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COVID BOOSTER UPDATE

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE REGARDING COVID BOOSTERS

Covid 19 Boosters

The government has announced the roll out of Covid vaccine boosters for the over 50’s, health and social care workers and younger people at risk.  These people will be offered a booster vaccine a minimum of 6 months after completion of their second dose.

Flu and Covid 19

It is safe for you to receive a flu vaccine at the same time as your Covid booster but we have been told that you should not wait to receive both.  If you are offered either please accept the offer.

Invitation Process

Patients will be invited by a central Covid vaccination team and not via your GP practice.  This will either be via a text with a link you should follow or via a telephone call.  Please do not call your GP practice.

Housebound patients

The Covid vaccination team are working on a process and workforce for vaccinating our housebound patients.

 Vaccinations for Children

The majority of healthy children and young people aged 12-15 will be vaccinated in schools.

Please visit this website for further details: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-booster-dose-resources/covid-19-vaccination-a-guide-to-booster-vaccination

Blood tests – routine blood tests postponed

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician feels that it is appropriate to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Further information can we found on Gov.uk website by clicking the link below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Flu Vaccine Update 2020-2021

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

COVID-19 contingency sharing

COVID-19 contingency sharing.

Primary care staff across each borough will be able to access your full medical record without consent during the COVID-19 pandemic but will only do so when this is necessary to provide you with care. They will be required to use a smartcard which confirms their identity, and which limits their access and actions to those appropriate for their role. They will all have been trained to understand their professional and legal responsibilities in providing you with care.