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Covid-19 vaccine

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Covid-19 vaccine (last updated 21st January 2021)

In December, the local vaccination service opened its doors at the old Askham Bar park and ride site next to Tesco. Patients are being invited according to the JCVI national priority list.

1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers

3. all those 75 years of age and over

4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

5. all those 65 years of age and over

6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality and those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill

7. all those 60 years of age and over

8. all those 55 years of age and over

9. all those 50 years of age and over

We ask that you await contact from us and the central NHS teams to invite you to have your vaccination and do not contact us to chase it up. We are keen to keep the phone lines available to those patients that really need us. We have put together some frequently asked questions relating to vaccination as below.

Nimbuscare, who are running the local vaccination service have a lot of useful information on their website here: and they have an email help desk if needed.

Can I have a vaccine if I have an allergy?

The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) has advised that:
individuals with a history of immediate onset-anaphylaxis to multiple classes of drugs or an unexplained anaphylaxis should not be vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine can be used as an alternative

Do I need to wait after my vaccine?

For the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, patients will be observed for 15 minutes after vaccination, with a longer observation period when indicated after clinical assessment.

Which vaccine is it that I am having, can I choose which one?

The local vaccination service, based at the old Askham Bar park and ride site (next to Tesco), currently has access to both the Pfizer/BioNtech and Oxford/AstraZenica vaccines. Patients do not choose the vaccine given but if there is a clinical need to have one over the other, this will be considered at your appointment.

Can I have a vaccine if I am breastfeeding?

There is no known risk associated with giving non-live vaccines whilst breastfeeding. Breastfeeding women may be offered either of the current vaccines available.

Are you doing vaccines from any surgery sites?

No, all vaccines are currrently being given at the York hub or in care homes. We will update our social media channels and website if this changes.

Why has my younger neighbour had their vaccine done and they are only 57 years old?

They a likely a health/social care worker.

I have had covid-19 recently, can I still attend?

It is advised that patients wait 28 days following a positive covid test before they have their vaccination.

I had my flu jab recently should I have my covid vaccine?

Yes but we recommend at least 7 days between any other vaccination and receiving the covid vaccine.

I know someone who has had their second vaccine, why aren’t you offering them at the current time?

National guidance was issued recently that all second doses should be delayed from the 3 week interval to nearer the 12 week mark. This is to ensure as many people as possible receive their first dose. Some hospitals e.g. Hull were able to give second doses due to the timeframe. All patients that are awaiting their second dose will be contacted to rebook their appointment.

It was in the news that priority groups 3 and 4 could now be invited, can you explain what will happen?

We have made excellent progress vaccinating a large proportion of our patients in local care homes. As of mid January, have vaccinated over 70% of patients in the 80+ age category and continue to contact and invite patients in this cohort. Please be reassured that no one in this group will be forgotten. Groups 1 and 2 remain the priority but to avoid wastage we are now able vaccinate patients aged 70+ and those in the extremely clinically vulnerable (shielding) category where appropriate. This will also allow us some flexibility, and we may be able to vaccinate people who live together that cross priority groups eg. one patient aged 81yrs and one aged 76 years.

I can’t access the internet, how can I book my vaccine?

Our reception team are phoning patients in the 80+ age bracket that haven’t yet been vaccinated to book an appointment at the hub for you. If you have been sent a link to book, a family member/carer/friend can also help by booking on your behalf too.

I can’t get to the local hub, what can I do?

The ‘Home from Hospital’ service, based at York Hospital can provide up to 6 weeks of support if someone wants help from home. They offer transport to covid vaccination appointments. Volunteers can also go to patients’ homes and help with online booking of the vaccine. You can call direct to 01904 726191. Open 7 days a week from 08:00 – 19:00. York CVS, Age UK and York Council also have teams that may be able to assist our patients.

What is the procedure when I arrive?

Please do not turn up early as you may be turned away and asked to come back at your appointment time. Please wear a face covering for your appointment.

Patients can arrive by car and are advised to stay in their vehicle until they are escorted to the vaccination marquee where there is a small, socially distanced queue. You will be asked to give your details to the booking in team and then it is a case of waiting in the queue until there is an available pod. There are wheelchairs available if needed.

There are 10 pods set up at the site, each with two members of staff assigned to each; one giving the vaccine and one entering information in to the clinical computer system. Pinnacle is a nationwide system that keeps a record of all the patients that have received their vaccine. These records are then shared with your own GP practice.

I am housebound, how am I going to get my vaccine?

We are developing a housebound and sheltered housing plan for covid vaccination as the Oxford/AstraZenica vaccine can be transported. We hope to start the process of vaccinating this cohort of patients the week commencing 25th January, patients/carers will be contacted once this has been finalised.

I am a community nurse, how can I access a covid vaccine?

There will be a national vaccination centre running alongside the local service based at the Askham Bar site. Health and social care workers will be invited via their employer to book an appointment here, we will have more information about this soon.

If you want to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination programme then here are some useful links:

NHS website:

JCVI priority list:

Nimbuscare website:

What to expect after your vaccination:

Information about the AstraZenica vaccine:

Information about the Pfizer vaccine:


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