Covid-19 Vaccine Programme
We are pleased to announce that your Coastal PCN is progressing well with the vaccination programme with over 12,000 patients vaccinated so far.
Please watch the video on the link below for more information regarding the vaccine.
If you are in cohorts 1 to 6 and have not yet received your vaccination or booked elsewhere, please contact the surgery - 01872 572255
Cohort 1 - Residential Care Home Patients
Cohort 2 - 80yrs + or Health and Social Workers
Cohort 3 - 75 to 79yrs
Cohort 4 - 70 to 74yrs or Covid-19 HIGH RISK
Cohort 5 - 65 to 69yrs
Cohort 6 - 16 to 64 with UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS specified by the JCVI
AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine - Latest Advice
Since the start of the pandemic over 4 million COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the UK causing more than 120,000 deaths. Over 30 million people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since the start of the programme, which Public Health England (PHE) estimate has prevented at least 6,000 deaths in the first 3 months of 2021. There have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event of concurrent thrombosis (blood clots) and thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) following vaccination with the first dose of AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222).
The National Vaccine team JCVI ( Joint Committee on Vaccination and immunisation) has weighed the relative balance of benefits and risks and advise that the benefits of prompt vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risk of adverse events for individuals 30 years of age and over and those who have underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
If you are a healthy younger person aged 18 to 29 The MHRA and the JCVI continue to monitor the benefts and safety of the AZ vaccine in younger people. You should carefully consider the risk to both you and your family and friends of COVID-19 before making a decision. Currently JCVI has advised that it is preferable for people under 30 to have a vaccine other than AZ. If you choose to have another COVID-19 vaccine you may have to wait to be protected. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefts for you and your personal situation.
What about the second dose? If you have already had a frst dose of AZ vaccine without suffering any serious side effects you should complete the course with the AstraZeneca vaccine. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers, unpaid carers and family members of those who are immunosuppressed. It is expected that the frst dose of the vaccine will have given you some protection, particularly against severe disease.
Helpful summary and decision aids can be found at these links:-
For any prescription queries please visit the dispensary team at the dispensary window which is situated to the left of the building in The Gounce. You may also phone after 10am and choose option 3.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING.
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