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COVID-19 vaccine update 26 February 2021

Briefing Update:  Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Update on the vaccine uptake data

More than 18 million people in the UK have received a first dose so far and across Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) we are making good progress with delivering vaccines to local people and health and care staff. Over 179,000 doses have been delivered across our communities thanks to the amazing work of NHS staff and our brilliant volunteers and wider partners.

Information on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations provided by the NHS in England can be found here.  This now includes data with a local authority breakdown. We continue to model and plan the longer term strategy for across the ICS based on predicted delivery of the vaccine.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Below is the list of vaccination sites run by Primary Care Networks (PCNs) currently available, with our latest site in Fleet.

  1. Desborough Suite, Maidenhead
  2. Windsor Racecourse
  3. Langley
  4. Salt Hill Local vaccination service
  5. Waitrose Sports Hall, Bracknell
  6. Birch Hill, Bracknell
  7. Princes Hall, Aldershot
  8. Southwood, Farnborough
  9. Farnham
  10. Monteagle,Yateley
  11. Lakeside Country Cub
  12. The Harlington, Fleet

If you are booking via the national booking system here, you will be able to book a vaccination slot at number of other sites including

  1. Salt Hill Vaccination Centre
  2. Church Crookham Pharmacy

If you're eligible - book your Covid-19 vaccination appointment now

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

  • you are aged 64 or over
  • you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health worker
  • you are an eligible frontline social care worker

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations by clicking here. Please note – you must have a pre-booked appointment to receive your covid-19 vaccine – this is not a drop in service.

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.

Latest updates to JCVI guidance: There is good evidence that the risks of hospitalisation and critical care admission from COVID-19 increase with age, and that in occupations where the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV2 is potentially higher, persons of older age are also those at highest risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. JCVI therefore advises that the offer of vaccination during phase 2 is age-based starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order:

  • all those aged 40 to 49 years
  • all those aged 30 to 39 years
  • all those aged 18 to 29 years

For this reason, there are no occupation-based priorities within these specific cohorts. 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.  

What you need to know about COVID 19 vaccine and pregnancy

Senior clinicians in fertility and women’s health have recorded an excellent short film to provide clarity and reassurance around the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination. To watch, please click here.

Vaccinating those with a learning disability

You may have seen the news here about prioritising those with learning disabilities for the Covid-19 vaccine. We welcome this development and more information will be made available as soon as the national guidance has been received.

What happens with spare vaccine?

Occasionally our vaccination sites may have surplus vaccine supplies that need using up towards the end of the day (this generally only applies if we are using the Pfizer vaccine which has a short shelf-life).  It’s really important we don’t waste any of this precious resource but we have clear protocols in place to ensure we use the vaccine appropriately and in a fair way.  We do not operate any ‘waiting lists’ nor are we able to administer the vaccine to anyone without an appointment.
 
Where we do have supplies that need using quickly, our vaccination sites would proactively contact eligible patients or health and care staff on their lists to see if they can come in at short notice.  We only contact those in the current priority group. Please do not come without an appointment.  Unfortunately we are aware of some messages circulating on social media that suggest people are able to simply turn up, but this is not the case.
 
We will reach everyone in turn, please continue to be patient.

What next?

As you would have heard from the national announcements early signs suggest the success of the vaccination programme is contributing to the welcome fall in people in hospital with coronavirus. But it’s still the case that NHS staff are having to pull out all the stops to deliver what is the largest vaccination drive in our history, at the same time as dealing with high levels of Covid-19 hospital patients. So we need the public to continue to play their part too:

  • unless you are 64 or over, on the Shielded Patient List or a frontline health or social care worker, 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.

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. 

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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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