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COVID-19 vaccine update 5 February 2021

Briefing Update: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Over 100,000 doses of the vaccine delivered across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS)

We are very pleased to announce that across the Frimley Health and Care ICS we have now delivered over one hundred thousand doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

This includes coverage of:

  • over 84% of all our 75-79 year old population and
  • over 91% of all our population over the age of 80

Percentages are based on ONS mid-year 2019 estimates of the population of England.

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

We would like to thank all those involved including our volunteers, who have made this possible. As larger numbers of people get vaccinated, we will hopefully move further along the path back to a more normal way of life.  

We continue to model and plan the longer term strategy for across the Frimley Health and Care ICS based on predicted delivery of vaccine.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.

It's being given to:

  • people aged 80 and over
  • some people aged 70 and over
  • some people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Vaccinating Health and social care staff

NHS England and NHS Improvement have now published a Standard Operating Procedure for the vaccination of frontline health and social care staff. This identifies the people who can currently access NHS Health and Social Care vaccination hubs. This guidance will help organisations plan the rollout, including providing information on prioritisation and delivery methods.

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, or who employs them.

If you are a frontline health or social care worker and want to enquire about your first Covid-19 vaccine dose, please do not contact your GP surgery.

If you are a self-employed frontline health or social care worker or run a small social care organisation within the Frimley Health and Social Care ICS footprint, and have not had contact from NHS vaccination services please contact: bookingqueries.ebpc@nhs.net. Within your email, please state the number of staff members that need to be vaccinated.

Once your email is received, you will be contacted with details about how to book your appointment. You will need your NHS number to book an appointment. To find out how to get your NHS number, please click here.

Please note, once you email us, you may not get an immediate response as we are booking more than 30,000 health and social care workers in this area so please bear with us.

Getting vaccinated only protects you from the virus, so you will still need to abide by testing measures in your workplace as well as remember to:

  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a face mask
  • Wash your hands carefully and frequently

Follow the current guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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.

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:

  1. Information about the Covid-19 vaccines – are the vaccines safe and effective?
  2. How will patients be invited for a vaccination?
  3. Vaccination day – what do I need to know?
  4. After my vaccination – what do I need to know?
  5. Is the vaccine vegan or does it contain animal products?
  6. Can I take the vaccine if I am pregnant?

Visit our website here to see our FAQ section. 

Please remember……

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. 

The public have an important part to play to help them do this:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, 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;
  • and 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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