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COVID-19 vaccine update 1 February 2021

Briefing Update: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Vaccination data for Frimley Health and Care ICS

We are very pleased to announce that across the Frimley Health and Care ICS, over the past week, we have delivered 25,887 additional doses of the vaccine, and we have covered 86% of our population who are over the age of 80 years old.

Information on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations provided by the NHS in England can now be found here.

1st dose

 

2nd dose

 

Cumulative Total Doses to Date

 

Under 80

80+

Percent of all 80+ population*

 

Under 80

80+

Percent of all 80+ population*

 

 

      

41,623

       

29,528

 

86.6%

 

        

1,986

        

2,965

 

8.7%

 

                 

76,102

Vaccine coverage in care homes

All older people care homes across the Frimley Health and Care ICS have been vaccinated except a small number which have Covid-19 outbreaks. Over the coming weeks, we will be conducting further rounds to capture those who were unable to be vaccinated the first time around perhaps due to infection or illness.

Vaccine uptake in health and social care staff

We are working closely with our health and social care staff in coordination with our local authorities to provide factual information about the vaccine and its content, addressing myths and supporting members of staff with information to help them make an informed decision.

Moving towards new priority cohorts: those aged 70 and over and adults of all ages who are the most vulnerable

The national ambition, if supplies allow, is to have offered vaccines to everyone in the highest priority groups by the middle of February. But meeting this ambition depends on the NHS getting enough doses of vaccine from suppliers, and then making sure that every dose gets to the arms of those who need it the most.

That’s why people aged 70 and over and adults of all ages who are the most vulnerable - those who have been shielding, including some cancer patients and those with lung and heart conditions, are now receiving vaccine invites.

But I am over the age of 80 and still have not had my vaccine

The phased roll-out of the vaccination programme means that some areas began vaccinating earlier than others, and therefore may have begun vaccinating the next priority cohort earlier than those who are still completing their over 80 population. This week, practices will be calling patients to follow-up on those who may have missed their appointment because they were unwell for example.

Prioritising the first dose

We will continue to prioritise giving people who need it, that crucial first dose – which the evidence shows gives you the vast majority of your protection from the virus - as quickly as possible.

That means that only those who are in the highest priority groups should be vaccinated right now – those who are aged 70 and over, care home residents and staff, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, and frontline health and social care workers.

The large increase in very sick patients that hospitals are seeing – with 15,000 more people in hospital now than Christmas Day and one new admission for Covid every 30 seconds - demonstrates that we cannot let our guard down now, and underlines the importance of offering the first dose to as many people as possible quickly.

Making every dose count

To minimise waste, throughout December vaccination sites were ensuring unfilled appointments were used to vaccinate healthcare workers who have been identified at highest risk of serious illness from Covid-19, and thousands got their first dose over that month.

Of course vaccines should never be wasted, which is why all services have been told to have a backup list of people who need a first dose they can invite to take up any missed appointments. We would urge everyone with an appointment to do everything they can to attend to avoid this happening.

Have you got questions?

We know there are lots of questions about the vaccine programme. To help, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions, falling in the sections below:

  1. Information about the Covid-19 vaccines – are the vaccines safe and effective?
  2. How will patients be invited for a vaccination?
  3. Vaccination day – what do I need to know?
  4. After my vaccination – what do I need to know?

Visit our website here to see our FAQ section. 

Please remember...

Until the virus is under control, even those who have received a vaccine still need to follow all the guidance including social distancing, wearing face coverings and handwashing. 

NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care.

The public have an important part to play to help them do this:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • supplies of the vaccine do remain limited, meaning we need to ensure all the doses we do have go to those people who need them most. So when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments. By arriving at exactly the time you’re asked to helps to avoid queues in this cold weather;
  • and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

Keep abreast of vaccination updates

  • For more information on the vaccine, please visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
  • Numbers of vaccinations provided by the NHS in England is available here
  • Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System website here for public information leaflets and latest news
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