Latest figures (published 24 February) by NHS England and Improvement show that 96% of people aged 80 and over across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS) and Frimley Health and Care ICS have received their first dose.
Full details are available here.
While delivery of the vaccination programme is dependent on supply, the NHS remains on track to meet the Government’s next target of offering a first dose of the vaccine to all those aged over 50 by 15 April, as well as people aged 16-65 in an at-risk group and unpaid carers.
Importance of following national guidance
It is vital that everyone continues to follow all national guidance to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, even if they have received the vaccine. This includes staying at home wherever possible, social distancing, wearing a face mask or covering as required and regular hand-washing.
Invitations for people aged between 60 and 63
Last week people aged 64 started to be invited to have the COVID-19 vaccine, and people aged between 60 and 63 are now are now being invited to book their vaccination as the roll-out of the programme continues.
More information is available here.
Anyone who has not yet taken up their invitation to make a vaccination appointment is urged to do so as soon as possible.
Continued roll-out of vaccinations by age
The Government has announced that it will continue to prioritise people for COVID-19 vaccinations by age following publication of interim advice for phase 2 of the programme by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The interim JCVI statement highlights “good evidence” that the risk of patients with COVID-19 needing to be cared for in hospital and admitted to critical care increases with age and that in occupations where the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is potentially higher, people who are older are also at the highest risk of severe outcomes from the virus.
The Government has stated it is therefore following the JCVI recommendation and will be offering age based vaccinations in phase 2, starting with the oldest adults first and in the following order:
- all those aged 40 to 49 years
- all those aged 30 to 39 years
- all those aged 18 to 29 years
Booking arrangements for those added to the shielding list or receiving a carer’s allowance
Individuals who have been added to the Government’s shielding list and adult carers who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance can go online or call 119 between 7am and 11pm daily to book their vaccination via the National Booking Service – they do not need to wait for an invitation letter.
Vaccinations for people with learning disabilities
The Government has announced that everyone on the GP Learning Disabilities Register will be invited for a COVID-19 vaccination as part of priority group six following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The NHS is working to ensure that everyone on the Learning Disabilities Register receives an invitation to be vaccinated as soon as possible. They are also continuing to work closely with health and care partners to ensure that those who are severely affected by a learning disability who may not yet be registered are identified and offered a vaccination, in-line with the latest JCVI advice.
Health and social care learning disability staff are on-site at the four vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during clinics for people with learning disabilities to support service users to understand consent, communication and any other support that might be required. They are also on hand to support colleagues to make reasonable adjustments and promote annual health checks. Longer appointment slots are being provided for people with learning disabilities, along with opportunities for carers to be vaccinated at the same time.
Video tours of vaccination centres
Video tours of the four large-scale vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been produced by Solent NHS Trust, in partnership with Portsmouth charity Enable Ability, to support people with learning disabilities or anxiety. The tours are a series of snap shots that show the main points through a patient’s journey through the vaccination hub.
A film guide has also been created to guide viewers through the visit using accessible language. This information is supported by Makaton sign language. A printable version of the guide is also available. The tour of Oakley Road vaccination centre in Millbrook, Southampton, is available here and tours of the at Basingstoke Fire Station, Riverside Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight and Hamble House at St James’s Hospital, Milton, Portsmouth, will be available in the coming days.
Walk-in vaccination appointments trial
A seven-day trial during which eligible people can walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccination at one of four vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is due to end.
The trial, which commenced on Wednesday (24 February), offered daily walk-in appointments at Basingstoke Fire Station, St James’s Hospital, Milton, Portsmouth, The Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight and Southampton City CCG offices, Oakley Road, Millbrook, Southampton.
More information is available here.
For more information visit the NHS COVID-19 webpages.