Middlewood Update

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to support the vaccination programme.  We have so many volunteers who continue to attend the clinics to help us – thank you!  Massive thank you again to our ‘Outside Marshalls’ who really have experienced all-weather, from snow in February to enjoying some beautiful sunshine this week.  Throughout it all, they are ensuring everyone enters and exits the Civic hall safely.

We appreciate car parking has been a problem on some days.  This is because so many more people are out and about now since lockdown has lifted and the car park is more fully used.  Please can we ask that people are patient and kind.  We will not be turning you away if you are a few minutes late for your appointment.  Please stay safe in the car park.

We posted a message on Friday sharing that we will not be providing 1st COVID vaccinations for the under 50’s age group.  There are many options locally including pharmacies and vaccination centres where people can attend. These cohorts will be receiving a letter from the national booking centre which will contain information on the options for booking locally. Not vaccinating the under 50’s cohorts will allow our staff to return their focus to our core work of managing patients who require general practice services.

We will be continuing to deliver 2nd vaccinations to all those patients who already have received a 1st vaccinations at Middlewood.

Please be aware that you may be invited earlier than 10 weeks from your 1st vaccination.  This is good news and the vaccine is just as effective if given a few weeks earlier.  We need to use the vaccine as we receive it and we are slightly ahead of schedule.  Please book your vaccine appointment as soon as you receive your text message invitation. Please, please attend for your appointment.  We have noticed an increasing trend of people not turning up for appointments.  This creates massive issues both in terms of managing our vaccine supplies – as we plan very carefully the number of vaccines we have for each clinic, plus an increase in administration in trying to rebook people.  Please help us during this exceptionally busy time.

Dates for clinics planned in the coming weeks are:

  • None next week (26th April)
  • Thursday 6th May full-day clinic
  • There is likely to be a clinic the week commencing the 10th May for those patients awaiting a 2nd Pfizer vaccination

Please, during this very busy time, and wherever possible and appropriate, remember to use self-care and your local pharmacy team to deal with any minor illness.

Thank you, everyone.