National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
We are thrilled to be offering the COVID 19 vaccination and are working with 8 other local practices (Cranborne/Lake Road Surgery, Barcellos Family Practice and West Moors Group Practice) as part of the Crane Valley Primary Care Network as well as Wimborne & Ferndown Primary Care Network, to deliver the programme at St Leonards Hospital. We have every faith that both the Pfizer and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines are very safe and effective at protecting you from symptoms of COVID 19.
We are no longer carrying out first dose vaccinations at St Leonards Hospital. If you wish to have a vaccination you must contatct 119 and go through the National Booking system or you can book in yourself online by clicking here. This is currently for those aged 23 and over.
At present, we have been advised that we can expect supplies of vaccines to enable us to administer second doses approximately 11 weeks after the date of a first injection. This interval is in line with national guidance. Please note that the process of booking patients for their second vaccine represents a significant logistical challenge. It depends on the delivery dates of vaccine supplies. Depending on your first vaccination date, you may be contacted about a second appointment either by phone or by letter. Or – if you have a mobile number registered with the Surgery - you will receive a text offering a choice of appointment slots to select. These texts are being sent centrally from the Primary Care Network Centre organisers.
Booking an appointment using the web link in the text message helps us because it is quicker and more efficient for us to process. But it also helps patients because the appointment details are confirmed by text back to patients so that they have a record of the appointment date, time and location.
Please let us know if, for any reason, you do NOT wish to take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the St Leonards Hospital vaccination site. If you don’t want to book an appointment right now, or you have already booked somewhere else, for example, please let us know by selecting the appropriate option from the booking web link in our text message
Whatever date you are offered, it is essential to attend for this 2nd dose to maximise your immune response. We would encourage patients to attend at the date and time offered in the appointment. As well as delivering these follow up doses, the team at St Leonards will also continue to work through first-time vaccinations for patients in other larger priority groups. So there is not the same flexibility in appointment slots as during our first waves.
Your appointment for a second dose may be set for a few days later than a twelve-week interval. This is because appointment availability will be matched to the provision of vaccination supplies. However, please be assured our clinicians are confident this will make no difference to your immune response, and you will be adequately protected.
These arrangements apply to those who have received their first vaccination at the St Leonards Hospital site, not patients who have attended at another vaccination site such as the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).
IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD FROM US..
And you are a frontline health/social care worker, over the age of 45 and/or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), please either CLICK HERE to book your vaccination online at the vaccination centres or CALL 119.
If you have already booked yourself into one of the mass vaccination centres you MUST keep this appointment as we are unable to book you into the clinic at St Leonards.
COVID VACCINATION STATUS
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS APP. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS APP. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17th May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This MUST be at least 5 days after you've completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Please do NOT contact us about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs CANNOT provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Please CLICK HERE to visit the DORSET CCG website for the most up to date guidance on how our vaccination programme is working across the county.
Published: Jun 15, 2021