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COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting your COVID-19 booster

In response to the national effort to protect people against the Omicron variant, the NHS is working to offer everyone aged 18 and over the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of December.

You can now have your booster 3 months after your second dose and we will contact you when it is your turn. We will be prioritising people according to their age so please do not contact the practice for an appointment until you are invited.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment at a community or pharmacy vaccination centre using the NHS National Booking Service. You can book online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. Vaccination centres will be open throughout the festive break and thousands of extra appointments have been made available so that everyone eligible can get their booster as quickly as possible.

Boosters will also be offered to 16 and 17 year olds following the latest recommendations from the JCVI. Arrangements are being put in place to offer these as soon as possible but national prescribing regulations need to be updated before this can happen. Please do not try to book an appointment or go to walk-in vaccination services until it has been announced that services are ready to offer boosters to this age group.

Booster Frequently Asked Questions leaflet Boosters FAQs

 

COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11s

 

The NHS is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all children aged 5-11, in line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). As well as protecting children against serious COVID infection and Long COVID, this will reduce the risk of children passing on the infection to others.

The practice is currently not offering vaccinations for this age group, unless they are within one of the at-risk groups who will be invited, but you can book an appointment at a convenient community or pharmacy vaccination centre. Please book online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, free of charge.

For further information on COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11s please visit the NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group website.

 

Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds

On Monday, the Government accepted the advice of the four chief medical officers to offer a single dose of the covid vaccine to all healthy 12-15-year-olds.

The NHS is working with partners and school immunisation services to deliver this in secondary schools and letters will start to be sent to parents or guardians of children aged 12-15 with further details from next week. They will also be asked to provide consent for their child to receive the vaccination, either through an online or a paper form. Children do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated.

At this time, CMOs advise that 12-15 year olds should be offered a first dose only, which will be of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the only vaccine currently authorised in the UK for those aged 12-15.

The recommendation for those aged 12-15 at greater risk of serious COVID-19, or who are household contacts of severely immunosuppressed individuals, remains that they be offered two. These children will have already been contacted by their GP and will not be included in the school programme.

Those that have a specific immunosuppressive condition as set out in JCVI guidance should have three doses in their primary schedule.   These will be arranged by their consultant or GP.

For further information please see the information leaflets below:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-and-young-people

 Easy read versions:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-easy-read-resources-for-children-and-young-people

Getting your second vaccination

People need two doses of the vaccine to make sure they get maximum protection. If you had your first dose at a GP centre, you will be contacted by your practice when it is time for your second dose. This will usually be 11-12 weeks after your first vaccination.

If it is 11 weeks after you received your first vaccination, and you have not yet been invited for your second vaccination, please contact your GP practice who will arrange an appointment for you.

For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk or www.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk

For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk or see these FAQs for patients 260421

Finding your NHS number

You can still book an appointment if you don’t have your NHS number, provided you are registered with a GP practice. However, it will be quicker if you have your number: this will be on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, or you can find it online at

www.nhs.uk/find-nhs-number

 Registering with a GP

You can find a GP practice on the NHS.uk website. You will need to fill in a form to register – for some practices you can do this on their website so check there first. Alternatively, you can download a GMS1 registration form on GOV.UK or arrange a time to pick up a registration form from the GP surgery. If you have problems registering with a GP practice, call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33.

If you have received a letter from the national booking system about a vaccination appointment and have any questions about this, please contact them on the number given. The practice does not have any information on the centres and is not able to book appointments for patients at these venues.

If you would prefer to have your appointment at our local service, you do not need to do anything – we will contact you as soon as an appointment is available.

Vaccination Invitation Letters from the National Booking System

Please note that you do not have to book an appointment at one of these centres if it is not convenient for you to get there. You can:

  • choose to wait for an invitation from your GP practice OR
  • choose to wait until one of the West Yorkshire centres open and are added to the national booking system, which will happen over the next few weeks. Please do not contact your local practice about an appointment until you receive an invitation from them. They will not be able to advise you on when you will get an appointment or which centres are available. All this information is available on the national booking system website. The centres in West Yorkshire that are currently on the national booking system are:
  • Boots pharmacy in Halifax
  • Superdrug in the Merrion Centre, Leeds
  • Pharmacy2U at the Village Hotel, Leeds
  • Pharmacy2U at Morrisons, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield.

Four large scale vaccination centres will be opening in West Yorkshire between now and mid- February. This will be at:

  • Navigation Walk, Wakefield
  • The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
  • Jacob’s Well, Bradford
  • Elland Road Football Stadium, Leeds

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine or to ask for an appointment, as you will not be able to get one until you receive an invitation.

If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.

Please note that vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112.  The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.

In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives

The NHS is currently vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most. A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to complete. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t call us before you are invited. In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.

Our staff are working extremely hard to provide services and care and we would like to thank our patients for your continued support.