COVID-19 Vaccination Program
We are pleased to announce that we are currently in the process of booking COVID-19 Vaccinations – South West London has now delivered over a whopping 280,000 Vaccinations!
According to Government Guidance, the Covid Vaccination Boosters should be given using the Pfizer Vaccine, even if the first vaccines given were Astra Zeneca.
This is considered to be completely safe and effective.
The only exception is where someone has had an allergy to the Pfizer Vaccine.
In this situation you should discuss this with your GP.
For more information, see:
JCVI statement regarding a COVID-19 booster vaccine programme for winter 2021 to 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Check you are eligible for a COVID Booster and book your Appointment Online:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
COVID-19 Vaccine Passports / Certificates:
- You can have proof of vaccination to show when necessary in either digital or paper form from 17th May
- For a digital certificate you will need the NHS App (NOT the NHS Covid App)
- For a paper certificate call 119
- Your GP cannot give you a certificate of vaccination
- You may be able to show your COVID-19 vaccination status as proof of your status when travelling abroad, but you must check requirements for any international travel as Covid testing and/or quarantine may also be required.
For further information, visit Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
COVID Pass Medical Exemptions:
Please see the following link, for all guidance and info – click here
Information from the NHS vaccination service 07.07.21
Important information to communicate to patients
-If you had both or one of your vaccinations in another country it will NOT show on the NHSapp
-We are unable to rectify this problem at practice level at present. You can make us aware of the vaccinations you have had, and we can add these to your medical record, but this will not update the NHSapp. We cannot do anything about this until further guidance is issued by the NHS vaccination service.
-Patients are likely to be stopped from travelling if both of their vaccinations do not show on NHSapp.
-Printed medical records, except for those requested via the 119 COVID service, will not be accepted for travel. If you were vaccinated abroad and we have updated your medical records, with the detail of your vaccination, we can print proof of your vaccination, but this is not accepted as proof for foreign travel.
-Patients that have received one vaccination abroad and one in the UK will not be offered a third vaccination so they have had two in the UK. This would be against recommendation for the vaccine course.
To notify us of any vaccinations you have had abroad, please select the “Contact US” button at the top right of our Websites Home Page.
The Practice staff do not have the ability to prioritise individual patients and will be guided by NHS England on who we can invite and when.
This priority list is as follows:
Group 1 – residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
Group 2 – all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
Group 3 – all those 75 years of age and over
Group 4 – all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
Group 5 – all those 65 years of age and over
Group 6 – all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
Group 7 – all those 60 years of age and over
Group 8 – all those 55 years of age and over
Group 9 – all those 50 years of age and over
Please read Public Health information leaflet COVID Why Do I Have To Wait Leaflet
Please do not attend for your COVID Vaccination or contact Hampton Hill Medical Centre for further advice if:
- You have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 28 days
- You’ve ever had any serious allergic reactions (serious enough that you were hospitalised)
- You have been prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector such as an EpiPen
- You have had a fever for any reason in the previous 48 hours
- You have been in a trial for a potential COVID-19 Vaccine
- You are taking Warfarin, and your last INR reading was >4
- For more information on what to expect following receiving the vaccination please read the PHE Information sheet.
Please read this information prior to attending. The vaccination team may not have time to go through this with you.
What are the side effects?
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.
Although you may get some protection from the first dose, having the second dose will give you the best protection against the virus.
Very common side effects include:
• having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine.
• feeling tired
• general aches, or mild flu-like symptoms
Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection.
An uncommon side effect is swelling of the glands. You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help make you feel better.
These symptoms normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, contact the Surgery. If you do seek advice from a doctor or nurse, make sure you tell them about your vaccination so that they can assess you properly.
You can also report suspected side effects of vaccines and medicines through the Yellow Card scheme.
You can do this online by visiting the Coronavirus Yellow Card or by downloading the Yellow Card app.
COVID-19 Newsletters & Links
COVID Update as of 18th Jan 2021
Advice for parents during coronavirus
Primary School resources
Secondary School resources
The Corona Virus – The Autism Educator
COVID-19 Long Term Conditions
The SW London team have searched the internet to bring all this information together for you in one place. It has been reviewed and approved by clinical specialists such as local GPs, consultants, dietitians and physiotherapists. So you can be sure the information within is accurate and can be trusted.
For further information visit the following website: https://www.swlondon.nhs.uk/ourwork/long-term-conditions/
The COVID-19 vaccine will only be available via the NHS.
Vaccinations are FREE and you will not be asked to pay.
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