GPs in Derbyshire are working hard to finalise the arrangements for COVID-19 vaccinations. This has been the subject of very stringent rules and regulations and you can be assured that the NHS is working around the clock to finalise the details. We are very confident that most vaccination hubs will be in place by early to mid-January, using the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine.
This vaccine’s storage requirements have severely limited the locations from which the vaccines can be stored and given. We do anticipate the approval of the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine shortly and this will enable us to plan for many more vaccination centres, because this vaccine is easier to transport and store. Patients aged 80 or over, care home staff and healthcare staff are the first priority groups for vaccinations, and these will be broadened once more vaccine becomes available.
Patients will be contacted when their vaccine is available and we are asking everyone to avoid contacting their surgery in the meantime. It is possible that people are hearing of neighbours receiving the vaccination, but this will only be because they are registered with a GP practice that is in the first round for the vaccination programme rollout, or are a member of NHS or adult care staff.
Everyone has an important part to play and we’re asking people to remember the following:
please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
If you have any questions on this please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Public Health England Coronavirus Advice
Patients can find regularly updated information via the NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms do not attend your GP surgery. At this point in time GPs cannot test for COVID-19. If your symptoms are manageable at home and you would not ordinarily require medical attention please do not call 111 unless your condition deteriorates.
You can find guidance about self-isolating with possible COVID-19 here.
Volunteering in the community
If you are interested in volunteering to help the vulnerable, please visit https://www.facebook.com/hopecommunity2020/. This group has no affiliation to Evelyn Medical Centre. You can also email the group at email@example.com.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
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