The Acorn Group Practice

29-35 Holly Road, Twickenham, TW1 4EA

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COVID Vaccine

Posted on March 10th, 2021

 

Due to recent changes in guidelines with reference to the AstraZeneca vaccine, please see the latest update and advice:

AGED UNDER 30
· Adults under 30 with no health conditions should be offered an alternative vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). ‘We do not yet know how this will be provided in this area and are awaiting clarity from the CCG(local health board)
· Adults under 30 in cohorts 1-9 who have yet to receive their vaccine (eg unpaid carers, health and social care workers) should be offered an alternative vaccine, if available.
· If you are under 30 and have already had the first AstraZeneca dose without any serious side effects, you should still get the second.

AGED OVER 30
· Both the MHRA and JCVI (medicines and vaccines regulatory bodies in the UK) advise that adults over 30 and those with underlying health conditions can still be vaccinated with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, as the benefits far outweigh the risks
· If you are over 30 or have an underlying health condition, the benefits of having the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccination far outweigh the risks and you should still get both the first and second doses, if not already.

ALL AGE GROUPS
· All those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age. Only individuals with history of certain types of blood clotting are being advised not to have the second dose.
· The individual will need to discuss with a health care professional if they have a condition of concern.

INFO LINKS · Further information can be found at nhs.uk/CovidVaccination · An information leaflet on covid-19 vaccination and blood clotting is available on the PHE website

In an Emergency
· Although very rare, if you experience a severe headache, unexplained bruising, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination, seek medical advice urgently.

 

 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It will give you the best protection against coronavirus but we must continue

with hands, face, space in the meantime…………..

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. Please do not contact your practices or the NHS for a vaccination before then.

In line with Government guidelines, the roll out of the vaccine may impact on some primary care services but your Practice will still be operating for necessary healthcare.

WE ARE CONTINUING THE VACCINE ROLL OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT AND NHSE DIRECTIVES.

ALL VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. YOU WILL BE CONTACTED DIRECTLY BY YOUR SURGERY WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN FOR A VACCINE. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY TO ASK FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

Ensuring that everyone is vaccinated – who is eligible and how you will be contacted

Anyone over 60, the clinically extremely vulnerable (including people who have been shielding), frontline health and social care workers can contact the NHS to book their vaccination through the national booking service – www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. If you are unable to book your appointment online or by calling 119, you can contact our practice to book.
We would encourage anyone who isn’t already registered with a GP to do so; no proof of address or immigration status is needed.

  • Cohort 5 (ages 65 and over ) are being vaccinated by the mass vaccination centres eg The Stoop and bookings are being taking by the national bookings centre via the NHS website.

2nd Dose
It is with great pleasure we can now confirm that we will commence the provision of 2nd doses of covid vaccines later in March. You will be invited to come in for your 2nd dose approximately 11 weeks after the date of your first dose.
Therefore, patients who received their 1st vaccine on the 6th or 7th of January at Acorn Group Practice will be invited to return to Acorn sometime between the 22nd and 28th of March.
Patients who had their 1st vaccines on the 12th, 13th and 14th January will receive their 2nd dose sometime between 29th March and 1st April.
We will contact patients with a confirmed appointment date and time as soon as we have the actual delivery date confirmed. However, if you have not been invited back before your due date, please contact the surgery.

Over 70 and not vaccinated?
We have invited all our patients who are over 70 or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) for a COVID-19 vaccination. If you are over 70 or in the CEV group and have not heard from us you can now book your vaccination in two ways.

Please either contact us and let us have your up to date contact details so that we can arrange an appointment for your vaccination, or alternatively to book your vaccination at another location you can now book by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119 free. You no longer need a letter.

WE ASK YOU ALL TO BE VIGILANT………………

COVID-19 Vaccination scams what you need to know……………..
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

The vaccine is only available from the NHS and is being offered to people in priority groups. Vaccination is free and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
The NHS will never:
. Ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine.
. Never ask for payment or for your bank account or card details, to pay for a vaccine or to confirm your eligibility for the vaccine.
. Ask you for your PIN or banking password.
. Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. – At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine.
. Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills, bank account details or pay slips

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.