Westongrove Surgery have put together some FAQs about the covid-19 vaccine. These will be updated regularly on the Westongrove Facebook page when more information becomes available to them. The main points are:
When will patients start being vaccinated?
Our COVID-19 vaccination programme will begin from w/c 18TH JANUARY 2021 (subject to receiving the vaccine).
When are you expecting to receive your first vaccinations?
The first batch of 975 vaccines should be delivered between 13th-15th January 2021 but this has not yet been completely confirmed. We will be vaccinating NHS and care home staff with this first batch. This will allow us to test all of the systems at the vaccination centre and iron out any problems ahead of vaccinating the wider community. There is also a significant probability that the vaccines will not arrive on time and appointments will need rescheduling over the following days.
We are expecting a further delivery at some point during the week commencing 18th January. Once we have a confirmed date we can then start booking patients in for their vaccinations. We will have to do this quite close to the vaccination date to minimise the risk of having to reschedule hundreds of appointments should the vaccine delivery be delayed.
Where will the vaccination centre be based?
The vaccination will be administered at the indoor bowls arena in Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP. There will be a team of Marshalls to help direct you when you arrive.
How are the vaccinations being organised?
9 practices in Aylesbury Vale are forming a team to vaccinate patients. This will be rolled out in line with the government priority group system, as previously published on our Facebook page.
How will my appointment be booked?
You will be contacted as soon as your priority group is ready to get vaccinated. Most patients will receive a SMS text that will have a direct link to book your first appointment, but please don’t worry if you do not have a mobile – we will call you.
Should I call the surgery to book my appointment?
Please wait to be contacted to leave the phones free for urgent calls. Everyone is on our list and we have double-checked it! We will let you know as soon as it is your turn to be vaccinated.
How do I get to the vaccination centre?
If you do not have your own transport, we hope that you will be able to access transport as you normally would do for medical appointments through friends, family, public transport, or the local community transport systems that are up and running.
We are awaiting further information from a local coach company called Masons, who may be able to offer your transport to and from the vaccination centre. More information about this will be posted next week.
How do I travel safely in the car with someone who is not in my household to receive a vaccine?
Under current restrictions travel for medical appointments is permitted and everyone invited is encouraged to take up the offer of vaccination. There will be plenty of car parking spaces for your driver to wait for you whilst you receive the vaccine.
Where it is essential to car share, you can reduce the risk of transmission by:
· sharing the transport with the same people each time
· minimising the group size at any one time
· opening windows for ventilation
· travelling side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
· facing away from each other
· considering seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
· cleaning your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
· asking the driver and passengers to wear a face covering.
What are the plans for vaccinating people who are housebound?
The Pfizer vaccination, which is the one that is currently available to us, is not suitable for administration to people in their own homes due to its characteristics around mixing and storage.
The Astra Zeneca Oxford vaccine will be used to vaccinate people who are housebound as soon as it is available to us. At the moment we have not been told when this will be. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know via our Facebook page and our website.
When will unpaid carers be vaccinated?
We know only too well that unpaid careers play a vital role in looking after family members and they will also need the vaccine. Currently, they are not identified in the health / social care and care home staff cohort. As a practice, we are seeking urgent clarification about what priority group they are in and will provide more information on this as soon as we know.
What if I work in Frontline Healthcare in another capacity?
We are encouraging any patients who work in frontline care, to let us know. This might be as a dentist, physio, pharmacist, mental health worker, to name but a few. Please let us know your job role, and employer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can code your patient record and invite you for a vaccine as soon as possible.
Why are other places in the country getting the vaccine before us?
Because this is such a huge task, the vaccination programme is being rolled out in phases across the country, which is why some areas may have started the vaccination process before us. As a practice, we are committed to delivering any vaccine that is supplied to us as speedily and safely as possible.
How many vaccines will I need?
You will require 2 vaccinations for long term immunity. The second will be approximately 11 weeks after your initial dose. You will be contacted for the second vaccine in the same way you were contacted for your first vaccination.
Do you have plans to vaccinate people more locally?
We plan to have measures in place to administer the vaccine locally, more like our flu vaccination clinics once the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine becomes available to us.
How will you keep us updated on news of the vaccination programme?
We will keep you updated every Tuesday and Friday at 3:00 pm on our Facebook page and our website (just click on Hot Covid-19 Vaccine News).
How will you be responding to Facebook comments?
The social media team are reviewing the Facebook comments about the vaccine each day and we will include them in regular F.A.Q. posts that will be posted on Facebook at 3:00 pm every Tuesday and Friday and will be posted on our website.
How can I help share this information?
Please share this post with people who live in the area so we can make everyone more aware of the situation, particularly those that may not have access to the internet. #spreadthenews
Any final thoughts?
Please be assured that we will contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. If you have changed your contact details recently please let us know by sending us a message to email@example.com
Everyone single one of you in the priority groups has a code attached to your medical
records so we know whom to invite when. As with anything new we will be learning as we go along and striving to get better at what we do so that every single person in the national priority groups is offered Covid-19 vaccination as safely and quickly as possible.