COVID-19 Vaccine

Covid-19 vaccinations are being provided through a range of local NHS services. The vaccines are available to everyone over 18 years old. People will be invited for vaccination based on a nationally set priority list. The elderly and most at risk from Covid-19 will be vaccinated first. 

There are currently limited supplies of coronavirus vaccine and we are unable to order vaccines. We are told the amount and type of vaccine we will be sent and then we have to organise clinics at a very short notice once we are advised that the vaccine is going to be delivered to us.

We are inviting in patients based on the criteria laid out by NHS England and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation:

  • 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

If you would like more information about which priority group you are in, the latest JCVI guidance can be found in this publication dated 6th January 2021: UK Government priority group for covid vaccination

Our PCN has completed the target of vaccinating all of our eligible patients in cohort 4 - over 70 years of age and extremely vulnerable patients (those patients sent a letter by the government advising them to shield) and both as a PCN, and within our surgeries, we have administered over 10,000 covid vaccinations since our first clinic on 18th December. If you are in cohorts 1 to 4 and have not heard from us please do let us know just in case we have not been able to reach you. 

Since Monday 15th February, we have started vaccinating patients in Cohort 6 (patients aged 16 to 64 with an underlying health condition). The risk groups in Cohort 6 identified by the JCVI are set out below:

  • Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
  • Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Severe and profound learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with specific cancers
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • Asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • Morbid obesity
  • Severe mental illness

Other groups at higher risk, including 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, should also be offered vaccination alongside these groups.

Individuals within these risk groups who are clinically extremely vulnerable are discussed separately (see above). Further advice on risk groups, including clear definitions, are set out in the Green Book - Immunisation Against Infectious Disease or click here to download the chapter from the Green Book

Please note that the guidance around the inclusion of asthmatic patients in Cohort 6 has changed and now only include “anyone who has ever had an emergency asthma admission or those who have an asthma diagnosis and have had 3 prescriptions for oral steroids over a 3-month period (each prescription must fall within separate individual month windows), as an indication of repeated or continuous oral steroids.” We appreciate that this will really concern a lot of patients with asthma who have lived through Covid with a heightened sense of vulnerability and won’t have that eliminated by a vaccine imminently.  

Unfortunately, we are only being sent small amounts of vaccine currently (c. 400 per week). Across our PCN we have c.3500 patients that fall into cohort 6 so are not able to offer as many appointments as we would like to. As soon as we are notified that we are being sent vaccines, we are putting on clinics so we will call you if you are cohort 6 as soon as we can.

PLEASE DO NOT call or email the surgery to ask about vaccination as this blocks up the phone lines.  We have to follow the government guidelines and whilst we appreciate so many people have circumstances which make them feel vulnerable, we have to work according to the government guidelines, and we will contact you when it is time to call you in for your vaccine. The vaccination programme will take several months to work through everyone, so it could be some time before you are contacted.

The easiest way for us to update patients is via text so please do let us know your mobile number if you don’t think we have it on your record. You can email us at charingsurgery@nhs.net to let us know your mobile number.

Patients in Cohort 5 (aged 65 to 69) will have started to receive letters from NHS England offering them the ability to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site (MVS). Due to the limited supply of vaccine currently being made available to PCNs, we would encourage those patients to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated at a MVS. If you are aged 65 to 69 and have received a letter from the NHS inviting you to attend a mass vaccination site and you need your NHS number, you can locate it at https://www.nhs.uk/find-your-NHS-number

Please help protect yourself, friends and loved ones by getting vaccinated when you are invited.

Find out more:

For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit - Kent and Medway CCG 

For national information about the vaccine visit - NHS UK

Thank you to all the patients that have sent messages of thanks for the vaccinations received so far. This is a massive programme and one we are extremely proud to be a part of. We are delivering it on top of all the normal clinics and service so all our staff are working extra days and hours to make the clinics happen so your kind words are much appreciated by everyone. We are extremely grateful to all those that have volunteered and are supporting the clinics too.

Thank you!

 

Text size: normal | large | larger
NHS Choices
Visit our Facebook page Follow us on Twitter Visit our LinkedIn page