Covid and Flu vaccinations Autumn 2022 (updated 20th October)

We are just over three weeks into the roll out of our local COVID and flu vaccination campaign for this autumn and some 7,000 vaccinations have been given already.

It’s been great to see so many of our patients attending for their FREE boosters at our vaccination hubs at Soham and Ely.

St George’s Medical Centre in Littleport has also joined the programme, offering the convenience of evening appointments to even more eligible patients.

In addition, our six GP practices have been working hard to vaccinate older adults in residential and care homes, as well as the frontline staff caring for them. We have begun also to visit our housebound patients and this part of the vaccination programme will continue through November and into December. 

We will continue to vaccinate as quickly as we can based on the vaccine deliveries we are allocated.

The vaccine we are using for this phase of the programme is Pfizer Bivalent. This means it protects you from both the original Delta variant of coronavirus and also Omicron.

The COVID vaccine is safe to be given alongside this year’s flu jab and will help considerably boost immunity in more vulnerable people, at a time when respiratory viruses are circulating widely in our communities, but you do not have to have both together. If you would rather have a flu vaccine separately, please call the practice and ask to be added to the flu clinic waiting list. We are working through these waiting lists as quickly as we can. 

Please don’t forget to bring a mask with you for your vaccination appointment. There may be far more vulnerable people alongside you in the queue, and we want to try and keep everyone as safe as possible.

If you have received a text message from us, please use the link in your message to book the date and time for your vaccination appointment. Clinic dates can be booked right through until the end of November, with appointments offered at Staploe Medical Centre, St George’s Medical Centre, St Mary’s Surgery and Cathedral Medical Centre.

Our clinics will continue to run right through to mid-December, so there is plenty of time to get booked in.

If you have not consented to receive text messages, the surgery will contact you when you are due. Please only contact the surgery about your vaccination if we’ve been in touch with you already. Do remember our staff are incredibly busy fielding all the usual health and care enquiries alongside those about autumn jabs, so your patience really does help a huge amount.

Patients who have yet to complete their primary doses (1st, 2nd and booster) are asked to attend one of the walk-in clinics. Dates and locations of local venues can be found here: www.thevaccinators.co.uk or call 119 for further information.

Ely PCN consists of the following GP practices: St George’s Medical Centre, Burwell Surgery, Cathedral Medical Centre, St Mary’s Surgery, Staploe Medical Centre and Haddenham Surgery.

Explainer information for patients about QCOVID

 Why have I received this letter?

NHS England had used a risk assessment tool called QCOVID to calculate people’s risk of getting COVID.  This is a complex tool that looks at a variety of different factors to assess peoples’ risk.  Because you have received this letter, you are one of the patients identified by the tool as being at high risk if you were to get COVID.  You can see all the information your GP received here.

 

 What in my medical records has caused me to be added to this list?

Unfortunately, your GP surgery has no current way of replicating the analysis that has been done by NHS Digital and so we are unable to tell you why you have been added to this list.  This situation may change over time, but we have no way of knowing when.

 

 What should I do now?  Should I go to work?  Should I go out?

You should follow the advice detailed here.  This will mean that you need to take extra measures above and beyond those which you probably have been taking.  The guidance covers:

  • Social activities
  • Work
  • Educational settings
  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • Medicines
  • Accessing care and support
  • Registering for additional support

You may be eligible for additional support and should be able to receive statutory sick pay for time off from work.

  

What about vaccination?

If you are under 65 you should be prioritised for vaccination ahead of others in cohort 6 which is people who are at risk because of a variety of medical conditions.  If you are over 65 you will have already been in group 5, so this won’t affect the priority with which you’re given the vaccine.

  

What if I think they’ve added me incorrectly?

At the moment, the best way to review this is through discussion with your GP.  Please bear in mind that GPs are incredibly busy at the moment vaccinating patients as well as trying to provide as normal a service to patients as possible.  Because of this it may not be possible to immediately deal with enquiries about this and you may be asked to submit your details in an online form. 

 

 Do I have to follow this guidance?

Patients at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection are strongly encouraged to follow shielding guidance. However, this is advice, and not the law. Patients can choose whether or not they want to follow it.

 

 Why am I only now being identified as high risk?

This tool has only just been approved for use in assessing patient’s risk of COVID 19.  Until now we haven’t had sufficient scientific evidence to run population-based tools that can accurately assess people’s risk of developing COVID.

 

 Housebound patients and COVID vaccination – an update from Ely PCN 24th October 2022

We are working with our local Practice teams to deliver COVID vaccinations for housebound people who cannot attend a vaccination centre.
 
There are important safety constraints around safe transport and delivery of Covid vaccine, which means home vaccination is a particular challenge. However, we are now able to deliver vaccines to eligible housebound people and have already made a good start. We are currently on track to ensure all patients within the priority groups will be vaccinated by Christmas.
 
If you are housebound and expecting a Covid vaccination, you can expect a phone call from one of our team who will make arrangements with you.
 
We hope that you can appreciate the special challenges of community vaccination for housebound patients, and we thank you for bearing with us.
 
Further information on Covid-19 Vaccination Programme can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

 

 

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