COVID-19 Vaccine Update

We have now begun our vaccination programme for our patients at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton.

The first vaccinations for people aged 80 and above have gone well.

The order of vaccination is set nationally and we will contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. A couple of weeks before this we will send you detailed information about the vaccination and it will be up to date for the date sent (this may change by the day of the vaccination itself). We will send this by email, text or by post to those without access to email or a mobile ‘phone. Please read this information and let us know about any changes to your contact details.

As soon as we have confirmation of vaccine delivery dates and the appointments are available to book we will do this by ringing you. You may get this call from an ‘unrecognised’ number. If you are expecting a call about the vaccination please take these calls.

The first vaccinations will be with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and will be at the Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton, SP2 0JS.

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For our patients we have been allocated 80 appointments between 0900 and 1115 on Thursday 7th January 2021 and Saturday 9th January 2021.

All those patients identified as needing to be vaccinated have been contacted and all these appointments have been booked (by 02 January 2021). We anticipate another vaccine delivery a week later and will be contacting more patients aged 80 and over to book into the next set of appointments. These calls are likely to start on Thursday 7th January to book for a week later.

The first Oxford Astra/Zeneca vaccine delivery is expected in mid-January but only enough to vaccinate care home residents and staff.

We expect more supplies of both vaccines to start arriving in late January and beyond and will start inviting patients in priority order as soon as we are able to do so but we can only vaccinate you if it is your turn and you have an appointment. The vaccination clinics only have enough vaccine for those with an appointment and cannot vaccinate anyone else (like a carer who has brought the appointed patient or a family member just below the age group).

We have just over 200 patients aged 80 and over to vaccinate first and the Joint Committee on vaccinations and Immunisations advised us on the latest priority groups:

  • 1 Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • 2 All those aged 80 and over plus frontline health and social care workers
  • 3 All those aged 75 and over
  • 4 All those aged 70 and over PLUS clinically extremely vulnerable adults (those who were shielded)
  • 5 All those aged 65 and over
  • 6 All those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease or mortality and their carers (everyone entitled to a free ‘flu jab excluding pregnant women)
  • 7 All those aged 60 and over
  • 8 All those aged 55 and over
  • 9 All those aged 50 and over

This list has changed slightly as age remains the most important risk factor. In each age group we will prioritise those with underlying health conditions and the oldest in each group. In total Hindon surgery has almost 1,400 eligible for vaccination (twice) and the PCN around 20,000 people.

In late December the timing of the second vaccination changed (so that double the number of people gets protected as soon as possible) and we will invite you for this when the new guidance is clear. The first vaccination gives a good level of protection but the second will boost this and also help that protection last longer.

To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:

  • Please do not telephone us to ask when or if you are going to get a Covid Vaccine.
  • We will contact you individually if and when you are invited to have a vaccine and will keep this website updated.
  • The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
  • Please act on your invitation when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointment.
  • Make a note in your dairy for three months after the first vaccination – we should have contacted you about the second vaccination before then but it is a useful safety net.
  • Even when vaccinated continue to abide by all the social distancing, face masks, hand hygiene and national guidance. At present theis guidance applies to all of us whether we have been vaccinated or not and remains essential to stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives.

A huge thank you to everyone who has coped with this pandemic so well and for your patience as you wait for your turn to be vaccinated.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this vaccination programme please email the surgery and we can pass on your offer to the team managing this process on behalf of the seven general practices in the Sarum West Primary Care Network

Dr Patrick Craig-McFeely & Dr Sally Hayes
Update Saturday 02 January 2021