed about.
  • Patients who have had their first vaccination will be contacted again 2 to 3 months after that took place for their second vaccination.  Please don’t contact us about this – we will contact you as soon as we have confirmation from the Government when to do this.

With the current rapid increase in Covid-19 cases it is even more important to:

  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a face mask as advised
  • Keep 2 metres apart
  • Open a window

 Thank you for your patience

Elaine Smith,

Practice Manager

12.01.21