Covid-19 vaccine - our COVID-19 vaccinations have started at the Alexandra Suite in Swanley
Covid-19 vaccinations are being provided through a range of local NHS services (including Federations). The vaccines will be available to everyone over 18 years old. People will be invited for vaccination based on a nationally set priority list. The elderly and most at risk from Covid-19 will be vaccinated first.
Our local Federation will be providing the COVID-19 service on behalf of our Primary Care Network (Oaks/Cedars/ Hextable/Devon Road/Braeside). This started on Saturday 16th January 2021 at the Alexandra Suite in Swanley. From time to time, the Federation will have an excess of vaccine and will ask individual Practices to run adhoc clinics - these clinics are on an appointment only basis. *Do not contact us - we will contact you*
It is possible that patients will receive invitations also centrally from the NHS for national vaccination centres such as the Excel Centre and Epsom Racecourse; however this is an option which patients may wish to take up and it is their choice. If they decline, they will still be invited more locally. Our patients will be contacted by the Federation inviting them for their vaccinations or by us if we are running an adhoc clinic.
If you receive a text from us asking you to book for the vaccination, please download myGP and you can directly book yourself in. Only contact the Surgery if you do not have a smartphone or are unable to do this. Our phone lines can get extremely busy particularly early morning and mid afternoon and we would appreciate your support to keep phone lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
The vaccination programme will take several months to work through everyone, so it could be some time before you are contacted.
Some useful information for our over 80s patients,
Please do not contact the surgery until you receive your invitation. Patients in Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been done, Groups 6, 7, 8 and 9 currently being invited. If you are in one of these groups and have not been contacted, please contact us.
Worried about having the Astrazenaca Oxford Vaccine after hearing reports of blood clots?
Dr Phil Bryan, MHRA Vaccines Safety Lead said:
The benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19, with its associated risk of hospitalisation and death, far outweigh the risks of side effects. People should go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
It is still the case that it has not been confirmed the reported blood clots were caused by the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. For more information on this click here
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Information for Carers on covid vaccination - click here
Please help protect yourself, friends and loved ones by getting vaccinated when you are invited.
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For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine which also contains information about COVID-19 vaccination scams that are unfortunately currently taking place.
For national information about the vaccine visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine.