COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then. However it is possible for some patient groups to Book on line – see below. We anticipate moving on to the 65-70 age groups very shortly.
- Having a vaccine is the best way to protect you from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.
- If you are over 70 and haven’t yet been invited for your first COVID vaccine, you can now book by visiting www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/enter-your-name or by calling 119 or contact your GP practice directly. You no longer need a letter. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS STRICTLY FOR OVER 70s AT PRESENT
- The national service allows you to book an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy but not at a GP practice.
- If going to a GP practice is your preference, please contact your GP directly who can refer you to a local primary care vaccination site.
- We are continuing to follow the official advice and vaccinating those most at risk first.
- There are now more than 200 sites across London providing the lifesaving vaccination, and more are going live all the time.
See this leaflet explaining the priority groups.
If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination. For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.
This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.
Please do not ring or contact the Medical Centre about Covid Vaccinations. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. We are being inundated with questions and our phone lines are being overwhelmed and preventing patients with medical problems getting through.
There seems to be much confusion and misunderstanding about the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme. We have put these notes together to answer some of the questions we are being asked.
At the moment GPs are starting to provide some Covid vaccinations to patients in priority groups who have ‘missed out’ on the initial call or who are in clinically extremely vulnerable groups.
In the UK The Government has decided that initially vaccinations will be facilitated by Primary Care Networks (PCNs) which are groups of GP Practices. Green Street Green Medical Centre is part of Orpington PCN. The Vaccinations for Orpington PCN are being provided by the Bromley GP Alliance (BGPA). Initially these are being carried out at a number of designated sites because of the transport and storage issues with the Covid vaccines. Since Mid-December many of our patients aged over 80 have already been vaccinated at the Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre (OHWBC) in the Walnuts, Orpington and there is ongoing call and recall system.
The Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) is also independently calling patients for vaccinations who they have on their out-patient books who are in the designated priority groups.
Vaccinations are now taking place across Bromley with several thousand vaccines being administered each week. In addition the Government has just announced the opening of Mass Vaccination Centres.
So please, be patient and you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn.
Priority Groups for Covid vaccination
JCVI advises that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems. As the risk of mortality from COVID-19 increases with age, prioritisation is primarily based on age. The order of priority for each group in the population corresponds with data on the number of individuals who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death, estimated from UK data obtained from March to June 2020
- 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[footnote 3]
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.