Information for Patients
We are all excited to hear that there is real progress on a Covid vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us. We also know that you, like us, are probably struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe. To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- The vaccines are still being rolled out in a very strict order. We will contact you when the NHS has informed us that you are eligible.
- Please only book one appointment for your Covid Vaccine.
- Please do make sure that you keep your vaccine appointment. If you are unable to attend please telephone the venue.
- It is very important that no vaccines go to waste due to patients not attending their appointment.
- Before and after your vaccine you must;
wash your hands
wear a face mask as advised
keep 2 metres apart
Thank you for your patience.
The Partners and Practice Business Manager
You may wish to read answers to frequently asked questions.
Update 27th January 2021
NHS England have sent out letters to some of our patients inviting them to attend a mass vaccination site. The closest site in Dorset is the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).
If you wish to book your coronavirus vaccination at the BIC, please follow the instructions on the letter. If you wish to have the vaccination at the surgery, please ignore the NHS letter and wait for the surgery to contact you. The choice is entirely yours. We do recommend that you do not delay having your vaccine.
Update 24th February 2021 Regarding Carers and the COVID-19 Vaccination
We are getting a lot of queries from patients who care for relatives or neighbours asking to be prioritised for the COVID vaccine. There are two types of carers:
- The priority health care workers are registered professional staff working in frontline settings and caring for multiple patients or clients, including social workers and care home workers; these staff will have had their vaccination organised by their employers.
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer or an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, are classed as informal carers and will be included in Priority Group 6 and will be offered the vaccination at the same time as adults under 65 years with underlying conditions which place them at greater risk of complications if they contract COVID-19.
Please consider carefully whether the level of care you provide fits the description in b) above, remembering that every person we add to this priority group pushes someone else (who may be more vulnerable because of their clinical conditions) further down the queue for the vaccine. If you feel you do fit this description please contact our carer's lead, Jackie Nash, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with details of the person you care for. She will add you to our carer’s register and provide you with help and assistance as a carer in future.
Note that we are already starting to invite those in Group 6 so take heart that even if you do not feel you qualify as the main carer for someone, it may not be long before you are invited based on your age. Click here for government information which you may find helpful.
Published: Dec 8, 2020