COVID-19 VACCINATION 2020
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of six Primary Care Networks in Dorset who are ready and able to participate in Wave One of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The Pfizer vaccination will arrive in doses of 975 doses. We are not able to confirm future delivery dates, meaning that this is an incredibly complex process to plan for. There have been reports of delays in vaccines deliveries so please be patient if we announce we have to reschedule any of our clinic by one day or two.
Why is this vaccine so important?
COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2. It was first identified in late 2019. It is very infectious and can lead to severe respiratory disease. Many people who are infected may not have any symptoms or only have mild symptoms. These commonly start with cough, fever, headache and loss of taste or smell. Some people will feel very tired, have aching muscles, sore throat, diarrhoea and vomiting, fever and confusion. A small number of people then go on to have severe disease which may require hospitalisation or admission to intensive care. Overall, fewer than 1 in 100 people who are infected will die from COVID-19, but in those over 75 years of age this rises to 1 in 10. There is no cure for COVID-19 although some newly tested treatments do help to reduce the risk of complications.
Who should have the vaccine?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent expert group, has recommended that the NHS offers these vaccines first to those at highest risk of catching the infection and of suffering serious complications if they catch the infection.
This includes older adults, frontline health and social care workers, care home residents and staff, and those with certain clinical conditions. When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
Where do I find out more?
I am housebound, what do I do?
If you are housebound (truly housebound in whom travel to premises by car would cause a deterioration in medical condition or unacceptable discomfort), please call the surgery to ensure this is documented in your clinical record. We will make contact with you directly when delivery of the housebound service commences.
What do I need to do now?
It is important you read all the information linked on this page before your appointment. If you are being brought to the surgery, please also ask the person bringing you to read this information. By consenting you will be playing your part in protecting our community from catching and spreading COVID-19.