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COVID-19 Vaccination

Update - January 2021

Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus.

Following extensive safety trials and authorisation by independent experts, effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available for free in the UK. The vaccination programme has already started in Surrey Heartlands and we are working hard to vaccinate those most at risk first and as quickly as vaccine supplies allow.

We are starting to invite patients aged 75 and over for their coronavirus vaccination.  You will receive a text in the next few days from GP Surgery inviting you to book online.  The system is easy to use, but if you are unable to access the link please do not worry.  We will call you to book an appointment.  The NHS will never ask for bank details to confirm your identity

How you will get your vaccine

GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice, and you might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself. You will be told where to attend when you are invited.

Most of our patients are being offered the vaccine at Chertsey Hall, Heriot Road, Chertsey KT16 9DR.  You may receive a letter to contact the Government 119 service and be offered other venues such as Epsom which you are eligible to contact and book an appointment if you have transport.  However, Chertsey Hall is our main vaccination site and you can wait to be offered an appointment via a text or telephone call from the team.

You might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that doesn’t mean that you are a lower priority or have been missed.

In the coming weeks as more vaccine is supplied, many more people will be invited in. But it is only the start of the programme and it will take time to work through everyone.

We all have an important part to play to help the NHS:

  • Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact you.
  • Please do not call the practice to ask why you haven’t yet been called.
  • When you are contacted, please attend your appointments.
  • Please continue to follow the rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Find out more here.

What are the priority groups?

  • 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 (excluding pregnant women and those under 16)
  • 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
  • Rest of the population (priority to be determined)

 

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