Covid-19 Vaccination

Covid-19 Vaccination

We are offering our patients the Covid-19 vaccination at Danbury Medical Centre.

We are following the Public Health England guidance and offering the vaccine to patients in cohorts. 

We are calling and texting patients to book these appointments.

Please do not call the surgery to book. 

We will contact you by text when it is time for your second vaccine (between 8-12 weeks). It is important that you attend your second appointment when you have been contacted as we do not know when the next delivery of these vaccines will happen. This is not in our control.

Please be patient with us during this busy time.

Please be assured that we never have wasted vaccines at the end of clinics. 

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to help during our vaccination clinic please follow the link below to submit an online form;

Volunteers are required to fill the following roles:

  • Meet and greet
  • Car park stewards
  • Admin roles*
  • Administering of vaccines*

*Relevant experience is required for these roles - e.g a clinical background or retired clinician

https://www.danburycorona.com/vaccination-volunteers 

Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine Update

New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

 This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.  They have recommended that:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)
  • People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.
  • People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

 

Alternative Locations

Some patients have already received letters and texts to book in for both their vaccines at alternative locations.

The surgery has no knowledge of the information regarding other vaccination centres or regarding the booking system.

Please note wherever you choose to have your first vaccine you must also receive the second vaccine with the same provider.

Carers

Carers wishing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine are now asked to call 119. Please do not contact the surgery.

 

Housebound Patients

Housebound patients are now being contacted for the vaccine.

We are calling and texting patients to book these appointments.

Please do not call or email the surgery to book. 

Allergies

Following the current guidance if you have had an immediate and severe allergic reaction to any vaccine, medicine or food (anaphylaxis) unfortunately the current vaccine may not be safe for you. 

We will continue to review safety information of the current and any future vaccines and you may be contacted again if a suitable and safe vaccine is available.

When we call you to book the vaccine you can ask any questions about allergies you have or on the day a clinician is available to answer your questions.

Please do not telephone or email the surgery asking advice about your allergies for your future vaccine as safety information may change.

Yellow Card Scheme

You can report suspected side effects of vaccines and medicines through the Yellow Card scheme.
You can do this online by visiting the Coronavirus Yellow Card or by downloading the Yellow Card app.