COVID VACCINE NEWS - 21-1-21
THE VACCINATION PROGRAMME HAS BEGUN
We will have vaccinated all of our over 80 patients (and those in care homes or housebound will be visited by Monday 25 Jan). Thank you for all of those patients that have moved appts at the last minute - the vaccine was cancelled and we managed to secure a batch 2 days earlier so 300 patients were called on Sunday to get them to Chesham Town Hall to receive their first dose.
We are now moving onto the over 75s and have contacted some patients to attend the vaccination centre on Friday 22 January.
Please note we will contact you, please do not phone us about appointments, the latest information will be available here as we have it.
Health Care Workers (HCW) can send an email in to Rectorymeadowsurgery@nhs.net to advise us who they are and where they work so we can add the appropriate code to your record. If you are a HCW and haven't had a vaccination you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
who will advise you how to get one.
We are aware that many patients are receiving letters from the NHS central team to book into one of the new larger vaccination centres. If you have yet to have a first vaccine please take the chance to book in if you can as we urge you to get vaccinated as early as possible.
The national NHS Immunisation Management Service is starting to call people that have received letters to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through 119 or www.nhs.uk, where they haven’t already booked an appointment. The number that people will see when receiving the call is 0300 561 0240.
The service will make it clear that if people have already had their first dose, they just need to wait for their local NHS services to contact them about the second dose. They will be clear that booking through 119 or www.nhs.uk is one option and they can wait to be contacted through their local GP services if they haven’t been already. The callers will remind people that they will not book people into appointments on the phone.
As always, the NHS will NEVER:
- ask people for their bank account or card details
- ask people for their pin or banking password
- ask people to prove their identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
If anyone believes they are a victim of fraud or identify theft they should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
If you cannot get to a vaccination centre, or would prefer to wait and get your vaccination at Chesham Town Hall you can, and we will be in touch to invite you in via a text message link to your mobile phone or by a member of the team calling you to book. If you need to update your mobile phone number please contact us after 1100 to do this.
It remains that we are only able to vaccinate patients as per the guidance set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). We are starting on cohorts 3 & 4 now. If you want to know more about these cohorts please click here. Please be assured we will be in touch with you once we have vaccine to administer and we are working through the ages chronologically.
Surgery will be closed for staff training from 1300 on Tuesday 9 February. We will re-open on Wednesday as usual. If you require medical advice please call 111 or for urgent medical help please call 999.
We have removed the ability to book online face to face appointments through Patient Access. We are also offering telephone appointments only with Doctors. If a GP thinks a face to face appointment is required they will book you in during the telephone consultation. Please wear a mask if you are invited into surgery.
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically. Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money. Read more about EPS on the NHS website
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