As of Monday 21st December our practice is pleased to be able to start offering COVID-19 vaccinations to our patients. We are delighted as a surgery to have been asked to house a Covid-19 vaccination hub at one of our surgeries, Sycamore House Medical Centre in the centre of Walsall.
Given the enormity of this task, the practice and its staff will be working up to 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm to ensure all eligible patients for the vaccine are contacted and brought into the surgery to receive their vaccine.
Patients over the age of 80 will be amongst the first group of patients to receive the vaccine along with healthcare workers.
All patients will require 2 vaccines. It is essential that each patient has 2 courses of the vaccine to increase their immunity against the virus. Your surgery will contact you when your second appointment is due. This will be no more than 12 weeks after your first dose.
As you may have seen on the news, the Pfizer vaccine, which is the one we currently have licensed, is extremely fragile and can only be transported in sub-zero temperatures. The vaccine has to then be defrosted at the surgery for around 3 hours, drawn up and used within a matter of days.
The vaccination hub will therefore have to administer 975 vaccines per week to ensure there is no wastage of the vaccine. Therefore, we urge patients to ensure they keep their appointments once booked.
Please can we ask that all our patients read the COVID-19 Vaccine information leaflet below PRIOR to attending your initial appointment along with the information provided in the link below:
Covid Vaccination guide Older Adults
Please also find below links to further information on the gov.uk website:
Covid Vaccination guide for healthcare workers
Covid Vaccination guide for social care staff
Covid Vaccination guide what to expect
Covid Vaccination guide why you are being asked to wait
Covid Vaccination guide care home and healthcare settings