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Updated 11.01.2021

COVID_19 Vaccination Information

An update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme

 

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now well underway following the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approval of both the Pfizer and Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccines as being safe and effective and approval for use.

 

Delivering this very large and complex programme of vaccination remains a fast-moving situation and some elements of the programme will continue to be subject to change at short notice.

 

Who is eligible for a vaccine?

 

With age being one of the highest risk factors for serious illness and death from COVID-19, the first priority group for the vaccine are residents in care homes for older adults and their carers, people aged over 80 and frontline health and social care workers.

 

Already across NHS Lothian, over 20,000 vaccines have been delivered to front line staff, staff working in the four Health and Social Care Partnerships and at both private and Council run care homes. This is in addition to the continued roll out of vaccines to care home residents across the region.

 

Surgeries in Lothian started to vaccinate people aged 80 and over on 7 January 2021. GP surgeries will receive supplies in the coming days and weeks so they can start vaccinating people in the 80 and over age range. GP Practices will contact eligible people direct to arrange appointments. Our district nursing team will vaccinate anyone who is housebound and in this age bracket.

 

The focus at the moment is on the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers. Planning is also underway for mass vaccination of the general public in large scale venues for later stages of the vaccination programme.

 

When can I expect to be vaccinated?

 

The COVID vaccine offers a beacon of hope, in what has some been truly difficult times. Across Lothian, we are working tirelessly to make sure that we can deliver the vaccine to each of the relevant groups when they are due to receive it. This is a huge task and won’t happen overnight, which is why we urge the public to please be patient with this process.

 

The message however is clear: you will receive your vaccination.

 

The next phase of the vaccination programme, known as Wave 2, is shortly expected to begin across Scotland to vaccinate people aged 75 to 79 years of age, followed by those aged 70-74 and 65-69, followed by adults with risk factors over the age of 65. NHS Lothian has been working with councils, health and social care partnerships and other partners to ensure we are ready for when the roll-out begins, which is expected in February.

 

We don’t have a timescale for every one of the different priority groups as the programme depends on supply of the vaccine as well as the number of vaccinators and clinics. Plans are constantly being adapted and updated to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible within the Lothian area.

 

Where will I receive my vaccine?

 

All those aged 80 or over will receive a letter or phone call inviting them forward for their vaccination and advising them where and when they can get it.  The vaccine requires two doses to offer the best possible protection, with second dose appointments being scheduled for around twelve weeks after the first dose is administered. 

We will contact eligible patients once we have an update on delivery of vaccines.  The first delivery numbers are less than the numbers of eligible patients and we have therefore had to randomly select patients for this clinic.  We understand this will be disappointing for some people, but please be assured we will have more deliveries soon and we will be in touch with you.   Please do not call the surgery.

 

The first venues for the mass COVID-19 vaccination programme in Lothian have been selected in preparation for Wave 2 of the vaccination roll out. Plans are being developed to create a walk-through centre at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) which would be capable of vaccinating 26,000 people in a week at a total of around 50 stations. A similar walk-through centre is expected to be set up in the Pyramids Business Park, which could provide 12,000 vaccinations every week using around 25 stations. A drive-through vaccination centre is then being planned for Queen Margaret University in East Lothian that would have around 16 stations and be able to vaccinate 8,000 people a week.

 

How do I book my vaccine?

 

For patients of this practice, we’d encourage you to book your vaccine once booking becomes available. As soon as we have more information on how and where to book your vaccine, we will make it immediately available.

Further information can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine

A Covid_19 vaccination helpline about the coronavirus vaccine and it's delivery is now available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week on 0800 030 8013.  It will not be possible to book or change vaccine appointments via the helpline.

A useful leaflet can be found here : https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/media/2909/covid-vaccine-adults-leaflet_jan21.pdf

Redesign of Urgent Care

As a result of coronavirus, the Scottish Government has redesigned how to access urgent care.   A new campaign is being launched "Right care Right Place".  Further information can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/right-care

local A&E departments remain open for those with a life threatening emergency.  However, to ensure patients have the fastest access to the treatment they need, anyone with a non life threatening condition who would usually go to A&E should now call NHS24 on 111, day or night.

You can still contact your GP Practice as normal through the day

if it is an emergency you should continue to call 999 or go to your local A&E.

 Online Services

There is a service which will allow you to order repeat prescriptions and book/cancel appointments online.  This involves registration through us, so please let us know if you wish to do so and we can email you the link to proceed.

Text Messaging Communication

We are able to send you a text message to remind you to book your annual recalls.  You can receive information by text message on your mobile phone regarding your healthcare.

What you need to do?

If you would like your practice to contact you via the text messaging service please make sure that we have a current mobile number for yourself or any family/household members.  

Consent is implied if we have a registered mobile number for you, If you do not wish to receive these communications please contact the surgery who will update your records.

 

Toys in the waiting room

Due to Health and Safety, the Practice has removed all toys and books from the waiting room.  Please feel free to bring along your childs favourite toy for them to play with while they are at the  surgery.

 

The following link has been created to provide the four independent contractor groups with information and assets to support them in communicating with their patients/customers:

ØDental

ØGP Practice

ØOptometry

ØPharmacy

The assets provided will help explain that services are still being delivered, but how they are being delivered has changed as a result of coronavirus. https://www.nhsinform.scot/communityhealth

 

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