Covid-19 Vaccination

**8th January 2021**

If you are a front line worker and would like us to add this to your patient record please use the ONLINE CONSULTING option at the top of the page to let us know.

We will then add this as a code to your records to allow us, and other organisations, to call you when they are ready.

Front line workers are currently classed as:

• staff working on the vaccination programme
• staff who have frequent face-to-face contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care, mental health, urgent and emergency care and community settings
• those working in independent, voluntary and non-standard healthcare settings such as hospices, and community-based mental health or addiction services
• laboratory, pathology and mortuary staff
• those working for a sub-contracted provider of facilities services such as portering or cleaning
• temporary, locum or ‘bank’ staff, including those working in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients
• frontline social care workers directly working with vulnerable people who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in hospital, people’s own homes, day centres, or supported housing); or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS, independent sector or third sector).

Update 5th January 2021:

Oakwood Medical Centre, as part of Northwich Primary Care Network will be part of the vaccination programme for Cheshire.

Our site is based at Kingsmead Medical Centre, and we will be contacting patients to book into the available slots once we have a delivery date for the vaccine.

As we have to work to Government guidelines on who can be vaccinated in which ‘phase’, please do not contact us as we will call you directly to book in.  As per the update by the government on 30th December 2020 we will be working as hard as we can to roll out the vaccine for all patients.

As we will are using considerable staff time to organise and deliver the vaccinations, some things make take longer than usual and some things may need to be placed on hold.  We are working as hard as we can to deliver this vaccine for our patients as well as delivering a core service at the same time.  As you can imagine there is a lot of work that goes into organising this at a practice and local level, and many staff are working extra hours to ensure we can continue to provide a service while we set this up.  We would greatly appreciate your patience while we roll this out.

If you or someone you know would be willing to volunteer to help support the vaccine roll-out and can be available at short notice please contact us on vrccg.oakwoodmanagers@nhs.net

On the day of the vaccinations we expect that there will be minimal cover in practice, therefore we are asking that during this time patients only contact us for emergency or urgent issues that cannot wait.

After the announcement on the 30th December 2020 please note you will be given your first appointment initially and then contacted within 12 weeks for your second dose.

Our first planned vaccination date will be Saturday 9th January 2021 11.30am at Kingsmead Medical Centre.  We will continue to roll out the vaccine as it becomes available.

Patients will still be able to contact us and speak to a GP when we are vaccinating but there may be a wait.  Please see our update here for more information on our services: https://www.oakwoodmedicalcentrebarnton.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-update-for-all-patients/

Please find below some useful information leaflets regarding the Covid-19 vaccinations.

PHE Covid-19 guide for adults leaflet
PHE Covid-19 pregnancy leaflet
PHE Covid-19 what to expect after your COVID Vaccination leaflet
PHE Covid-19 why do I have to wait leaflet