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The Government has asked the NHS to be ready to deliver a vaccination programme for England from December 2020, so that those at greatest risk will be able to access vaccinations as soon as they are available. Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the NHS is working closely with partners across all public services on the development of these plans.
Detailed planning has been underway, building on the expertise and strong track record the NHS has already in delivering immunisations like the annual flu vaccination programme, to ensure that a COVID-19 vaccination programme does not impact on other vital services.
For care home residents and staff and people who are housebound, the NHS will establish roving vaccine delivery services in care homes and people’s own homes, working with local councils and social care providers. For others and as eligibility is extended, this will be supplemented by local vaccination sites, which could be within existing NHS buildings or temporary standalone services.
The NHS will be recruiting as many trained and experienced vaccinators as possible, including those already working in primary care. The Government recently set out details of a new contractual agreement for GPs and their teams through which they can support the programme. Experienced vaccinators working for NHS trusts and other employers will also be among the first asked to help deliver the vaccine. The Government has also consulted on temporary changes to legislation to allow a wider group of clinical staff, including physiotherapists and paramedics, to become vaccinators with appropriate training and supervision.
A national public communications campaign will commence shortly, focusing at first on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in general. This will be supplemented by localised communications across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and targeted engagement with communities who traditionally experience health inequalities.
Andover PCN - St Marys Surgery, Charlton Hill Surgery, Andover Health Centre, Adelaide Medical Centre and Shepherds Spring Medical Centre are collaborating to deliver COVID vaccinations from The Lights, West Street, Andover, SP10 1AH
Please do not phone your surgery to request an appointment. We will contact you when it is your turn to be offered a vaccination.There is a strict priority list which can be review here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Who will be vaccinated next?
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 (those who were shielding)
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 (we suspect this will be all those who are normally eligible for a flu jab)
All those 60 years of age and over
All those 55 years of age and over
All those 50 years of age and over
Who cannot be vaccinated?
Any person with a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) to a vaccine, medicine or food should not receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
What should you do now?
Do consider getting your flu vaccination if you have not done so already.
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