We are receiving a large number of calls regarding the coronavirus vaccine. We hope the information below will save you from having to call us.
On the key question of when you will be vaccinated, please wait to be contacted. We will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact us or the NHS for a vaccination before then.
Please do make sure your mobile number or home phone number is up to date so we can contact you at the correct time.
Which vaccines are available?
The government has approved two vaccines as at 4th Janaury 2021; Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca. We have no control over which vaccine we are supplied with, or when we get offered supplies.
When will I get vaccinated?
The government decides who gets vaccinated and when; and we must follow the guidelines that are given. The order of eligibility is based on guidance from the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as follows:
- Residents and staff in a care home for older adults (authorised to be vaccinated so far)
- Patients aged 80 years and over and frontline health and social care workers (authorised to be vaccinated so far)
- Patients aged 75 years and over
- Patients aged 70 years and over and those on the shielding list
- Patients aged 65 years and over
- Patients aged between 16 years and 64 years with underlying health conditions (those that usually receive the flu vaccine each year)
- Patients aged 60 years and over
- Patients aged 55 years and over
- Patients aged 50 years and over
Please be assured that as soon as your group becomes eligible, you will be invited in for vaccination. That is why it is critical that we have up to date landline numbers, mobile numbers and email addresses for all of our patients.
Can I just book in for a vaccination once I am contacted?
We will be running specific clinics for the vaccinations and you will need to book into one of those, please. We hope to have a suitable online booking system up and running soon, but are waiting to be given access to this by NHS England. Please bear with us, your invitation may well come via a text message. If you do not use a mobile phone, please do not worry, we will contact you via other means.
How quickly will I get immunity after vaccination?
The scientists tell us that your body generally starts to produce an immune response about 21 days after vaccination, but each individual may be slightly different, Even if you are immune, the scientists are unsure whether you can still carry the virus and therefore infect other people. That is why you should continue to take precautions even after you have been vaccinated. So, continue to wear masks, observe social distancing and wash your hands regularly. The guidance about when you should have yuour second dose of vaccination is changing rapidly, and we will adjust our vaccination programme in accordance with the latest guidance.
Will I need further vaccinations after the initial doses?
We do not yet know the answer to this question.
What about the new variants of Coronavirus that are being discovered?
Viruses naturally mutate over time and have different strains. We cannot be certain, but as far as we are aware, the available vaccines will be effective against all strains of covid-19.
Is HHC doing anything different from other surgeries?
The vaccination programme is being set at a national level and we are responding to this. So far the timescales we have been given have been very tight, but we are working hard (including weekends too!) to get the vaccine out to all of those who are eligible.
Because we are having to contact large numbers of patients at short notice, it would really help us if you could avoid calling us about vaccination. If you have a query, and it is not answered here, then please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come back to you as soon as we can.
What do I do if I am a frontline health or social care worker?
Please e-mail us with evidence of your role, so we can verify you fall within the groups we can currently vaccinate. As soon as we get your details, we will then add you to our standby list and invite you in for vaccination as soon as we can.
We will update this guidance as often as necessary, so please do check back here regularly to get up to date information.