Below is some information which may answer some of your questions.
Who will be vaccinated?
The vaccination will be prioritised to those most in need, particularly the elderly and those who are vulnerable and with pre-existing medical conditions.
We are in the process of contacting the most vulnerable in category 1 and 2 to invite them for a vaccination. Due to many in this group not having mobile phones, we are calling these patients. We are working down our priority list, starting with the oldest. For the first batch of vaccine, we only have a few days notice, so to ensure no vaccine was wasted, if we aren't able to contact a person by phone, we continue down the list. Those who we couldn’t reach will be contacted for the next batch due.
Further more detailed Government Guidance is available.
This priority list is as follows:
- 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
What do I need to do if I want to get vaccinated?
Our Covid team will contact you and invite you to an appointment to be vaccinated when you are eligible based on your age and health. It may be worth updating your contact details with your surgery to make sure we can send your invitation.
Do I have to get vaccinated?
The vaccine is optional but highly recommended.
Can I just turn up on the day without an appointment?
No. We have limited amounts of vaccine and plan the clinics around this. We will invite all our patients in the priority order as per NHS guidance.
How many vaccinations will I need?
Based on the latest government guidance, both Pfizer and Oxford vaccines require two doses, and these will now be given 12 weeks apart.
Where will the Vaccination be given?
The vaccination clinics will be held at Ulverston Community Health Centre, Stanley St, Ulverston LA12 7BT. The clinics will be held at the rear of the building and you should not use the front entrance. Signage and volunteers will be on site to help direct you to the entrance.
Will there be parking?
Yes we will have designated parking for the clinics and have volunteers to direct cars.
What do I need to wear for my appointment?
You will be vaccinated in the upper arm. When you arrive at the vaccination room, please remove your coat and come wearing a short sleeved top, so the clinician can easily access your arm. You MUST COME WEARING A FACE MASK.
What happens if I am delayed for my appointment?
Don't worry if you are delayed and miss your time slot. Please just arrive as soon as you can and our volunteers will be able to help you on arrival.
Do I need to pay for my vaccination?
The vaccination will be provided free of charge through the NHS.
Why would a vaccine be needed if we can do other things, like social distancing and wearing masks, to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading?
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 2 metres away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following NHS guidance to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received the vaccine?
Yes. The situation is evolving, but the current focus is to vaccinate as many people as possible, in order of priority based on medical need. The current guidance remains regarding social distancing and personal protective equipment. This will be reviewed in time and may be amended.
There are some side effects with all vaccines. Below is a video which explain some of the effects of the Astra Zenica vaccine.
What should I do if I experience any side effects from the vaccine?
Patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look out for any side effects, and what to do if they do occur, including reporting them to the MHRA.