We would like to reassure our patients that despite the misleading and negative media coverage over the past few days that our patients are in the process of being vaccinated. Although the location of the designated vaccination site is not convenient at present, please be assured that our vaccination programme has not been delayed and that our area falls under WAVE 6 which commenced on 11th January 2021.
Vaccines are given based on priority cohorts defined by the JCVI and, of course, on vaccine availability.
There are currently 2 types of vaccines being provided, and the designated vaccination site will be determined on the make of vaccine. Eligible patients will be notified, and appointments can be booked through the national booking system.
If you receive a letter to book the appointment online, please click here to be directed to the NHS booking service. Please note that this is only available to the eligible patient groups as determined by the JCVI.
NHS England, The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and our practice will be monitoring the roll out programme closely and there may be further sites identified where any gaps exist. This means that there may well be other service providers, pharmacies and possibly GP surgeries that may be offered further contracts. However this will be determined by NHS England. On a positive note, Mr Huw Merriman, conservative MP for East Sussex, clearly understands the need for rural practices to be able to administer the Astra Zeneca vaccination, and the need for an amended contract to enable this. He has brought this to the attention of the health secretary and they are debating this option in parliament at the moment. Click here to read the recent article published in Pulse magazine.
The vaccination programme for the Weald Cohorts 1 – 9 have been provided by The Ridge Primary Care Network.
Please visit the following websites for additional information.
Frequently asked questions and information relating to the vaccination clinics click here.
For information about the Service Provider and the arrangements for the clinics please visit https://www.theridgepcn.co.uk/about/covid_vaccinations_.php
For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine
For national information about the vaccine visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/