Advisory messages have gone up on the websites of our GP Practices as the mammoth task of vaccinating a nation against Covid-19 gets underway.
The message spells out the order in which residents will be offered one of the new vaccines, and patients are specifically requested NOT to contact the surgery.
Instead, our doctors ask that you wait for your turn and you will be told how to book an appointment.
And for the time being at least, vaccination sessions will NOT be taking place at local GP surgeries, but at designated community vaccination sites.
In the meantime, our doctors point out that they are very much available to deal with your non-Covid health concerns.
Here is the Covid update in full as posted on the Molebridge Practice website as well as other practices in our area:
"We have been asked by NHS England to start delivering the COVID-19 mass vaccination programme from 15 December. This will be done by working together with other local GP Practices (called a Primary Care Network) to provide the vaccines, rather than doing vaccinations here at the practice.
Please do not contact the practice to ask for a COVID-19 vaccination. You will be contacted when you are eligible.
To enable everyone to get the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established so the vaccine can be delivered to groups who need it first.
We will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date, so please don't contact the practice to ask for a vaccine before then.
We are working hard to plan the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations, while continuing to deliver the largest ever flu vaccine campaign and supporting our patients with routine and urgent health requests. On that basis, we are unable to answer additional questions about the COVID vaccine.
However, to help answer your likely questions, we have tried to summarise the key information you need to know about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaign, along with sharing details of the way patient groups will be prioritised:
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
- We will be in contact with you with information about where and when you will need to receive the vaccine.
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
What are the priority groups?
- 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 (excluding pregnant women and those under 16)
- 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
- Rest of the population (priority to be determined)"