The Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines have now been approved for use and the NHS will be offering this to priority groups as supplies arrive.
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine – update
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
- Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)
- People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
- People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
- People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
Patient information leaflets
Covid 19 vaccination: a Guide for Adults leaflet
What to expect after my COVID vaccine
Covid vaccination: A guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
Regulatory 174 authorisation and detailed information for vaccine recipients
Local Vaccination Programme - read more
When will a vaccine be available?
We are delighted to be able to offer your coronavirus vaccination which should give you protection from Coronavirus.
We are able to offer the vaccination, working from the eldest, downwards. You will hear from your surgery when it is your turn.
Supplies of the vaccine are currently limited; therefore it is crucial that you attend your appointment.
For information for patients attending the practice for the COVID vaccine please see here.
Who will get a vaccine?
The vaccine has been offered to those at greatest risk from Covid19 first, starting with people living in care homes, people over 80 years old and frontline health and social care workers. This invite was based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here. We have managed to role this out to people aged between 80 and 50 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn so they do not need to contact their practice or the NHS. If you are 50 or above and have not been called, please do contact the practice asap to get your vaccine.
We are now on Phase 2 which is our 18 - 49 year olds. Please watch out for your invite and book yourself in asap whilst appointments are available as stock is in limited supply. We are working down in age order starting with our 49 year olds.
Where can I get a vaccine?
Arrangements have been put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies become available. We are able to offer the vaccine at Bankfield Surgery, we will text/call you to invite you to our clinic when it is your turn.
We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine - we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives