COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
As part of the Pathfinder Pilot COVID-19 Immunisation Scheme, Vauxhall Practice will start Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations from 07/01/2021. Eligible patients will be invited in accordance with the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority groups. The top two priority groups will be vaccinated in the first instance. These are:
1. Residents in a Care Home for older adults and their carers
2. Over 80s and frontline Health and social Care workers
Patients will then be called in order of JCVI priority groups as follows:
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. All individuals aged 18* years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality and relevant carers**
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
*The JCVI recommendation is from 16 years of age but AstraZeneca vaccine is only authorised for use in those aged 18 years of age
**Those who are eligible for a carer's allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable. Those clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age. Eligible carers should be vaccinated in priority group 6.
Please do not ring the Practice to enquire about Covid-19 vaccinations – you will be contacted either by the Practice or the Health Board when the vaccine is available and we are able to offer you an appointment.
This is the first time we are undertaking such large scale immunisations. We are grateful to all our patients for the patience and support shown so far and we are sure the immunisations will be completed in a smooth and efficient manner. Please bear with us and we will arrange this by priority as and when we receive the vaccine supplies. Please continue to follow the up-to-date Government guidance at:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES
RESCUE PACKS FOR ASTHMA AND COPD PATIENTS
We are aware there has been misleading information on Social Media regarding asking your doctor/practice pharmacist for rescue packs.
WE ARE NOT SUPPLYING “JUST IN CASE” COURSES OF STEROID AND ANTIBIOTICS (KNOWN AS RESCUE PACKS) TO ANYONE WHO IS NOT ALREADY HAVING THEM AS PART OF THEIR USUAL TREATMENT BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
We know that people with underlying respiratory conditions like asthma and COPD will be worried about how the Coronavirus might impact them. Here is some advice:
Use your inhalers as you have been advised by your healthcare professional to manage your underlying condition as best as possible.
Visit www.asthma.org.uk/advice/inhalervideos/ watch the video links -even if you are sure you know how to use your inhaler.
Contact your GP practice BY TELEPHONE or eCONSULT if you develop a worsening of your current asthma or COPD symptoms.
Phone 111 if these are severe, you think they are coronavirus, or we are not open.
Lastly, please look after yourself. Isolate if you have been advised to. Distance yourself from others whenever possible. Reach out for and accept help with groceries and collecting prescriptions. Use official channels like www.gov.uk or the Aneurin Bevan Health Board website to obtain your information.
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Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
The practice has good access and facilities for disabled patients.
(Site updated 12/03/2021)