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Latest information on - COVID-19 Vaccination programme

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has now been approved for use and the NHS will be starting to offer this to priority groups as soon as supplies arrive.

When will a vaccine be available?

The first deliveries of the vaccine should be during w/c 14 December 2020 and the NHS is ready to start offering them as soon as they arrive to those who need them most.

Who will get a vaccine?

The vaccine will be offered to those at greatest risk from Covid19 first, starting with people living in care homes, people over 80 years old and frontline health and social care workers. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here. As more supplies of the vaccine or alternative vaccines become available it will be rolled out in phases to people aged between 80 and 50 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn so they do not need to contact their practice or the NHS.

Where can I get a vaccine?

To start with, vaccines will only be available at hospital ‘hubs’ where the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely. However, arrangements are also being put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies and different vaccines become available. These include local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.

Further information

We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine - we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours
  • Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;

Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

Please view the patient information leaflet available at the following address:

Why see a nurse practitioner instead of a doctor?

Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. They provide care with the emphasis on health that focuses on the individual as well as the family. They support patients in making decisions about their health care and offer guidance in making healthy lifestyle choices.

The role of our nurse practitioner includes:

  • Working alongside the GPs in the practice. The NP will see a similar range of problems.
  • Diagnosing and treating common health problems.
  • Taking a medical history and examining patients.
  • Arranging appropriate tests and investigations.
  • Referring patients to colleagues or to see a hospital consultant. The NP can also refer to other agencies such as Physiotherapy, X-Ray, Dieticians etc.
  • Prescribing medication.

When should I see a nurse?

Nurses based at our practice see patients for a wide range of common conditions such as blood tests, minor injuries, removing stitches, travel vaccinations, immunisations for children or adults, 'flu clinics, well woman and cervical smears. Our practice nurses are also specially trained to run routine clinics for certain conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, chest clinics. The nurses can specialise in different areas, so you need to book ahead with the most appropriate person. Our reception staff will be able to advise whether a nurse appointment is appropriate.

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