Latest Covid Advice - March 2022
After the recent announcement by the Prime Minister, please be aware that we don’t yet know whether the rules for the NHS will change.
So, until this is confirmed, please continue to:
- wear your mask in the surgery
- keep distance when in the surgery
- arrive no earlier than five minutes before your appointment time
- avoid attending for routine care when you have covid
- tell us if you have covid symptoms or are covid positive when you have an appointment
That way we can keep all patients safe - including those who cannot be vaccinated or whose immune systems are compromised/weak.
Vine Surgery Partnership
Covid-19 Visiting your GP Surgery
In line with current Government guidance patients are required to continue to wear a face covering in all healthcare settings.
It's vital that you isolate until you receive your test result. See the latest guidance.
Four ways to seek healthcare advice from a GP
- Call your surgery to discuss a virtual (telephone or video) or face-to-face appointment
- Complete an online form via our Online Triage system to receive a response within 2 working days
- Call NHS 111 or go online to seek advice at the NHS 111 website
- Download the NHS App from your phone app store to order repeat prescriptions and check your symptoms
You will be offered a spring booster if you:
- are aged 75 and over
- live in a care home for older people
- are aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system
COVID-19 may affect you more seriously if you are in one of these groups. The spring booster is being offered to help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
When to get your spring booster
You will be contacted by the NHS when you are due a spring booster. You will usually be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are eligible for a spring booster, but have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.
If you have a severely weakened immune system you need to get a 3rd dose before you get a booster.
How to get your spring booster
You will be contacted by the NHS and invited to book your spring booster when it's due.
You may be offered appointment dates from 3 months (91 days) after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But try to book an appointment around 6 months after your last dose to get the best protection from your spring booster.
Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online for your spring booster if you are:
- aged 75 and over
- aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system
If you live in a care home for older people, contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.
If you think you are eligible for a spring booster but did not get an invite, contact your GP surgery or hospital specialist.
Hope Programme for Long COVID
Please see details of this free self-management course to help you cope on your recovery from long COVID.
Covid-19 Community Pharmacy - Wells
A community pharmacy has opened at Thomas Church Hall, St Thomas Street, Wells, BA5 2UZ. This pharmacy will deliver the Covid-19 vaccine to support the vaccination programme and specifically, those that struggle to travel to sites outside of Wells.
The first clinic is on Friday 18th March between 3.00pm and 7.00pm. Appointments will be available to book via the National Booking Service.
Message to our patients - update on the COVID-19 booster programme
Across Somerset the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible and you will be able to book via the National Booking System.
You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking Service to book the appointment from 2 months.
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services.
We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
In terms of any planned appointments with Vine Surgery, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
See further information about the Somerset vaccination programme.
COVID-19 programme update for vaccinations for 12 - 15-year-olds
As part of our drive in Somerset to make it as easy as possible for people to have their COVID vaccinations, we have opened up a significant number of bookable vaccination slots at our large vaccination centres and are also offering walk-in clinics for 12 – 15-year-olds.
This is in addition to the opportunity for children from 12-15 to be vaccinated at their schools.
Walk in services for 12 - 15-year-olds
Your patient can find out which centres are offering walk-in clinics for 12 – 15-year-olds on the “grab-a-jab” website.
Patients can book through the National Booking Service online or by calling 119.
Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates
Your General Practice is unable to offer you a certification of covid vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against covid-19. You can however find details of all your vaccinations on the NHS App. Proof of vaccination documents have not yet been developed and as such cannot be provided by your GP. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you.
Covid-19 Vaccinations in Somerset
For 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.
For the latest information and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) check online for:
Wellbeing and mental health: A guide to looking after yourself and others
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.
Vaccination Buddies is helping people make informed decisions about whether to have the Covid-19 vaccination.
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
Help the fight against COVID-19
The PRINCIPLE Trial
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.
Somerset's Local Authorities
Coronavirus support helpline
0300 790 6275
Available 8am to 6pm, seven days a week
A single number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus
related support from Somerset's Local Authorities. Anyone who can't find help
within their community can use the helpline to get help and advice surrounding;
- Emotional support if you 're feeling worried or anxious
- Financial support
- Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
- Housing and support for the homeless
- Transport needs
- Waste collection and disposal