Covid-19

Spring booster vaccination programme

The NHS Covid vaccination programme has started inviting eligible people to come forward for their life-saving Spring booster jabs. People aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed will be able to book as the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in health service history enters a new phase. 

Please do not contact our practice directly as the NHS will invite people to arrange a jab through the national booking service when it is their turn. The NBS can be accessed online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. 

Around five million people will be able to get a Spring booster during the campaign and this week, the NHS will be contacting over 600,000 people to invite them to book their jab. 

NHS health chiefs are expecting high uptake of spring boosters amongst people aged 75 and over after 4.5 million of them got their top up jab over autumn and winter, and have recruited additional call handlers for the 119 service to help people book their vaccine appointment. 

Calls to 119 are free from mobiles and landlines. Lines are open every day from 8am to 8pm, and 119 can provide support in 200 languages. 

Local NHS teams will be contacting care homes in their patch as they have done previously to arrange for spring boosters for people who are eligible and have been invited. 

Hundreds of sites including community pharmacies, vaccination centres and hospital hubs are offering spring boosters to those most vulnerable to coronavirus following the updated guidance from the JCVI who advised on an extra spring dose as a precautionary measure. 

COVID Vaccinations

 

For all relevant information, please visit Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG website: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status allows you to show others that you’ve had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine when travelling abroad to some countries or territories. A full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Guidance to keep you safe when attending your appointment  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact on our staff and services, Monkfield Medical Practice.  As a result, you may have waited longer than normal for your appointment and we would like to apologise for this.  We confirm that we are taking bookings for routine appointments that and want to assure you that we will continue have a range of measures in place to help protect you from coronavirus.  

Please DO NOT attend an appointment if you or any member of your household are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have tested positive.  If this applies to you, please contact us so that you can reschedule your appointment for a different time.  

Wearing a face covering  

In line with government advice, please wear a face covering to your appointment. This can be a mask you have bought or made, a face covering worn for religious or cultural reasons (as long as they cover the mouth and nose) or a surgical mask you have been given because you are shielding. For guidance on how to wear and make a face mask, visit www.gov.uk and search for ‘face covering’.  

When attending your appointment

We have a range of measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19:

  • social distancing measures will be in place
  • additional screening and
  • there will be additional infection control procedures and clinical staff will be wearing personal protective equipment such as face masks
  • Limited number of patients are allowed in the surgery at any one time 

Please continue to use our symptom checker via our website Dr Link, as this will help to priorities access to a GP appointment and help you to manage your health appropriately which may not be a GP appointment. Please also use our Community Pharmacy Colleagues who can support minor illness management.