National Covid-19 vaccination programme

Please note that our vaccination clinics through to the end of next week (6th March) are fully booked. This means some patients who may not have yet responded to the text invites will need to wait to book a slot. We are awaiting confirmation of more supplies, and as soon as more slots are available, we will let you know. Watch this space! We fully appreciate and understand that people want information and some certainly about when they will get their vaccine, we will contact you in due course - PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US ABOUT WHEN YOU WILL GET YOUR VACCINE.

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 working through the vaccination cohorts as advised by NHS England & the UK Government. Currently the surgery is inviting patients aged 55-59 and 60-64. The practice continues to offer normal care alongside the vaccination programme. As you may expect things are very busy at the moment. We are incredibly grateful for your patience with any delays you experience in us answering the phone or appointment availability.

Priority Groups
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disese and mortality
7. All those 60 years of age and over
8. All those 55 years of age and over
9. All those 50 years of age and over

HAVE BEEN VACCINATED                  CURRENTLY BEING VACCINATED                   NOT VACCINATED                     

If you have not heard from us and you are a frontline health/social care worker, over the age of 60 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.

We will be notifying patients by letter with appointment details for a follow up second COVID-19 vaccination dose at the St Leonards Hospital site.  Some patients may already have follow up appointments booked which may need to be changed.  We fully appreciate that this may be the second time an appointment time has been changed and that this can be frustrating. However, our local vaccination programme must respond to revised vaccine delivery dates required to meet the national vaccination programme.

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. 

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.

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 received an email stating that you are eligible for a COVID vaccination, PLEASE IGNORE IT. We will either call you or send you a text message that will be from 'VerwoodGP' so please keep an eye out for this, these are the only ways you will be contacted when we are ready to book you in. 

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: Mar 8, 2021

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