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COVID-19 vaccine update 22 January 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, we have delivered over 50,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine proving protection to those in the priority cohorts identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and we are well on our way to completing the offer of vaccinations to those aged 80 and over.

Please see the breakdown below the information for the Frimley Health and Care System.

1st dose

 

2nd dose

 

Cumulative Total Doses to Date

Under 80

80+

 

Under 80

80+

 

   

 

21,372

   

 

23,985

 

     

 

 1,928

 

 

2,930

 

                 

 

50,215

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

Reaching our population over the age of 80

Most people over 80 have now been contacted. Where this is not the case, we would like to reassure people that they will be contacted very soon. Patients and families are still contacting GP practices about the vaccine and practices do not have the capacity for these calls. Staff have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times, please remember that any abuse of our staff will not be tolerated.

People cannot choose which vaccine they receive. All available vaccines have to be approved by passing the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) tests on safety and efficacy. So, people should be assured that whichever vaccine they get, it will be highly effective and protect them from coronavirus.

Vaccination roll-out via Primary Care Networks

Local GP practices that together form Primary Care Networks, are continuing to provide local vaccination services and have been instrumental in vaccinating those over the age of 80 in local communities. The full list of these Local Vaccination Services can be found here.

Vaccination Centre roll-out – Salt Hill Vaccination Centre opens to the public

Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccine are available, the NHS is able to open Vaccination Centres at sites such as Salt Hill in Slough, which offer the physical space to deal with large numbers of people being vaccinated while maintaining social distancing. These sites are vaccinating people who have booked through the national booking system.

Please note:

  • Letters of invitation for the Vaccination Centres are sent from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, to those in the priority cohorts, living within 45 minutes of a Vaccination Centre.
  • People can either book via the national booking service, or wait to be contacted by their GP.
  • People must book one appointment only. If two appointments are booked, people must cancel the appointment they are not going to attend, to avoid vaccine wastage and ensure we can reach as many people as we can as quickly as possible.
  • The NHS is inviting eligible people using a phased approach based on vaccine supply, so it is possible that where two eligible people are living in the same household, one may be contacted before the other. In such cases, people can wait and book at the same time if they wish.
  • People can also wait until more locations closer to where they live become available – for most people, their local GP practice will be the closest to them.
  • The NHS will follow up with people who haven’t booked their appointment, as a reminder.

Vaccination roll-out via Pharmacies

In line with the national announcement, across the Frimley Health and Care ICS, Church Crookham pharmacy began vaccinating on Thursday 21 January. People who have received their letter with details of the national booking system will be able to book their appointment at the pharmacy, or choose an alternative venue option that is closer to them. For more information, please click here

Vaccinating care homes and housebound patients

Slough made the headlines earlier this week when Matt Hancock, Secretary of State, praised the team for vaccinating in all care homes. The good news is that across our Frimley Health and Care ICS, we are on track to vaccinate in all our eligible care homes by the end of this week.

Those who are housebound will be contacted by their GP services about how they will be vaccinated.

Vaccinating health and social care staff

All frontline health and social care workers will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination regardless of whether they work in hospitals, people’s homes or another setting, and regardless of who employs them. More information is available on our website here.

Vaccinating key workers

The national vaccine strategy which informs how we are able to deliver the vaccine across our Frimley Health and Care ICS is based on the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Complete details regarding the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination can be found here.

Hands – face – space: it still applies – now is not the time to be complacent

  • It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine
  • While the person vaccinated may be protected, they may still be able to pass the virus onto others

It is really important that while restrictions are in place, that everyone adheres to them. We must continue to wash our hands regularly for 20 seconds, wear a face covering indoors and maintain social distancing.

These winter days can be a very isolating time for many, and we all are longing to hug our friends, children, grandchildren, and our loved ones. Now more than ever, we need to focus on the long-term goals and reduce community transmission of the coronavirus.

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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