18 January 2021 – Frontline Health & Social Care Workers
If you are a frontline Health & Social Care Worker, please submit an econsult advising us of this and we will add you to the list to invite you in for your covid vaccine.
18 January 2021 – Letters re Mass Vaccination Centre at Taunton
Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first larger regional Vaccination Centres. This is great news as it provides more options for getting vaccinated. People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment. You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, the closest of which is at Taunton so far. If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides. You have a choice of talking up the offer to attend the mass vaccination site, or wait for your the Surgery to give it to you more locally.
We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.
Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.
Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. You have not been taken off any lists and we will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.
7 January 2021 – Covid Vaccine Update
The vaccine is currently not available for individual Practices and has to be delivered at one site within a Primary Care Network (PCN). Topsham is part of Outer Exeter PCN which consists of Cranbrook, Exminster, Ide Lane and Pinhoe. The current vaccination site is at Exminster. We are notified of deliveries at very short notice and with a limited supply. This has to be shared across the five Practices. Our PCN were given a small supply before Christmas and these patients are currently having their second dose. Once notified of a delivery Practices start to contact eligible people to book the appointments. This is an endless task to ensure all appointments are filled to avoid any wastage. We are also only able to book appointments in the order of priority groups set by NHS England. This is a huge vaccination campaign with lots of logistical problems at the moment. We are trying our best to vaccinate as many patients as we can within the constraints we have to work within. There will be enough vaccine for everyone but current deliveries are in small quantities. We are hoping that individual Practices will receive their own supply to enable us to vaccinate our own patients, which we know we can do successfully as we do this every year with the flu vaccine. However this is currently not possible. Please bear with us – guidance changes on a daily basis and we are doing our best.
You will have heard from the media that GP Surgeries will be starting Covid-19 vaccinations. NHS England have set the priority groups for people to receive the vaccine. These Groups are as follows :-
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their Carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline Health and Social Care Workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
We have to follow the guidance set by NHS England, and when we are able to start the vaccinations, NHS Staff will contact you in the order of the above Groups. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY – we currently do not know when the vaccine will be available but please be re-assured you will be contacted when it it your turn to receive the vaccine.
We will update this page as soon as we have information about how you will receive your vaccine.