COVID-19 VACCINE Update 05/03/2021: Further supplies are waited for St Leonards Hospital
SOME patients aged 55 – 59 may have received text invites for St Leonard’s but will not be able to book their slot yet as further vaccines are awaited.
PLEASE DON’T CALL US to ask when we will be able to offer further appointments. We don’t know ourselves when we will receive more supplies although it should be towards end of March. As soon as more slots are available, we will let you know.
In the meantime, if you have an appointment booked this week, PLEASE make sure you attend, as some patients are not turning up, wasting vaccines.
Some patients in the first cohorts have had changes to their 2nd vaccine dates due at 12 weeks. This is due to changes in supplies dates out of our control, so the new dates will be during the 12th week, rather than exactly 12 weeks to the day.
If you are aged 60 and over or have received a letter saying you are at high risk (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable), you can book your covid vaccine online via the link below or phone119.
Some of our patients may still receive a letter from NHS England, inviting them to attend another vaccination centre, such as the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). However, if you have already booked an appointment at St Leonard’s Hospital, please attend that appointment and disregard the letter. In NHS efforts to vaccinate as many in the priority groups as quickly as possible, and given the pace at which we are working to achieve this, patient records can sometimes take some time to update with details from other sites, leading to duplication of appointment offers.
We hope this explains the situation and ask that you do not contact us to ask why you have received a letter. Please also tell friends, family and neighbours, who may need to be made aware.
Follow this link for more information https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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’.
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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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