Covid-19 Vaccinations – appointment information

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The strict requirements for transporting, storing and administering vaccinations require that they can only be given from one approved site. For our Primay Care Network (PCN) this is Riverside Surgery in Evesham.

Our PCN comprises 7 GP practices – Riverside Surgery, Abbey Medical Practice, DeMontfort Surgery, Merstow Surgery, Grey Gables Surgery (Inkberrow) and Barn Close Surgery (Broadway). The available appointments for vaccinations are allocated in line with the patient populations of the 7 practices.

We are required to offer vaccinations in line with the groupings determined by the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) so there is no scope to be flexible about this.

Eligible patients will be contacted to arrange a time to attend. Please do not contact the surgery to request an appointment as phone lines are already busy.

Patients with a previous history of adverse reactions or allergies must be reviewed by a clinician before they can be offered a vaccination.

JCVI currently advises that in phase 2, it is preferable for adults aged 18 to 29 years without underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, if available. People may make an informed choice to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to receive earlier protection.

Vaccination Invitations – There has been a lot of confusion about letters and text messages inviting people for the Covid vaccination.

There are two completely separate systems running ..

There are the Government run mass vaccination centres, which are Nationwide. The closest mass vaccination centres are Malvern, Birmingham and Bristol.

Then there are the GP led vaccination services. For Bredon Hill patients, this is Riverside Surgery.

The Government is sending out letters to invite patients under 60 to attend one of the mass vaccination centres. This is being done to allow GP surgeries to concentrate on patients over 60 and those who have underlying health conditions.

If you receive a letter you can book a vaccine at one of the mass vaccination sites or you can wait until we contact you (usually via a text message) when your cohort is due to be called.

You can book to visit a large scale vaccination centre online or by calling 119

IMPORTANT – Please be advised if you should choose to go to one of the mass vaccination centres for your first vaccine , you will have to return there for the second vaccine.

Understanding the difference between Pfizer and Oxford (AstraZeneca) Covid vaccination clinics

At Riverside Surgery there is access to both the Pfizer vaccine and the Oxford (AZ) . The deliveries do vary. We will ensure whichever vaccine you reciece for your first dose, you will then recieve the same for the second.

The clinical requirements for the Pfizer and Oxford (AZ) are run very differently due to the clinical requirements for each vaccine. The difference to you, as the patient, will experience is the time it takes at the centre for your actual appointment.

The clincial requirements for the Pfizer vaccine state we MUST monitor patients for 15 minutes after the injection. If you have the Pfizer you will be directed to a room by staff to sit and wait afterwards. You will be advised by staff when your 15 will expire. This is overseen by one of our healthcare professionals.

The 15 minute wait time is not a requirement for the Oxford (AZ) vaccine, so these clinics are a little quicker.

If you are invited to Bredon Hill Surgery we are currently only offering the Oxford (AZ) vaccine.