When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be in the form of a letter or phone call either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they get their letter.
The Government has updated guidance on Shielding and it can be found by accessing this link:
Whilst Shielding is not compulsory the Government recommends it to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 virus in those who are considered to be Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. If by shielding you need additional support to get help from the council or priority access to supermarket delivery slots, please register yourself using the following link:
In addition to the initial cohorts of the population that have been recommended to shield at the start of the latest lockdown in January 2021 – from 16 February 2021, a COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment has been conducted by NHS England. It is this nationwide assessment that has flagged people as a potentially being at higher risk. Please follow this link to for further information:
As a practice we will aim to prioritise you for COVID Vaccination due to your increased risk and would recommend that you consider the Government’s Shielding advice, but are aware that any decision on engaging with shielding will be a decision that only you can make for yourself.
Beacon Medical Group are not in a position to advise on any employment maters but the link below contains the advice on shielding from ACAS on steps employers are advised to take:
It is likely as more of the population get vaccinated and the “R-number” (rate of spread of the infection) continues to fall “Shielding Guidance” will be relaxed as we saw after the first wave.
People aged 65 and over will also be invited to book a vaccination at one of the vaccination centres using the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and can choose from large scale vaccination centres or some local pharmacy services. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
For those patients who have been diagnosed as having asthma, to receive the Covid-19 vaccination they must meet the following criteria:
People with asthma which requires continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids
Or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission, will be vaccinated in priority group 6. This will include:
Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said this vaccine is very safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your suffering from COVID-19 disease. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can, should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for.
The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.
Yes, the Pfizer vaccine does not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products.
If, and when, further vaccines are approved we will publish information about known allergens or ingredients that are important for certain faiths, cultures and beliefs.
The COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for women who are pregnant.
People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.
This is all included in the information published by the MHRA, and Public Health England will also be publishing more resources for patients and professionals. People can be assured the NHS will ensure that they have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.
Yes. The NHS would not offer any COVID-19 vaccinations to the public until it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator authorising licensed use of medicines and vaccines by healthcare professionals, has made this decision, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process.
The phase three study of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated a vaccine efficacy of 95%, with consistent efficacy across age, gender and ethnicity. Overall, among the participants who received the COVID-19 vaccine 82.1% were White, 9.6% were Black or African American, 26.1% were Hispanic/Latino, 4.3% were Asian and 0.7% were Native American/Alaskan.
People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.
Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody, so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
Very common side effects include:
As with all vaccines, appropriate treatment and care will be available in case of a rare anaphylactic event following administration.
You are required to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 21 days apart. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of vaccine.
The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.
No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu. If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and patients from flu this winter.