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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS Posted on 28 Jan 2021

As of Monday 21st December our practice is pleased to be able to start offering COVID-19 vaccinations to our patients.  We are working with another practice in Walsall to offer the vaccination to our patients at Sycamore House Medical Centre in the centre of Walsall.

Given the enormity of this task, the practice and its staff will be working up to 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm to ensure all eligible patients for the vaccine are contacted and brought into the surgery to receive their vaccine.

Patients over the age of 80 will be amongst the first group of patients to receive the vaccine along with healthcare workers.

All patients will require 2 vaccines 21-28 days apart.  Both appointments will be booked for you at the same time as the initial appointment is booked. It is essential that each patient has 2 courses of the vaccine to increase their immunity against the virus.

As you may have seen on the news, the Pfizer vaccine, which is the one we currently have licensed, is extremely fragile and can only be transported in sub-zero temperatures.  The vaccine has to then be defrosted at the surgery for around 3 hours, drawn up and used within a matter of days.

The vaccination hub will therefore have to administer 975 vaccines per week to ensure there is no wastage of the vaccine.  Therefore, we urge patients to ensure they keep their appointments once booked.

Please can we ask that all our patients read the COVID-19 Vaccine information leaflet below PRIOR to attending your initial appointment along with the information provided in the link below:

Covid Vaccine Information Leaflet (PDF, 1.65MB)

Covid Vaccination guide Older Adults

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults

Please also find below links to further information on the gov.uk website:

Covid Vaccination guide for healthcare workers  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-healthcare-workers

Covid Vaccination guide for social care staff

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-a-guide-for-social-care-staff

Covid Vaccination guide what to expect

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

Covid Vaccination guide why you are being asked to wait  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait

Covid Vaccination guide care home and healthcare settings   

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-care-home-and-healthcare-settings-posters

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