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Coronavirus Vaccines

Weekly Bulletin 5 - 26th February 2021

"New" shielding cohort

  • Over the past couple of weeks, NHSE have remotely identified patients who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable due to a combination of factors. This is using the QCovid tool.
  • These patients will receive a shielding letter from NHSE. 
  • We are continuing to identify these patients as we are notified by the NHS and will send out invitations for vaccination. 
  • For more information on how this group have been identified, please visit https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/risk-assessment/population
  • The algorithm is complex and as GPs we cannot nominate patients into this group. If you have queries, please direct them to the email address on the website above. 

Groups 1-5 - Age 65+ and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (those who previously received a shielding letter)

Group 6 - Those with certain underlying health conditions age 16-64 and Adult Carers.

  • GP Practices in the Harrogate region are now inviting this group. 
  • The health conditions/severity of conditions is subtly different to the groups who are invited for Influenza vaccination each year. 
  • One main difference is the criteria for asthma - those taking regular tablet steroids are eligible, rather than inhaled steroids. 
  • More information about the eligible health conditions can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-the-green-book-chapter-14a
  • Please wait for your invitation. Your Practice will be in contact, by text message or letter (for those without a mobile number). 

Adult carers 

  • Adult carers also fall into Group 6, so are eligible for vaccination. 
  • Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary Carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable. 
  • You can book at one of the mass vaccination sites - call 119 or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
  • You may want to attend YEC with the person you care for (if they also fall into Group 6), if you fall into this group and want to ensure you receive an invite for YEC, please send an online message to your surgery to put forward your request. 

2nd vaccinations

  • Planning of 2nd doses of vaccine is dependent on vaccine delivery dates. We are working on trying to give 2nd doses 10-11 weeks after the first dose. 
  • We will contact you to make arrangements. 
  • You should have your 2nd dose where you had your 1st dose.

Weekly Bulletin 4 - 15th February 2021

Group 6

Further to our previous bulletins, practices have now been asked to prioritise JCVI Group 6 (those with underlying health conditions) for Covid vaccinations. This group has overlap but is subtly different to those eligible for an Influenza vaccine each year. Please do not contact us, we will contact you. More information about Group 6 will be published when it is available.

Groups 1-5 

We will therefore NOT be routinely contacting anyone in any of the following groups who has not yet had their first vaccination:

  • Age 65 or over
  • Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (has had a shielding letter)
  • Front line health and social care workers/allied health professionals. 

If you fall into one of these groups you can self refer (without a letter) to one of the mass vaccination sites using this website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119.

 

2nd vaccinations

  • Planning of 2nd doses of vaccine is dependent on vaccine delivery dates. We are working on trying to give 2nd doses 10-11 weeks after the first dose. 
  • We will contact you to make arrangements. 
  • You should have your 2nd dose where you had your 1st dose. 
 

Beware of scams!!!

  • Sadly there are a number of scams regarding Covid vaccinations in circulation
  • The NHS will NEVER ask you for your bank details, PIN or passwords, or personal identity documents.
  • Covid vaccinations are FREE on the NHS - you will never be asked to pay.
  • Scammer can target online or by telephone. 
  • Please remain vigilant. 
  • You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 if you think you are a victim of a scam. 

Covid vaccination and Fertility

Weekly Bulletin 3 - 5th February 2021

  • Invites to have your Covid vaccination at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) are being sent out by text message wherever we have your mobile phone number. Those without a mobile phone are being telephoned directly to make a booking. We will contact you
  • The quickest and easiest way to book your appointment at (YEC) is using the link in your AccuRx invitation text. Please call your surgery only as a last resort. 
  • If you have already booked an appointment at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres in Leeds or York and then receive an invite to YEC you can either
    • Keep your appointment in Leeds or York. There is no need to notify your GP surgery. 
    • Book instead at the YEC. Please book using the AccuRx link in your text message. You must cancel your existing appointment in Leeds or York yourself. Your GP surgery cannot access the NHS mass vaccination booking system, so cannot cancel appointments in Leeds/York on your behalf
  • 2nd vaccinations 
    • We are working on a plan to administer 2nd vaccines. As per national guidance these can be up to 12 weeks after the first.
    • Please do not contact your surgery to enquire about your second vaccine. We will contact you
    • Vaccine supplies for 2nd vaccines are being determined by where you had your first dose. You must attend the same location for your 2nd vaccine. Please be aware of this when booking your first vaccination. 
  • Housebound patients
    • Where possible, you should try to have your vaccine at YEC. If this is possible with the support of family/friends, please book your appointment at YEC using the methods above. 
    • For patients who are unable to leave their homes, even with support,  we are planning home visits for vaccination during the week commencing 8th February. We will contact you to make arrangements. Please do not contact us.

Weekly Bulletin 2 - 25th January 2021

The Harrogate Bus Company has started a new service from the bus station to the Yorkshire Showground Vaccination Centre  and back, with effect from Monday 25th January.

This service will operate from 8am to 8pm and is free to use.

The bus sets off from the station at 10 to the hour and 20 past the hour.

It leaves the showground at 5 past the hour and 25 to the hour.  It will be an electric bus.

  • Vaccination rollout continues in the Harrogate and Rural region. Sessions are running over 5 days this week at the  Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) with the aim of administering over 8000 vaccinations 
  • Invites started going out to 74-79 year olds and those in the "Clinically Extremely Vulnerable" cohort last week 
  • Invites are being sent out by text message wherever we have your mobile phone number. Those without a mobile phone are being telephoned directly to make a booking. Please do not contact us, we will contact you 
  • The quickest and easiest way to book your appointment at YEC is using the link in your AccuRx invitation text. Please call your surgery only as a last resort 
  • If you have already booked an appointment at one of the NHS mass vaccination centres in Leeds or York and then receive an invite to YEC you can either
    • Keep your appointment in Leeds or York. There is no need to notify your GP surgery 
    • Book instead at the YEC. Please book using the AccuRx link in your text message.  You must cancel your existing appointment in Leeds or York yourself.  Your GP surgery cannot access the NHS mass vaccination booking system, so cannot cancel appointments in Leeds/York on your behalf. 
  • Beware of Covid vaccine scams. We will never ask for bank details to confirm your identity. If you are aware of any scams, please report them using the following  website.   https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-vaccine-scams-warning
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has provided guidance regarding Covid vaccination in pregnancy. Please see this information sheet if you are pregnant and eligible for a vaccination. Please talk to your midwife or specialist if you have any queries. https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2021-01-12-covid-19-vaccine-info-sheet.pdf (EXTERNAL LINK)

Weekly Bulletin 1 - 18th January 2021

GP surgeries in the area are working together to provide Covid vaccinations at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC). 

Our surgery telephone lines are extremely busy with usual clinical queries from our patients. Please do not contact your surgery to find out when you will get your vaccine, we will contact you. 

When we get notification of vaccine supply numbers and dates, patients are being invited (by text message, telephone call or letter) in order of priority according to the Government published list of priority groups as below - more information about how this list was drawn up can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020

Since the first vaccinations were given on 22nd December, excellent progress has been made in the region with groups 1 and 2. 

Invitations will be sent out to everyone in one priority group before moving to the next. We are not able to amend an individual patient's priority group allocation. 

GP Practices in the area are providing a mass vaccination effort for residents and staff of care homes for older adults over this coming weekend (22nd/23rd January 2021). 

You may be aware of other areas who have started inviting lower aged groups, but with a proportionately high number residents aged over 80 in the Harrogate region, it has taken a little longer to invite all aged over 80 than in other areas. 

We are hoping that invitations will start to go out to group 3 (aged 75 and over) next week. 

You may have received a letter inviting you to book an appointment at one of the new mass vaccination centres (locally these are Leeds, York and Newcastle). This is a different service to the local GP-run vaccination centre at YEC. Please do not contact your GP surgery regarding this letter. 

  • If you already have an appointment to attend the YEC, you should keep your appointment at the YEC. 
  • If you receive a letter about the mass vaccination centres, you can choose to book your vaccine there, or wait for your invitation for a vaccination at the YEC. Please do not contact your surgery, we will contact you to invite you to the YEC. 

New guidance has been released this week by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy. https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/RCOG-and-RCM-respond-to-misinformation-around-Covid-19-vaccine-and-fertility/

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