We are pleased to announce we received confirmation yesterday that we are now able to start vaccinating priority groups 7 (60-64 years), 8 (55-59 years) and 9 (50-54 years). We have been asked to focus on group 9, with groups 7 and 8 having been offered vaccination at one of the larger hubs. However, if you're in group 7 or 8, and would prefer to be vaccinated locally, we are more than happy to vaccinate you ourselves.
Before moving on to groups 7-9, we first need to finish vaccinating patients in group 6. We will be doing this on Saturday 20th March and will be contacting these patients during the next week with an appointment time.
As always, we are asking patients not to phone Buxted, Manor Oak or East Hoathly Medical Centres. We will be in contact with patients in groups 6-9 once we have received confirmation of vaccine deliver, and have appointments to offer.
We have been told that vaccine delivery is going to be ramped up moving forward, so we are hoping to vaccinate the remaining priority groups as quickly as possible.
Vaccination Programme Progress
The Buxted Vaccination Team has completed another successful week of COVID-19 vaccinations. Having already met the government target to vaccinate the top four priority groups by mid-Febraury, we are now vaccinating Priority Group 6, alongside running second dose clinics and vaccinating those patients in earlier groups who for whatever reason were unable to attend when initially invited.
On Tuesday 2nd March, the vaccination team completed a second dose Pfizer clinic at the Meads Medical Centre and on the morning of Sunday 7th March patients came to Buxted Medical Centre to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
We have another second dose Pfizer clinic at the Meads Medical Centre on Wednesday 10th March for patients who received their first dose on 20th December 2020 and 10th January 2021. These patients are receiving their second dose over a number of dates in March, as were are reliant on vaccine deliveries. If you have not heard from us yet, please do not worry. We have not forgotten about you and will be in touch very shortly. As always, please do not phone the surgery, we will phone you.
As a reminder, the nine priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020
Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19)
NHS England have produced the following leaflet for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home.
Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19): Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions)
If you are feeling unwell or are concerned about contracting the coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest government advice and guidance.