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Covid-19 vaccination information 10/12/2020

Coronavirus Vaccine

The five Ramsgate practices, Dashwood, East Cliff, The Grange, Newington and Summerhill are working together to deliver the vaccine programme. Between the five practices we care for over 51,000 patients across Ramsgate.

The Montefiore Medical Centre which houses both East Cliff and the Grange practices has been designated as the main vaccine site for Ramsgate.

Patients of Dashwood, East Cliff and Summerhill will be offered a vaccination at East Cliff Surgery. 

Patients of The Grange and Newington will be offered a vaccination at The Grange Surgery.

We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted by your own surgery about when the vaccine is available for you. (See below). There will be home visits arranged for housebound patients.

Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.

 

Which priority group are you currently inviting?

As of the 21st January:

We have completed vaccinating all residents in Ramsgate living in a care home for older adults along with their carers. 

We have vaccinated around 60% of patients aged 80 years of age and over and plan to complete first vaccinations of the remaining patients by the 30th January.

Frontline health and social care workers registered at one of the practices are advised to follow guidance from their employer and attend hospital hub sites for vaccination in the first instance.  

We are currently now contacting all those patients aged 75 years of age and over. 

Within the Montefiore Medical Centre we have already delivered around 2,600 doses and by close of play on Saturday we are expecting to have delivered more than 3,500 doses.

 How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?

We are telephoning patients in the first instance, this allows us to ask some screening questions and explain arrangements at the appointment and answer any questions.

 If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?

 If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call your practice to cancel so that we can invite someone else.

 Why is this process so complicated?

 Please be assured we are prioritising this programme and committing all available staff to this effort as well as recruiting bank staff and volunteers. All of these staff need to be screened and trained. A significant proportion of staff are working extra hours to ensure this programme runs smoothly.

 We are dependent upon vaccine supply. At the moment this is centrally decided and we only receive notification of delivery a few days in advance making it challenging to plan clinics. We administer the vast majority of vaccine stock we receive within two days of them arriving at the surgery. If more stock were available we would increase our efforts to vaccinate more people sooner.

 This is not like a flu vaccination programme. There are distinct differences in how the different vaccines are managed and handled.  Typically with flu vaccines we receive prefilled syringes. The Covid Vaccines come in vials and require careful handling and drawing up into syringes meaning the process takes longer.

 Additionally with the Pfizer vaccine, patients are required to wait 15 minutes after their vaccination meaning we have a slower flow of patients through the clinics.

 All practices remain open and we are having to manage the same daily workload alongside running the vaccination programme.

 

What is the order of patients you are vaccinating? 

We cannot at this stage give an idea of timescale for contacting patients but we will be working through the priority groups set out by the Department of Health and Social Care below these are:

 

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers (Complete)

 

  1. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers (In progress)

 

  1. All those 75 years of age and over (In progress)

 

  1. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (Due to start shortly)

 

  1. All those 65 years of age and over (Not yet started)

 

  1. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (Not yet started)

 

  1. All those 60 years of age and over (Not yet started)

 

  1. All those 55 years of age and over (Not yet started)

 

  1. All those 50 years of age and over (Not yet started)

 

We will update this website when we have further news. 

 

 

Kind regards

 Mrs Lisa Hardaker

Practice Manager

 

More about the vaccines

What if I have symptoms of Covid-19 when I get invited for the vaccines?

If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your invitation for the vaccines can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.

If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?

The national body which has approved the vaccine have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.

Can I pay for the vaccines privately?

No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.

Find out more

For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine

 

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