Covid Vaccination Update - 17.02.21
Patients in cohort 5 (those aged 65-69) can book on line via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
or call 119 to attend a vaccination centre or community pharmacy setting.
Cohort 6 is one of the largest cohorts and vaccination clinics will be scheduled according to vaccine delivery allocations which are decided nationally. Please wait to be contacted for your appointment and do not call your GP Surgery.
Covid Vaccination Update - 12.02.21
People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID are now being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.
Until now the NHS has asked everyone to wait until they are contacted, to ensure our most vulnerable patients are protected first. Anyone under the age of 70 is still asked to please continue to be patient and wait for the NHS to contact you.
But anyone over the age of 70 who has not yet arranged a vaccination can now get in touch to do so.
The easiest way is through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. This lets you choose a time and location that suits you.
If you cannot book online, call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.
If a suitable and convenient slot is still not available, people can also call their GP practice to arrange a vaccination.
The NHS will also be following up directly with the remaining people in this age group by phone and letter.
They will also follow up with people on the Shielded Patients List. If this includes you and you haven’t been written to, you can also contact your GP.
We are awaiting a confirmed date for housebound vaccinations.
For more information, go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Covid Vaccination Update - 05.02.21
With the opening of a new mass vaccination centre in Aylesbury week commencing 8.02.21, we thought this was a good time to explain your options for receiving the Covid Vaccine:
There are four different routes the Covid Vaccinations can be provided:
- GP-led local vaccination centres; ours is held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium(You may see some familiar faces working there). We currently have help from a member of staff at the Clinical Commisioning Group calling our patients in.
- Pharmacy-led vaccination centres; an example is the one based at the Odeon. They send letters out to patients.
- Mass vaccination sites; these started in London, Birmingham, Stevenage and Slough- from next week however (08.02.21) this will include the Aylesbury campus of Buckinghamshire New University on Walton Street.
- Hospital hubs; Stoke mandeville hospital and others are providing vaccines to frontline health and social care workers.
For our GP-led site, we search for the vulnerable cohorts and invite them via text message, which allows you to book online. We then call patients with no mobiles / those who have not answered the text.
From next week we have a new member of staff, they work for the Clinical Commisioning Group who run the vaccination sites, they will be calling and booking in the patients. This helps the surgery concentrate on our patients other health needs.
For the Pharmacy-led sites and mass vaccination centre, patients are invited by receiving a letter from the NHS asking them to book using the online service (link is in the post below) or by ringing 119. The sites vary and may be upto 30 to 45 minutes away.
Covid Vaccination Update 04.02.21
The last of the 75+ cohort have been invited today. Please check your texts messages/ encourage your family who fit this age bracket to.
Whitehill Surgery patients aged 70-74yrs, and those extremely clinically vulnerable, are being called in next week.
Thank you for your patience in advance.
Booking Covid-19 Vaccinations
You are able to book your Covid vaccination online at: https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number
This will only work for those in cohorts due.
Over 75's being invited- 01.02.21
On Friday afternoon we invited the first 100 patients in the over 75's cohort, alongside many healthcare workers.
We had hundreds of emails regarding Healthcare Proffesionals/ Carers. Unfortunately many people were not invited as they are key workers, not healthcare workers, Healthcare Professionals (HCP) eligible have been invited throughout last week. If you did not provide proof of your job role as a HCP you have not been added to the list and will need to do so.
If you have any queries regarding the vaccinations please see this link:
Healthcare Professionals 21.01.21
We are still inviting patients aged 80+ but to prepare for the next cohort please read the following:
If you are a healthcare worker/care home member of staff, who has NOT had the Covid vaccine through your workplace, please can you email email@example.com with proof, your name, date of birth and a mobile number. You will be invited within the next few days.
Covid Vaccination Update 15.01.21
We are pleased to announce that we have started to invite patients to book their vaccinations.
This is starting with our patients over 80 years of age. Whitehill Surgery are booking 200 patients in every three days, so please be patient and wait for a text, If you do not have a mobile number we will call your home number to book.
Thank you for your patience in advance.
Carers and the vaccine
If you are a paid carer please send proof of your carers allowance, along with an up-to-date mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The NHS is now ready to deliver a vaccination programme for England so that those who need it most will be able to access vaccinations as soon as they are available.
A prioritisation list has been produced in order for the vaccine to be delivered to groups who will need it first. The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date. We will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward, so please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.
Key messages for patients / the public
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
- We will be in contact with you with information about where and when you will need to receive the vaccine.
- 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.
Don’t miss out on updates! Please make sure you are signed up for text message reminders. If you aren’t signed up, please call the surgery and provide reception with your consent to receive SMS reminders.
Covid-19 NHS Advice
If you need the latest NHS advice on Corona Virus please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Important Surgery Update
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic Whitehill Surgery is currently experiencing a high level of staff sickness, we are working extremely hard, with a significantly reduced practice team, so please be understanding. Please consider using ASK NHS, 111 and community pharmacists for alternative support for minor illness.