Covid 19 Information

Frequently Asked Questions:

Following a number of patient queries, please see the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

 

Astra Zeneca News:

Please click here for more information on the AZ vaccine

 

What Covid-19 Vaccines are available?

The Astra Zeneca (Oxford) vaccination is given here at the Surgery. It is the only vaccine that is stable enough to be moved from the location it was delivered.  This vaccine is not suitable to patients aged 30 or under unless you have already had a first dose, in which case it is safe for you to have your second. 

The Pfizer vaccination is given at the Orchard Practice, 1 Orchard Gardens, Chessington KT9 1AG and must be used within 3 days of delivery. We are unable to transport this vaccine to an alternative site so cannot offer it at the Surgery. If you are in groups 10-12 and have a query, please email 

swlccg.shccovidvaccines@nhs.net .

We have not yet received information on when we should expect to receive the Moderna Vaccination. 

 

When is the next clinic?

Unlike the larger mass vaccination sites in the area, we are not given much notice when we can expect to receive our next delivery.

We are currently working within a one week (sometimes only 3 day) window from when we are notified of a delivery to when we will need to hold a clinic. Deliveries can occur any day of the week, so it is impossible to know if the next clinic will fall on a weekday or a weekend.

If you fall within group 1-11 and have not yet had your vaccine you can now book an appointment at a mass vaccination site directly via the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

 

When will I have my second vaccination and why can’t I book an appointment for my second dose in advance?

Patients are currently waiting up to 12 weeks before we are able to give them their second dose.

Patients who had their first vaccination in March, will be invited to come in for their second vaccination dose in the next few weeks and most have now been contacted to book in for their second.

 

What Group am I In?

The decision on groupings is made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

The order of priority for each group in the population corresponds with data on the number of individuals who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death.  Therefore only patients who are at greatest risk of complications should they contract Covid-19 will be prioritised and are located in groups 1-9.

Currently these are:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and 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 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 of serious disease and mortality
  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

 

If you do not fall in any of these categories, please note that we will not be able to prioritise you.

If however you feel that you should be in one of these categories, please send an email to swlccg.brunswick.surgery@nhs.net with details why.

  

I am a Carer, what should I do?

If you have not previously informed us of your caring status, please send an email to swlccg.brunswick.surgery@nhs.net  clarifying who you care for and in what capacity.

 

I am travelling and require the vaccination, can you prioritise me?

We are not able to vaccinate patients for the purposes of travel.  We are also unable to provide any form of 'vaccine passport'.  All information regarding your immunisations are available for you to see and download via the NHS App.

If you had the vaccination abroad, we will not be able to add you to the national database NIMS system, instead we can add an entry on your medical records to say you have informed us you have had it.

 

I am a teacher, nursery assistant, other Key worker, can I have a vaccination?

As it currently stands, the JCVI have not prioritised these occupations.

The vast majority of people working in school and early year’s settings are not classed as a frontline health or social care worker. To qualify under this criteria you need to be providing face to face care or support to children or adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19. In most cases people who are eligible under this group should have been contacted directly by their employer and been given a letter to say they are eligible. 

 

Spare Vaccines After a Clinic:

Brunswick patients who are not curently eligible for the vaccine are able to go on our last minute cancellation list.  Appointments arise when eligible patients do not attend their booked appointment. Rather than waste these vaccines, we would like to offer these to patients on a cancellation list.

If you would like to go on our cancellation list, please contact us at swlccg.brunswick.surgery@nhs.net. Please note that you must be able to get here within 30 minutes of being contacted.