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The NHS is rolling out the vaccination programme with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reaching patients 80 years of age and above, as well as frontline health and social care staff, based on the JCVI guidance for priority groups.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme gained further momentum with the news that the Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has been authorised for use.
The first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccinations started to be delivered to sites across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this week.
Before the vaccine can be distributed, each batch needs to be checked and approved. As soon as this happens the NHS can deliver.
Prioritisation of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines
The four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) have said: "Prioritising the first doses of vaccine for as many people as possible on the priority list will protect the greatest number of at risk people overall in the shortest possible time."
National policy has been amended in light of this meaning that second doses of both vaccines will be administered towards the end of the recommended vaccine dosing schedule of 12 weeks.
This will maximise the number of people getting vaccinated and therefore receiving protection in the next 12 weeks will maximise the impact of the vaccine programme in its primary aims of reducing mortality and hospitalisations and protecting the NHS and equivalent health services. Two doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus.
Local delivery of the vaccination programme
The NHS has planned extensively to deliver the largest vaccination programme in its history, providing three different delivery methods:
1. Hospital Hubs – focused on NHS Trust and social care staff
2. Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs working together as Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
3. Vaccination Centres – large sites based within local communities and convenient for transport networks
Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, five Hospital Hubs, 36 Local Vaccine Services and one Vaccination Centre (currently focussing on health and social care staff) have gone live.
A further one Hospital Hub, three Local Vaccine Services and three Vaccination Centres will go live over the next 2-3 weeks.
Isle of Wight
Hospital Hub - St Mary’s Hospital
Vaccination Centre - The Riverside Centre (due to go live shortly)
Local vaccine service:
The Newport Medical Centre (Carisbrooke site)
West Wight Sport and Community Centre
Westridge Centre, Ryde
The Bay Medical Practice, Shanklin
North and Mid Hampshire
Hospital Hub - Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester
Hospital Hub - Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
Hospital Hub - Andover War Memorial Hospital (due to go live shortly)
Vaccination Centre - Basingstoke Fire Station (due to go live shortly)
Local Vaccine Service:
Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke
The Lights, Andover
Winchester Holiday Inn
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire
Hospital Hub - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
Vaccination Centre - St James Hospital, Portsmouth (due to go live shortly)
Local Vaccine Service:
Solent View Medical Practice, Gosport
Festival Hall, Petersfield
Brune Medical Centre, Gosport
Brook Lane Surgery, Fareham
Fareham Community Hospital
Waterlooville Health Centre
Forest Surgery, Bordon
Hayling Island Health Centre
Emsworth Baptist Church
Eastney Health Centre, Portsmouth
Cosham Health Centre, Portsmouth
Kingston Crescent Surgery, Portsmouth
Lake Road Health Centre, Portsmouth
Southsea Medical Centre (due to go live shortly)
Southampton and South West Hampshire
Hospital Hub - Southampton General Hospital
Vaccination Centre - Oakley Road, Southampton (currently focussing on health and social care staff)
Local Vaccine Service:
Adelaide Health Centre, Southampton
Royal South Hants Hospital
Ladies Walk Surgery, Southampton
Chessel Avenue Surgery, Southampton
St Peters Surgery, Southampton
Totton Football Club
Applemore Leisure Centre
Hythe Park Surgery
New Milton Health Centre
Colden Common Surgery
Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester
Milford-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital
Crosfield Hall, Romsey
University Health Centre, Southampton (due to go live shortly)
Eastleigh Health Centre (due to go live shortly)
In addition there are three Local Vaccine Services in north east Hampshire which are led by North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG.
These sites are:
Monteagle Surgery, Yateley
Princes Hall, Aldershot
Southwood Surgery, Farnborough
The feedback from both patients and staff attending all of the sites has been very positive about how well clinics have run.
Effectiveness of the vaccines
People cannot choose which vaccine they receive. All available vaccines have to be approved by passing the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) tests on safety and efficacy.
So, people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it will be highly effective and protect them from coronavirus.
Reaching friends and family of the over 80 population
The NHS wants to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. The NHS has a clear vaccine delivery plan and the vaccine is being rolled out as quickly as doses can be supplied and quality checked, with over a million people already vaccinated right across the UK.
Groups of GP practices are working together as Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to deliver the vaccine to their registered populations at Local Vaccination Services. This means that some residents in the priority groups may find that friends and family have been vaccinated before them. They should not worry or assume they have been missed.
Residents will be contacted directly with an invitation for their vaccination, and all those vaccinated will need a booster jab within 12 weeks. Understandably many people are keen to get vaccinated, and some people are frustrated not to have been invited for the jab yet.
However some GP surgeries are being inundated by calls from family members asking when they will get the vaccine.
The NHS is urging members of the public not to contact their practice about vaccination as practices are being hindered from making outgoing calls, booking appointments, or taking calls from those who need urgent care.
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you
- When they do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
- Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
Vaccinating those in care homes
The NHS has been doing everything it can to ensure care homes in England are getting the support they need to tackle Covid-19. In terms of vaccination, they are working hard to vaccinate all care home residents and workers as quickly and safely as possible.
All care homes have received regular written and verbal briefings over the past five weeks in order to prepare for vaccine administration. Further sessions have been delivered to care staff to support confidence in the vaccination process and ensure informed choice with the aim of achieving the desired high level of coverage in the care home workforce.
For more information on the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination