COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
It's being given to:
- some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
- people who live or work in care homes
- health care workers at high risk
You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Wait to be contacted
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
Advice if you're of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding
You should wait to have the COVID-19 vaccine:
- if you're pregnant – you should wait until you've had your baby
- if you're breastfeeding – you should wait until you've stopped breastfeeding
If you have the vaccine, you should not get pregnant for at least 2 months after having the 2nd dose.
If you later find out you were pregnant when you had the COVID-19 vaccine, do not worry. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.
There's no evidence it's unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But more evidence is needed before you can be offered the vaccine.
How the COVID-19 vaccine is given
The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.
It's given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.
It has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
After having both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus.
It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.
There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.
This means it is important to:
- continue to follow social distancing guidance
- if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people
Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.
COVID-19 vaccine side effects
Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
- a sore arm where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.
Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
You should not have the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food.
If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Our Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.
You can report any suspected side effect using the Yellow Card safety scheme.
COVID-19 vaccine ingredients
The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.
Covid Vaccinations Message to Patients
Covid Vaccination Programme
The current priority is to vaccinate the over 80s, the care home staff and the primary care staff.
Community vaccination centres
Across the country we have started with the over 80s and some sites are beginning to offer slots to care home staff and some practice staff. As we progress we will have new cohorts by age but we also need the flexibility to vaccinate those at most risk such as the people with severe learning disabilities. The delivery of the vaccination programme to the housebound and care homes is clearly important and needs to be carried out in partnership with our community teams. The AstraZeneca vaccine is going to be the most suitable for the community vaccination centres, the housebound and care homes.
Please Do Not Call your surgery to enquire about the Covid Vaccination Programme. Your Surgery has a priority list. Please wait to be contacted by them once the vaccines are available.
Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
All those 80 years of age and over
Frontline health and social care workers (see Chapter 14a)
All those 75 years of age and over
All those 70 years of age and over
Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (see Definition of clinically extremely vulnerable groups)
All those 65 years of age and over
All those 60 years of age and over
All those 55 years of age and over
All those 50 years of age and over
Our GP surgeries are getting lots of call and questions asking; when will I get my CoVid vaccine?
The following explains which groups, Primary Care Networks are being directed to invite and in which order.
Phase 1 – The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) advises that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems.
As the risk of mortality from COVID-19 increases with age, prioritisation is primarily based on age. The order of priority for each group in the population corresponds with data on the number of individuals who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death, estimated from UK data obtained from March to June 2020:
The cohorts are prioritised from 1 -9 and consist of:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
Waterside Primary Care Network will have completed, where we have access to the Care homes, cohort 1, residents in a care home for older adults and their carers by Tuesday 19th Jan.
We are currently booking and have appointments set aside for the final group of over 80's and working through our frontline health and social care workers, cohort 2. we expect to complete this cohort by 26th Jan.
We have also just started the first patients in cohort 3, all those 75 years of age and over, we are awaiting confirmation of vaccine supplies before we can estimate completion of this cohort.
We hope this information is useful and we will update you as we progress through the cohorts.
We will contact you as soon as we can, but please don't call your practice asking when will you be called, we are being inundated with calls.
As soon as we have vaccine supply for your cohort we will send a SMS (txt) message to you with a link to make your appointment booking.
It is very important that wherever possible you use this link.
By using the link it releases up a member of my team who can assist in the delivery of the vaccine in other area's meaning we can deliver the vaccine quicker.
Thank you for your time, stay safe and well and watch this space for more news.