Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccinations Update

The practice is very pleased that as per the government's target to vaccinate cohorts 1-9 by the 15th April, we have managed to vaccinate a high percentage across all of the cohorts. This has been a major vaccination campaign that has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of our team which has included a lot of overtime. The practice has tried to make contact with all patients in the eligible groups. If you have not yet received a vaccination and you are eligible, please contact the surgery or book an appointment via the nhs.uk website to attend a clinic at a vaccination hub. 

 

The practice over the last couple of weeks have also started to invite patients who are due for their second covid vaccination. The current guidelines are still that a second dose is given 11-12 weeks after the first vaccination. Please be assured that you have not been forgotten and will be contacted closer to the time when you are due a second dose. 

 

The NHS has started inviting people aged 45 and over for a coronavirus vaccination.  If you receive an invite from the National Booking Service, you can book directly with them, or we will be in touch shortly when we have appointments available. Patients aged 45 or over can currently book a covid vaccination on the nhs.uk website at a vaccination hub. 

 

Please follow the current guidelines set by the government to help keep yourself and everybody safe. 

 

Hands - Face - Space - Fresh air 

 

Thank you 

 

New guidance for the Astra Zeneca (Oxford) covid vaccination

Following on from yesterday's announcement from the MHRA & JCVI regarding the Astra Zeneca (Oxford) vaccination, please see the new guidance below. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting

Second Covid Doses

The practice would like to reassure patients that we have not been given any indication that second doses for patients will be disrupted. As per guidance patients will receive their second Covid vaccination at 11-12 weeks. 

The practice will contact you closer to the time to offer you an appointment.

BMI

Are you aware that excess weight can increase risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19?


If you suspect you have a BMI in excess of 40, please contact the practice to book an appointment to have your weight confirmed. You may be eligible to receive your Covid Vaccination sooner than your age cohort permits.

Health and Social Care Workers

The practice is currently planning covid vaccinations for health & social care workers and we need to know if you are eligible. If your work involves providing direct face to face health or social care, please can you complete an eConsult which you can find on our homepage and select the admin option. 

Example eligible roles inclues - 

Doctors, dentists, midwives, nurses, vaccinators, paramedics, ambulance technician, pharmacists, optometrists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers, funeral operatives/mortuary technicians and ancillary staff who may have social contact with patients such as ward clerks, hospital porters and cleaners. 

For any residential and care home staff we will make direct contact with your employer to arrange a vaccination. 

Unpaid carers are currently not included in this cohort, but we do hope to be able to offer you a vaccination soon. 

Covid Vaccine Q&A

Why are patients being asked to not contact their GP surgery regarding covid vaccine invites?

As well as the extra work involved of inviting, setting up clinics and vaccinating patients, the practice must still be available to patients who require urgent & non urgent care. We must ensure that our phone lines are accessible to a patient who may have an urgent issue and needs to speak to a clinician.

 

The practice is currently inviting other patients in my age group, why have I not been contacted yet?

Each cohort that the practice invites for a vaccination has hundreds of patients. Once a notification of a delivery is received the practice sets up a clinic and works through our cohort list for the amount of vaccinations we have been allocated. The vaccination programme is being carried out by PCN’s (Primary Care Networks), within our PCN we are partnered up with Townsend House & Axminster practices. If you have not received an invite, you have not been forgotten, we are working through the cohort list and you will be contacted and offered an appointment.

 

How will the practice contact me?

Patients are being contacted via telephone. If a patient does not answer, if possible a message will be a left and a note will be made on your record that you have received an invite so a receptionist can book you an appointment. Unfortunately if a clinic is fully booked when you call back, you will go back on the cohort list and receive another invite when the next clinics are arranged. The practice may also send you a text message with instructions on how to book an appointment.

 

Are the clinics safe?

Yes, the practice has worked very hard to ensure that social distancing measures are adhered to, masks are worn, sanitiser is available and that patients enter and exit through different parts of the building. We ask that patients do not arrive early for their appointments as we need to ensure the footfall within the hospital is kept to a minimum. If you arrive too early, you may be asked to wait outside or come back at your appointment time. We have received excellent feedback from patients who have attended an appointment at Seaton hospital.

 

Do I have to go to a vaccination hub?

No, although the practice feels that this is a positive that a patient may have two options of either going to a hub or waiting to be contacted by the practice to have your vaccine locally. It is a patient’s decision whether they wish to attend an appointment at a vaccination hub or to wait until invited by the practice. PLEASE do not contact the practice to ask when we will be inviting you for an appointment so you can decide which is most suitable.

 

Can I choose which vaccination I have?

We encourage patients to take the first invite received regardless of the vaccination as both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca (Oxford) are licensed and there is no guarantee for how long you may have to wait to receive another vaccination. The practice has no control over the vaccinations that we receive.

 

I suffer with allergies, can I have the vaccination?

Patients who have had any anaphylaxis reaction in the past have been advised to have the Astra Zeneca vaccination. If you have any concerns, this can be discussed with the vaccinator who has a list of questions which includes a question about previous allergies. A clinical decision can then be made whether or not to go ahead with the vaccination.

 

Why am I not included in a cohort?

The practice must follow the instructions set by NHS England and the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) as to who we can vaccinate. The majority of cohorts are based on age, but we do have cohort 6 which is patients 16-64 with underlying health conditions. Although you may feel your condition makes you eligible, the practice must adhere to the health conditions that have been set within cohort 6.

 

I am a carer, can I be vaccinated?

Devon CCG has updated practices about which carers are currently eligible for a vaccination within cohort 6.

  • If carer is the primary carer for someone is who in cohorts 1-6 i.e. they care for someone who is clinically vulnerable to Covid 19
  • Are registered as an unpaid carer with their GP practice
  • Or are in receipt of carers allowance

 

I am a health & social care worker, can I be vaccinated?

The practice has worked very hard to ensure that all health & social care workers have been vaccinated. We rely on patients informing us that they work in health & social care, so if you have not had a vaccination, please contact the practice.

 

I have had my first vaccination, when will i receive my second dose?

The current guidance is that patients will receive a second vaccination by 11/12 weeks. We would like to reassure patients that you have not been forgotten and will be contacted closer to the time when your second dose is due. 

 

I had my first vaccination at my previous practice, what about my second dose?

Ideally patients should be having their second vaccination with the same provider who gave the first dose. If you have moved and registered with the practice you can have the second vaccination with us. You may be asked to provide your covid immunisation card or asked for your previous GP surgery details so we can call and confirm which covid vaccination you received and the date it was given. When you receive your second dose may also depend on which vaccination has been delivered as we have no control over the dates of delivery and which vaccination we will receive. 

 

Do i need to have both vaccinations before i can travel?

There is currently no guidance regarding when/if travel will be permitted and if you will need to prove that you have had two vaccinations before you are allowed to travel.

When a decision is made the practice would like to make clear that we cannot bring forward vaccinations to allow a patient to be able to travel abroad IF required.

As per current guidelines, a patient will receive their second covid vaccination 11-12 weeks after the first. Only under exceptional circumstances are we able to vaccinate any earlier.

 

Patients can also find further information regarding the covid vaccination programme on the NHS England website: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/