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Covid-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 booster vaccination update (19th April 2022)

We want to thank all our patients for their support during the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme so far and we are proud to have been a part of the world’s biggest vaccination programme.

You will be aware that people aged 75 or over, older people in care homes and patients over 12 who are immunosuppressed are being offered a spring booster COVID-19 vaccination – where it has been six months since they had their 3rd  dose.

Unfortunately, due to extreme pressures on our team, we are unable to offer the facility for patients to book appointments for a COVID-19 spring booster vaccine via the practice.

This has not been an easy decision for us, as we recognise that many of you prefer to attend our local site for a vaccination.

But this move allows our staff to focus all of their time on what you have told us is very important for you – dedicating our efforts to providing you, our patients,  with clinically safe, timely medical appointments, together with continuity of care.  

Although we cannot invite you to a vaccination, please be assured that there are still a number of options available for eligible patients to get their booster jab, and for other patients who are eligible for their primary course and have not yet had it.

You can book an appointment via the National Booking Service or call 119 to be seen at one of our mass vaccination centres in Hampshire. The closest two to Fareham are St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth, or Oakley Road, Southampton.  There are also pharmacy sites available, the two closest to Fareham being Asda Fareham and Stubbington. You can also contact the Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline on 0300 561 0018. The helpline can help you find your nearest vaccination site or walk-in, book a slot if needed as well as provide basic advice and information around the vaccine. It is open 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.

You can also check the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group website to see regular updates of the walk-in clinics available in the Fareham area, where you can drop into to get your booster jab.  You are also able to attend any walk in clinic that is accessible to you.

Older patients who are resident in care home settings do not need to book, because they will receive their booster vaccine directly from local primary care services, as was the case with primary course doses. 

Patients who are otherwise ordinarily housebound but are able to attend outpatient appointments at hospital or other settings should make use of local and community transport services to access a vaccine at a site available through the National Booking Service.

We will be continuing to support you our patients by messaging and writing to you to when you become eligible for your spring booster jab - and signposting you to places you can book.

All patients remain eligible for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd doses, please use the booking options available above. 

Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme (13th December 2021)

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

You can book your booster from three months after your second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from two months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.

All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

If you are yet to have your first or second dose of the vaccination then please do come forward and have these.

In terms of any planned appointments with Gudge Heath Lane Surgery, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

We urge you keep our phone lines free for patients to call with non-vaccination healthcare needs. The NHS will share details on other ways to access booster appointments across our communities as soon as possible.

See more about the vaccination programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including the vaccination services: www.hampshiresouthamptonandisleofwightccg.nhs.uk


COVID-19 booster vaccination update

We want to thank all our patients for their support during the roll-out of the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and we are proud to have been a part of the world’s biggest vaccination programme – playing our full part in delivering some 40,000 doses locally.

You will be aware that people aged 50 or over, and some other cohorts, are being offered a booster COVID-19 vaccination this autumn and winter – where it has been at least six months since they had their second dose.

Unfortunately, due to work extreme pressures on our team, we are unable to offer the facility for patients to book appointments for a COVID-19 booster vaccine at Portchester Community Centre.

This has not been an easy decision for us, as we recognise that many of you prefer to attend our local site for a vaccination.

But this move allows our staff to focus all of their time on what you have told us is very important for you – dedicating our efforts to providing you, our patients,  with clinically safe, timely medical appointments, together with continuity of care.   

Although we cannot invite you to a vaccination at Portchester Community Centre, please be assured that there are still a number of options available for eligible patients to get their booster jab, and for other patients who are eligible for their primary course and have not yet had it.

You can book an appointment via the National Booking Service or call 119 to be seen at one of our mass vaccination centres in Hampshire. The closest two to Fareham are St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth, or Oakley Road, Southampton.  There are also pharmacy sites available, the two closest to Fareham being Asda Fareham and Stubbington.

You can also check the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group website to see regular updates of the walk-in clinics available in the Fareham area, where you can drop into to get your booster jab.  You are also able to attend any walk in clinic that is accessible to you.

Patients who are resident in care home settings do not need to book, because they will receive their booster vaccine directly from local primary care services, as was the case with first and second doses. 

Patients who are otherwise ordinarily housebound but are able to attend outpatient appointments at hospital or other settings should make use of local and community transport services to access a vaccine at a site available through the National Booking Service.

The eligibility criteria for COVID vaccinations or booster doses is:

  • Patients over 50 and those under 50 with an underlying health condition who have already had their primary course are eligible for a booster dose six months after their second dose.
  • Patients identified as immunosuppressed are eligible for a third dose.
  • Anyone over the age of 18 remains eligible for their first or second dose if they have not yet had it.
  • 16/17 year olds are eligible for one dose.  People with an underlying health condition in this group may require a second dose.
  • All 12-15 year olds are eligible. It is expected that those with underlying health conditions are not vaccinated in a school setting as they will require two doses

We will be continuing to support you our patients by messaging and writing to you to when you become eligible for your third jab - and signposting you to places you can book.

Thank you.

Dr Ailsa Maguire and Partners.

 

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