COVID-19 Vaccine

Dear Patient

We are delighted to inform you that we will be part of the “Wave One” Practices in the country to provide the first COVID-19 vaccination programme at Albany Medical Centre is working with other Practices in the town to deliver vaccinations to all residents in the town.

Detailed below is some very important information for you to read:

The COVID-19 Vaccine
The Pfizer vaccination will be used to protect our patients and has recently been approved by MHRA. There will be other vaccinations available at a later date but they have not been formally approved. There is a requirement for patients to have two doses of the vaccine in order to develop immunity.  Therefore after the first vaccine appointment you will need to attend a second appointment between 21 and 28 days after the first vaccine.

Due to the complexity of the vaccine, the refrigeration and transportation restrictions, the vaccine can only be delivered to one site in the town and this is at Queensway Medical Centre.

The first delivery will be received on Monday 14th December and will be ready for our clinicians to administer on Tuesday 15th December.

 More information relating to the vaccine is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine

Who can have the COVID-19 Vaccine?
We have been advised that we must vaccinate the elderly and patients at risk as a priority.
Thereafter patients will be invited in order as follows:
80 years and over
75 years and over
70 years and over plus clinically extremely vulnerable patients
65 years and over
16 to 64 years old with serious underlying health conditions
60 years old and over
55 years old and over
50 years old and over

Ladies who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under the age of 16 will not be asked to attend this programme as this vaccine is not licenced for these patient groups. NHS England will provide further information over the coming months.

How you book your appointment
The Practice will be contacting the patients to invite them to be vaccinated.  This will be via text message or a phone call.
If you receive a text message, please click on the link and book the two appointments needed. You will receive a text reminder 24 hours before the booked appointment.
For those who receive a phone call, the member of staff will book both appointments for you. Please ensure you write down the details of the appointment and keep in a safe place.
Patients who are housebound or in care homes will be contacted by Northamptonshire Health Care Trust about their vaccines.
Should you wish to not have the vaccine, please contact the Practice immediately so we may annotate your medical record.
I would like to reassure all of our patients that over the coming months, everyone will be contacted.  Please do not contact the Practice asking for an appointment.

Attending your appointment
Patients will need to attend Queensway Medical Centre for their appointments.

The address is Olympic Way, Wellingborough NN8 3QE

https://www.queenswaymedicalcentre.co.uk/Contact

 Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the location.  If you have any challenges finding the Practice, please contact Albany Medical Centre who will be able to assist.

If you require assistance to attend your vaccination, the following groups are available to help:
– Serve. Please contact 07974 079951 or email info@serve.org.uk
– Asha-Deep Project
 can support if the patient is from the Asian Community.  Contact Asha-Deep – – Project Coordinator on 07845 689108 or email ashadeepc19@gmail.com 

 There are car parking facilities at Queensway Medical Centre and Marshalls will be on hand to direct you to the clinic.   We ask all patients to arrive 5 minutes before their appointment time ensuring  a face mask is worn to protect our staff and other patients.

Please DO NOT attend your appointment if you have any COVID symptoms.  Contact Albany Medical Centre and reschedule your appointment. Your temperature will be taken when you arrive for your vaccination appointment and if this is above the required range, we will ask you not to attend your appointment.  Should this happen you will have to contact Albany Medical Centre to reschedule the appointment.

We ask all patients to attend their appointments.  It is imperative that we do not waste these vaccinations due to no shows.  If you do not turn up for your appointment, we are unable to guarantee when we will be able to accommodate another appointment for you.

During the appointment
It may well be that clinicians are running slightly behind and we apologise in advance if this is the case.  Everyone will be working hard to keep appointment times.

We have very short appointment times and ask patients to wear clothing that is appropriate to quickly remove enabling easy access to your arm.

The Clinician will ask you for your consent to have the vaccination and check if you have any allergies.   Your vaccination will be administered and leaflet handed to you.

What to expect after your vaccination
When you have received your vaccine you will be asked to wait in another area for 15 minutes.

Please review the information relating to what to expect after your vaccination.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-what-to-expect-after-vaccination

Similar to the flu vaccination, you may experience mild side effects.  This could include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever or joint pain.  Please contact 111 if you get any additional side effects.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank our patients for their support whilst we, along with other Practices in Wellingborough, undertake this huge vaccination programme.  We continue to support our patients for their medical needs whilst we provide Clinicians to the vaccination sites, however, do acknowledge that on occasion we might not be able to facilitate non urgent appointments on the day due to our clinicians being involved in the COVID vaccination programme.

The Practice staff,  as everyone else, have been faced with a challenging situation and I am proud of the staff as they continue to work long hours to ensure Albany House Medical Centre delivers the best possible care to our patients.

Yours sincerely

 

Dr W Coulson

Senior Partner