Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.
Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). We are working together with our colleagues at Concord Medical Centre, Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke. We have already vaccinated a large number of our patients at clinics that have been held at both Coniston Medical Practice and Concord Medical Centre. Staff have been busy contacting eligible patients to book their appointments.
If you had your first dose of Pfizer at Concord Medical Centre or your first dose of AstraZeneca at Coniston Medical Practice, you will have received an invite to your 2nd dose by phone or text. If you have not yet received your 2nd dose, please contact the practice, so that we add you to our next available clinic or arrange an appointment for you at one of our neighbouring practices.
If you are over 50 and have not had your 1st vaccination, please contact us. We may not have the correct contact details for you, as all of our eligible over 50’s will have been invited to a clinic at either Coniston Medical Practice or Concord Medical Centre.
Due to the number of patients we have in Groups 10, 11 and 12, our colleagues in our neighbouring practices of Concord Medical Centre, Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford will be helping us. When the time is right, you will receive an invite from one of those practices to attend a clinic there. Again, please do not call us to make an appointment – they will contact you.
We are dependent on the national system to deliver vaccines which can be unpredictable. Generally if you are having your first dose now, if you are over 40 years of age, you will be offered Astra Zeneca vaccine or if under 40, the Pfizer vaccine, subject to some clinical recommendations for specific circumstance. Again, generally, the vaccine you are offered for your second vaccination should be the same as your first, unless there are specific reasons for it being different – this applies if you are under 40 and have had AZ as your first dose.
The Indian variant of Covid-19 is more contagious than the Kent variant it is replacing. It is spreading quickly in younger and unvaccinated people, spreading from them to family and friends. You need both doses of vaccine to be protected against so it remains crucially important to be vaccinated to be protect yourselves, family and friends from new variants. Please get vaccinated as soon as you are invited.
We will be sending texts out to eligible patients with a link to book the appointment. This is a genuine message from the practice and will look similar to the message below.
Please bear with as as we will call or text you to book you into one of our sessions. In short, we are looking to vaccinate you all as soon as possible. Please do not call to book an appointment as we are only receiving a limited number of vaccines. We hope to receive further vaccinations soon, and will be contacting eligible patients as soon as we are made aware.
When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from us or the national booking system.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.
We thank you for your cooperation at this time.
For those who have received their vaccination
If you have received the Pfizer vaccine you will be asked to wait 15 minutes at the surgery after your vaccine so that you can be monitored for any reactions. After this, should you have any suspected side effects, we encourage patients to self-report these via the following link:
Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccination
Recently, there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a 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. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.
This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.
Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), we will be offering people under 30 who have not yet had their first COVID-19 vaccination, a choice of vaccine other than AZ. If you choose to have an alternative vaccine you may have to wait to be protected. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.
This leaflet from Public Health England provides more information about the benefits and risks of the AZ COVID-19 vaccination.
If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering a blood clot as a side effect, you should have your second dose. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers and unpaid carers.
The benefits of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any risks for the vast majority of people and you should still book your COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.