As we have started organising the second round of the COVID 19 vaccinations, we wanted to have advice and on your most common questions
For action: Website message for patients re. Covid vaccination appointment texts
Anecdotal feedback indicates that some patients think that the text message with the AccuRx weblink they get from PCN vaccination sites might be a scam. To help assure patients, the following message is suggested for practices to put on websites:
NHS services are using text messages as one of the ways to invite people in for their Covid vaccination. A genuine message will never ask for your bank details or request a payment. It may ask you to confirm your date of birth to make sure the message has reached the intended person. Text messages for our local GP-led site may include a weblink from ‘accurx.thirdparty.nhs.uk’.
If you receive a text message which looks suspicious, you can forward this free of charge to the 7726 SMS reporting service.
The 2nd dose:
- Bromley GP Alliance will be sending a text message invitation to patients for their second vaccine. However this will not be happening until they receive the delivery schedule.
- They will only be vaccinating patients who had their first vaccine with the organisation.
- Jabs will only be given at the same vaccination site, unless there are exemption circumstances
- If yourself or a relative was in hospital for their first vaccination
- If yourself or a relative has moved into a care home
- Reallocated to another area with significant distance
This is all because the organisations are only being given second guaranteed vaccines based on their date from giving out the first vaccine.
For patients who have been told to have their seconds vaccine before 12 weeks by consultants. This will need to be discussed with BGPA via the surgery or put in the patients’ medical records, so we are able to review patients directly who contact BGPA.
16-18 year olds
These patient are required to have the Pfizer vaccine. We are keeping a list of these patients and they will be contacted BGPA have received their delivery schedule.
Patients aged 56- 64
This group has been invited under the national booking scheme and have to book at the mass vaccination site
GP Practices/ BGPA have to remain vaccinating the cohorts aged 65 and above or clinically venerable aged 16-65 (group 6)
Teachers are unable to have their vaccine unless they fall into priority group 6
The key overarching messages for patients are:
- please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
- when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
- you may not receive your vaccine at your GP practice but at another local vaccination centre;
- vaccines are being supplied in a phased approach;
- it is likely to take until at least Spring before the most at risk groups have been vaccinated, this is a marathon and not a sprint;
- as more vaccine supplies become available, more vaccine sites will be added, and more people able to get their vaccine;
|Thank you for your enquiry – we are being inundated with calls and emails about the COVID-19 vaccine and we cannot respond to these messages individually. If you have another query we will respond as soon as possible.
The NHS in South East London is supporting the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across the region and the good news is that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has now been approved and we will be getting deliveries of these in the coming weeks.
The nationally set priority list for the vaccine is still being used to co-ordinate who is offered the vaccines and when. This is a long-term rolling programme which will take several months so please be patient. Demand is very high but we are currently only on the first batch of vaccines. As more vaccines becomes available more sites will open in South East London and more of the priority groups will be contacted.
It is also important to note that patients may not be vaccinated at their local GP practice but could be sent to a vaccination hub site in the SE London region.
People will only be contacted when the vaccine is available for them – and depending on your position in the priority groups above this could be within a few weeks or even a few months.
As I am sure you appreciate our practice is very busy at the moment, as are other NHS services – please do not contact us with general queries about when you will be able to get the vaccine.
Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/ including frequently asked questions and this information is updated on a regular basis.
Please continue to follow all government guidelines to help control the virus and keep you, your loved ones and your community safe.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
please continue to follow the government’s guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives.
COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then.
The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.
If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination. For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.
This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.
Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter. Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives.
Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/.