Friday 30th April
You should get your 2nd vaccination from the same place as you had your 1st. If it is over 11 weeks since your 1st dose, then please contact the provider to arrange an appointment. We are contacting patients we have vaccinated to book 2nd doses, so please don't call unless we have contacted you, or your 1st vaccination was more than 11 weeks ago and you haven't heard from us yet.
Oulton Medical Centre is currently undergoing essential refurbishments, therefore, vaccinations clinics are being held at Swillington Health Practice when needed instead to ensure patient and staff safety.
Friday 23rd April
If you are currently eligible for a coronavirus vaccination you can book via the National Booking System via the following link, or by calling 119.
This includes people who are aged 45 or over on or before 30th March 2021.
Across the 7 practices in our primary care network we are continuing to provide 2nd dose vaccinations, and we have already delivered 33,400 vaccinations to over 24,900 people. Over 63% of our adult patient population have received their 1st dose.
Once we have additional vaccine available within our network vaccinations will be offered to eligible patients. We will contact you when we reach your age group, so please don’t call your practice unless we have contacted you.
If you have been previously been offered a vaccine, and have now decided that you would like to take up the offer, you can book through the NBS, or contact your practice.
Update on The Astra-Zeneca vaccine
Thursday 8th April
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 suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination.
- 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
Updated - 31st March 2021
First of all THANK YOU:
Over the past few months we have experienced an outpouring of kind words and support from this lovely community. Administering the COVID-19 vaccination programme has been an ongoing challenge for our team but your words of praise and encouragement help to keep us going.
Every week since January the team have been responsible for preparing and booking multiple vaccination clinics across 3 different sites. We do not have any additional staff to help us except for our lovely community volunteers who steward our clinics and keep everything running smoothly. Our administrative team have been running reports, contacting patients and preparing paperwork for every clinic - some of which have had over 900 people booked in on one day! They have volunteered their time on evenings and weekends on top of their day to day responsibilities to support the clinical team during our clinics. I'm sure those who have attended would agree that they greeted you with a kind welcome and big smile (behind the mask!). Please continue to be patient and kind when speaking to our team, there's a lot more going on behind the scenes than you may realise but we are still here doing our best to offer you a great service.
Not forgetting our clinical team who have been working none stop to provide the same care as before while participating in the vaccination clinics. Some of our GP's and nurses have worked 12 hour shifts at the weekend on top of a full week in Practice to make sure that our community is protected. Thank you to every single person involved in this mammoth task! 😊
At the time of publishing we are offering vaccines to all patients over 50 years old as well as those aged between 18-64 in the 'At-Risk' Group (See the GOV.uk website for more information).
We began to offer the 2nd vaccine to our patients in late March. Please refrain from calling us to request your 2nd vaccine as we can assure you that all patients will be offered theirs within the 12 week recommended time frame. Usually between 11 and 12 weeks after your 1st dose. You will receive the same vaccine as you did for your 1st dose and at the same site. However, some patients who had the Astra Zeneca vaccine at Oulton may be offered an appointment at Swillington Health Practice.
Eligible patients may get a letter from the NHS national booking system inviting you to make an appointment at a large scale centre or community pharmacy. These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres that have been opened, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare. If you book an appointment with one of these centres, you do not need to inform us as your vaccine will be recorded in your clinical record once administered. If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, please inform us so we can code this on your records, meaning that you will not receive reminder messages.
All other relevant information about your vaccine can be found in the FAQ's document which is located at the bottom of this webpage.
Wednesday 31st March
We are excited to share our current progress in vaccinating the community against COVID-19! 🙂
Our work is almost complete for the highest prioritisation groups and we look forward to reaching 100% for them.
This past week, the team have begun 2nd vaccination clinics. Appointments will be offered to those who had their initial dose of the vaccine first. Everyone will be offered their second dose in the 11-12 week period after their first dose.
As always please refrain from calling the practice to request a vaccination, a member of the team will contact you to arrange an appointment as soon as one is available. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Vaccination Eligibility Update
Monday 15th March
From today we will be offering vaccines to all patients over 50 years old as well as those aged between 18-64 in the 'At-Risk' Group (See the GOV.uk website for more information). We have appointments available this week to book and encourage the eligible patients mentioned above to contact the practice and book an appointment.
Very Important - Please Note:
- Phone lines are already incredibly busy and we expect this to continue over the coming days.
- Please DO NOT call to request an appointment if you are not in one of the eligible groups.
- If you have already booked an appointment with us or another vaccine centre, we do not need to hear from you. Your records will be updated automatically once you receive your vaccination.
- If you receive a text from the practice with a link to book your appointment online, please use this service and do not call the practice to book your appointment so others may get through to a receptionist sooner.
Please comment any questions you may have below to avoid unnecessary phone calls. A member of the team will be monitoring the inbox and replying to your comments. However, please be aware that this is a public platform and any personal information about your health conditions or otherwise is shared at your own risk.
Thank you, Dr Freeman & Partners
Patients over 70 - Please Read
If you are over 70 and haven’t had your first vaccination yet you can contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment.
We are working to contact all patients over 70 by the middle of February but if you haven’t heard from us yet and want to book an appointment, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
This will allow you to choose a time slot and location that suits you. If you are not able to book online you can call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. (Please be aware that phone lines can get very busy so you may prefer to call later in the day when it is can be less busy.)
This is only available for first vaccination appointments and if you are aged 70 or over. Everyone else will still need to wait to be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn for a vaccination or for an appointment for their second vaccination if they don’t already have one.
You still need an appointment to get a vaccination so please do not go to any of the centres unless you have one booked. This is important because booking slots are carefully managed to allow for social distancing and the number of appointments is based on the supply available that day.
We are also contacting all patients who are registered as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been asked to shield, as well as people in the eligible cohorts who are housebound. If you haven’t been contacted yet, you should hear from us this week.
Finding your NHS number
You can still book an appointment if you don’t have your NHS number, provided you are registered with a GP practice. However, it will be quicker if you have your number: this will be on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, or you can find it online at
Registering with a GP
You can find a GP practice on the NHS.uk website. You will need to fill in a form to register - for some practices you can do this on their website so check there first. Alternatively, you can download a GMS1 registration form on GOV.UK or arrange a time to pick up a registration form from the GP surgery. If you have problems registering with a GP practice, call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33.
Other frequently asked questions (see attachment below)
1st February 2021
All care home residents under our care have now been offered and received their 1st vaccination.
Vaccination Invitation Letters from the National Booking System
Eligible patients may get a letter from the NHS national booking system inviting you to make an appointment at a large scale centre or community pharmacy.
These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres that has been opened, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare.
Please note that you do not have to book an appointment at one of these centres if it is not convenient for you to get there. You can:
- choose to wait for an invitation from your GP practice
- choose to wait until one of the West Yorkshire centres open and are added to the national booking system, which will happen over the next few weeks.
Please do not contact your local practice about an appointment until you receive an invitation from them. They will not be able to advise you on when you will get an appointment or which centres are available. All this information is available on the national booking system website.
The centres in West Yorkshire that are currently on the national booking system are:
- Boots pharmacy in Halifax
- Superdrug in the Merrion Centre, Leeds
- Pharmacy2U at the Village Hotel, Leeds
- Pharmacy2U at Morrisons, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield.
Four large scale vaccination centres will be opening in West Yorkshire between now and mid- February. This will be at:
- Navigation Walk, Wakefield
- The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
- Jacob’s Well, Bradford
- Elland Road Football Stadium, Leeds
Gibson Lane Practice
Some of our clinics are being held at Gibson Lane Practice because we are currently unable to stock the Pfizer vaccination at our surgeries. If you are offered an appointment at Gibson Lane in Kippax, you will receive the Pfizer vaccine.
See the link below with general directions to Gibson Lane Practice. Please do not hesitate to contact the practice team if you have any questions about how to get there. Your appointment will be handled by our team members so hopefully there will be some familiar faces and there are always plenty of volunteers in the car park and inside ready to direct you through the practice.
The car park at this practice is often very busy. If parking is unavailable in the main car park, there is plenty of parking available on the side streets adjacent. Please always be considerate to people who live in the area and do not block or restrict any local traffic.