NHS NOTTINGHAM AND NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CCG UPDATE
The vaccination programme has considerably scaled up due to the opening of our two most recent sites. We are currently asking for all over 70’s, 75s and over 80s to book their appointments. They will have details of how to do this in their invitation letter.
Letters to the 70-74 cohort have been dispatched and we will open the booking system to include this age group from Thursday (28 January).
Please urge relatives, members of the public, friends and family who fit into these priority cohorts to book by using https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/nottinghamc19vpatient.php or by calling 0115 883 4640
Covid-19 Vaccination Letters
Two types of letters are being sent out to those who are eligible – one from the local NHS and one from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service.
The local letter – sent out by the CCG – will direct patients to Local Vaccination Services. In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire we now have seven Local Vaccination Services offering vaccinations to the public alongside three Hospital Hubs.
The national letter – from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service – will give the public the option of having
the vaccine at a large Vaccination Centre, or potentially a community pharmacy depending on whether these are available locally.
It is important to note that the public will only receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service if they live within 30-45 minutes drive of one of these sites. Therefore, very few Nottinghamshire residents will have received one of these letters previously. However, now we have a large site in our patch we expect more people to receive these letters which has the potential to cause some confusion. Please see attached a simple graphic that you can use to explain the difference between the two types of letters.
Care Homes and the Housebound
The Covid-19 vaccination programme in care homes is successfully underway across the county and city. Nearly all older persons care homes have now received the vaccine and the few that haven’t have been due to clinical reasons. Over the weekend GPs from a number of practices supported this collaborative work in a final push to vaccinate and protect our most vulnerable as quickly as possible. The national directive is that we start to vaccinate homes for those with Learning Disabilities after 15th February, unless residents have specifically been flagged as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable which puts them in Cohort 4. Our roving team and GPs are ready to start the process for Learning Disability homes in line with the national timetable.
The NHS is contacting those who are housebound by letter. This letter, which has been dispatched, will have details on how they can receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Our dedicated ‘roving team’ will be delivering the vaccinations. Please find latest information on this service, including a detailed FAQ, here.
Hospital Hubs: We have three sites, Queen’s Medical Centre, King’s Mill Hospital and Nottingham City Hospital.
Local Vaccination Services: As of this week, we now have seven sites live, including the Forest Recreation Ground site, which went live over the weekend.
The sites are:
Ashfield Health Village
Richard Herrod Leisure Centre
Gamston Community Centre
Cripps Medical Centre (University Park)
King’s Meadow Campus
Forest Recreation Ground
Vaccination Centres: On Monday, Mansfield Vaccination Centre officially went live. You can read more about the site here.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED URGENTLY!
Nottinghamshire Vaccination Programme urgently needs volunteers across 7 different locations to support the NHS to deliver the Vaccination Programme. Shifts are available 7 days a week between 8am and 8pm. Volunteers must be under 70 and in good health, some roles involve working outside. If you think you can help, please ring 01636 610773 to get more details and register your interest with the Team.
Home-schooling: How to help your child’s online learning
BBC Bitesize has lots of content divided into subject and age categories, with much new material added since March.
The BBC will also show curriculum content on TV every weekday from Monday, 11 January:
Primary-school programming, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, from 09:00 to 12:00 on CBBC. This channel can be found at 201 on Freeview and 607 on Sky.
At least two hours of programming to support the GCSE curriculum on BBC Two
Please wait until you receive your letter to book your Covid vaccination. Click here for more information
Please see the information we have received from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Nottinghamshire. Please share this information with family members and people you know who may not have access to or who use the internet.
We are sharing this information in order to inform as many people as we possibly can. Elderly relatives may receive phone calls or letters and may need reassurance or support to get to an appointment. You may be accompanied by 1 person if needed.
How the COVID-19 vaccine is given
The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.
It’s given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.
It has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
After having both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus.
It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.
There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.
This means it is important to:
continue to follow social distancing guidance
if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people
Please follow this link to find out more https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-in-nottingham-and-nottinghamshire/