Along with the other practices making up the Wimborne and Ferndown PCN and the Crane Valley PCN, we have delivered over 8000 vaccinations so far from our St Leonards Vaccination Site which offers easy free parking. We have vaccinated our care home patients and their staff, the majority of our patients aged over 80, we are in the process of calling over 75 year olds and will have vaccinated housebound patients by the end of January. We are vaccinating according to the NHS priority list.
A National Vaccination Site opened at the BIC last weekend, increasing the capacity for Dorset patients, which we of course support as we are keen to see our patients vaccinated at the earliest opportunity. However, some confusion has arisen, with the National site contacting some of our patients around the same time that we are contacting them. It is possible that you may be offered a vaccine appointment at the BIC before we contact you but it may be that we can actually give you an earlier appointment date… only booked at shorter notice. The absolute exception to this is if you are regarded as a ‘health or social care worker’ then you fall into the next category to be vaccinated and the Government will be prioritising you to be vaccinated at the National Centres such as the BIC, in which case you should respond to their vaccine invite.
Whichever site you choose to book with, it is VERY important that you do not book another appointment with the other organisation. It is also important to keep your 2nd appointment.
PLEASE DO NOT call us to ask for a vaccine for yourself or a relative, we appreciate the desire and the need but we cannot book appointments on demand and nor are we running a waiting list. We run searches on eligible patients and have a number of admin staff contacting patients as soon as appointments become available. Our phone lines are inundated with calls about the vaccine despite an automated message asking people not to call for this.
It is important to continue all precautions after your 1st vaccination but we are confident that it won’t be too long before the vaccination programme helps end the restrictions of the pandemic and we can start navigating back to a ‘new normal’.
Click HERE to see a more detailed letter from Senior Partner and PCN Clinical Director Dr Rene Skule
FRONT LINE HEALTH WORKERS – Click HERE for employer information
A prioritisation list has been produced for the vaccine to be delivered to groups who need it first. We are inviting people in order of risk as per national guidance:
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over [NOTE: we are clinically prioritising patients within this group and calling them first] – frontline health and social care workers will be invited via the National booking service
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
If you would like to read more about the vaccine please visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/…/coronavir…/coronavirus-vaccination/
We look forward to seeing you for your vaccinations in 2021
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We are currently working under extreme circumstances due to staff shortages and social distancing. Please be patient with us – use eConsult or Ask the Practice a Question from this website if you can, leaving telephone lines available for patients without internet access. It may take us longer than normal to answer the phones – we assure you we are working as hard as we can to maintain a normal service. Follow us on facebook for updates.
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