Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Vaccination Third Primary Vaccine Dose

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose as part of their primary COVID-19 vaccination schedule. If you are eligible to have your third primary vaccination, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will write to you to advise you on how to access this dose.

If you have received a letter from the CCG letting you know that you're eligible, they have provided some helpful frequently asked questions and answers on their website. 

https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/frequently-asked-questions-regarding-the-third-primary-dose/

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update September 2021

Our Practice helped to vaccinate thousands of patients in the earlier stages of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and we are so grateful to our wonderful Practice team as well as brilliant local volunteers whose dedication and commitment enabled us to help protect our community from COVID-19.

The vaccination programme is now entering its next phase, with booster vaccinations being offered to those most at risk of COVID-19. We are not offering these booster vaccinations at our Practice, so if you are eligible, and it has been at least six months since your second dose, then please visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119 to book.

Please note booster vaccines cannot be accessed on a walk-in basis.

If you have yet to get your first dose or you are due your second dose, you can choose to book your appointments via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, or you can find a local walk-in venue near you via www.thevaccinators.co.uk.

Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including frequently asked questions and patient information leaflets here https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/.

 27 September 2021

Vaccinators on Tour - coming to a venue near you!

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS has launched Vaccinators on Tour this week, a new mobile vaccinator team that is powered by NHS staff to help get us all get back to doing the things we love. Anyone aged 18 or over is invited to get their COVID-19 jab from The Vaccinators at any of their forthcoming locations – no appointments required - just rock up. 

 

All dates can be found on the new dedicated the Vaccinators on Tour website via www.thevaccinators.co.uk that will updated daily with latest information.

Covid-19 Vaccination Walk-In Clinics in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A number of walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are taking place across our area.  Use the link below for details of the different walk-in options.

https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/information-regarding-walk-in-clinics/

People aged 18 and over can now get the COVID-19 Vaccine

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over.

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website 

  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

 

 

Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

You may get a high temperature or feel hot or shivery 1 or 2 days after having your vaccination.

But if you have a high temperature that lasts longer than 2 days, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste you may have COVID-19. Stay at home and get a test.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

Reports of extremely rare blood clots

The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of an extremely rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.

The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. For people aged 40 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk of clotting problems.

For people under 40 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:

  • a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
  • a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
  • a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting on GOV.UK

So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or clotting problems, have been very rare.

To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:

UPDATE ON OXFORD/ASTRAZENECA VACCINE April 2021

The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.

The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus. For people aged 30 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any risk of clotting problems.

For people under 30 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:

  • a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
  • a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
  • a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain

Public Health England has published a guide for patients with more information on Covid-19 vaccination and blood clotting.

AZ vaccine blood clot FAQ.pdf

Covid-19 Vaccination - Guidance for Women of Childbearing Age, Currently Pregnant or Breast Feeding

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as people of the same age or risk group.  The COVID-19 vaccines available in the UK have been shown to be effective and to have a good safety profile. These vaccines do not contain live coronavirus and cannot infect a pregnant woman or her unborn baby in the womb.

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, read the latest guidance from Public Health England (April 2021).

Covid-19 Vaccination In Pregnancy.pdf

Covid-19 Vaccination and Severe Mental Illness

If you are an adult living with a severe mental illness in England you should now be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination.  You could also be eligible if you care for someone with a severe mental illness.

The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective.  It is being offered to priority groups first, before being offered to all adults in the UK whether they are in a priority group or not.  Working age people (aged 16-64) with severe mental illness are included in Priorty Group 6 and also includes those with learning disabilities.  Equally Well UK have produced a guide for people with severe mental illness and their carers on what to expect from the Covid-19 vaccination programme. 

New videos to support people with severe mental illness get their COVID19 vaccine and advice for primary care professionals that support people with SMI are now available here: https://bit.ly/3fM24KF

Covid-19 Vaccination and Severe Mental Illness.pdf