COVID-19 VACCINE

Covid-19 vaccination information

IMPORTANT - Please do not call the practice or Sevenoaks Medical Centre with regard to the Covid Vaccination Programme.  Our phone lines are under huge strain due to calls from patients asking about when they will be invited in for their Covid Vaccination.

08/04/2021 - PHE Patient Information Leaflet

17/03/21 - Patient FAQ on recent headlines regarding safety of Astra Zeneca vaccine

22/03/21 - 2nd doses: Patients will be invited in for the 2nd dose 11 weeks after their first dose. If you have not been contacted at this time, please call the practice. If you think you've been missed, please email/call the practice.

Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from Sevenoaks Medical Centre, Beadle House, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2JD. There will be home visits for housebound patients.

Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.

We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Across the 8 GP Practices who are member practices of the Sevenoaks Primary Care Network, we have vaccinated approximately 17,000 patients and frontline healthcare professionals since the 7th of January 2021. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.

Which priority group are you currently inviting?

As of week commencing 5th of April 2021 Amherst Medical Practice will be inviting and vaccinating: 

  • 2nd doses of Astra Zeneca - patients who received their 1st dose between the 16th of January and 24th of January at Amherst Medical Practice.
  • If you are in Groups 1-9 (aged 50 and above, clinically extremely vulnerable or have an underlying health condition, Health or Social Care Worker or Carer in receipt of Carers allowance) and have not had your first dose yet, please book your vaccination online at a Mass Vaccination Centre via the NHS Website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
  • 2nd Doses - Patients who received their 1st dose of Pfizer vaccine between the 7th of January and 17th of January should have been called and booked a 2nd dose vaccination appointment at Sevenoaks Medical Centre. This week we are calling and vaccinating those patients who received their 1st dose of Pfizer vaccine between 18th of January and 24th of January at Sevenoaks Medical Centre. If you have not been contacted please call the practice urgently

How do you prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?

We have as a Network of 8 GP Practices decided to start with our eldest patients and working our way “backwards” towards those who are 18 with an underlying health condition.

How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?

Each GP practice are inviting in their own registered patients. As we do not have much notice before receiving the vaccines, it is likely that patients will be invited in by telephone. Please ensure the practice has your correct contact number. You can update the practice of this either via our practice website Contact the Practice section or by emailing the practice on gp.g82013@nhs.net 

1st of March 2021 - Amherst Medical Practice will be sending a text message inviting patients In Group 6 to book an appointment for their vaccination. This appointment will be for the Astra Zeneca vaccine and the clinic will be at Amherst Medical Practice and not Sevenoaks Medical Centre. This is not a scam/hoax message. 

If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?

If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call your GP practice on 01732459255 to cancel so that we can invite someone else.

How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?

Please ensure the practice holds up to date next of kin records for you so that we can contact the most appropriate person when calling to invite you in. . You can update the practice of this either via our practice website Contact the Practice section or by emailing the practice on gp.g82013@nhs.net

Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?

We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. If that is not possible, information regarding patient transport options can be found via the following website links:

https://www.sdsaf.org.uk/transport-to-hospital-other-appointments/

https://www.imago.community/Community-Services/Dial2Drive

The contact email is dial2drive@imago.community and the telephone  is 0300 777 1200

If you have questions about the vaccine please read the information below.

Why is the vaccine not available from our own surgery?

Across the country GPs are working in groups of practices to provide the Covid-19 vaccine. We understand the people would like to get the vaccine from their own practice but unfortunately this is not possible at this time. If this changes we will update this information.

Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?

No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.

If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?

Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.

How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?

It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.

When will the second dose be given?

From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.

Can I pay for the vaccines privately?

No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.

FIND OUT MORE:

FAQs - Concerns about Astra Zeneca 15.3.21

Patient information leaflet on the Vaccine

Further information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway

National information about the vaccine

NHS Volunteering information

Retired clinicians wishing to help with the programme

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