Covid-19 Vaccinations

Covid-19 Vacc available landscape

The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has started in the UK.  Patients will be called for vaccination in priority list order:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (patients who will have received a "shielding" letter)
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

We are now offering vaccination to:

  • patients aged 80 years or older - appointments include Saturday 16th January (8.30am-5.30pm)
  • frontline health & social care workers (anyone employed to give direct personal care) - please contact us to be added to a waiting list for call up if there is sufficient vaccine stock.  Please note that this may be at short notice

You will not be offered a choice of Covid-19 vaccination - please read up on both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines so you are prepared to consent for either vaccination.  See our FAQs below for more information.

Please only contact us to get an appointment if you are in one of the groups currently being offered vaccination

We will invite patients when appointments are available for their priority group. Invitations will initially be sent by email and SMS - if necessary please contact us to update your details with us to ensure you receive prompt notification of appointment availability.

For more information about Covid-19 vaccination, please see:

Covid-19 vaccinations are being delivered through Primary Care Networks (PCNs).  Fireclay Health is part of the FOSS PCN (Fireclay and Old School Surgery) PCN - staff from both practices will be working together to deliver vaccination clinics at our Lodgeside Surgery site.  

You can read Old School Surgery's information about Covid-19 vaccination here - their patients will be able to make an appointment via their own practice.

We apologise if you will have further to travel to our clinic location however this is necessary in order to deliver the vaccination at scale, with the cold chain requirements for the Pfizer vaccine giving us nearly 1200 doses to deliver within 3 and a half days.

Who cannot receive vaccination

The Covid-19 vaccines are safe for people with immune system disorders as they do not contain living organisms.  They do not contain any animal products or egg.

Under current advice you should not be vaccinated if you:

  • are unwell - try to have it as soon as possible after you have recovered
  • are self-isolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test or unsure if you are fit and well
  • have had another vaccination (e.g. Flu) in the previous 7 days
  • are aged under 16 years of age

If you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food you should not receive the Pfizer vaccine

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding (updated advice)

  • There are no known risks for women who are vaccinated against COVID-19 during any stage of pregnancy or shortly before conception, however vaccination with the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine will only be considered for pregnant women when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks for the mother and foetus
  • women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination
  • There is no known risk associated with giving non-live vaccines whilst breastfeeding - breastfeeding women may be offered vaccination with the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines

For more information, please read "Must read information for women of childbearing age"

Your second vaccination dose

Two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are advised - without the second dose the immunity gained from your first dose may not be strong enough or last long enough.

We will book you an appointment for your first dose then contact you again when it is time for you receive your booster dose:

  • the Pfizer vaccine second dose may be given 3 to 12 weeks after the first dose
  • the AstraZeneca vaccine second dose may be given 4 to 12 weeks after the first dose

Your second vaccine dose should be with the same vaccine as your first dose. Switching between vaccines or missing the second dose is not advised as this may affect the duration of protection.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose a particular Covid-19 vaccine?

No - when you book into a vaccination clinic you will be given the vaccine we have been supplied for that date. 

We are likely to be delivering Pfizer vaccine at our upcoming vaccination clinics but please read the patient information for both Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines so you are prepared to consent for either vaccination. 

The Moderna vaccine has also recently been approved for use however we do not currently expect to receive this.

I can't get to the surgery, can I have vaccination at home?

We are expecting our first deliveries to be the Pfizer vaccine which is not suitable for taking to patient's homes due to its cold chain requirements.  Once we have supplies of AstraZeneca vaccine we expect to be able to offer home vaccination to our housebound patients.  In the meantime we have invited all patients in the 80+ age group in case you are able to attend the surgery for earlier vaccination.

If we do not have you recorded as housebound we would ask you to attend a surgery-based clinic for vaccination.

 

I am a Carer - can I receive vaccination?

If you are employed to provide direct personal care this comes under Priority Group 2 - please contact us to add your name to our vaccination list.

If you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, please register with us as a Carer if you have not already done so.  You will then be called for vaccination when we reach Priority Group 6, if you are not eligible by age earlier.  You do not qualify for the same priority vaccination as the person you are caring for.

Does my health condition qualify me for Group 6 vaccination?

More detail about the Group 6 underlying health conditions is given in the Green Book chapter 14a (page 9).  

If you have an annual flu vaccination due to your clinical risk, you are very likely to qualify for Covid-19 vaccination under Priority Group 6.

Patients with these clinical conditions are also those invited for an annual Long Term Condition review (including Rheumatoid Arthritis if treated with immunosuppressive medication but excluding patients with Hypertension only).

I do not want the Covid-19 vaccination, please can you stop inviting me?  

Please let us know that you would like to decline vaccination - we will record this on your notes and will not then invite you again.