Covid vaccination programme update

Thank you to all our patients who have come forward for vaccination

Brook Square Surgery has been vaccinating people in Scarborough as part of our PCN ( Eastfield, Brook Square, Castle Health Centre and Central Healthcare ) and have delivered more than 40,000 doses of vaccines to patients ( 41,519 ) and health and social care staff ( 739)  so far We still have 1800 patients not vaccinated in cohorts 1- 9  with over 500 who are at high risk

We are focusing on vaccinating people who are at high risk to Covid - the priority group 6 - as well as second dose vaccinations. People in priority group 6 - particularly people with epilepsy, diabetes, severe asthma or severe mental health problems should take up the offer and get their jab

It's not too late for anyone to have their vaccine - it might be a no now, but it's not no never. If you have declined a vaccine appointment previously or not responded to a text message, call or letter and would like to now book please contact your us online or by phone. Clinics are held here at Brook Square Surgery and at the local vaccination centre at Scarborough Rugby Club and we are also offering evening and weekend appointments.

If you have concerns about getting to the vaccination centre please go to the travel section

It's really important that you have your second dose and you may be invited between 8- and 12 weeks after your first dose. We are currently inviting patients over the age of 30 to have their first dose and encourage everyone to make appointments as soon as they get an invite

RE: potential comms re 2nd dose CV19 vaccinations for practice websites 

Following the recent Government announcement in terms of the bringing forward of 2nd dose CV19 vaccinations, please see below for a suggested draft message for practices to use on their respective web sites and on social media.   

'In the light of the government announcement about shortening the time between first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccination for those aged 50 and over and others in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI priority list, we are awaiting information on vaccine supply in order to plan clinics. Please don't contact your GP – they will be in touch with your new appointment date and time if this is needed.. Second doses are effective when administered anytime between 3 and 12 weeks after the first so don't worry if your second dose appointment is scheduled beyond 8 weeks. This will not affect the protection provided by your vaccination'

The vaccine is safe

The MHRA, the EMA and the WHO have all been clear that people should get their vaccine. 12 million doses of the Oxford AZ vaccine have been administered across England and the number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population. This follows the data form the international trails of the vaccine which found that actually there were fewer cases of blood clots among the group who had the real vaccine than there were in the group who were given the placebo. Nationally we are expecting fluctuations in vaccine supply from this week - people should keep their booked appointments and we will continue with second dose appointments too.

Travel

If you require help with transport there are some volunteer options available:

NHS volunteer responders: 

08081963646 or https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/services

Scarborough College minibus service:

01723 360620 or admin@scarboroughcollege.co.uk 

There are also two buses which stop on the main road close to the rugby club:

East Yorkshire route 9

Arriva X93

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