COVID-19 VACCINE

COVID-19 Vaccintations

We are still inviting patients for their 2nd vaccinations.  We have also started inviting all patients over the age of 35 for their first vaccinations.  

If your first vaccination was following an invitation from the practice you will be contacted as soon as your second vacciniation is due.  If your first vaccination was provided from the national vaccination site you will be requested to book your second vaccination on line.

Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from St Mary’s Medical Centre (Strood). There will be home visits for housebound patients.

We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.  When you are contacted you may need to revisit the booking link as new appointments are made available throughout the day.

If you are over 35 years old or are 16 with underlying health conditions you should have been contacted to organise an appointment for your COVID vaccination. Please ring or email the surgery if you have not yet been contacted for an appointment.

Please see our Covid-19 Vaccination Information sheet and Covid-19 screening questions (Word Document) for further details.

Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from St Mary’s Medical Centre (Strood). There will be home visits for housebound patients.

We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.

Please see our Covid-19 Vaccination Information sheet for further details.

Message to Patients

Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine – update

New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.  They have recommended that:

Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)

People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.  The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.

People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available.  (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)

People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

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