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COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.

If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination.  For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS.  This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.  

This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter.   Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives. 

Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

 

Inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak we had a very small number of patients with COPD (not asthma) that were eligible for a rescue pack of antibiotics and steroids. These patients had been appropriately assessed and counselled by healthcare professionals.

We will NOT be issuing any rescue packs to new patients during this crisis. If anyone has potential coronavirus, if they are unwell enough to require antibiotics they will need to be assessed appropriately (online, on the phone and if required face to face). For this reason it is NOT SAFE for us to issue new patients with medication “just incase” you fall unwell.

We have been inundated with requests by well patients with COPD/asthma for a rescue pack antibiotics and steroids due to this incorrect information. This is slowing our response to those who need us most. Please remove this incorrect information from your threads and inform others who have also shared it.

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.

Many thanks,
Oakfield Surgery