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Vaccination Roll-out


6 May 2021

Taurus delivers COVID Vaccinations at Saxon Hall

Taurus Healthcare has recently started delivering COVID vaccinations at Saxon Hall in Hereford in collaboration with the Wargrave, Belmont and Cantilupe Primary Care Network. In doing so, Taurus is supporting the surgeries to maximise their time available for patients.

Patients from these surgeries are now being invited to book their jabs via our online system. If you receive a link from Taurus Healthcare inviting you to book your COVID Vaccination, please be assured that this is not a hoax but a genuine opportunity to book your appointment at the clinic.

Please do take up the opportunity to book. A COVID vaccination will protect you, your loved ones and our whole population and will help us to get back to more normal times.

 

9 March 2021

COVID Vaccinations – Please attend if you’re called!

Some patients are calling GP surgeries to check that the invitation they’ve received from NHS England to have a COVID vaccination is correct. This is usually to query whether they meet the criteria for the vaccination or because they don’t feel they are eligible to receive a vaccine at this stage.

If you receive a letter from NHS England asking you to come forward for a vaccination, it is genuine and will be because you’re meeting the current criteria for the mass COVID vaccination sites. There is no need to call your GP to check the details.

We would encourage all patients to take up the opportunity to have a vaccination. This will help to protect not only them, but also the most vulnerable members of our society.

If you do not wish to take up the invitation to attend the mass vaccination site, you can wait to receive an invitation to have your jab at your local Primary Care (GP) Hub. You will be contacted by your surgery when it’s your turn to come forward.

 

2 March 2021

Volunteers at the heart of the vaccination roll-out programme

Herefordshire General Practice has been an integral part in the delivery of COVID Vaccinations throughout the county. Working through five ‘Primary Care Networks’ (based in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and Leominster), GP teams have so far delivered thousands of COVID vaccines.

This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without the support of the many volunteers who have given up their time to help. Usually working shifts of between 4-6 hours, volunteers have worked as car park marshals and in other supporting roles. They’ve turned out in all weathers to help keep patients COVID safe as they visit the centres for their jabs.

The volunteer programme is a great example of partnership working between Healthwatch Herefordshire, HVOSS, Talk Community and Herefordshire General Practice/Taurus Healthcare.

You can now read about some of the volunteers’ experiences in the great new case studies developed by Healthwatch Herefordshire. Click on the links below to access some of the volunteers' stories. 

Jan Coppinger

Lynda Whittle

Philip Smith 

 

19 February 2021

Vaccination Programme

Everyone who is aged 70 or over or who is in the ‘Shielded category’ should by now have received an invitation for their first COVID19 vaccination.

Over 70s patients have a choice in terms of where they receive their vaccine:

  • Via their local GP service
  • At a vaccination centre

If patients would prefer to receive their jab via their local GP, they should wait to be contacted. They are asked not to telephone the surgery to ask about their vaccination as this will not speed up the process, and could prevent those with medical concerns getting through to the practice.

If patients would prefer not to wait, or would like to have their jab at a vaccination centre, then they can book here. Alternatively, or if they do not have access to the internet, they can call 119.

COVID vaccinations are being rolled out in accordance with nationally defined priorities. The next cohorts to receive their invitations will be those aged 65 years or over and those aged 16-65 years in ‘at risk’ groups. People who are in these cohorts will be contacted by their GP surgery and NHS England with further information. They should not telephone their surgery for the reasons outlined above.

If you have already received your first vaccination, please do not ring your surgery to ask about your second vaccination. Your surgery will contact you with this information in due course.

Please remember that your GP surgery is working under considerable pressure at the moment. They are doing their best to deliver the vaccination programme at the same time as trying to help patients with health concerns. Please bear this in mind when speaking to any member of the surgery team, and treat them with courtesy and respect.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Further information:
Vaccination information
NHS Vaccination First Phase Programme Priority Groups

 

29 January 2021

COVID19 Vaccination Roll-out - Frequently Asked Questions

Herefordshire General Practice and Taurus Healthcare are at the forefront of the delivery of the COVID Vaccination Programme across the county.

Many patients have asked us why they’re being asked to go to a central hub for their vaccination, rather than receiving it at their local GP Surgery. This is because the vaccines, and in particular the Pfizer BioNTech one, are very sensitive and have to be transported and stored in a specific way. By delivering the vaccines at PCN (Primary Care Network) hubs, we are minimising the risk of the vaccine being mishandled or becoming damaged as defined by the vaccine manufacturer.

Delivery via central PCN Hubs also enables us to be more efficient in terms of the number of vaccines we can deliver in one session.

At the present time, we are receiving roughly equal amounts of the Pfizer BioNTech and Astra Zeneca vaccines. Patients will not be given the opportunity to choose which vaccine they receive, but please note that both are considered equally effective.

As time progresses, we are expecting to receive more of the Astra Zeneca than the Pfizer vaccine. The Astra Zeneca vaccine is much easier to manage and therefore it may be possible in the future for more vaccinations to be administered from GP surgeries.

In the meantime, we recommend that you make arrangements to attend your local clinic as soon as you are contacted. Invitations are being sent out in priority order, with those most at risk from the infection being invited to attend first. Please do not contact your GP surgery to ask when you will be invited; they will be in touch with you as soon as it’s your turn to come forward.

Those patients who are genuinely housebound will be contacted by their GP surgery to arrange a visit, either by surgery staff or the Taurus Healthcare roving service.

For further information and answers to more Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Government's website.  

 

19 January 2021

District Nursing and COVID Vaccinations

Please note that there are currently no plans for District Nurses to administer COVID vaccinations to house-bound patients. This is due to the complexities around the cold chain.

If at all possible, patients should arrange to attend their local clinic (when contacted) to have their jab. Those patients who are genuinely housebound will be contacted by their GP surgery to arrange for a visit, whether that be from the surgery staff or the Taurus Healthcare roving service. 

As a reminder, the priority order for the roll-out of the vaccine has been defined by NHS England as follows:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers 
  • All those 75 years of age and over 
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 
  • All those 65 years of age and over. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality 
  • All those 60 years of age and over 
  • All those 55 years of age and over 
  • All those 50 years of age and over 

Please do not contact your GP surgery to ask when you can have your vaccine. They will be in touch with you as soon as it’s your turn to come forward.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

15 January 2021

Herefordshire General Practice and Taurus Healthcare COVID vaccination roll-out

Herefordshire General Practice and Taurus Healthcare are closely involved with the roll-out of COVID vaccinations. You will be contacted as soon as it’s your turn to come forward. In the meantime, please do not telephone your surgery to ask when you'll be receiving your vaccine.

We are also continuing to offer care to all patients who are concerned about medical symptoms. Please do continue to contact your surgery (or NHS111 if out of hours) if you have a health concern, but please be mindful of the significant pressures under which we are all working. This may mean that you will have to wait longer for your call to be answered.

We always aim to treat our patients with respect. Please would you do the same when speaking to a member of our team.

If you require urgent medical help or advice, please call NHS111 or 999.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

12 January 2021

Beware of COVID Vaccine scams

We are aware of a number of scams currently circulating in which members of the public are being promised COVID vaccinations in return for a payment.

Please note that there is NO private supply of COVID vaccine. COVID vaccinations are only available via the NHS and are free of charge for patients.

To help us to help you, please do not call your GP surgery to find out when you will receive your jab. You will be contacted as soon as it is your turn to receive your free vaccination, in line with Government prioritisation guidelines. We will get to you as soon as we possibly can.

In the meantime, please do not engage with any callers who offer vaccinations for a fee and contact the police on 101.