Covid-19 vaccination information
As part of Sheppey PCN we are undertaking the COVID Vaccination programme.
Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from Sheerness Health Centre and Minster Medical Centre. There will be home visits for housebound patients.
Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
The surgery will contact patients when it is their time to come in for their COVID Vaccinations.
Which priority group are you currently inviting?
As of 17th December 2020 we started inviting the following groups. As per the governments instructions we had to start with the 1st cohorts and work through as advised.
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
Our staff are working very hard to ensure we deliver these clinics when we are allocated the vaccines. They are working to do this on top of their normal duties.
We are currently in the process of inviting those between 80+ to 70 years old. We anticipate that we will have completed this cohort of patients by mid-February. We will then work through each cohort of patients.
How do you prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?
Patients are prioritised in line with the government’s criteria. Patients have been prioritised as above. We work through groups in alphabetical order were possible when calling and booking our patients.
How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
We are calling patients to book them into the clinics. We have to complete a short assessment over the telephone to ensure we have patients consent, and we have identified any clinical concerns before the day of the patients’ appointment. This assessment gives patients the opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns they may have relating to the vaccination.
If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?
If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call the practice to cancel so that we can invite someone else.
How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?
We are seeking support from patients’ relatives to encourage their loved ones to consent to the vaccine. For those that do not have relatives we are working with other care providers to support patients to get vaccinated.
Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?
We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. If that is not possible please call the practice to see how we can assist.