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COVID-19 vaccine update 16 February 2021

Briefing Update: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Excellent progress is being made by our vaccination teams across the Frimley Health and Care ICS with the majority of the top four priority cohorts now vaccinated. We have met the national mid-February deadline of offering a vaccination to these most at risk groups with over 126,000 doses administered to date. 

Updated booking arrangements for those aged 70 and over or on the Shielded Patients List

Over the last week, the last invites to those aged 70 and over or on the Shielded Patients List yet to be vaccinated have been delivered meaning vaccines have been offered to everyone eligible whose contact details the NHS has. While that means we have met the commitment to offer vaccines to everyone in these groups by the middle of February, we are determined that nobody should be left behind.

So if you are aged 70 and over and haven’t had your first dose yet, please come forward now and make an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination, or by phoning 119 if you can’t use the internet.

Locally, GP surgeries have been following up directly with the remaining people in this group particularly those on the Shielded Patients List – if that is you and you haven’t been contacted, please contact your GP.

Invitations for 65-69 year olds from the National Booking System

People aged 65-69 (Cohort 5) will also now begin to receive invitations from the National Booking Service. If people choose to do so, they can also wait to be contacted by a local GP-led service.

Housebound patients and care homes

Staff from our local GP surgeries have been visiting our housebound patients to ensure we are protecting the most vulnerable within our communities as per the JCVI guidance. At the same time, vaccination staff are returning to care homes that have been covered, to vaccinate any new resident or residents who were unable to be vaccinated during a previous visit because they had recently had COVID or for other clinical reasons.

Vaccinating carers

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has included unpaid carers on the vaccination priority list for across the UK in cohort 6 and we are expecting a national announcement very soon with guidelines and further details of the roll-out. In the meantime, please encourage members of the public not to contact the NHS seeking a vaccination.

I work in the Early Years/Nursery sector, am I eligible for a vaccine?

Those working in the early years sector are not currently eligible for a vaccine. To make sure those most at risk such as older residents and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable get jabbed first, we are only able to vaccinate people in the priority groups as set by the JCVI.

If you’re not in a priority group – even if you’ve mistakenly been able to book an appointment - we won’t be able to vaccinate you and you will be turned away.  

You do not need an NHS number or to be registered with a GP to receive the vaccine

If you are in the priority cohorts please be reassured that you do not require an NHS number or GP registration to receive a vaccination, and should never be denied one on this basis, either when attending for a vaccine in person, or through the design of booking systems.

Still thinking about taking the Covid-19 vaccine?

  • Want to know more about being clinically extremely vulnerable and the COVID19 vaccine? To find out more click here.
  • Spot the celebrity in this video which features key influencers from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups here.
  • Even once you've had your vaccine, you still need to follow the rules. To watch a video with more information, click here.
  • Can we go back to normal after having the vaccine? To find out more click here.

First and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine

The four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) have said that, ‘Prioritising the first doses of vaccine for as many people as possible on the priority list will protect the greatest number of at risk people overall in the shortest possible time’.

This means that second doses of both vaccines will be administered towards the end of the recommended vaccine dosing schedule of 12 weeks. This will maximise the number of people getting vaccinated and therefore receiving protection in the next 12 weeks; maximising the impact of the vaccine programme in its primary aims of reducing mortality and hospitalisations and protecting the NHS and equivalent health services. 

Please remember……

  • Two doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus.
  • 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.

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 here.

The public have an important part to play:

  • If you are aged 70 and over and haven’t had your first dose yet, please come forward now and make an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination, or by phoning 119 if you can’t use the internet
  • If you do not fall in the above category, please do not contact the NHS – 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;
  • 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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