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Health leaders welcome the JCVI guidance about expanding the booster programme. However, they are reminding people that currently COVID boosters are only available to those aged 40 and over and patients with health conditions that mean COVID will make them seriously ill.
There is also still a six-month gap between the second dose of the vaccine and a booster.
This is the same position across the country as we await implementation of the new JCVI guidance announced on Monday 29/11/2021.
“We would urge everyone who is currently eligible to have or book their COVID booster to do so as soon as possible,” said Geoff Barnes, Acting Director of Public Health in North East Lincolnshire.
“These are mainly people who are aged 40 and over or have a long term health condition that makes COVID a serious risk to their health and it’s been six months since they had their second jab.
“A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
“The NHS is currently prioritising those most at risk from COVID and if people who are not yet eligible attend, they will have to be turned away.”
Currently only those groups of people listed below are eligible:
· people aged 40 and over
· people who live and work in care homes
· frontline health and social care workers
· people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
· people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
· people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
The NHS will announce when the boosters are ready for healthy people aged under 40 or the period of time between the 2nd dose and booster changes.
With increasing numbers of positive cases, Patients who are calling for appointments with any of the symptoms of COVID-19, even if they advise us of a negative lateral flow, should always be advised to book a PCR test, isolate until they receive the results and not attend the surgery.
A negative lateral flow test should not be taken as meaning the patient does not have COVID-19.
Current government guidance states:
lateral flow testing is only for use in people without symptoms and a PCR test is required if a person has developed symptoms.
Please see the link below.
COVID-19 Vaccination status information:
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Programme 2021-2022
We will be commencing our vaccination program in the coming weeks and will be initially contacting patients via text and phone calls, please ensure that your contact details are correct and up to date to enable us to contact you without delay.
We are opening up these clinics to be booked via system one online, the same system that you can access your records and order prescriptions on, as well as you being able to call the practice to book. We do ask that you call after 1pm any day of the week when our phones can be slightly less busy.
We have varied delivery dates throughout September to November and will run our clinics as we did last year mainly on a weekend to reduce the impact on our daily clinics and services and ensure normal daily capacity is not affected. The one way system will be in place as it was last year and we ask that you wear a mask or face covering whilst in the surgery.
Patients aged 49 and under with underlying health conditions and all patients aged 50 and over are eligible for the seasonal flu vaccination.
If you are unsure if you are eligible for a seasonal flu vaccination, our reception team are able to check this for you if you call in an afternoon when it can be less busy on the telephones.
If you are not eligible for seasonal flu vaccination on the NHS, you can either wait to see if the practice has any remaining vaccines after all eligible patients have been offered a vaccination, or you can contact a local pharmacy where you will be able to purchase the vaccine to be administered by them.
We thank you for your patience whilst we work through our eligible cohorts of patients and deliver our vaccination programme.