ASTRA-ZENECA VACCINE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click here to read the most recent information from the government regarding the Astra-Zeneca vaccination.  We will endeavour to update this information as soon as it becomes available.

We know that there will be some patients who have questions following the government’s announcement regarding the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. We want to reassure patients that the risks with this vaccine are extremely low and for the vast majority of people the benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risks.

There is a helpful information leaflet that has been produced by Public Health England, this can be accessed here.

For patients who have questions about their second dose of AstraZeneca; The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) state that ‘all those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age’. There are specific patients who should take clinical advice before receiving a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – primarily patients with a history of thrombosis or who have experienced thrombosis after vaccination (with any COVID-19 vaccine).

If you are under 30 and already have a first dose vaccine appointment booked at the Health Innovation Campus please attend for your appointment, we will contact you if the new guidance released regarding the AstraZeneca vaccination affects you in any way.


COHORT 6

We would like to reassure everyone that we are still inviting our patients in cohort 6 (those with an underlying health condition) for their first COVID-19 vaccination. The large number of people in this group and vaccine delivery has meant that not everyone eligible has been invited yet - if you are in this group and have not been invited then we will be in contact as soon as we can. Please note that we will announce when we have finished inviting patients in this cohort; if at this point you have not been invited but think you should have been, please contact the practice.

If you are in cohorts 1 - 5 (those aged 65+ and the clinically extremely vulnerable) and have not yet had your first COVID-19 vaccination, you can contact us on 01524 843333 if you want to book an appointment. We are also inviting patients for their second vaccinations - you will be contacted within 12 weeks of your first vaccination to be invited for this.
Thank you to everyone for your continued patience and compliance!


ATTENDING YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT

You may be aware that we have recently experienced some long queues during our COVID-19 vaccination clinics. We’d like to thank everyone who has had to wait for your patience and understanding, and the continued good spirits!
We are working hard to continually improve our processes to reduce wait times and have made some initial changes already.
How can you help?
To anyone coming for their vaccination in the near future, please do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment - this will help to stop queues from forming and allow you to get your vaccination more quickly. If you are late for your appointment, you will still be vaccinated so please do not worry about missing your time slot.
If you do arrive early then it’s important that you stay in your car until your appointment time - we know the urge is to join the queue as soon as possible but by doing so you could be delaying the process for yourself and others.
Again, thank you to everyone who has attended - you are part of the country’s best route out of this pandemic!

ASTHMA SUFFERS 

We know that a lot of our patients have been asking whether or not they will be invited for their vaccination during cohort six - which is those with underlying health conditions.
We want to try and make it clear who will be invited, and why you may not have been invited. We are following guidelines released by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation which outlines who should be invited for their COVID-19 vaccine and when, you can find the priority groups here: https://bit.ly/3i3rVwC.
Please note that we have not yet invited all of our patients in cohort 6 for their vaccination, so it may be that you are eligible - if this is the case, you will receive your invitation in the coming weeks.
Information has been particularly confusing for those with asthma, hopefully the following will provide some clarity. Unfortunately you will only be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine during the current cohort if you have ever had an emergency hospital admission for your asthma, or ever been prescribed three courses of steroid tablets in a three-month period. If you do not meet this criteria, then you will be invited for your vaccination at a later date - data now shows that for most people with well-controlled asthma that is not severe, the risk of becoming seriously ill or dying with COVID-19 isn’t increased.
We would like to reassure you that every adult registered with a GP in the UK will be invited for a vaccination
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SECOND VACCINATION ROLLOUT 

(16th February 2021)
We have now received information regarding second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will shortly be inviting patients who received their first vaccine dose in December to book into these appointments.
PLEASE DO NOT RING THE PRACTICE TO BOOK - WE WILL CONTACT YOU DIRECTLY.
The clinics will take place in early March within 12 weeks of your first vaccination.
Clinics held for 2nd vaccinations will run alongside those for people having their first vaccination - this will not affect our upcoming clinics for cohorts 5 and 6.
It’s really important that you have this second dose of the vaccine to make sure you have the highest protection from the disease as possible.
We would also like to remind you of the importance of attending your second dose appointment at the same place you attended your first in order to help us prevent vaccine waste.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are the COVID-19 vaccine clinics being held?

Our clinics are held at the Health Innovation Campus, which is part of Lancaster University. However, the building is not located on the main university campus – you will need to take a different turning off the A6 if you are attending the clinics.

Full Address: Health Innovation Campus, Sir John Fisher Drive, Lancaster, LA1 4AT

If approaching from the south (Galgate): You should travel north on the A6, and past the main university entrance where the sports centre is (straight on at those traffic lights). You should then turn right at the next set of traffic lights.

If approaching from the north (Lancaster): Turn left at the new set of traffic lights, before the main university campus. If you have reached the main campus – you’ve gone too far.

Directions to the Health Innovation Campus

or Click here to see a map with directions to the Health Innovation Campus.

Our vaccination clinics are being held at the Health Innovation Campus due to its large space, facilitating us vaccinating a large number of patients in a short period of time.  This is the designated primary care location for Lancaster currently – unfortunately we are unable to deliver vaccines from any other locations currently.

  • When will I be eligible to get the vaccine?

We are currently following rules outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on which groups should receive their vaccinations first. This is the priority list as outlined by the JCVI: https://bit.ly/3i3rVwC

Please also consider that we are reliant on the supply of vaccines for the speed at which we vaccinate our population.

  • I am a frontline worker, why have I not been invited yet?

If you are a frontline healthcare or social care worker and have not yet been invited for your vaccination, please check within your organisation first. If there is no plan in place for COVID-19 vaccinations within your organisation then please ask your employer to contact us on 01524 843333.

  • I am housebound, when will I be vaccinated?

At this time we are awaiting guidance on how to transport vaccine doses to individuals who are housebound.  We will be in contact with our housebound patients as soon as we can.

If you think you would be able to get to the Health innovation Campus (there is wheelchair access) for your vaccination then please call the practice on 01524 843333 and we will be able to arrange that for you as long as you are currently eligible.

  • How will I be contacted to be invited to book an appointment?

If we have a mobile number for you on our records then you will receive a text from which you can follow a link to book into an appointment. Alternatively, if we do not have a mobile number for you on our records then we will call you to invite you to book an appointment.

  • How do I know that the invitation is not a scam?

Click here to see an example of what the text invitation will look like.

Please be aware that even if you are registered with Queen Square Medical Practice the invitation will come from Lancaster Medical Practice. Additionally, please note that Lancaster Medical Practice as well as all NHS organisations will NEVER ask for any banking information, passwords or PIN numbers. If you think you have received a false invitation, you can report it using Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

  • I don’t know if my contact details are up to date

If you think that we may have an outdated phone number for you, please either ring the practice on 01524 843333 or email us at queen.square@gp-p81013.nhs.uk.  Please note that this is for Lancaster Medical Practice patients only.

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