COVID-19 Vaccination

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

www.nhs.uk/find-nhs-number

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)

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment FAQs.docx

Wednesday 3rd February

 

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.
By the end of the week we expect to have vaccinated another 500 patients at least, now including people aged 70-74 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
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.

COVID-19 Vaccination numbers to date

Great News!

1st February 2021

All care home residents under our care have now been offered and received their 1st vaccination.

Practice Statement

21st January 2021

As our patients will know, we have started to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Oulton Medical Centre. The administrative team are working incredibly hard to contact as many people as possible to arrange an appointment. Unfortunately, the clinic this Saturday is now fully booked with almost 600 appointments. We want to be able to offer all our patients a vaccine as soon as possible, however, we are restricted to the number of vaccines we have delivered and the amount of people we can see in one day. At present, our focus is on the highest vaccine prioritisation groups but appointments will be opened up to the other groups as soon as possible. We do not have a date for our next available clinic but anticipate that it will be in the very near future.

The practice team continues to communicate with the most vulnerable members of our community to arrange appointments or add them to a waiting list to be called for the next available clinic. The urgency to protect members of our community is felt across our team but we must ask that patients refrain from calling our main practice numbers about the vaccine to avoid the phone lines becoming too busy. People still need to contact us about other urgent medical matters, therefore, please help us help you by avoiding non urgent calls to reduce our phone queues. Visit our website for more information on other ways to contact the team – www.oultonmedicalcentre.co.uk/contact-us.

These are incredibly difficult times for everyone, and our staff are working very hard behind the scenes so please be patient and kind.

Some of our more vulnerable patients may have received a letter from the NHS offering a vaccine at a large immunisation centre. There are centres in Morley, Leeds, Halifax and Manchester that we are aware of. Please note, this is a national scheme and it is not connected to our work in practice. If you are eager to have your vaccine and do not wish to wait for an appointment with us, please utilise these appointments instead. We understand that the distance to travel may be difficult, however, they may be able to see you sooner than we can.

Finally, we want to clarify the reason why some people have an appointment at Oulton Medical Centre and others are being seen at Gibson Lane Practice in Kippax. The Pfizer vaccine must be stored under very specific conditions which we cannot facilitate in practice. Therefore, our clinics currently run through Gibson Lane Practice. As and when we receive deliveries of the Oxford-Astra/Zeneca vaccines, we can offer appointments at Oulton Medical Centre instead because we are able to safely store them. By running clinics at both locations, the team can offer double the amount of vaccines in a shorter space of time. We are incredibly grateful to the Gibson Lane team for allowing us to work from their practice over the past few weeks and moving forward.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward continuing our work in protecting the community.

Vaccination Invitation Letters from the National Booking System

If you are aged (75) or over, and have not yet had a vaccination, you 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

OR

  • 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

Vaccination Prioritisation Groups

If you have booked your vaccination - See the information below

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. 

Thank you

Directions to Gibson Lane.pdf