AN UPDATE ON THE LOCAL COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Please find below an update on our local vaccination programme and some answers to frequently asked questions. Please be aware that it is not possible to answer all comments, however, we thought providing some further insight maybe useful to our local residents.

  • We are still continuing to vaccinate our local community at The Warwickshire Golf Club under the guidance of NHS England, continuing with all patients over the age of 80. This process is very much dictated by when we receive deliveries of vaccines which we are hopeful will be more frequent in the coming weeks. We have administered over 2500 vaccines to date.
     
  • If you had an appointment which was, unfortunately, cancelled w/c 28th December you will have been contacted with a new appointment –2nd appointment have also been cancelled in line with government guidance on the timing of the second dose and you will be contacted again to rebook.
     
  • We have been made aware many of you in this age group will have received letters as part of a national initiative advising that you are also able to book into one of the National Vaccine Clinics. We will still be vaccinating patients of our Primary Care Network (Abbey, Avonside, Castle, Chase Meadow and Priory Surgeries) locally, the letters received are indicating another option available to you and are not a replacement of the service we are offering. We are aware of the challenges many would face in trying to get to Birmingham or Manchester.
     
  • Housebound patients will be vaccinated in their homes, however, due to the logistical challenges the process will take slightly longer. Please be assured that you will be contacted.
     
  • We have successfully started rolling out our vaccination programme to local care homes and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.
     
  • We send out texts to mobile phone numbers as one method of communication to our patients. We are aware that not all have mobile phone numbers however if you do, it is useful to have this added to your file. You can do so through this online form. We will also continue to phone patient’s landlines as well as using other forms of communication to ensure we reach everyone during these unprecedented times.
     
  • A new email address has been set up by our local Clinical Commissioning Group for
    questions from the public about the vaccine programme warnoccg.vaccinecoventrywarwickshire@nhs.net
  • Updated information is also available on the CCG website via
    https://www.southwarwickshireccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/COVID-19-Vaccination
     

We are aware that these are challenging times for all and we hope that people find the above useful. We ask you to please remain patient, we are rolling out this programme to a very large number of people and we have our patients’ best interests at heart. 

Our phone lines are incredibly busy at the moment and as has been the message from when we started vaccinating - all patients will be invited to be booked in when we have vaccines available. We are encouraged on a daily basis by the support of our local community and how we all look after each other.