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Special edition: Focus on Coronavirus vaccinations

In this issue:
  • Community COVID-19 vaccination programme
  • Important information if you are invited to a mass vaccination centre
  • Coronavirus vaccine – frequently asked questions
  • Be aware of Coronavirus vaccine scams
  • And finally, remember, your local NHS is still here for you
Community COVID-19 vaccination programme rolls out in Halton and Warrington

An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus.

Following extensive safety trials and authorisation by the independent regulator, the MHRA, effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available in the UK for free and we have sites across Halton and Warrington currently delivering vaccinations. Our GP practices are working together in groups to deliver vaccinations as quickly as possible initially to their patients aged over 80 years and to invite them into one of our four community vaccination hubs in Halton and Warrington to be immunised safely. In addition, People are also being  invited to receive vaccinations at hospital vaccination hubs, national mass vaccination centres and pharmacy sites.

We understand people are eager to get their vaccine as soon as possible and you may feel frustrated that you or a loved one hasn’t been offered their vaccine yet. However, please know that the NHS in Halton and Warrington is continuing to follow advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and we are committed to vaccinating those most at risk first, and those who work closest with them - care home residents and staff, followed by people over 80 and health and social care workers, then other people in order of age and risk. If you fall into the high priority groups and haven’t been contacted yet about your vaccine, please be reassured that we will be in touch.

You can help support your local NHS by following this advice:
  • Do not contact your practice to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.
  • Please be understanding that we are working as hard as possible to deliver the vaccine, but the speed of the local rollout does depend upon the supplies of vaccine we receive.
  • Please understand that while we want to protect as many people as we can, not everyone will be a suitable candidate for the vaccine for example women who are pregnant, children and people with certain medical conditions or those at risk of serious allergic reactions.
  • If you are contacted about getting vaccinated, please attend your appointments.
  • Finally, please help the NHS by following the national rules and restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.
You can find general information about the COVID-19 vaccine at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine
Important information about new NHS mass vaccination centres

Mass vaccination sites have been set up by the NHS and are running in addition to the local GP-led vaccination programme in Halton and Warrington.

Some Halton and Warrington residents aged 80 and over may have received a letter inviting them to book a coronavirus vaccination at one of the new NHS mass vaccination centres, which may have caused confusion.

The invitations to book an appointment to receive the vaccine at a mass vaccination site are being issued to people aged 80 or over, who are not listed as having been vaccinated by their local GP practice or hospital hub.

The first batch of letters began arriving on doormats across the country last week having been sent to eligible people who live around 30 to 45 minutes’ drive from one of the new sites.
The aim is to offer as many options as possible for people to get vaccinated, but if you don’t want to attend one of these sites, you will still be able to have your vaccine from the local GP-led service and will be contacted directly by your GP practice in the coming weeks.

The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter.
And when you do book an appointment, please make sure you attend.
Find out more…
Coronavirus vaccines – frequently asked questions

We know you have so many questions about the rollout of the vaccine, and with the programme being upscaled every day it can be hard to keep up. We have added a frequently asked questions page to our website to answer as many of your questions as possible.
Coronavirus Vaccine scams
 
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
 
Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
 
  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
And finally, remember your local NHS is still here for you

Please be reassured that that your local NHS in Halton and Warrington is still here to help you.
We have made changes to how we provide care to make it safer for you during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you’re worried about your health, please don’t delay – help us, help you get the care you need this winter.

In life-threatening emergencies, always dial 999.

If you need medical help fast or think you need to go to A&E, think NHS 111 first to get clinical advice or direction to the most appropriate services for treatment.
NHS 111 is now able to book time slots for patients at Widnes Urgent Care Centre and Runcorn Urgent Care Centre and local A&E departments if appropriate. The Urgent Care Centre appointments are available for Halton and Warrington patients.
If you do make an appointment, it is really important that you attend, otherwise cancel any appointments you can no longer make in order to make that slot available for someone else.
 
For all other health needs, contact your pharmacy or GP practice by phone or eConsult (an online form on your practice website) in the first instance GP practices.

If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus to arrange to get tested or call 119.
NHS Halton and Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group






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