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Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people:
The guidance states: “A small number of children and young people with underlying chronic conditions are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease. JCVI advises that children and young people aged 12 years and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID-19, should be offered COVID-19 vaccination. Government advisers are currently reviewing evidence on the risk of COVID-19 in children and young people considered clinically extremely vulnerable. Once this review has reported, the finding will be considered by JCVI and will inform further guidance.
At the current time, children 12 to 15 years of age with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register are considered at increased risk for serious COVID-19 disease and should be offered COVID-19 vaccination.
Young people aged 16 to 17 years of age who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19, should continue to be offered COVID-19 vaccination.
Persons who are immunosuppressed are at higher risk of serious disease from COVID-19 and may not generate a full immune response to vaccination. JCVI advises that children and young people aged 12 years and over who are household contacts of persons (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed should be offered COVID-19 vaccination on the understanding that the main benefits from vaccination are related to the potential for indirect protection of their household contact who is immunosuppressed.
Until more data become available, JCVI does not currently advise routine universal vaccination of children and young people less than 18 years of age. JCVI will keep this advice under review as more safety and effectiveness information become available on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children and young people. The health benefits in this population are small, and the benefits to the wider population are highly uncertain. At this time, JCVI is of the view that the health benefits of universal vaccination in children and young people below the age of 18 years do not outweigh the potential risks.
JCVI – 22 JULY 2021
Additionally, 12-15 year old children who live for the majority of the time in a household where another household member of any age is severely immunocompromised (and therefore would have been on the shielding list during lockdown) also qualify for vaccination. We are currently searching our data base in order to collate this list. If you are aware of a child that meets these criteria, please contact the Surgery to let us know in order for us to include them in our cohort. We anticipate contacting parents/carers of these individuals in the next week with details of how to arrange their vaccination. 18/08/2021
COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.
In order to register for the NHS App, please contact the Surgery to firstly sign up for Patient Access (surgery on line platform).
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.
The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may take up to 5 days to reach you.
Due to recent changes in guidelines with reference to the AstraZeneca vaccine, please see the latest update and advice:
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the UK government on the use of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40.
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.
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.
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