COVID-19

NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme is now underway in the UK. All of our eligible patients will receive an invitation to be vaccinated. Please do not call the Practice to make an appointment as we cannot make Covid vaccination bookings. Further information about the vaccine and the priority patient groups is available through the following link  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

NHS GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION SECOND DOSE:

The Government and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation ( JCVI ) announced on Friday ( 14th May 2021 ) that second dose appointments will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for those aged 50 and over and who have yet to received theirs.

Nobody needs to contact the NHS

Those who have their second dose booked in the next ten days, up to and including 24th May, should attend their appointment as planned.

People who should have their second dose brought forward do not need to contact the NHS. The NHS will let them know when they can rebook

Over 50s change in timings (20th May)

The Government announced that second dose appointments will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for over 50s. Those who have their second dose booked in the next ten days, up to and including 24 May, should attend their appointment as planned. People who should have their second dose brought forward do not need to contact the NHS. You will be contacted.

TRAVEL LETTERS - COVID-19

Please do not contact the Practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status.  GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

If you are travelling and wish to obtain confirmation of your vaccination status, please click on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

If you do not have access to a smartphone, computer or tablet and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you.

Request a letter only if you:

  • have been fully vaccinated by the NHS in England (you should wait 5 working days after your second dose)
  • are planning to travel in the next 4 weeks to a country that requires evidence of COVID-19 vaccination
  • cannot access the digital service via the NHS App

We expect the letter to take up to 7 working days to reach you.

The letter will be sent to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you have recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.

Covid AstraZeneca

Covid AstraZeneca Batch Numbers 4120Z001, 4120Z002 and 4120Z003

We have received a number of queries relating to Covid AstraZeneca batch numbers 4120Z001, 4120Z002 and 4120Z003 following the suggestion by the media that individuals vaccinated with these batch numbers may be prohibited from travelling to Europe under the vaccine passport scheme.

An amendment was made to the agreement between AstraZeneca and the MHRA (the UK regulator) listing the three SII (Serum Institute of India) batch numbers and stating they were being "assessed and are treated as Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca".

The government have stated” no Covidshield vaccines” have been administered in the UK.

All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK (including those appearing in the batches listed at the top of this post) appear on the NHS COVID Pass Online and letter as, Vaxzevria. This is the AstraZeneca vaccine name recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Other vaccines approved by both the EU and the UK are also sometimes known by different names:

  • Oxford-AstraZeneca (AZ)(also known as Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech(also known as Comirnaty)
  • Moderna(also known as Spikevax)
  • Janssen(sometimes referred to as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) is the same as in the UK

Click the link for more information and access to the NHS Covid Pass - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass