COVID Vaccinations for those under 50 and without high risk conditions.

COVID Vaccinations for those under 50 and without high risk conditions.

 The Middlewood Partnership, along with help and support from an army of volunteers, has  made a significant contribution to delivering the COVID vaccination programme to date, delivering over 17,500 vaccine doses so far to the people of Bollington, Disley and Poynton, whilst also caring for patients’ routine, urgent and COVID care. Over half our adult population has now received their first vaccine dose and we thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in helping make this happen.

As the vaccination programme moves into its next phase, and we focus on giving the second doses, we have had to make a difficult decision about whether we have the capacity to vaccinate cohorts 10-12 – i.e. adults aged 18 – 49.

To ensure there is continued local access to the COVID-19 vaccine for those in cohorts 10-12 at the same time as we deliver second doses to higher risk groups, we have worked with NHS England to secure alternative arrangements are put in place. This may include alternative local providers, such as local pharmacies, hospital hubs and larger vaccination centres.

This means that, whilst Middlewood will continue to complete second vaccinations for those in cohorts 1-9, we will be asking those under 50, in cohorts 10-12, to attend these alternative sites for their vaccines.

Key messages

  • Our service is providing vaccinations to people in cohorts 1-9 and this will continue.
  • We are continuing to book in people in cohorts 1-9 who have not yet been vaccinated for their first dose and we will carry on doing this to make sure that no-one is left behind.
  • People in cohorts 1 – 9 who haven’t had a first dose yet should contact the practice now for a first dose appointment.
  • We will be able to give the second dose to everyone who has had their first dose of the vaccine with us and we will continue to invite people for their second dose when this is due.
  • We will not be providing a vaccination service for people aged 18 to 49 when they become eligible. We were set up as a service for cohorts 1-9 only and there are a wide range of alternative local options for people who are due to be vaccinated next.
  • If you are in this younger cohort, you will be able to get your vaccination at other local vaccination services including hospital hubs, community pharmacies and larger vaccination centres. You will be contacted by text or letter by the national programme.
  • When you become eligible, you will be able to book your vaccine and choose a local service through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.
  • Other services in this area have sufficient capacity to be able to vaccinate everyone who is eligible when it is their turn.
  • It is very important that when you are invited, you attend the appointment for the vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I’m now eligible for the vaccine, as I’m aged 18-49 – can I be vaccinated at the GP practice?

The practice will not be running vaccination clinics for people aged 18 – 49, when they become eligible. We were set up as a service for people aged 50 and over only.  There are a wide range of alternative local options for people who are due to be vaccinated next.

So where can I get my vaccine from?

You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn and invited to book an appointment via the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119. You will be given the option of attending a local participating pharmacy or vaccination centre.  It’s really important that when you get your invitation, you take up the offer of having the vaccine, as you will be protecting yourself and friends and family around you. 

Will I have to wait longer?

No, you shouldn’t have to wait any longer for your vaccine.

I fall in to one of the first Cohorts – how can I get my vaccine?

If you are 50 years old or older or are in another eligible group and haven’t had your vaccine yet, it’s important you are vaccinated as soon as possible.  Please speak to a member of practice staff to book your appointment, contact the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

What about getting my second dose of the vaccine?

If you have already had one dose of the vaccine, you will be able to get your second dose using the same service as with your first.

Are you withdrawing from the programme because there is a problem with the rollout of the vaccine?

There are no issues with the further rollout of the vaccine programme.  When we were asked to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme it was to vaccinated people in cohorts  1 – 9 only.  This is all people aged 50 years old and older and those who fit into the other eligible groups. 

There are a number of other services in this area that have sufficient capacity to be able to vaccinate everyone who is eligible when it is their turn.

Where can I get more information about the vaccine?

You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme NHS.UK website.