On 2 December, The independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) confirmed, that one of the highly anticipated COVID-19 Vaccinations, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had been approved for use.
Within Somerset we have been working in partnership with our health and care providers to make the vaccine available to the people of Somerset in a planned way and in line with national guidance. This includes delivering it in a number of locations to enable easier access for as many people as possible. This will include large county sites, community sites in locations across the county, hospital hubs, some GP surgeries and via teams of mobile vaccinators for those who cannot leave their homes.
We know that everyone is eager to find out when they will get their Covid vaccination and that this is an anxious time. The NHS is working very hard to invite people who are eligible to have their vaccination, as quickly as possible, and in Somerset, a third of all adults have already been vaccinated.
NEW - People who are aged over 60 can now book their appointment directly with the national national booking service, or by calling 119. You don’t need to wait to be contacted by the surgery.
The groups currently being prioritised for a coronavirus vaccine are:
If you are aged between 65-69 (priority group five), we urge you to use the national booking service to book your appointment as soon as you receive a letter from the NHS – please don’t delay.
If you are aged between 16 and 64 (priority group six), with specific underlying health conditions that increase your risk of serious illness, you will be contacted by the GP primary care network team to invite you to your appointment, as soon as we possibly can.
You can really help to support the local vaccination programme and our surgery by:
For more information on eligibility, visit the JCVI website. For frequently asked questions and the latest information on the Somerset vaccination programme please visit the Somerset NHS vaccination programme website.
Thank you for your continuing support and patience.
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If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus, or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created Coronavirus pages that tell what you should do based on your particular circumstances. Please do not visit the surgery until you have contacted NHS 111.
There is a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and Influenza.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - please see the Germ Defence website
Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.
If you’d like to know more:
· Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
· People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with
· Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
· Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter
· Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated
Has your doctor or nurse said you are likely to have a COVID-19 infection?
Are you aged 65 and above, or aged 50 to 64 with any of the illnesses listed on this poster?
Then you could be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against COVID-19.
To find out more, please visit The PRINCIPLE Trial website.
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