As you will be aware, the government has now announced that anyone over 70 who has not yet been vaccinated and would like to be should contact the NHS to arrange an appointment.
Please find attached supporting information to help you manage this at your practice including content for your website and FAQs.
COVID-19 vaccination programme update
An NHS letter will soon land on the doormats of everyone over the age of 80 in Calderdale. This invites you to book your Covid-19 vaccination using a national booking service.
If you have already had your first vaccination, you can just ignore this letter. We will be in touch with you when we're ready to give you your second vaccination.
If you are over 80 and not had your first vaccination you can go ahead and book online or by calling 119. The booking service will offer you the choice to attend your nearest National Vaccination Centre, or if you prefer, you can choose to attend our local Community Pharmacy Vaccination Centre.
This is based at Boots, which is on Market Street in Halifax.
Or you can choose to wait to be invited for a vaccination by your local GP practice.
Please do not call your GP practice as they are extremely busy dealing with patients in need of immediate medical assistance
Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and the NHS is starting to offer vaccinations to those at greatest risk from COVID-19.
The first vaccinations are being offered to people in the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), starting with people aged 80 and over. Groups of GP practices are working together to provide local vaccination services and will contact eligible patients when it is their turn.
When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine or to ask for an appointment, as you will not be able to get one until you receive an invitation.
If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives
For more information about the vaccine, please see these frequently asked questions.
You can also visit www.nhs.uk or download the patient information leaflets on the following topics, which are available on the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership website.
- Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for adults
- Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination
- Why do I have to wait for my Covid-19 vaccine?
The Pfizer BionTech vaccine has now been approved for use and the NHS will be starting to offer this to priority groups as soon as supplies arrive. Initially, it will be only be available at a few hospital hubs where it can be stored safely and it will be offered to those most at risk of Covid-19 first.
When further supplies or alternative vaccines become available, they will be offered from a number of different locations to make sure everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one. We will share these details with patients as soon as they are confirmed.
Please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine as there is not currently any further information available and it may stop someone who needs urgent medical help getting through to us.