Vaccination Update – Next steps

Vaccinations Update regarding next cohorts

Following another successful clinic at Poynton Civic Hall this week, we have further information about our vaccine delivery for the coming 2 weeks as well as the priority patient cohort groups we will be inviting.

We have been instructed by NHS England NOT to invite patients in the 65-69 age group (cohort 5) for vaccination at our centre in Poynton; this cohort will be invited to book their first vaccination via the national booking centre to attend one of the other vaccination sites. The closest of which  are a community pharmacy in Macclesfield and the new mass vaccination centre at Alderley Park https://www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk/news/news-stories/new-vaccination-centres-to-accelerate-drive-to-protect-cheshire-residents-from-covid-19/. Bookings can be made at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/. Patients in this age group will receive a letter from the national booking centre informing them of this.

However there is no need to wait for the letter, you can book your appointment now via this link.

 

For cohort 6, a wider group of people at higher clinical risk and carers, we have clinics planned for Saturday 20th February and Friday/Saturday 26th/27th of February at Poynton Civic Hall.

At times this patient cohort (cohort 6) has been referred to as patients “usually receiving an offer of a free flu vaccine”.   This isn’t strictly accurate.  Most notably the criteria for asthmatics is that,  patients must have asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of systemic (i.e. oral) steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission. Patients with controlled asthma are NOT included in cohort 6.   Recent evidence suggests they are at no greater risk than the rest of the population of experiencing serious illness or hospitalisation associated with COVID-19. To give some idea of the proportion of our asthmatic patients who will be included in cohort 6, we have approximately 2300 patients with asthma and only around 500 are included in cohort 6.

In the coming 2 weeks we will only receive enough vaccine to give first vaccinations to around half of the total cohort 6.  Once again can we ask for your support and please don’t contact us to book an appointment.   Wait for a text message or telephone call from the practice.

It continues to be the case that we receive vaccines under an allocation system and have no control over the pace at which we can deliver first vaccinations.

We are expecting to hear further details about how second vaccine bookings will be managed in the coming week.  However at this point we are not giving any 2nd vaccination appointments so please do not contact us about this, we will contact you.

Once again can we ask you to bear with us during this extremely busy time and wherever possible and appropriate, remember to use self-care and your local pharmacy team to deal with any minor illness.