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Covid-19 vaccine

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

All adults aged 18+ are now eligible to book their covid vaccination. Due to the increase in the delta variant people aged 40+ are able to rebook their second dose at 8 weeks, rather than 12 weeks.

In York we have two vaccination services working side by side, both run by Nimbuscare and based at the old park and ride next to Tesco at Askham Bar. The national centre is for patients who booked an appointment using 119 or the NHS website and will be vaccinated in one of the cabins. Patients who have been invited by their York based GP practice will be directed towards the local service, based in the tent.

There are now also smaller venues that you can book in via the national service, based at pharmacies or pop-up clinics.

Nimbuscare have a lot of useful information about the vaccination programme on their website here: www.primarycareyork.nhs.uk/our-services/nhs-covid-vaccination-service/your-questions-answered and they have an email help desk nimbuscare.help.desk@nhs.net if needed.

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. To see who is currently eligible visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

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

Patients cannot choose but if there is a clinical need (e.g. age, allergy) to have one over another this will be taken in to account. The practice have no ability to control which vaccine is given so please do not contact us to discuss this.

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.

Can I have a vaccine if I am pregnant?

In April, the JCVI updated their guidance to advise women should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. There have been no safety concerns reported with any of the available vaccines in relation to pregnancy.

How do I access proof of my vaccination?

You can get digital or paper proof of vaccination once you have had both doses, you do not need to contact us for this. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/vaccination-status-for-travelling-abroad/ for more detail.

I have had my first AstraZeneca vaccination and was fine but I am worried about having the second one due to the recent news about a very small risk of blood clots. Should I attend for my second vaccination?

Yes, there is no current evidence to suggest there is an increased risk of blood clots following the second dose. The second dose boosts your immunity and is important.

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 canít access the internet, how can I book my vaccine?

Patients invited to the local service by the practice will be sent a text initially if there is a mobile number on their record, otherwise we will contact you by phone or post. Patients eligible to book via the national vaccination service can call 119 to book an appointment.

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

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 Wheels: a charitable organisation that offer transport for a small fee, call 01904 630080

Ambulance Wish Foundation: can help transport patients who use a wheelchair, call 01904 530053

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. Take your NHS letter or phone with text on to confirm your booking/eligibility.

Patients can arrive by car and are advised to stay in their vehicle until they are escorted to the vaccination marquee/cabin 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.

Each pod has two members of staff present; a clinician who will give the vaccine and an administrator who 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.

 

Useful links

To learn more about the possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a potential increased risk of blood clots:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/977653/PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide.pdf

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

NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Nimbuscare website: https://www.primarycareyork.nhs.uk/our-services/nhs-covid-vaccination-service/

What to expect after your vaccination: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-what-to-expect-after-vaccination/what-to-expect-after-your-covid-19-vaccination

Information about the AstraZenica vaccine: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/information-for-uk-recipients-on-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

Information about the Pfizer vaccine: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19/information-for-uk-recipients-on-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine

Information about the Moderna vaccine: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-moderna/information-for-uk-recipients-on-covid-19-vaccine-moderna

CONTACT US

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It is really important we have your correct contact details. The easiest way to update your contact details is to use the prioryCARE online form, choose general enquiries > update contact details. You can also phone us on 01904 404100 or walk in to one of our reception desks to update your records.


 

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