COVID VACCINATION UPDATE
The following is an update on important information to help us to try and reduce the number of phone calls we are getting from patients seeking information or trying to book a COVID vaccination.
NATIONAL VACCINATION CENTRES
If you are 45+ you can now book yourself in for a vaccination by using this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
We are not able to assist with this and have no access to the stock or appointments system. Please do not call us in relation to the national system. We would encourage you to get vaccinated there if you can, they have more availability/stock than we do.
BURY VACCINATION BOOKING SERVICE
Please book yourself an appointment if you meet the eligibility criteria. You can book yourself an appointment, subject to availability by clicking this link: https://covid.nhsbookings.com/gmpcn
We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time but we are receiving an unprecedented amount of calls relating to Covid vaccines both from our patients and also patients registered with other surgeries. Please be assured that you will be contacted when it is your turn to book a vaccine.
12 WEEKS FOR 2ND DOSE
Whilst it is our preference to vaccinate our patients within 12 weeks of the 1st dose, if supply does not allow it, then the government and their medical advisers along with the pharmaceutical companies that make the vaccine have been clear in the government’s green book about this point. They state:
The vaccine should be administered in two doses, a minimum of 28 days apart.
Operationally, it is recommended that the second dose of all vaccines should be routinely scheduled between four and 12 weeks after the first dose. This will reduce confusion and allow more people to benefit from the protection provided from the first dose during the roll out phase. Longer term protection will then be provided by the second dose.
If an interval longer than the recommended interval is left between doses, the second dose should still be given (preferably using the same vaccine as was given for the first dose if possible). The course does not need to be restarted.
This guidance can be read by following this link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/961287/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v7_12Feb2021.pdf