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 Concord Medical Centre. Staff have been busy contacting eligible patients to book their appointments.
To give a little idea how the weeks ahead are looking we will be continuing to contact our over 65’s and clinically vulnerable to attend a clinics at Coniston Medical Practice on Thursday 4th March and Monday 8th March.
**UPDATE – These clinics are now full and we are waiting for further vaccine to be delivered**
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.
We are getting lots of questions about eligibility for COVID vaccination following recent government announcements. The rules we work to on this are set nationally, and there is very little discretion for practices to change what we are told to do, so please try not to shoot the messenger if what we offer does not fit with what you want or expect, as we are doing our best. A particular problem is that at the moment very little vaccine is coming into general practice but we will start to invite people down again as soon as we know when the vaccine is coming-at the moment we get about a week’s notice of vaccine delivery. We are assured that in the next month vaccine supplies will improve considerably and we are ready to gear up to get you all vaccinated ASAP.
The national changes to the shielding list announced this week have caused a lot of concern. Those people put on the list will be notified by the NHS nationally and will be offered the vaccine as the first priority as the next lots of vaccine arrive into practices. Those people who are in the ‘at risk’ groups, age 16-64 years old (Cohort 6), will be invited next, but as this is a big group we will need to continue to call people in by risk, which is largely age related, so we will be calling people in age bands, starting with the eldest first. We remain on course to meet all the government’s targets for vaccination so although there is huge demand from people to be vaccinated we will get to you and no one who wants the vaccine will be left behind.
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 at Concord Medical Centre
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: