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COVID-19 vaccination status (17th May 2021

From Monday 17 May 2021, people in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine.

People can prove their vaccination status: 

  • by ringing 119 to get a letter
  • through nhs.uk (from 17 May 2021)
  • in the NHS App

Vaccination update (March 2021)

We continue to work hard to vaccinate our patients in line with the priority groups defined in the JCVI guidance. We are currently prioritising those with an at-risk condition and those aged 55 or over.  Those who fall into these groups will be contacted by their GP shortly, alternatively for those aged 55+ they may wish to contact 119 or book at appointment through the national booking system to access an appointment at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy site. 

We are now starting to offer routine second doses which will be given within 12 weeks of the first dose in line with guidance.  To ensure patients receive the same vaccine, they are being encouraged to return to the same vaccination site for their second dose.  Patients will be contacted by their GP approximately a week before their second dose is due, there is no need to contact us and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through.  Please be assured that nobody will be left behind, all patients will be invited for their second dose and vaccinated within 12 weeks.   

If you fall within one of the priority groups and have concerns about transport to and from the vaccination centre, please speak to your adviser at the time of booking.   If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, please refer to our frequently asked questions

For more information on the vaccination programme visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination

 

AZ Vaccine refusal

You have probably seen the coverage in the media about some countries choosing to refuse the AZ vaccine due to concerns about clotting in some people – a comparatively small number compared to the number of vaccinations delivered.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a statement in response to the precautionary suspensions of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, saying “It has not been confirmed that the reports of blood clots were caused by the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.” The latest response can be found here:  MHRA response to Irish authorities’ action to temporarily suspend the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The MHRA encourages anyone to report any suspicion or concern they have beyond the known, mild side effects on the Coronavirus Yellow Card site. Reporters do not need to be sure of a link between a vaccine and a suspected side effect but are still encouraged to report.

Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been administered across the UK, and the number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population.

We are working closely with international counterparts in understanding the global safety experience of COVID-19 vaccines and on the rapid sharing of safety data and reports.

People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

 

Covid Vaccine – Your Frequently Asked Questions

 1. How does the Covid vaccine work?

Most vaccines work by triggering an immune response from a weakened or inactive germ that causes the disease. The Covid vaccine works by giving our body a set of instructions to make a harmless “spike protein” which will create the antibodies and cells required to fight off coronavirus. As there is no whole or live virus involved, the vaccine cannot cause disease.

2. Why do we need a vaccine for Covid?

There are no drugs known to prevent or cure Covid 19. A few drugs have been found to reduce the death rate from Covid, but only a vaccine can prevent people catching the disease and being ill from it.

3. How effective is the Covid vaccine?

The vaccine is around 95% effective. This means that more than 9 people out of 10 will be prevented from catching Covid if they are vaccinated. This vaccine is more effective than the flu vaccine which is around 70% effective.

4. The Covid vaccine has been developed very quickly. Is it safe?

Most vaccines take some years to develop. The reason the Covid vaccine has been developed quickly is because:

  • The researchers already had experience with developing similar vaccines

  • Funding (which is normally a barrier) has been readily available

  • Multiple teams were working on different parts of the development at the same time

All the normal safety checks have been completed on the Covid vaccine - they were just done at great speed.

5. Will everyone receive the Covid vaccine?

The vaccine will be given to people at highest risk of Covid first.

The priority groups (in order) are:

  • Residents and staff in care homes for older people

  • 80 years and health and social care staff

  • 75 years

  • 70 years and the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable groups

  • 65 years

  • 16 – 65 years in at- risk groups (those usually eligible for the flu vaccine)

  • 60 years then 55 years then 50 years

 6. Are there any people who cannot have the Covid vaccine?

  • Anyone who has had a serious allergic reaction to the Covid vaccine

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding (but research trials starting in 2021)

  • Under 16s (but research trials starting in 2021)

  • Within 7 days of receiving another vaccine

  • Acute feverish illness

  • Within 4 weeks of a Covid type illness

7. Are there any side effects to the Covid vaccine?

The side effects are mild-moderate and only last a few days. Common side effects include:

SIDE EFFECT (usually last a few days)

 

NUMBERS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED

Mild pain at injection site

8 out of 10

Tiredness

6 out of 10

Headache

5 out of 10

Chills and muscle pain

3 out of 10

Joint pains

2 out of 10

Fever

1 out of 10

Swollen glands

Less than 1 out of 10

8. Will I have to self-isolate if I have a fever after the Covid vaccine?

No – if you have a fever within the first two days of having the vaccine, and you have no other symptoms of coronavirus, you do not need to self-isolate.

9. How is the Covid vaccine given?

It is usually given in to the muscle of the upper arm and a second dose is given either 21 or 28 days later (depending on the type of vaccine). You will not be fully protected until 7 days after your second dose.

10. Do I still need the vaccine if I think I have had Covid 19 

Yes – it is unknown what level of protection a previous infection can give you, so everyone is encouraged to have the vaccine.

11. Will I need a booster of the vaccine at a later stage?

At this stage, boosters are not recommended. It is unclear how long vaccine immunity will last and this will become clearer with further trial data.

12. Will having the vaccine mean I can travel and lead a normal life?

There are no current plans for a Covid vaccine “passport” and normal rules of “hands/face/space” will still apply. This may change as more people get vaccinated and there are less infections present.

13. Where do i go to have the vaccine?

A Covid Vaccination Centre has been set up at the Michelin MAC Sports & Conference Facility -  Rosetree Avenue,Trent Vale, Stoke on Trent ST4 6NL - SEE BELOW MAP