Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.
Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community.
When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter from the national booking system.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment, as you will not be able to get a vaccination until you are contacted.
As it is currently being organised centrally, we are asking patient not to contact us regarding this vaccine.
We have been receiving some calls from patients on only contraindication we are aware of the time is in patient who have a history of a severe allergy to either food or drug. These individual are not recommended at this time to have the COIVD vaccine.
As per the government guidance:
- If you are pregnant you should not be vaccinated- you can have your vaccine once your pregnancy is over
- If you are thinking you may be pregnant you should delay vaccination until you are sure you are not
- If you considering getting pregnant within the next 3 months you should delay your vaccine
- If you are breast feeding you should wait until you have finished breast feeding all together and are no longer feeding your child via the breast before consider having the vaccine
According to the British Heart Foundation, If you are taking a blood thinner such as warfarin, or a new anticoagulation, the bleeding may take a little longer to stop and you may get more bruising on your upper arm. Public Health England and the Department of Health have said that you can have the vaccine if your anticoagulant therapy is stable.
As with any vaccination we advise you to discuss all issue with the person consenting and giving you for the vaccine at the time you are having it.
We cannot advise on anything other than the Government guidance.
We will update you if anything further develops