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COVID-19 vaccine update 19 March 20201

Briefing Update:  Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

In just over 100 days, we have given more than 260,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS)

This week we passed 100 days since we delivered our first Covid-19 vaccination on 8 December at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the progress since then has been outstanding. The latest national figures reveal that 22 million people across the country have now been offered the COVID jab with more than 260,000 doses given across our Frimley Health and Care ICS.

COVID-19 vaccinations data for doses provided by the NHS in England is here

The vaccines remain safe and effective

The MHRA, the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organisation have all been absolutely clear that the vaccines are safe and effective, and people should go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

Over 50 years old? You are now eligible for your Covid-19 vaccination! 

If you are in those groups and haven’t come forward yet, it’s not too late. The vaccines are safe and effective, and could save your life.

You do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply:

  • you are aged 50 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

Making an appointment is quick and simple clicking here or by phoning 119 if you can’t use the internet.

Eligible but still not booked?

Appointments for first doses are still available for the rest of March, but they are filling up fast. If you are eligible, book today!

If you are not eligible yet please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

Vaccine availability:

If you already have an appointment over the coming weeks, whether for your first or second dose, this remains in place and it’s really important that you attend it as planned. The first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection everyone will need to get a second dose, so we are urging people to come back when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked. 

Second doses – when will I be contacted and where will I be vaccinated?

For many of those who were vaccinated at the start of the programme, the time will come over the next few weeks to return for their second dose.

The NHS has been planning meticulously to ensure that people can get that second dose when it is the right time for them to do so, and all vaccination services have now received supply allocations for the first three weeks for second doses to allow them to plan clinics. 

The same vaccine should be used for both doses, and those who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in December and January can be assured that there is enough supply going to the right places to ensure that they can get their second dose.

The first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection from COVID-19, everyone will need to get a second dose.

We are therefore 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 in a hospital hub or through a GP service will be contacted to receive their second dose, if they haven’t already. You do not need to contact the NHS.

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 their place and time of their second dose using the ‘manage my appointments’ section on www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination  

Please remember……

  • unless you are in the groups being invited now, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to;
  • and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.
  • Two doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus.

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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