COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
The Practice is currently involved in the national roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. This is being delivered as part of a joint effort with 2 other local GP surgeries, Dr Bradley and Partners and Dykes Hall Medical Centre, which form part of the Hillsborough Primary Care Network.
Below is a link to a short video created by a local Sheffield GP that explains the vaccination process:
Who is currently being vaccinated?
Cohorts 1 to 4 - Healthcare workers and extremely vulnerable patients
- Over 70 year olds
- Clinically extremely vulnerable
- Frontline health and social care workers
If you are over 70, clinically extremely vulnerable or a frontline health and social care worker and are yet to have the vaccination for whatever reason, t is not too late to come forward. You can now book a vaccination appointment online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling the free 119 number.
Additions to the clinically extremely vulnerable list
On the 16th February, the government announced that they were expanding the number of people that were being asked to shield, which are those people that have been as being clinically vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19.
Rather than being placed on the shielding list due to one type of health condition, people are being asked to shield due to a combination of factors including underying health conditions, ethnicity, age, wight and deprivation. All people now identified as extremely clinically vulnerable will get a letter from the government asking them to shield and explaining what they need to do. This means that they will be advised to stay at home as much as possible and offered help such as food or getting medicines where needed.
Cohorts 5 to 6 - At risk adults ages 16-64 and over 65s
- 65 to 69 year olds
- 16 to 64 who have an underlying health condition
From the 15th February, people from cohorts 5-6 will start to be offered the COVID vaccination. This will mean that the NHS will begin to contact people in the 65 to 69 age group and people deemed at risk ages 16 to 64 with an underlying health condition.
GPs will be asked to primarily focus on those will an underlying health condition as many of these patients will already be monitored by their doctor or nurse for their ongoing treatment. People ages 65 to 69 without any underlying conditions will be invited by letter to book an appointment at a large vaccination centre such as Sheffield Arena. If you receive one of these letters and have already been vaccinated then you do not need to respond to the invitation.
This is the biggest vaccination programme that the NHS has ever undertaken and thse are the larget groups to vaccinate so far, so this will take time to contact everyone. In the meantime, please do not contact you GP to enquire about a vaccine, as this will only increase the pressure on the system, and the NHS will contact you when we have a supply of vaccines.
Cohorts 7 to 12 - Remaining population over 18 years of age
The Practice is now in the process of inviting the remaining population in line with the current national guidance. The Practice will contact all patients either by text or telephone call when you become eligible. These cohorts prioritise patients in age-order and we will be working down each cohort from the oldest to the youngest.
The NHS and Sheffield City Council are working to compile a list of carers based on who receives carers allowance and those known to the council, cares centres and GPs. Once an list of unpaid carers has been pulled together by the council and the NHS, all those who are eligible adult carers will be contacted by the national booking system to receive an invitation to book a vaccination through a large vaccination centre such as Sheffield Arena.
We ask that people do not contact their GP with vaccine queries in the meantime.
What to expect what attending for your vaccine
To receive delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination, Hillsborough Primary Care Network agreed to deliver all it's vaccinations at Middlewood Medical Centre at Fairlawns. This site was chosen due to the space provided to help maintain social distance as best as possible and car parking available to all visitors. The clinics are being run by a combination of staff from the tree Practices and volunteers from varous organisations.
We are currently running clinics both for the Pfizer and the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccines dependent on the supplies we receive from from NHS England.
For information on the two vaccines currently being offered, please follow the links below:
As we are informed of a delivery, we will being to contact patients to invite patients to book a slot for the next clinic. This may either be by phone call or via text message, which allows patients to book a slot of their choice. Please be aware that invitations may be at short notice due to the limited advance notice given to the Practice, so we hope patients can be as flexible as possible where they can.
- On the day we ask that all patients who attend for their vaccination do wear a mask where possible, for the protection of all patients and the staff working the clinic.
- Please try to attend to at your allocated time, to allow safe social distancing and help us to manage the number of people in the building at any one time.
- Make sure you wear appropriate clothing to be vaccinated in a open space. The vaccinator will need easy access to your upper arm, so something such as a t-shirt or short sleeved top.
When you arrive
Please report to the entrance and make your self known the staff member or volunteer. If there is a large number of people at any one time, you may be asked to queue outside shortly whilst we continue to vaccinate those inside.
When ready you will be directed to check in at the Reception desk where you will receive a leaflet containing information about the vaccine being given for that clinic. You will then be asked to wait in a short queue, where you will be called forward to a vaccination both as one becomes free. The vaccinator will ask for you to confirm your details and a few questions to check that they are able to proceed.
For the Pfizer vaccine you will be asked to sit for 15 minutes in the Practice or for the Oxford-Astrazeneca are advised that you cannot drive for 15 minutes afterwards (though you may waiting in your car before leaving). This is simply a precaution set by the vaccine manufacturers to ensure that you can be monitored for any side effects before you leave.
Attending for your second vaccine
The second dose of the vaccine will be given up to 12 weeks later in line with the governmental guidelines. This is expected to be the same vaccine type that you receive for your first. Due to the uncertainty regarding the delivery of vaccines, we are not booking appointment for second vaccines when you attend for their first. Instead, please be assure that you will be contacted by the Practice when you are due for your second dose.