Covid Booster and Flu Vaccine News -update from RSPG

October 03rd 2021
Covid Booster and Flu vaccine – message from the surgery
Our Practice will be offering a covid booster vaccination clinic, open to anyone who is eligible on Friday 15th October at the Merlin Centre, Hewaswater https://www.merlinmscentre.org.uk/home/our-location.
Subsequent clinics will take place on 22nd October and 5th November.
This will ONLY be by invitation and patients will be offered a flu jab at the same time if you want to have both together – no pressure if you don’t. Patients will be invited in order, determined by the date of their 2nd covid vaccination (the booster cannot be given sooner than 6 months after the 2nd dose). You will receive either a phone call, text or email inviting you and these will come out in the next couple of days – please be a patient patient – this has taken some logistical challenges to organise!
There is a rigid order of priority in the invitations to attend. This is because of the strict orders from NHS England for the Phase 3 boosters, but also there are different flu vaccines for different age groups! The Surgery has to match the vaccine with the patient attending – a significant logistical challenge! It is for that reason that a younger person driving an older one to the centre will not be able to get their jab at the same time.
The booster vaccine offered will be Pfizer only……… if anyone has a huge contraindication to this, i.e., allergies to any of the ingredients, it should be possible to source the AZ vaccine for them – but as yet have no concrete information about when this might happen. You will still have the 15-minute waiting time after having the covid booster, so this will again impact on the number of patients who can get through the door safely and therefore the rate at which the invites will be issued. Using the Merlin Centre makes for a shorter journey for everyone, but it is dependent upon the availability of space which obviously is beyond local control.
Housebound patients and Care home residents will be visited as before and need not do anything except wait their turn! The surgery will call you to let you know what day to expect the nurse. If you are able to get into a car, it will be hugely helpful if you can get to the clinic, rather than waiting as a ‘housebound’ patient. The observation period of 15 mins after each vaccination will mean that the nurse will not be able to do more than 3 patients in any one hour driving around the Roseland. This will mean that our visiting service will take more than a week to complete rather than the one day it took last time.
If you have already received an invite via text or email from the NHS to attend for a booster – please take it up if you can as it will speed up the vaccine delivery for everyone else locally.

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