Covid-19 vaccination information
The Chestnuts Surgery are providing Covid-19 vaccinations at Age UK Sittingbourne for our own patients and those from the following practices:
· Memorial Medical Centre
· Grovehurst Medical Centre
· London Road Practice
· Meads Medical Centre
· Teynham Surgery
· Lakeside Medical Centre
· Iwade Medical Centre
We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
Patients will receive a text message from their local surgery asking them to book themselves in for a vaccination. If you do not have a mobile, you will receive a phone call to book. NHS England are also sending out letters to patients in priority groups to attend mass vaccination sites, these can be a long distance from home and patients have the right to attend their local vaccination centre if they wish.
If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make the appointment, please cancel the appointment using the link you were sent to book your appointment. If you do not have a link, you can call your own GP surgery to make them aware so that we can invite someone else.
We will contact all patients for their 2nd dose when they are due. You do not need to contact the surgery. You may have seen the news about different variants of coronavirus circulating in some parts of the country/in our area. It is important that we quickly respond to this. That is why, in line with government and JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) guidance, we are bringing forward second doses of the vaccine to 8 weeks.
Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
Which priority group are you currently inviting?
As of February we are currently inviting: patients 70yrs and over to attend.
· Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
· All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
· All those 75 years of age and over
· All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
· All those 65 years of age and over. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
· All those 60 years of age and over
· All those 55 years of age and over
· All those 50 years of age and over
How do you prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?
Patients are contacted from each priority group based on medical condition and healthcare needs such as Asthma, COPD, Diabetic patients etc.
How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
Patients will receive a call from their local surgery asking them to attend for a vaccination at an agreed date and time. NHS England are also sending out letters to patients in priority groups to attend mass vaccination sites, these can be a long distance from home and patients have the right to attend their local vaccination centre if they wish.
If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?
If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call your own GP surgery and make them aware so that we can invite someone else.
How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?
A single Carer or chaperone may attend with a patient from the priority groups listed above, however we would ask that a face mask is worn and the vaccination will be given to the patient only during your visit.
Thank you and stay safe