COVID Booster Roll Out

The COVID Booster Programme has officially started.  Everyone over 50 or who has a health condition that puts them at higher risk from Covid-19 will be offered a booster.

However, please do not contact the surgery as you will be contacted when it is your turn. 

The NHS is working to ensure everyone eligible will receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination. If you are eligible, you'll be invited to get a booster vaccine when it is your turn which is expected to be at least six months after your second dose.

Booster vaccine clinics are taking place at the St Leonards Hospital site, commencing mid October for the first priority group.  We anticipate that boosters will be given in the same order of Priority (groups 1 – 9) as the initial vaccine. 

Patients may have already received a text from the NHS offering them the opportunity to book a booster vaccine appointment at a local pharmacy.  Please feel free to take up this offer if you wish, as there may be earlier appointments available to you.

Some patients may receive a letter from our Primary Care Network (PCN) colleagues offering a booster vaccination appointment even if they have already booked or received their booster dose at a local pharmacy. Due to the sheer volume of vaccinations being delivered, sometimes there is a delay in updating vaccination site records.

You do not need to contact us to let us know, as the Vaccine PCN programme manages these appointments. If patients have booked their vaccinations elsewhere, please email sl.vaccination@nhs.net so they can cancel the appointment. Please do not use this email for any other reason than to notify an appointment cancellation.

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: Oct 19, 2021