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Covid-19 vaccine

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Covid-19 vaccine (last updated 19th April 2021)

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, mostly based at pharmacies.

Nimbuscare have a lot of useful information about the vaccination programme on their website here: and they have an email help desk if needed.

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

10. all those 40 years of age and over

11. all those 30 years of age and over

12. all those 18 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. To see who is currently eligible visit the NHS website:

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. Other vaccines can be offered as an alternative.

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.

Patients in priority group 6 have started to be vaccinated; how do I know if I am eligible?

This group includes people aged 16 to 65 years in the at-risk “clinically vulnerable” group. The green book details which conditions are included. We continue to send invites to patients in this cohort but appointment availability depends on vaccine supply at the local hub.

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 boots your immunity and is important.

Why has my younger neighbour had their vaccine done and they are only 41 years old?

There are many reasons younger patients are vaccinated prior to their age category; they may be clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable or work in health or social care.

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.

When are second doses being given?

Nationally, guidelines advise a 12 week gap between vaccinations. Many patients will book their second appointment alongside their first, if you don’t have an appointment for your second dose please be reassured you will be contacted (this may be the week you are due). We run regular searches on our systems and any patient that is overdue their second dose will be identified and contacted by the practice.

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.

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

Many patients who are housebound have received their first vaccination and some their second. Please phone the surgery if you are unable to leave your home and haven’t been contacted. Due to the logistics and time involved in housebound vaccination programme, we ask that you attend the Askham Bar hub if you are able to.

I am aged 45+ and eligible to have my vaccination but I cannot book an appointment at the York hub via the national service?

It is important we ensure that patients in cohorts 1-9 have all been invited across the city before moving in to group 10. We would urge anyone who has been invited as part of these earlier high risk groups that hasn’t booked an appointment to do so. Appointment availability depends on vaccine deliveries to the Askham bar site and other local vaccination hubs. If you prefer to attend in York rather than travel further afield you may have to wait a few days, keep checking the online booking system.


Useful links
To learn more about the possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a potential increased risk of blood clots:

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:

Information about the Moderna vaccine:


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