Covid-19 Vaccination Information
Updated: 18th January 2021
We are now confident we will commence Covid Vaccination clinics this week. We are contacting patients over the age of 80 and also those who are healthcare professionals to book an appointment over the next few days. We will also be prioritising the vaccination of our care home patients and their staff. This will be the Pfizer vaccine and 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.
Vaccine delivery dates are confirmed 24 hours before delivery and so we are working with the risk it is not delivered. We will have 3 days to administer the doses and then we will have to wait until the next notification. We only get one delivery of 975 doses and so this will be rolled out in line with the government priority group system, if you are not called you will be prioritised for the next delivery. If the vaccine does not arrive we will have to cancel the clinics at very short notice.
Providing you fit into one of the listed criteria, you will be contacted when it’s your turn to receive your vaccination - should you wish to receive it. Most patients will be recalled via text but please don’t worry if you do not have a mobile - we will call you in due course.
Again we cannot stress enough, at this point you DO NOT need to contact the surgery to book an appointment, unless you have received an invite and are having trouble booking.
We have many healthcare workers in our population who are in the priority cohort and yet we may not have your profession coded. If you are a patient facing formal worker i.e. dentists, physio, optician, nurse, formal paid carer, please email email@example.com we will code your record and you will be called. This does not apply to informal carers but you will be called in the relevant cohort.
We will be communicating with our care homes to arrange vaccination in the homes for staff and patients; we will be using a special delivery of vaccine for this that can be transported, as the vaccine is extremely fragile.
You will require 2 vaccinations for long term immunity. The second will be approximately 11 weeks after your initial dose. You will be contacted the same way you were contacted for your first vaccination.
We plan to have measures in to administer more vaccine at a greater pace when the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine becomes available to us. We are aware this may come with little notice and yet can be kept for longer. Currently the vaccine arrives when we are told, we cannot order it and we have to then be ready to mobilise the staff to vaccinate.
Throughout Bucks the vaccine rollout has been a controlled phased project due to the work needed to mobilise. There are a limited number of approved sites and many practices have joined together to do this for their population. The sites are Chalfonts, Chesham, Wycombe, Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, Winslow and Buckingham. We have worked very hard to secure a local site for our patients.
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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