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Update on Covid-19 Vaccinations
Dear Patient,
At the beginning of December, along with three other local GP surgeries we began to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination to our patients. With only one weeks’ notice and rapidly developing guidance, a huge amount of work was required to get this service live. It was an effort that required every member of our team to pull together along with teams from the North Devon PCN.
We are very grateful to Okehampton Medical Centre for supporting us by providing a site from which our 4 GP practices could deliver the campaign, whilst enabling us to continue operating our usual services in practice. Across the three days we were able to provide the vaccine to over 975 individuals from the North Dartmoor PCN. Whilst we are delighted to have got the ball rolling this is just a start. We are also grateful to all those who have volunteered thus far to provide transport to those patients who have needed this assistance. Without you, they would not have received their vaccine!
The scale of the campaign is like nothing we have previously experienced in the history of the NHS. It has taken many hours of planning and re-planning according to the ever changing guidance. We would like to thank all of our staff who have worked evenings and weekends to ensure that we were able to set up our services and for those volunteers who have already stepped up to help with the running of our Covid-19 vaccination programme.
As a result of this the vaccination programme will last for many months. It is inevitable that along with the ongoing impact of staff self-isolation, this additional workload will cause some disruption to our usual day to day services, both clinical and administrative. Whilst we will do everything we can to mitigate this we ask that you bear with us over the coming weeks and months.
Moving forward we will be contacting patients as and when we are able to offer them the vaccine. The timelines will depend on eligibility, clinical capacity and access to the vaccine. Below is the current priority list, identified by the government, which we will be following. Please do not contact the surgery to request a vaccination or query when you will become eligible.
1 – Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 – All those aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers
3 – All those aged 75 and over
4 – All those aged 70 and over, as well as clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 – All those aged 65 and over
6 – All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7 – All those aged 60 and over
8 – All those aged 55 and over
9 – All those aged 50 and over
If you are interested in getting an idea as to when you may become eligible then the following calculator can give a rough indication:
Vaccine Queue Calculator for the UK (omnicalculator.com)
We wish all our patients a safer and happier New Year and all the best for 2021.
Alex Austin
Practice Manager