COVID vaccination – Update

 

COVID vaccination – Update

23/8/2021

COVID and COVID vaccinations – Update 23/8/2021

COVID CASES INCREASING– Numbers of positive cases locally do seem to be reducing but please remain cautious. If you are unwell with mild and manageable COVID symptoms (reports of headaches, sore throat, runny nose as well as cough, loss of sense of taste/smell such as change in sense of taste/smell, temperature and a cough) please call 119 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk) to arrange a PCR test.

We cannot tell if you have COVID without test results.

Currently the vast majority of patients in hospital and in ITU have not had COVID vaccinations, many have had one vaccination but not completed the course and we are sorry to report that sadly some of our patients have recently died from COVID .  The offer to have a vaccination is still open. If you are aged 16 and over, PLEASE ATTEND to have your vaccinations to protect yourself and others from becoming seriously unwell from COVID. 

COVID vaccination– Marylebone patients continue to respond fantastically to offers of COVID vaccinations. Due to the high volume of numbers attending for a vaccination a range of sites have been established-Including a walk in site at Marble Arch Walk-in vaccination service now available in Westminster | Westminster City Council as well as local pharmacies. There will be a vaccination site close to you.

Most invitations to have vaccinations are done through a text link which is sent by a central booking team. Patients who do not receive texts or whose mobile phone numbers are out of date are contacted by our admin teams by telephone or letters but this takes a considerable time. It is important we have your up-to-date contact details to enable us to contact you quickly.

All patients aged 16 and over, in a high clinical risk/shielding group or carers have now been invited. Patients who are pregnant and over 18 years of age can also have the vaccination after discussion with a GP. If you are in the above group and have NOT yet received your invitation, please let us know by emailing clccg.PPG@nhs.net

Patients aged 12-15 who are severely immunocompromised or have a coded diagnoses of a learning disability (such as Downs Syndrome) have been invited to have a vaccination. Their families would also be invited. 

Second vaccinations are offered 8 weeks after the first vaccination is received if you are aged 40 and over and 11 weeks after the second if you are 18-40 years of age. The vaccination centre has advised us to inform patients that they are not able to provide earlier vaccinations unless your urgent medical treatment is delayed due to your need for second vaccinations. Travel, for any reason, is not a reason for you to have an earlier second vaccination. If they have extra or spare vaccines patients will invite patients earlier in order of date of first vaccination. 16-17 year olds will only be offered 1 vaccination. 

 

NHS APP- You can download the NHS app (not the NHS COVID app) to have access to your medical records and details about your COVID vaccinations. This the official way (for travel or access to venues) to prove that you have had a COVID vaccination. If you cannot download the NHS app please call 119 and they can provide you with an official NHS letter of confirmation. 119 often advise patients, incorrectly, to contact their GP to obtain an official proof of vaccination letter. GP letters are not considered official confirmation for travel and will not be issued. If you had a vaccination abroad this was not given by the NHS and will therefore not show on the NHS app.  If this is the case we will code the vaccination in your medical records however this is not considered as official documentation for entry or travel. The NHS app is for NHS administered vaccinations only.  

We are NOT trained nor experts on the NHS app and are receiving hundreds of requests from patients to help them down load the app. Whilst we try to support our patients we may not have staff capacity to assist. Please contact your travel providers to discuss any concerns you have about your vaccination certification.

 Astra Zeneca: As you are aware the Government have issued advice about the safety of Astra Zeneca vaccinations. If you ARE UNDER 40, pregnant or high risk of thrombosis you will be offered an appointment to have an alternative vaccination.

Marylebone Health Centre