Briefing Update: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
The NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history and the most precise in the world, will open today to people in their thirties. Those aged 38 and 39 are the first to qualify for a jab with around a million people being sent text messages that allow them to access the national booking service at the touch of a button with further invitations to follow in the coming days and weeks.
In line with JCVI guidance, the National Booking Service now allows people in this age group, without an underlying health condition, to book into an appointment offering an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Our GP-led Local Vaccination Services will also be able to call people in this age group directly when they have available appointments.
The move to the next age group comes alongside nearly three quarters of people aged between 40 and 49 having had their first dose, less than a fortnight after they were offered a jab.
Since the vaccination rollout began in December, nearly 30 million people have been vaccinated with a first dose in England, two thirds of the total adult population. More than one third of adults have had both doses, meaning they have maximum protection from the virus, with second doses remaining a priority.
Booking an appointment if you are pregnant
Now, pregnant women are also able to book through the national booking service and will be directed to vaccination centres offering Pfizer and Moderna in their local area in line with JCVI Guidance. They can also speak to their GP practice or maternity service if they have any questions about the coronavirus vaccine or can talk to a healthcare professional at their appointment.
Important information when booking your appointment
• Text invitations from the National Booking Service appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment. Text invitations from your GP practice may vary.
• People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
• People 39 and under without an underlying health condition will be offered the Pfizer vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance last week.
• Do you not need an NHS number to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Frimley Health and Care Progress update
Locally, the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to make strong progress. To date, we have given more than 562,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS). COVID-19 vaccinations data for doses provided by the NHS in England is here.
Leaving no one behind
While new cohorts are being invited to receive their vaccination, in line with the JCVI guidance, lots of work is being done to ensure that no one is left behind. GP surgeries are calling individual patients where necessary, online Q&A sessions are being held for certain communities and other outreach methods are being planned to ensure that no one is left behind.
Key content to share
- NHS England and NHS Improvement videos to tackle disinformation are here.
- A letter to loved ones about the COVID-19 vaccine - Sir Lenny Henry | NHS - YouTube
- Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine encourage people to get vaccinated against coronavirus. - YouTube
By sharing positive and engaging content online, together we can maximise our collective reach and encourage more people to take up the Covid-19 vaccine when it is their turn.
Second doses – when will I be contacted and where will I be vaccinated?
We are urging people to come forward for their second dose of the vaccine when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked.
People who received their first dose through a GP service will be contacted to receive their second dose, if not booked already. If, you do not have your second dose appointment confirmed by your 11th week, please contact your GP surgery to let them know.
People who booked their appointments through the national booking service (online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by ringing 119) will have booked both their first and second appointments at the same time. People who rang 119 will have been given details of their second appointment over the phone. People who booked online can remind themselves of the place and time of their second dose using the ‘manage my appointments’ section on www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
- unless you have been invited before, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccination, we will contact you when it is the right time;
- please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to, and make sure you come back for your second dose;
- and whether you have had your vaccination or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives
Keep abreast of vaccination updates
- For more information on the vaccine, please visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
- Have you got questions? Check our FAQs here
- 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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