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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

UPDATE

We are pleased to announce Lighthouse Group Practice will be part of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme commencing very soon. Given the current requirements for social distancing and the number of people who need to be vaccinated, this will be taking place at our Southsea Medical Centre.

While we do not expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be widely available until 2021, the Government has asked the NHS to deliver a vaccination programme for England from December, so that those who need it most will be able to access vaccinations as soon as they are available.

A prioritisation list has been produced in order for the vaccine to be delivered to groups who will need it first. Those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents identified as priority groups will be the first to receive the vaccine.

You will be contacted when your priority group becomes eligible to receive the vaccine and will be provided with information about your appointment and dates.

The current programme for groups is as follows:

1 Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

2 All those aged 80 and over. Frontline health and social care workers

3 All those aged 75 and over

4 All those aged 70 and over. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

5 All those aged 65 and over

All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

All those aged 60 and over

All those aged 55 and over

All those aged 50 and over

Two groups will not receive the vaccine: Pregnant women and most children under 16

Please note that our regular GP and Nurse clinics will still be running but mostly from our Devonshire Practice site.  Clinics at the Southsea Medical Centre and the way you access those clinics will have changed but don’t worry, we have plenty of signs and information guiding you where you need to go when you arrive for your clinic appointment.

COVID VACCINATION CENTRE ANNOUNCEMENT

Southsea Medical Centre has been designated as a COVID VACCINATION CENTRE and we are preparing extensively to start immediate vaccination of our PCN (Primary Care Network) patient population. We are planning to start vaccinating any date in December.

During the National Vaccination Programme we will remain fully open and accessible to all our patients for delivery of vital services.  However, this will mean most of our regular day-to-day clinics and GP consultations will need to be managed from our Devonshire Practice site, unless you are advised otherwise.

The COVID vaccination is the biggest immunisation programme in history but despite the huge complexities of managing it, the NHS has a strong record of delivering large-scale vaccination campaigns. We hope you will be understanding and supportive of the changes we will have to implement to achieve this and urge everybody to play their part to suppress this virus. Thank you.

Your PCN is Lighthouse Group Practice, East Shore Partnership, Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre and The University Surgery.

 

 

When attending the surgery for your appointment, we politely request you wear some form of face covering.  This can be a face mask, bandana, scarf or similar. Face coverings can be purchased online from a variety of online retailers.  For guidance on how you make your own, please click here

If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory/sensory/breathing reasons, you can download an exemption badge from www.gov.uk  for you to show if asked why you are not wearing one. Please note, it is NOT the responsibility or the role of the Practice to issue anyone with an exemption letter or certificate. 

Asthma UK also has some useful information https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/what-should-people-with-asthma-do-now/#Facemask

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