COVID-19 Vaccinations and Certificates

Given the complexities of the Coronavirus vaccine, Happy House Surgery is working with other GP Practices in our area (West 2PCN) to provide vaccinations for our patients.  Vaccinations are by appointment only.

You can check which groups are currently currently eligable by clicking this link however please wait to be invited for a vaccination.  If you have a mobile phone, you will be invited to make an appointment by text.  This will contain a link to follow to make the appointment.  Those without mobile phones will be contacted by either the hub or the practice.  If you receive a link but have difficulties with it, contact reception.

If you are in an eligable group and have not yet received an invitation by the Practice, you may be able to book an appointment at one of the national centres, such the Nightlingale Centre in Sunderland,  at http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination  at any time, or by calling 119 between 7am – 11pm seven days a week.

If you are 50 and over and have not received your first vaccination, please contact reception. 

If you have already had your first vaccinations, calls for second vaccinations are usually around 10 -11 weeks after the date of your first.  If you have not received an invitation by the 12th week from the day of your vaccination, contact reception.

Vaccination Certificates

Please note that the Practice is unable to provide certificates of vaccination for COVID-19 vaccines.

If you require proof of vaccination, for example for a holiday, it is available on the NHS app which you download to your mobile phone. The NHS app is available from the I-phone app store or from Google Play for Android phones.

If you unable to download the NHS app, you can request a certificate from the NHS helpline, from the 17th May, on 119.

This must be at least 5 days after your vaccination and remember the letter may take five days to reach you.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

Grouping

The Government has laid out a strict plan for us to follow.  The priority groups for vaccination are laid out by the JCVI and are currently as follows:

  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. To see who is included in this group click here.
  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 (see below)
  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

Group 6 – The JCVI defines this as

  • Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
  • Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Severe and profound learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with specific cancers
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • Asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • Morbid obesity
  • Severe mental illness

Carers

For vaccination purposes, The JCVI have identified eligable Carers are those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

If you are in an eligable group, appointments can be booked on-line at http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination  at any time or by calling 119 between 7am – 11pm seven days a week.

 

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