January 26th (Tuesday) there will be a reduced service out of Kelvedon and Feering Healthcare Centre due to 2 -3 clinical staff members going into the local care homes to vaccinate the residents and staff.
Due to the nature of the Covid vaccine, it has to be done all in one go and not spread over a couple of days.
There will be reduced appointments available to see a GP / Nurse on the day and these will be book on the day only.
There will be no blood test/ injections available on this day.
CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION UPDATE
We know it's been a difficult year and we thank you for your patience
and support whilst the NHS starts to roll out our vaccination campaign.
Plans are now being put into place to start offering this vaccine to our eligible patients in the upcoming weeks.
We will be targeting the most vulnerable, those at highest risk, people aged 80yrs and over and care home residents and workers first.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL US WE WILL CONTACT YOU!
Appointments will be at our designated vaccination site - Pump House Surgery, Nonancourt Way, Earls Colne, Colchester CO2 2SW
For more information please keep yourself updated via our Facebook page
COVID VACCINE UPDATE
The public can really help the NHS to deliver our vaccination programmes effectively to those who need it most. Taking these simple steps will help us to help you.
- The NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward, so please don’t contact us to seek a vaccine before then.
- Please act on your invitation when it arrives, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
- In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
Covid over 80's Vaccine
We have just been made aware that the 1st cohort of patients have either been sent a letter or text informing them to make an appointment at Basildon Hospital to get the vaccination jab. The surgery did not know that this was happening, we have not received any communication from either the CCG or NHSE about this. On contacting them today, they have confirmed that this is the case and surgeries will receive more information in the coming days.
MID ESSEX surgeries have registered their disappointment with the CCG/NHSE with the lack of information being provided.
The staff at the surgery do not know anymore than you do at this present time so please do not be disappointed when they are unable to provide further information.
On behalf for the Partners at Kelvedon and Feering Healthcentre
CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION UPDATE 02.12.2020
1. Health secretary says the NHS ‘stands ready’ to begin immunisations next week for people in high priority groups
2. 800,000 doses will be available next week, but the “bulk” of the vaccines will be available in the New Year
3. The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that for the first phase of the vaccination programme to protect people “who are most at risk of dying from Covid-19”, as well as to protect health and social care services.
4. Our local vaccination programme could be delivered at hospitals or via the Primary Care Network of local practices but there are no details available as yet.
5. Please check in with our website on a regular basis.
From Kelvedon and Feering Healthcare Centre
Covid-19 Vaccination programme
Most of you will know that some Covid-19 vaccinations will soon be available for us to administer in primary care. We know having a vaccination is a personal choice which everyone is free to make for themselves and it is up to the individual to decide if they which to receive this. We do not yet have a lot of specific information. We know that we have to be ready to potentially start vaccinating from December.
We have to work as a Primary Care Network (PCN) to deliver this programme. Your Primary Care Network consists of 6 surgeries within the Colne Valley area. The practices will be working together to deliver this important vaccine.
Our PCN (Primary Care Network) is working hard on coming up with the best solution for delivering this service to our patients.
We hope to recruit extra, short term clinical and support staff to help us with this huge undertaking. We may still have to divert our own GPs, nurses, healthcare assistants and administration staff to support this important national campaign. We hope you will be understanding during this time.
Why is this programme different ?
While we still have no specifics about the characteristics of these new vaccinations, we do know that they won’t initially be delivered to us in single, pre-filled doses, as they do for flu vaccinations. Each vaccination has to be reconstituted and individually drawn up – which slows the process down. Each patient will have to have 2 doses, 21 to 28 days apart.
Clinics will still have to be held on a socially distanced basis, and patients who are driving themselves to their appointment will have to wait 15 minutes post vaccination before they can leave the vaccination site.
Why work as a PCN and not as individual surgeries?
The reasoning behind this is that the first vaccine (Pfizer) comes frozen and needs to be administered within 5 days. Furthermore it comes in vials that each containing 5 doses. This will come with a diluent and the required needles and syringes. Once diluted the vaccine must be used within 6 hours.
So, if we get a big batch delivered (they are suggesting 975 vaccines per week) it is unlikely a single practice would have sufficient numbers or clinical capacity to deliver this individually. In addition, the vials cannot be divided at practice level and shared with other practices due to the regulations related to the distribution of medications.
At this stage, we do not know if we will have any control or choice over our delivery schedule.
The vaccine will be in short supply and we must try and keep wastage to a minimum.
As the programme progresses and more vaccines become available, we may be able to adjust how we deliver the programme.
Which patients will be prioritised for vaccination?
This is still not fully clear and has not been confirmed yet. This will depend on the characteristics of the vaccines being administered. It is unlikely that surgeries will have any control over this part of the programme but it looks like they will be starting with patients over the age of 80 and housebound patients.
We will keep you informed as soon as we know as the guidance is subject to many changes.
Please do not ring your practices to ask to discuss about the vaccine, the GP`s do not have the time as they are still dealing with their normal workload in a very difficult manner, mainly via the telephone or by video consultations and are still seeing some patients in the surgery buildings, once they have been triaged.
There will be national communications coming out from the government which will give you the same information that the clinical staff will have, remember this is a new vaccine so new to all of us including the GP`s and Nurses so they will not be able to answer your questions.
We hope you will consider having this vaccine very seriously as a way to help us get out of this pandemic.
From everyone here at Kelvedon and Feering Healthcare Centre
We aim to provide friendly, 'person-centred' medicine, combining the best of old and new ideas. We wish to provide high quality care for all our patients and pride ourselves on the courtesy and efficiency of our staff.
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