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COVID-19 Vaccinations

If you are contacted regarding a vaccination, please note we will never ask you for any payment details. 

Update 22nd September 2021 

We are currently experiencing a high level of enquiries regarding the SMS and letters received from NHSE England to book a COVID-19 Booster Vaccination at a mass vaccination site. 

We are unable to book these at the surgery at present, we will keep you updated with information. If you have any questions or queries regarding COVID-19 Boosters, please call 119 or  visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 


Update 14th May 2021

 

This GP practice is not offering 1st dose COVID vaccines for healthy under 50s. Book a 1st dose once you’re eligible at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119. New slots are added frequently so check back if you can’t initially see a convenient time/place. If we are due to give your 2nd dose, we will be in touch in the 11th week.


Update 23rd April 2021

The NHS vaccination programme continues to make strong progress. Vaccinations have now been offered to everyone aged 50 and over, as well as health and social care workers, unpaid carers and people at a higher clinical risk.

Five out of every six people who have been offered the vaccine have already been vaccinated. The offer of a vaccine remains on the table for anyone who is eligible who has yet to book.

As the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues, our practice will in future only vaccinate: 

· patients in the priority groups 1 to 9 who haven’t yet had their vaccine

· second doses to our patients when they are due (including housebound patients) 

If you are 50 or over, or you are an unpaid carer, or are clinically at risk, or are living with someone who has a suppressed immune system) you can get your vaccination by:

· Getting in touch with our practice

· Ringing 119 · booking online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ 

There is enough vaccine for everyone in a priority group who needs it. If you have questions or concerns about your vaccination, have a look at the advice, information and frequently asked questions on this local NHS website: https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk 

If you are in a newly eligible age group (currently people aged 45-49) please arrange a vaccination appointment through the national booking service website or by calling 119. This will allow you to book an appointment at a local vaccination centre or pharmacy site.

If you are pregnant, it is now advised that you take up the offer of a vaccination if you are eligible to do so -for example, you are a health or social care worker, or you live with someone who is immunosuppressed.

Contact our GP practice so that we can help to arrange this at a suitable vaccination centre. You may have to travel to another area, we will try our best to contact local centres, but this may not always be possible. 

We would like to extend our thanks to all of the staff and volunteers for their invaluable help in supporting our vaccination effort.

 


Update 12th April 2021 

Following yesterday’s guidance update from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in relation to the use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the Government has published some new materials for patients and healthcare professionals, please see the link below: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting

Frequently Asked Questions: 

https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/vaccination-faqs 

 


Update 19th March 2021

If you are sent a link to book a COVID vaccination, please decline this invite if you have booked elsewhere, or do not wish to have the vaccine at this time. 

You may have seen news coverage about vaccine supplies over the coming weeks.

From now until 29 March, our GP-run vaccination centre at Bishops Stortford Football Club will still be delivering vaccinations to people in the top priority cohorts. This includes everyone aged 50 or over, eligible carers and those in vulnerable groups.

If you are one of these patients, you can also choose to book a vaccination online at on the National Booking System: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ or by calling 119.

Everyone who is due to have a second dose of either the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca vaccine between 29 March and the end of April will receive their second dose. If you had your first dose at our GP-run vaccination centre then we will contact you when it is time for your next appointment. There is no need for you to phone us.

If you booked your first appointment at a pharmacy or large vaccination centre through the National Booking System website or by calling 119, you should already have a second dose appointment in your diary. You should attend this appointment as planned.

Any first dose vaccinations already booked to take place in April via the National Booking System will also still go ahead.

Up to date information about COVID vaccinations can be found at https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/

 


Update: 10th March 2021

We continue to work hard to vaccinate everyone in the priority groups and so far we have vaccinated 14671 people.

At the moment our focus is on people aged under 65 with specific health conditions which put them at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID as well as those people who we know are Carers who are eligible to be vaccinated. We are inviting people as quickly as we can, based on the vaccine supplies available to us. If you fall into one of these categories, we will be contacting you over the next fortnight once we have been allocated our vaccine stocks. We have also started to invite our more elderly patients in for their second dose. 

There are some weeks when we are not receiving as much supply of the vaccine as we would like, due to national supply constraints. We know this has led to some longer waits than we would like to see for our patients.  If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to be called, you can try to book online at  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus- vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or dial 119 to see if an alternative vaccination centre has any appointments. 

There is currently a high demand for appointments through this route which may mean that you have to travel further to get an appointment until national vaccine supplies increase. There are vaccination centres at the following locations in east and north Hertfordshire:

• Robertson House, Stevenage

• Chells Manor Community Centre, Stevenage 

• Avanti Meadows Primary School, Bishop’s Stortford

• The Priory, Ware

• Roche Pharmaceuticals, Welwyn Garden City

If these options do not appear for you, this means that all their appointments are currently booked up. More appointment slots do get added so check back regularly. There are also vaccination sites in west Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire that may be closer to where you live.    

Letters are now being sent from NHS England to people aged over 55, inviting them to arrange an appointment online using the national booking website. If you are aged over 55 and receive one of the national letters but don’t want to book online and would prefer to receive your vaccination with us at our GP hub at Bishops Stortford Football Club you will need to be patient and wait for us to call you. Like all local vaccination services provided by GPs, our hub is not on the national booking site; it is managed by practice staff who will either call you or send you a text message.  As soon as we have vaccinated everyone in the earlier priority groups and we have enough vaccine to move on to the next group, we will be in contact with over 55s.  

We are expecting our vaccine supplies to GP hubs to increase considerably from the middle of March so we hope to be able to call in many more people after that – for their first and second doses, in line with national guidance about priority groups and the recommended interval between doses. Please be assured that nobody who is due a second dose will have to wait longer than 12 weeks for it. 

It is really important that you let us know if you do not wish to have the vaccine, so that we can allocate an invitation to another patient. 


Update: 8th February 2021

Call for People Aged 70 And Over To Contact NHS For A Covid Jab

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be are today being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.

Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first - and that remains the case for most people.

However, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month. 

The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.  Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice. 

People who do not know their NHS number can still book an appointment through the national system but will only be given an appointment if they are in the top four priority groups.

 


Update: 2nd February 2021

 To date Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network (PCN) have vaccinated over 5.5k patients, with another 3000 booked into clinics running this week. We are currently working hard to meet the governments deadline of vaccinating all those in cohorts 1 -4 by 15th Feb (everyone over 70, care home residents and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable).

This week were are:

  • Running clinics for over 3000 patients at the football club
  • Contacting all our housebound patients and they are being to be given a time slot and a date for their vaccine, we have teams going out twice a day and they are working incredibly hard to get round everyone as quickly as possible.
  • Aware that some patients will be getting two invites one from their own GP surgery (for a clinic run by the PCN at the football club) and another via the national booking service (where you can choose from options including Harlow, Stevenage and the newly opened clinic at the Aventi School in Bishops Stortford which we are not involved in delivering). Unfortunately, we have no control over this so bear with us if you have already been called.

It is entirely up to the individual which clinic they would rather attend but to be clear the PCN clinic (at BSFC) invites people as follows:

1.     Via Text (identifying your GP surgery) asking you to book via a system called Accurbook

2. Via a phonecall from one of our surgery team (who will identify them as such)

3. Via letter with full instructions about the date / time of the clinic

As a PCN we request that if you you do not want an appointment at the football club vaccination site you let us know ASAP, this allows us to judge the numbers and open appointments for others to be vaccinated.  We do not want to waste a drop of the vaccine and we need people to work with us.

NB Please can I request that patients book at one or the other site not both as we will not be able to judge how best to distribute the vaccine if people double book.


Update: 4th January 2021

Due to new national guidance, we are rescheduling all second Covid-19 vaccine appointments to a later date. Patients will be contacted by telephone, letter and SMS where a mobile number is recorded.

All patients will be contacted by the surgery to book their first appointment

We will also contact patients to rebook their 2nd vaccination appointment within 12 weeks.

You do not need to call the surgery, we will contact you. 

We will be calling you to reschedule your second coronavirus vaccination appointment. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience. This is because of new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers. The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period. 

2 doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus, but significant protection is still provided at twenty two days after the first dose. New guidance will therefore help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.

There are no safety concerns in the new guidance where people have already had their second dose of the vaccine earlier than 12 weeks after their first dose.


Booking Vaccinations:

 

We have introduced a new booking system, AccuBook 

Patients who have a mobile number will be sent a link to book an appointment slot to book for themselves. Patients without a mobile number or access to the internet will be telephoned by the practice. Please let us know if your contact details have changed and we will update your record

 


Update: 22nd December 2020

GPs in the Stort Valley and Villages PCN begin administering Covid-19 vaccinations

A centre has been set up at Bishop’s Stortford Football Club to start vaccinating our patients. The vaccinations will be arranged in strict order of eligibility, and we will begin with patients over 80 year’s old.

If you have not yet been invited to attend, please don’t worry, but do not call your GP Practice. We will contact you as soon as we have a vaccine and an appointment slot available.

There is plenty of information about the vaccine available:

Adult leaflet

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/943117/PHE_11843_Covid-19_guide_for_adults.pdf 

For enquiring patients (who are not yet being vaccinated):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine 

 

Dr Sian Stanley, Clinical Director of the Stort Valley and Villages PCN says:  “General Practices across Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford and The Hadhams have come together to work collaboratively to offer a community-focussed Covid vaccination service. It has taken a huge team effort to prepare the programme and get it up and running at the football club – the site used for our flu vaccination programme earlier this year. It’s a very emotional moment for us.

GP practices will be inviting patients to receive their vaccine, following a strict eligibility list, starting with our oldest patients first. Together, our teams bring years of experience and knowledge of delivering vaccination programmes. Please be patient and wait until you are contacted with further details on how to book in with us.”

Shan Toms, General Manager of Bishop’s Stortford Football Club said: “We are proud to be part of this vaccination programme to help the community get back to normal, and to be part of history. I am hoping this is the light at the end of the tunnel that will get us all back to a near normal life”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020 

 


Vaccine priority groups: advice on 2 December 2020

Phase 1 – direct prevention of mortality and supporting the NHS and social care system

This priority list is confirmed in order as follows:

residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

all those 80 years of age and over

frontline health and social care workers

all those 75 years of age and over

all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

all those 65 years of age and over

all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

all those 60 years of age and over

all those 55 years of age and over

all those 50 years of age and over

 

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