Monthly Archives: April 2021

COVID VACCINATIONS

Covid Vaccinations for Patients in Cohorts 1-9

If you have had your first dose of the Covid vaccination (Pfizer or Astra Zeneca) at the Pavilion in Bath you will be invited to attend for your second vaccine usually at 11-12 weeks after the first vaccination. You will be invited as soon as the clinics become available.

If you have a mobile telephone number you will be sent a link via text message to book an appointment and we would ask that you please respond to this invitation as soon as you can. If you don’t have a mobile number then we will contact you by telephone call to your land line.

If you received your first vaccination elsewhere, such as the Bath Racecourse, then you will have already booked your 2nd vaccination appointment. If you do not have a booking you can contact the service in the same way you booked your first vaccination via the national booking system.

 

Covid Vaccination for Patients not in Cohorts 1-9

As the country moves in to phase 2 of the Covid vaccination programme, that is for adults aged 18-49 without specific underlying health conditions, NHS England will send a text message or a letter inviting patients in this group to book an appointment when they become eligible.  Announcements about the continued roll out of the vaccination programme will also be made via the national news.

Vaccinations will be offered to patients by the Mass Vaccination Centres and when you have received your invitation you can book an appointment via the following link: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

The University Medical Centre is working in collaboration with 8 other city centre GP Practices in Bath to deliver the Covid Vaccination Programme.  The programme is being managed by BEMS (Bath Enhanced Medical Services) which is a GP alliance, and the vaccination clinics are currently being held at the Pavilion on North Parade Road (next to Bath sports centre).  This grouping of the 9 GP Practices is called a Local Vaccination Centre and should not be confused with the Mass Vaccination Centres such as those located at the Bath Racecourse or Bristol Ashton Gate.

 

Please do not contact the University Medical Centre to ask about booking a vaccination unless you think you should be included in a priority group

Please be aware that the Practice is currently under a significant amount of pressure as we continue to deliver the local vaccination programme and provide Practice staff to help run the vaccination clinics during our normal Practice opening hours as well as at times out of hours.  Our reception and admin teams are also working very hard to invite our eligible patients to book in for their vaccinations and it may sometimes take a little longer for calls to be answered. For any delay that you may experience we do apologise and hope you understand that we will answer your call as soon as we are able to do so as all calls are very important to us.

 

Please do not call the Practice asking when you will receive your vaccination.  You will be contacted once your age group has been approved by NHS England and when the vaccination clinics have been set up and are available for bookings.  

NHS England has provided strict instructions on the priority order in which we are able to vaccinate our patients and we cannot change this.  We are currently receiving hundreds of telephone calls and emails each week asking when vaccinations can be booked, or we are being asked about arrangements to have a vaccination early because of needing to travel home.  Unfortunately we are not able to make any changes to the priority order that has been set out for the vaccinations to be given and we would ask that you please do not call the Practice to ask for your vaccination date to be brought forward as we are unable to do this.

 

Receiving a higher than usual number of telephone calls at this time ties up the telephone lines and patients who may have an emergency need to speak with a doctor or nurse for a non-Covid related problem may not be able to get through.

 

 

Department of Health & Social Care Priority Groups for the COVID Vaccination Programme

Phase 1 – Cohort Groups 1-9

1   Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

2   All those 80 years of age and over Frontline health and social care workers

3   All those 75 years of age and over

4   All those 70 years of age and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

5   All those 65 years of age and over

6   All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk

7   All those 60 years of age and over

8   All those 55 years of age and over

9   All those 50 years of age and over

 

Phase 2

Those aged 18-49 and not included in cohorts 1-9

10   Those aged 45-49 not included in cohorts 1-9

11   Those aged 45-44 not included in cohorts 1-9

12   Those aged 40-44 not included in cohorts 1-9

Continuing downwards in 5 yearly intervals

 

Anyone aged 45 years and over is currently able to book an appointment at one of the Mass Vaccination Centres via the National Booking Service Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)