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COVID-19 Vaccine Update – 23/04/2021

We have now carried out almost 19,000 vaccinations at the covid vaccination centre in Princes Risborough.

We have completed first doses for all our patients in cohorts 1-9; this is all patients aged over 50 or those under 50 who are shielding; have an underlying health condition; are a carer or work in health or social care.

Recently the guidelines have changed to invite all household members of patients who are immunosuppressed to attend for a vaccination; we have written to all our immunosuppressed patients to inform them of this. Household members can either contact their own GP practice using the letter and proof of address or book an appointment at the vaccination site in Princes Risborough. Many of these patients are under 30 so are advised to have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine rather than the Astra Zeneca vaccine; we are trying to source additional Pfizer vaccine for these patients.

Pregnant patients have also now been advised to consider having the vaccination. This group are also advised to have an alternative to the AZ vaccine and we will be contacting these patients once the additional vaccine is available.

Most of the vaccine we are receiving currently is for second doses and we will have clinics throughout April and May for these groups. We are scheduling clinics for the 11th week after vaccination but ask any patients who are approaching 12 weeks since their first vaccination to contact us. This is particularly important for new patients or those patients who did not have their first vaccination at the Princes Risborough Centre since the national system seems to have more difficulty ‘capturing’ these patients for recall.

Although we are not currently being sent any additional vaccines for first doses, where we have any spare AZ vaccine, we are now calling patients in cohort 10 (45-49 year old initially and then working down to 40 year olds). Unity Health has signed up to continue to deliver the covid vaccinations to all patients aged 18-49 as the programme is rolled out nationally although we are awaiting confirmation as to when this will start and new first dose vaccine deliveries will be scheduled for these cohorts.

The latest advice for the AZ vaccine is that we continue to give second doses for anyone who had an AZ first dose. We also continue to give the first dose for anyone aged 30 and over. For those aged under 30, patients are advised to have an alternative first dose vaccine; this will be either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

COVID 19 Vaccine Update

We are now receiving second dose vaccine deliveries in the 11th week after the first vaccination for all patients where we gave the first dose. This gives us time to schedule a clinic within the 12 weeks recommended. You will receive your invitation via text if we have a mobile phone for you – you can use the link to book your appointment or forward onto someone with a smart phone to book on your behalf. If we don’t have a mobile phone for you then we will call you. If you haven’t heard from us by 12 weeks then do please call and let us know so we can book you in.

So far we have had a brilliant response from the patients in cohorts 1-9 (everyone over 50 or anyone under 50 with a long term condition that puts them at an increased risk from COVID). However, we still have 622 patients who have not responded to our text invites or phone calls. We have also written to patient’s whose contact number is unobtainable. As soon as we have more first doses available we will send a final invitation to these patients – please either book or decline the vaccine when contacted.

There is a possibility that we will be having a first dose clinic the week commencing 19th April and this will be opened up to Unity Health patients aged 45-49 years. we are hoping to confirm this clinic and send invites out in the next couple of days. Please bear with us before booking in with a mass vaccination centre.

Following a recent announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, we will also be opening up first invites to those living in the same household as patients who are severely immunosuppressed. We are in the process of sending out a letter to immunosuppressed patients to let them know that they can invite their household to book an appointment for a vaccine at our vaccination centre in Princes Risborough.

You are most probably all aware the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), have advised that anyone under 30 should not receive a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine – they should be offered an alternative once the vaccination programme is opened up to that age group. Everyone who has already received a first dose should continue to receive a second dose of the AZ vaccine.

Thank you for your ongoing support.