COVID-19 Booster Jabs
We are aware that there is some confusion about the situation with COVID booster jabs so we wanted to clarify the current position.
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago. This means:
People aged 50 and over
People who live and work in care homes
Frontline health and social care workers
People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
People aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
If it is your turn to receive a booster dose, you should be contacted by the NHS centrally. This will tell you that you are eligible and will direct you to book through the National Booking Service online or by phone by ringing 119. This will give you access to book at a range of different locations but not at the practice.
The practice will be offering COVID booster doses and we are currently completing patients living in Care Homes. We will then be sending out invitations to book direct with the practice, following the same order of priority that was used for the first and second doses.
We have listened carefully to patient feedback that there are insufficient routine and urgent appointments. We cannot run a vaccination programme on the scale that we did for the 1st and 2nd doses without committing staff 3-4 days per week to it. This would inevitably result in a reduction in appointments. We will therefore be vaccinating on average one day per week. This means that those who cannot or do not wish to travel or who specifically want to have their vaccine at the surgery will be able to do so. For others who are more flexible regarding their travel arrangements, there will be the opportunity to be vaccinated at any of the other sites available on the National Booking Service.
We hope that this strikes the right balance between ensuring availability of local vaccinations and prioritising other routine GP care.
We would like to ask for your help in not contacting the practice when you receive your national letter. We will be unable to book you in with us unless you have received an invitation direct from us which will be signed from Holderness Health. This is because our invitations will be sent out in priority order and to coincide with our scheduled clinics. You should instead use the online booking service or call 119 unless you wish to wait until you hear directly from us.
Information for patients about how to get an online or paper version of the NHS COVID Pass is on the NHS website.
COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for Children & Young People
COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for Children & Young People (Easy Read Version)
COVID-19 Vaccination - A Guide for Adults
A Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccination for Women
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What to expect after your COVID-19 Vaccination
Important information for patients attending for their COVID-19 vaccination
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