Covid-19 Vaccination Information
Updated: 25th January 2021
Appointments will be held at Buckingham Community Centre in Cornwalls Meadow.
You will be consented with a series of questions, vaccinated and then monitored for 15 minutes.
Please DO NOT attend your appointment more than 5 minutes early.
We would like to update you on our progress with our COVID-19 vaccination service.
Firstly thank you to all of our staff and volunteers for giving up their time to deliver this service; it has needed a lot of extra time and goodwill. The Rotary Club have been brilliant standing in the cold (and snow!!) to help our patients access the centre.
We have invited in excess of 3000 of patients and we are happy to say we have vaccinated over 2300 patients in the last 5 days. We are now inviting the first 600 patients of cohort 4. This cohort has 1800 patients and we can’t do you all at once – you should receive an invite by the end of this week.
If you have received a second text and already had your 1st vaccination please delete this. There is a slight lag in the electronic system updating our records and so our searches may show you as having not received your first vaccination. It is important you don’t book for your second vaccination just yet, we will re-send invites when the time comes.
If you are housebound we should have this recorded on our system and we will start our housebound vaccination sessions tomorrow. You will be contacted by our nursing team soon.
Our systems rely on up to date phone numbers, and we have over 200 people in the over 75 cohort who we have not been able to contact. We are sending letters to all of these patients – again, you should hear by the end of this week. If you are over 75 and you have not heard from us by letter, or phone-call by the end of this week, please call reception and ask to be added to the ‘Green List’ - we will then book your appointment and update your contact details at the same time.
Our total figures for ALL patients over the age of 50 are just under 12,000 people and so we will be here for a while. We are doing really well and yet our clinics and appointment availability relies on vaccine delivery. We get notified on a weekly basis what we expect to receive the following week, and so we can only add clinics for a week at a time and yet your invitation link will stay ‘live’ for 21 days, so if you see no available appointments just check back again later.
If we surpass the vaccination numbers in each cohort we may not have a scheduled delivery as this may be diverted to an area where the priority cohorts are not yet completed.
We have been able to add extra vaccinations in our first few sessions as we worked out the numbers based on 5 vaccinations per vial , we have been able to get a 6th dose quite often, and as we are not wasting any doses, have offered carers, keyworkers vaccinations opportunistically when this has been possible. We have now revised our numbers and should not have spare vaccine, apart from for booked appointments. Please don’t email in asking for spare vaccine, the admin email account is now inundated with requests we can’t fulfill.
Many thanks to all who have helped and attended – it has been hard work but enjoyable and we are doing our best to get to you all in turn.
Whilst our vaccine clinics are running our normal services will be reduced and yet we will be open for urgent medical needs as always.
Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.
We are happy to tell you we now have our first batch of flu jabs for the 50-64 not at risk cohort. This is a different vaccination from the at risk and over 65s vaccinations. We are limited on how many vaccines we can order at any one time and this delivery will not vaccinate all of the 3500 people in this age group but further batches are on order and so this will be done in stages as they are received.
We will be offering this on a first come first served basis and will communicate when we can add further clinics; we expect to be providing flu clinics through January 2021.
We will be carrying out the next clinic at Lace Hill Academy on 19th December from 8.30am. Appointments are now available to book online via Patient Access; this is our preferred method of booking. If you don’t have Patient Access and need to call to book please do so after 10am when the phone lines are less busy.
You will need to download and complete a consent form prior to arriving if possible. The consent form can be found here: Flu Consent Form
It is important you are made aware that this vaccine does not have a UK marketing authorisation but has been authorised for temporary supply in the UK by the MHRA and has been licensed and used in the US since 2013 and that it is being offered in accordance with national guidance. A Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) and Public Assessment Reports (PAR) for Flublok® can be found on the MHRA website.
Thank you - The Swan Practice Team
For all other flu clinic patients - Please see our News page for information on our clinics.
We are still here to help you
What you need to do;
- Contact the surgery by phone
- The majority of appointments will now be offered as telephone or video consultations, if booking one of these please ensure we have your correct contact details.
- Only present in person if you have an agreed appointment or if you are collecting medication and have been screened that day by a member of the team or are symptom free.
Please do not ask for a sick note for self-isolation you can self-certify for 7 days or request an isolation note via this link https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Advice for everyone
Check if you have Coronavirus symptoms
Health and Wellbeing Advice and Support - Buckinghamshire Family Information Service
For Parents - Parents Guide to A&E during Covid-19
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To download the free mobile app search for ‘Ask NHS’ in your mobile's Apple or Google Play app store or visit http://onelink.to/asknhs
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