COVID-19 Vaccination

3rd Dose Information

The JCVI/NHSE have not yet announced further cohorts (other than those who are immunosuppressed) to be vaccinated with a 3rd dose.

News is anticipated shortly with a possible start date of the 20th September. Please wait for your invitation to attend a centralised site or check this website regularly for updates.

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE 31 August 2021

As we move towards phase 3 of the COVID Vaccination service we will remain at the Chertsey, Walton, Woking and Hythe sites in the Autumn through to December.

Further details for booster vaccinations will be available closer to the time.

Please continue to go on-line or call 119 for information – unfortunately we cannot help with this at the surgery.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

Following the announcement about the new traffic light system for international travel, find out more about how to you will be able to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status on the government website. Please do not contact the practice about this, as we cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status. Click here for the information from .gov.uk about demonstrating your vaccine status

MHRA issues new advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

The Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have updated guidance in relation to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine

There have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event of blood clots and unusual bleeding following vaccination with the first dose of AstraZeneca.

Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a slightly higher risk in people shortly after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine. Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given.

This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination.

Further guidance can be found at: COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

First doses

Anyone aged under 30 currently eligible for a vaccination will not be sent an appointment for their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine but will be contacted when we have alternative vaccine available. Some under 30-year-olds who have an underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease should have a discussion with their GP about the risks and benefits of a prompt AZ vaccine versus the risk of waiting for an alternative vaccine.

Everyone over 30 years should attend their vaccination appointment, the benefits of prompt vaccination in this age group outweigh the risks of AZ vaccine. Staff at the vaccination centre will be available to discuss any questions you have.

Second doses

If you have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine you should continue to have a second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age.

The Covid-19 vaccines continue to be safe and effective for most and we would advise people attend appointments when invited. Consultation will be offered when you attend and any concerns can be discussed.


COVID UPDATE 09.02.2021

Very good progress has been made across Surrey to vaccinate people aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (clinically extremely vulnerable patients would have received a shielding letter from the government or their GP).

To help as many people as possible within these groups get vaccinated, we would like to ask anyone who fits the criteria but has not yet been invited to make their vaccination appointment, to contact the NHS as soon as possible.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/?fbclid=IwAR0Iz3HM-BJVxTY2xikNJlpojH9OLggXCbMrRGQ85yAF87gLWncxFqbt8L8

Alternatively, you can also phone the practice and we can book you a vaccination at one of our GP led vaccination sites.

What you need to know

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 the independent regulator (the MHRA), 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 reach everyone who is eligible as quickly as vaccine supplies allow.

An independent group of experts (Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that the NHS first offers vaccines to those at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and of suffering serious complications or dying from the virus. Read the latest guidance on priority groups on GOV.UK: Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

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. When you have had your vaccination you will be told when you will need to go back for your second dose.

You might also be invited directly by NHS England (via letter) to book an appointment at our larger site at Epsom Racecourse (or other larger venues). If you don’t want to attend one of these larger venues that’s fine, you can contact the practice and we can book you into one of the GP-led sites instead.

In the meantime, we cannot let down our guard. Please follow the rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.


Health and care workers

Vaccinations are now being offered to all frontline health and care workers, in line with JCVI guidance. If you are a frontline health and social care worker and have not received an invitation to book through your employer, please contact the following email addresses straightaway for more details:

Health care workers: hcwvaccination@nhs.net
Care workers: C19vaccination@surreycc.gov.uk

Please note that unpaid carers are in priority group 6 for vaccination (see JCVI guidance). Please make sure you register with us as a carer.

Find out more about the COVID vaccine rollout and Surrey carers.

More information available

More information and the answers to many common questions can be found at:

Covid-19 Vaccination Services in Surrey

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, you can email the local NHS directly at:

syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net

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

  • Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
  • When you are contacted, please attend your appointments.

Health care and front line keyworkers – seeking COVID-19 Vaccination

The Surrey Heartlands CCG is currently working to identify healthcare and key workers via their employers to arrange for Health Care and Front Line Keyworkers to be vaccinated at the main hospital hubs. Please note that the CCG are not asking GP Practices to identify patients asking to be vaccinated based on their profession.

If you are a Rowan Tree Patient and would like to be included in the vaccination programme for essential workers, please ask your employer to contact syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net to arrange for all their staff to be vaccinated.

Surrey Heartlands are building a centralised list and the staff are then allocated to sites from there.

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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