Covid-19 Vaccinations

Covid vaccine FAQs:

Are Covid Vaccines available for carers

Carers cohort is included in group 6 (16-64 with underlying health conditions).

You can book your vaccination via the following link, though please be aware you will need to provide a letter for proof that you are a carer or on carers allowance. This letter will need to come from the governing body, agency or employer you are registered with, and not the G.P. Surgery.

https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CovidVaccination/appointment

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 Covid Vaccines for household members of shielding patients

 The Government say we are unable to move up the list or into a higher group. They must wait for their age group. 

Consideration has been given to vaccination of household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals. However, at this time there is no data on the size of the effect of COVID-19 vaccines on transmission. Evidence is expected to accrue during the course of the vaccine programme, and until that time the committee is not in a position to advise vaccination solely on the basis of indirect protection. Once sufficient evidence becomes available the committee will consider options for a cocooning strategy for immunosuppressed individuals, including whether any specific vaccine is preferred in this population

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 Is the Covid Vaccines available for Key workers?

 The Government says not yet, key workers will be part of Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.

 As such, JCVI does not advise further prioritisation by occupation during the first phase of the programme.

Occupational prioritisation could form part of a second phase of the programme, which would include healthy individuals from 16 years of age up to 50 years of age, subject to consideration of the latest data on vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

I have got diabetes – can I have it?

 The committee’s advice is to offer vaccination to those aged 65 years and over followed by those in clinical risk groups aged 16 years and over. The main risk groups identified by the committee are set out below:

•             chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma

•             chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)

•             chronic kidney disease

•             chronic liver disease

•             chronic neurological disease including epilepsy

•             Down’s syndrome

•             severe and profound learning disability

•             diabetes

•             solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients

•             people with specific cancers

•             immunosuppression due to disease or treatment

•             asplenia and splenic dysfunction

•             morbid obesity

•             severe mental illness

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 My consultant says I should have it

The information we have been provided by the government is that we need to strictly book patients in line with this government criteria of ages and clinically extremely vulnerable.

 When will I get my 2nd vaccine?

11-12 weeks.

We are working on the delivery of the second vacancies now. Patients who were vaccinated 21st Dec will be due 8th March and will be contacted. There are some logistics we are needing to work through as the guidance says all everyone needs to have the same vaccine type – at the same location, with no mixing and matching of either.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

 
Do not book a GP appointment if you think you might have coronavirus.
 
Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people.
 
Use the 111 coronavirus service to see if you need medical help