Vaccination Updates:

Housebound Patients and flu jabs... (18th October 2021)

If you are housebound or are a relative of someone who is, please be advised that the district nurses will be assisting with flu vaccinations at home BUT the strategy for Covid boosters for housebound patients is still being formulated by the CCG. We will let you know as we find out more.

Covid Boosters (15th October 2021)

All patients become eligible for a Covid booster when they are 6months from their 2nd dose date.

The exception to this is immunosuppressed patients, who may be eligible for a 3rd dose instead. They are usually advised by their consultants about when they should have the 3rd dose. If you are eligible, you will be sent a text link to book your appointment. You will also get a letter from the national booking service.

Covid '3rd Dose' patients (DON'T CONFUSE WITH 'BOOSTER' PATIENTS! 15th October 2021)

If any of our patients are needing a 3rd Covid dose (ie. if you are immmuno-suppressed) you can now come to us instead of having to go to the Racecourse. You are eligible from 8wks after your 2nd dose. These patients are supposed to be identified by their specialists and informed.

Please inform your vaccinator that it is a 3rd dose, not a booster (which is the more common type which you must receive after 182 days from your second vaccine).

COVID Boosters (20th September 2021)

We will be starting COVID boosters for eligible patients from mid October and will be inviting our first patients shortly. These clinics will be held at Fairfield Park Health Centre not Batheaston Medical Centre. Patients become eligible 180 days since receiving their 2nd dose.

Invites to eligible patients will also be sent by the National Booking Service from this Friday 24th September to attend a national location such as Bath Racecourse, giving you the option to book with ourselves to be vaccinated at Fairfield Park Health Centre or elsewhere via the National Booking Service.  

Bath Spa University Vaccine Clinics (8th September 2021)

Please see here for information. This is for students at Bath Spa University only.

12-15 Years Eligible Patients (23rd August 2021)

These patients/parents will shortly be contacted by Bath Racecourse to arrange a first vaccine.

16-17 Years (23rd August 2021)

All 16 and 17 year olds can attend a Walk-in Clinic. Please see here to find details.

COVID Boosters and Flu Vaccines (2nd August 2021)

We are waiting on NHS England to finalise requirements (including whether flu vaccines can be given at the same time as a COVID-19 booster). We will then be able to set up clinics and contact eligible patients to book. Your support attending these clinics is appreciated.

Group 13 Update (2nd August 2021)

This is a new group covering patients age 12-17 years with severe neuro-disabilities or household contacts of an immunosuppressed person. We are waiting for the Clinical Commissioning Group to confirm the process for booking. Please note this will not be at our surgery. We will update this section when we hear further.

Walk-In Clinics (19th July 2022)

  • Please see here for details of walk-in clinics for 1st and 2nd doses
  • Please note 2nd doses can be given from 8 weeks but not before 8 weeks, unless a clinical condition meets the green book criteria such as about to undergo immunosuppressive therapy or pregnancy due date
  • Travel is not a reason to receive a 2nd dose before 8 weeks
  • If your 2nd dose is booked at 11-12 weeks you are able to cancel and rebook this from 8 weeks or attend a walk-in clinic from 8 weeks

NHS COVID Pass (14th July 2021)

Information for patients about how to get an online or paper version of the NHS COVID Pass is on the NHS website

AstraZeneca Indian Vaccines (14th July 2021)

  • The NHS has confirmed that all batches of the AstraZeneca vaccine used in the UK are equally safe and effective, such that two doses provide the expected high level of protection against Covid-19.
  • All doses used in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections by the UK medicine’s regulator, the MHRA.
  • The government has commented that no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK and that all AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK appear on the NHS Covid Pass as Vaxzevria.
  • The NHS Covid Pass is the digital version of individuals’ proof of Covid-19 vaccine status, which has been available for international travel since May.
  • The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the government is confident that travel will not be affected.

Closure of Vaccination Site at Batheaston Medical Centre (2nd June 2021)

Our final vaccination clinic at Batheaston Medical Centre is on Friday 4th June 2021. After this time please book any vaccinations via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of our Practice staff, Widcombe staff, Batheaston staff and all volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to deliver deliver 30 full days of vaccinations during the past 5 months. It has been a massive success which we are very proud of.

Demonstrating Vaccination Status When Travelling Abroad (11th May 2021)

Please refer to this Government article, effective from 17th May, to explain how people living in England can use the NHS App to demonstrate vaccination status when travelling abroad. For those without smartphones a letter can be requested by ringing 119, allowing at least five days from the second vaccination. There are not many countries that currently accept proof of vaccination. For the time being most people will still need to follow other rules when travelling abroad as mentioned in this article.

Please Help Us by Booking Upon Receipt of Your Invite (5th May 2021)

It would be very much appreciated if you could book your vaccination upon receipt of your text invite. We have numerous clinics to invite patients and this needs to be in date order. We cannot move on to invite patients to the following clinic until we have followed up all existing invites where patients have not booked. This takes our staff hours for each vaccine clinic when this time could be far better spent in the Practice.

If you are not booking for any reason please let us know so your invite can then be offered to someone else. You can do this via the text invite or by emailing or phoning - see Contact & Feedback.

Household Contacts of Immunosuppressed Patients (22nd April 2021)

Adult household contacts of adults, over 16 years of age, with severe immunosuppression should now be offered COVID-19 vaccinations. Please see this letter and if you/household members are eligible, please email your details to: bswccg.fairfieldpark@nhs.net Once we have gathered information for this cohort we can then advise about vaccination. Your earliest response would be appreciated.

First Vaccines (12th April 2021)

If you are in Groups 1-9 and have not yet received a first vaccination or you are in Groups 10-12, you will need to book via the National Booking System to receive your vaccination. Groups 1-9 can do so now and Groups 10-12 will need to wait until invited nationally. Our local vaccination service is now strictly dealing with second doses for those patients who had their first vaccine at Batheaston Medical Centre.

Bath Racecourse - April 2021 Update (1st April 2021)

First Doses in April 2021

  • New appointments are being added daily. Please keep trying if you are eligible and wish to book your first vaccine.
  • Vaccination is strictly by appointment only - do not just turn up
  • Health and Social Care Workers must take ID as evidence

 Second Doses Due in April 2021 – strictly where first dose was given at Bath Racecourse

  • If you had your first vaccine at Bath Racecourse and have been unable to book the second, we have been advised to tell you to attend 11 weeks (exactly to the day) from your first dose

Opening Hours and Days in April 2021

  • Bath Racecourse is open 8am to 8pm
  • Please note Bath Racecourse is closed from 4th – 11th April and on 16th April:
    • If your second dose is due 4th – 10th April, please attend earlier and strictly on 2nd or 3rd April
    • If your second dose is due 11th April, please attend strictly on 12th April
    • If your second dose is due 16th April, please attend strictly on 17th April

2nd Dose if NOT Vaccinated at Batheaston (25th March 2021)

If you did not have your first dose with us at Batheaston Medical Centre (BMC), you will need to ensure your second dose is arranged at the same location as your first and this should be 11-12 weeks after your first dose. We may be able to help in very extreme circumstances but please understand our supplies mirror our first doses and are for those patients who received their first dose with us.

If you were previously registered at Monmouth or Grosvenor Surgeries and had your first vaccine with BEMS at The Pavillion, they will invite you at approximately 10 weeks for your second dose at 11-12 weeks.

2nd Dose if Vaccinated at Batheaston on or after 16th January (25th March 2021)

For anyone vaccinated at Batheaston Medical Centre on or after 16th January all future vaccines will be AstraZeneca in line with your first dose. We are hopeful future deliveries can be confirmed more in advance as we have been working to incredibly short timeframes. If this is the case we will publish a provisional schedule detailing the date you had your first vaccine and the proposed clinic dates for your second vaccine at 11-12 weeks. We would normally invite you around 10 weeks after your first dose. This will be a text invite where we hold a mobile number and you simply click on the link to book, otherwise we will need to contact you by phone. Please can you ensure your contact details are up to date.

2nd Dose if Vaccinated at Batheaston between 13th - 15th January (25th March 2021)

If you received your first vaccine at Batheaston Medical Centre (BMC) between 13th - 15th January your second dose will also be at BMC between 31st March - 2nd April. We have today invited everyone by text, where we hold a valid mobile number and our staff will now contact everyone without a mobile to get all of our patients booked. Vaccines are strictly by appointment only. If you had your first vaccine elsewhere, you will need to ensure your second is arranged at the same location which should be 11-12 weeks after your first dose.

2nd Dose if Vaccinated at Batheaston between 7-10th January (22nd March 2021)

If you received your first vaccine at Batheaston Medical Centre (BMC) between 7th - 10th January, you should have been invited to book your second dose at BMC between 26th-28th March. If you have not heard please get in touch with us (not BMC) immediately as vaccination is by appointment only. If you had your first vaccine elsewhere, you will need to ensure your second is arranged at the same location which should be 11-12 weeks after your first dose.

All Group 1-9 Patients Now Invited (11th March 2021)

We have today completed our text invites to all patients aged 50-54 (Group 9) to attend one of our joint vaccination clinics at Batheaston Medical Centre. If you do not have a mobile number we will contact you by your landline number to book. We are finding it very difficult to make contact with a small number of patients by telephone where we cannot get an answer, cannot leave a message or the number is invalid. If you are in Groups 1-9 and have not been invited please come forward to let us know.

All Group 8 Patients Invited (9th March 2021)

We have today invited all patients aged 55-59 (Group 8) by text message to book for 16th March. We will be making contact with anyone who does not have a mobile over the coming days. If you are in Groups 1-8 and have yet to book your vaccine, please let us know.

All Group 1-7 Patients Invited (5th March 2021)

We have today invited all remaining patients in Groups 5-7 to book their vaccination. If you are in Group 1-7 and have not heard from us, please let us know. Appointments are currently available for 12th March. Vaccination is by pre-booked appointment only and will take place at the joint sessions we run from Batheaston Medical Centre. We will very shortly be moving to Group 8 (ages 55-59).

Second Vaccines & Grosvenor and Monmouth Patients (25th February 2021)

National guidance is that second vaccines are to be given at the same location as the first vaccine. For any patients previously registered at Monmouth or Grosvenor surgeries and have had their first vaccine with BEMS, we have been told BEMS will invite you for your second vaccine. This will be around 11-12 weeks after your first vaccine, again in line with national guidance. This means you should be invited between 10-11 weeks after your first vaccine.

When we invite you please help us by responding promptly (23rd February 2021)

Where we hold a mobile number, your invite will be sent by text message containing a link to book your vaccination at Batheaston Medical Centre. We have very short notice of delivery dates and need to set up clinics and invite patients in an incredibly short timeframe. If you receive a text message invite, please can we ask you book your appointment straight away. It takes an awful lot of time each day reviewing numbers who have booked and deciding if we have capacity to invite other eligible patients. The more time we have to do this is a massive help to us. Similarly if you do not wish to have the vaccine please let us know. We will add 'decline' to your records and you will not be invited again, unless you tell us you have changed your mind.

Due to short timeframes, we are unable to send letters and in these circumstances we will contact you by your landline. Please be aware our number will show as withheld. 

Current Situation with Vaccinating (23rd February 2021)

If you are aged 70 and over or are shielding you should have already received an invite from us to book your vaccine. We have a number of patients with incorrect contact details. Please get in touch with us if you are in these groups and have not received your invite.

If you are 65-69 and have not received an invite from us, you will need to book via the National Booking Service (NBS). We have been asked to focus on Group 6 by NHS England.

If you are an eligible frontline health worker, eligible frontline social care worker or are eligible for the Carer's allowance you can also book via the National Booking Service .

Please see here for who is eligible.

Group 6 - Underlying Health Conditions (23rd February 2021)

We are working our way through inviting this group of patients with underlying health conditions. We are holding a vaccine clinic at Batheaston Medical Centre today and the next clinic is on 2nd March. We have today invited patients down to aged 40 to book and will invite remaining patients as soon as we are aware of our next vaccine delivery and clinic date.

Group 6 - Asthma (16th February 2021)

The JCVI Guidelines state those eligible for a vaccination in Group 6 are:

  •  anyone who has ever had an emergency asthma admission OR
  • those who have an asthma diagnosis and have had 3 prescriptions for oral steroids over a 3-month period (each prescription must fall within separate individual month windows), as an indication of repeated or continuous oral steroids.

If you fall outside of these guidelines, you will be invited in the appropriate age group.

Group 6 - Patients with Underlying Health Conditions (16th February 2021)

On 13th February we were asked by NHS England to move to inviting patients with underlying health conditions. Our next clinic at Batheaston Medical Centre is on Tuesday 23rd February and invites will start to be issued later this week. Please be aware we have over 740 patients to vaccinate in this group and are reliant on the vaccine supplies which are allocated to us - we do not order vaccines. We will not be able to invite everyone to the clinic on 23rd February and will provide further updates when we know about future clinics. We are hopeful this group can be concluded in a matter of a few weeks. 

Group 5 - Patients Aged 65-69 (16th February 2021)

On 13th February, as a Local Booking Service (LBS) we were asked by NHS England to move to inviting Group 6 patients. Remaining Group 5 patients will be invited by the National Booking Service (NBS) or, provided you are aged 65 and over, you can book directly by clicking this NHS England link

Batheaston Medical Centre Vaccination Site (16th February 2021)

At Fairfield Park Health Centre, we work closely with Batheaston Medical Centre (BMC) and Widcombe Surgery as a Primary Care Network (PCN). Our PCN decided to host vaccination clinics at BMC due to the large care park next door, where 2 hours free parking has been secured. These clinics are a joint effort and are staffed by GPs, Nurses, Pharmacists, Management and Admin staff from all three surgeries. We are very proud of everyone across the PCN, whether it be organising the vaccine clinics, staffing these clinics or continuing our day to day services to our patients at Fairfield Park Health Centre.

Aged 70 and Over or Shielding and not yet received your vaccination? (8th February 2021)

If you are aged 70 or over or are a shielding patient and have yet to book your vaccine, please let us know. We have text, emailed, telephoned or written to all of our patients in Groups 1-4 to invite them for the vaccine. It is very important we hold your up to date contact details so we can easily get in touch.

Housebound Patients (8th February 2021)

We have today vaccinated most of our housebound patients. Remaining patients will be vaccinated this week.

Vaccination Immunity (22nd January 2021) 

Please note having a COVID vaccination does not give you immediate immunity. It will take 7-10 days for the immunity to start to be useful. Please remember no vaccine is 100% effective and there are no guarantees it will prevent you getting the disease but will hopefully to make any infection less serious. The second vaccination will will help boost immunity.

Care Home Staff, Residents and Patients aged 75 and Over (21st January 2021)

As of 15th January we have vaccinated our Care Home staff and older residents. We have invited our patients aged Over 80 and 75-79 for their vaccination and these have been accommodated in two sets of clinics, each over three days.

When we receive our next delivery (date to be confirmed, which we will update here when known) we will be inviting our next cohort being those aged 70-74 and our clinically extremely vulnerable patients. We will also remind anyone Over 75 who has yet to be vaccinated.

For our housebound patients we are waiting to hear how these will be administered and will provide an update here when we have one. 

Before Christmas we increased our call answering capacity to better handle incoming calls and this was reflected in our call answering statistics. The subsequent vaccination programme has meant an unprecedented number of calls coming into the practice depending where we are in the vaccination cycle. This means there will be delays at certain times and our dedicated staff are working incredibly hard to minimise wait times during these periods.

Contact Details (21st January 2021)

We do have a very small number of patients whom we have been unable to contact. Please can we ask you to ensure we have up to date contact details and wherever possible a mobile number or email so we can communicate instantly. We do appreciate not all of our patients use a mobile phone or have an email address. We will write or telephone in these instances. 

Bookings and Location (8th January, 13th January 2021)

We are very pleased to say we have today started our vaccination clinics. When you receive an invite to book your COVID-19 vaccination, please call the surgery after 10am as lines are very busy between 8-10am with poorly patients ringing to book urgent appointments and we need to ensure they can access the surgery. Our phone lines have become incredibly busy due to the volume of vaccinations we need to get through.

Please be aware our clinics are currently at Batheaston Medical Centre and NOT Fairfield Park Health Centre. We have mentioned this in any text messages, emails or letter invites you receive and our reception team also will advise you clinics are at Batheaston Medical Centre. 

Having the vaccination means you are less likely to get severe symptoms, you still need to adhere to the social distancing and face covering guidelines.

This map here shows you were you can get a vaccination if you cannot attend our centre at Batheaston (Note this still for the priority groups in order). 

Vaccination Allergies, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Update (5th January)

Allergies and Anaphylaxis
The MHRA has advised that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to food, an identified drug or vaccine, or an insect sting can receive any COVID-19 vaccine, as long as they are not known to be allergic to any component of the vaccine. Please read Section 2 and Section 6 of the Information Leaflet for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Pregnancy
Pregnant women should not be given any COVID-19 vaccination routinely. The JCVI has advised, however, that vaccination in pregnancy should be considered where the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV2 infection is high and cannot be avoided, or where the woman has underlying conditions that put them at very high risk of serious complications of COVID-19. In these circumstances, please discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your clinician. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have a web page dedicated to COVID with Questions and Answers here.

Breastfeeding
The JCVI advises that breastfeeding women may be offered vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for immunisation against COVID-19, and the woman should be informed about the absence of safety data for the vaccine in breastfeeding women.

Vaccination Scams (6th January 2021)

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Trading Standards Team have received details of fraudsters taking advantage of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout by sending convincing text messages to scam people out of financial information. The text messages claim to be from the NHS and state recipients are eligible to receive the vaccine. Included in the message is a hyper-link to a fake application form which asks for personal information and a credit card number. We have also been informed about phone calls, websites and in person scams. The NHS will

  • Never ask for payment
  • Never ask for bank details
  • Never arrive unannounced to administer the vaccine
  • Never ask for proof of identity to be shared eg sending a copy of your passport.

PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THESE SCAMS. The NHS does not charge for the vaccine and will never ask you for your credit cards details. Please be wary of any unsolicited emails, texts or calls.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES PLEASE LOOK AT THE CCG WEBSITE https://www.bswccg.nhs.uk/latest-covid-19-updates  OR CONTACT THE CCG VIA BSWCCG.vaccinequery@nhs.net

Invitations Have Started (31st December 2020)

We have started to invite the over 80s and those aged 75-79 to Covid vaccination clinic at Batheaston Medical Centre from 8th January onwards. We will continue to invite people. When attending Batheaston there is a free car park, pre arranged for 2 hours, adjacent to the surgery and buses do run along from the London Road regularly stopping very near the practice. Face coverings must be worn and please arrive on time, not early for the appointment.  Please read the information leaflet found here prior to attending.

COVID-19 Vaccine (17th November 2020, 23rd December 2020)

You will have seen on the news that a vaccine could be signed off for use any time from December onwards. We have received calls already from patients asking about the vaccine and asking to be put on a waiting list. Please be assured as soon as we are asked by the Government and NHS England to commence vaccinations, invites will be sent to eligible patients in the cohorts required at the times required. 

PLEASE NOTE We intend to provide the vaccination for our patients at Batheaston Medical Centre as you will be aware the current vaccine needs using within 3.5 days of delivery. This means it is important that if you want to have it you attend when invited. The first age group to be invited will be those aged 80+. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has decided the order of priority for vaccinations, please see this website for more information about the vaccination programme.

If you are unsure about taking up the vaccine try this evidence-based 'serious' game which can be  played on a mobile phone. It only takes a few minutes. https://games.focusgames.co.uk/CoronaBee/game/ .

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