The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine have now been approved for use and the NHS have started to offer them to priority groups.
When will a vaccine be available?
The first, limited, deliveries of the vaccine started week beginning 7 December and the NHS is offering them to those who need them most based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations.
Who will get a vaccine?
The vaccine will be offered to those at greatest risk from COVID-19 first, people over 80 years old and prioritised frontline health and social care workers. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here. As more supplies of the vaccine or alternative vaccines become available it will be rolled out in phases to people aged between 80 and 50 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn so please do not contact your GP practice.
Where and when can I get a vaccine?
To start with, vaccines will only be available at hospital ‘hubs’ where the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely. However, arrangements are also being put in place to offer vaccines from a number of different locations as more supplies and different vaccines become available. These include local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
We will be contacting more and more people over the coming days and weeks, as well as protecting those of our staff who are at greatest risk. Please don’t contact your NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you.
Please note, where it says “All invited” in the table below, this means that everyone in that group should have been contacted to be invited for their first vaccination, unless they’re on our “housebound” list. Similarly, some will have been contacted but asked to defer their vaccination, either depending on medical history or while they recover from a COVID infection. It doesn’t mean that all patients in that group have been vaccinated. If you’re in one of the groups which are marked “All invited” but haven’t heard from the practice and think you might have been missed, then please send us an askmyGP.
|1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers||All invited|
|2a. all those 80 years of age and over||All Invited|
2b. frontline health and social care workers
(requires proof from employer)
|3. all those 75 years of age and over||All invited|
|4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals||All Invited|
|5. all those 65 years of age and over||All Invited|
|6. all individuals aged 16 years[footnote 2] to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality||All Invited|
|7. all those 60 years of age and over||Booking Now|
|8. all those 55 years of age and over||Not yet started|
|9. all those 50 years of age and over||Not yet started|
Further information and how you can help us
We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.