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COVID-19 Vaccinations

If you are contacted regarding a vaccination, please note we will never ask you for any payment details. 

Update: 8th February 2021

 

Call for People Aged 70 And Over To Contact NHS For A Covid Jab

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be are today being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.

Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first - and that remains the case for most people.

 However, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month. 

The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.  Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

 If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice. 

People who do not know their NHS number can still book an appointment through the national system but will only be given an appointment if they are in the top four priority groups.

 


Update: 2nd February 2021

 

To date Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network (PCN) have vaccinated over 5.5k patients, with another 3000 booked into clinics running this week. We are currently working hard to meet the governments deadline of vaccinating all those in cohorts 1 -4 by 15th Feb (everyone over 70, care home residents and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable).

This week were are:

Running clinics for over 3000 patients at the football club

Contacting all our housebound patients and they are being to be given a time slot and a date for their vaccine, we have teams going out twice a day and they are working incredibly hard to get round everyone as quickly as possible.

Aware that some patients will be getting two invites one from their own GP surgery (for a clinic run by the PCN at the football club) and another via the national booking service (where you can choose from options including Harlow, Stevenage and the newly opened clinic at the Aventi School in Bishops Stortford which we are not involved in delivering). Unfortunately, we have no control over this so bear with us if you have already been called.

It is entirely up to the individual which clinic they would rather attend but to be clear the PCN clinic (at BSFC) invites people as follows:

1.     Via Text (identifying your GP surgery) asking you to book via a system called Accurbook

2. Via a phonecall from one of our surgery team (who will identify them as such)

3. Via letter with full instructions about the date / time of the clinic

As a PCN we request that if you you do not want an appointment at the football club vaccination site you let us know ASAP,  this allows us to judge the numbers and open appointments for others to be vaccinated.  We do not want to waste a drop of the vaccine and we need people to work with us.

NB Please can I request that patients book at one or the other site not both as we will not be able to judge how best to distribute the vaccine if people double book.


Update: 4th January 2021

Due to new national guidance, we are rescheduling all second Covid-19 vaccine appointments to a later date. Patients will be contacted by telephone, letter and SMS where a mobile number is recorded.

All patients will be contacted by the surgery to book their first appointment

We will also contact patients to rebook their 2nd vaccination appointment within 12 weeks.

You do not need to call the surgery, we will contact you. 

· We will be calling you to reschedule your second coronavirus vaccination appointment. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience 

· This is because of new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers. The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.

· 2 doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus, but significant protection is still provided at twenty two days after the first dose. New guidance will therefore help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.

· There are no safety concerns in the new guidance where people have already had their second dose of the vaccine earlier than 12 weeks after their first dose.


Booking Vaccinations:

We have introduced a new booking system, AccuBook 

Patients who have a mobile number will be sent a link to book an appointment slot to book for themselves. Patients without a mobile number or access to the internet will be telephoned by the practice. Please let us know if your contact details have changed and we will update your record

 


Update: 22nd December 2020

GPs in the Stort Valley and Villages PCN begin administering Covid-19 vaccinations

A centre has been set up at Bishop’s Stortford Football Club to start vaccinating our patients. The vaccinations will be arranged in strict order of eligibility, and we will begin with patients over 80 year’s old.

If you have not yet been invited to attend, please don’t worry, but do not call your GP Practice. We will contact you as soon as we have a vaccine and an appointment slot available.

There is plenty of information about the vaccine available:

Adult leaflet

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/943117/PHE_11843_Covid-19_guide_for_adults.pdf

For enquiring patients (who are not yet being vaccinated):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine

Dr Sian Stanley, Clinical Director of the Stort Valley and Villages PCN says:  “General Practices across Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford and The Hadhams have come together to work collaboratively to offer a community-focussed Covid vaccination service. It has taken a huge team effort to prepare the programme and get it up and running at the football club – the site used for our flu vaccination programme earlier this year. It’s a very emotional moment for us.

GP practices will be inviting patients to receive their vaccine, following a strict eligibility list, starting with our oldest patients first. Together, our teams bring years of experience and knowledge of delivering vaccination programmes. Please be patient and wait until you are contacted with further details on how to book in with us.”

Shan Toms, General Manager of Bishop’s Stortford Football Club said: “We are proud to be part of this vaccination programme to help the community get back to normal, and to be part of history. I am hoping this is the light at the end of the tunnel that will get us all back to a near normal life.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020

 


Vaccine priority groups: advice on 2 December 2020

Phase 1 – direct prevention of mortality and supporting the NHS and social care system

This priority list is confirmed in order as follows:

  • 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
  • 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
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