COVID Vaccination

In Dacorum, all the GPs have joined forces and the Covid vaccination centre has been set up in Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead.

Primary care has been entrusted to vaccinate all patients aged 50 and over and we will be doing so by strict order of priority as advised by the JCVI .

We are all running a text/call service using a system called AccuBook. If you have a mobile phone, you will likely receive a message from your GP surgery inviting you to make an appointment for your jab. If you do not have a mobile phone, you will get a phone call instead.

At the same time, NHS England is setting up a central NHS booking system for its sites, including the one in Stevenage. It is therefore possible that some local residents will receive both a text/call from their local GP and a letter from the NHS about the site in Stevenage. It is possible that you might get the letter from the NHS about the Stevenage site first, and this may well be confusing for some. You as the patient will have a personal choice. If you choose to go to Stevenage, you can. But you are not obliged to – you can get your jab in Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead, once your GP gets in contact.

AZ ‘Covishield’ Vaccines – Updated 9th July 2021

It’s been reported in the media that large numbers of Britons could be blocked from European travel this summer due to having been vaccinated with one of three Indian batches of the AstraZeneca vaccine (known as Covishield) which has not been authorised by the European Medicine Agency.

The Government has confirmed that no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK.

All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria.

Vaccine Passports – Updated 1st July 2021

NHS digital are responsible for updating your vaccine information to the App. Please do not contact your GP surgery to ask about the Vaccine Passport.

Do allow plenty of time to download and register your App in order to iron out any issues, especially if you are expecting to travel overseas.

The NHS COVID Pass is available if you:

  • have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine (a full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine)
  • were vaccinated in England
  • are aged 16 or over

You can access your NHS COVID Pass 2 weeks after having your second dose of the vaccine.

You will need to have a smartphone.

The NHS App is not the same as the NHS COVID19 App.

You will need to know your NHS number, to find this please visit www.nhs.uk/find-nhs-number.

Patients should have their driving license or passport ready to upload. Your face will be scanned via the App (this can take up to 7 days to be verified)

Patients will have the benefit of being able to order repeats prescriptions etc. once ID has been verified

Please watch this video for a quick guide on how to register for the NHS App.

Patients Vaccinated outside of England

The NHS COVID Passport is currently only available for those patients who were vaccinated in England.

NHS England are aware that some UK residents were vaccinated abroad and are looking into the issue- Patients should check the following link for updates: www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-status#how-to-access-the-nhs-covid-pass

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme – Update for pregnant women 19/04/2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued new advice on COVID-19 vaccinations for pregnant women.

The JCVI now advises that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. It is preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available. There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed. There have been no specific safety concerns from any brand of COVID-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancy.

Pregnant woman in eligible cohorts who have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, should be offered the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccines. Pregnant women who commenced vaccination with AstraZeneca, however, are advised to complete with the same vaccine. If a woman finds out she is pregnant after she has started a course of vaccine, she may complete vaccination during pregnancy using the same vaccine product (unless contra-indicated). Alternatively, vaccination should be offered as soon as possible after pregnancy.

Please read the full guidance at www.gov.uk – JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme – Update 04/03/2021

We are delighted to have been able to deliver the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine to so many of our patients in recent weeks. The vaccination centre at Maxted Road has worked really well and we are continuing to bring patients in for their vaccine – particularly focussing on those who are clinically at risk, and also our unpaid carers. We have also started to invite our more elderly patients in for their second dose.

There are some weeks when we are not receiving as much supply of the vaccine as we would like, and we know this has led to some frustration and concern. We do liaise with our colleagues in the NHS locally to try to get more vaccine stock into our centre, but the supplies are controlled nationally and this means we can’t always offer as many vaccine appointments as we want to. If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to be vaccinated, you can alternatively try to book online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus- vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/or dial 119 to see if an alternative nearby vaccination centre has any appointments.

We are expecting the supply to increase considerably from the middle of March so we hope to be able to call in many more people after that – for their first and their second doses, and in line with national guidance about priority groups. Please be assured that nobody who is due a second dose will have to wait longer than 12 weeks for it.

For more information on the vaccine programme in this area, you can use this link www.healthierfuture.org.uk/covid

FAQs

Question: How will we be invited for an appointment.

Answer: Text message, or a phone call for those who don’t have mobile phones.

Question: Do I have to go to the Stevenage vaccination site?

Answer: No, it is your choice, you can wait to be called by your GP to attend the Hemel Hempstead vaccination centre.

Question: Where will we be getting the vaccine?

Answer: One Central Site in Dacorum.

Question: When do I need to contact the surgery to make an appointment?

Answer: Do not contact the surgery, we will contact you

Question: What are the priority groups for vaccinations?

Answer: www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020

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