Coronavirus Vaccinations - Latest Updates 

During Phase 1 of the coronavirus vaccination campaign, we provided vaccinations at Bridge Health Centre for patients  within our Primary Care Network (PCN) foorprint and from 21st December 2020 to the 31st May 2021, we delivered: 19,248 doses of covid-19 vaccines across Canterbury South PCN for patients from the following practices: 

  • Canterbury Medical Practice (Bridge, Cossington, Littlebourne & London Road)
  • New Dover Road Surgery
  • University Medical Centre

We  invited patients based on the national priority list. We performed home visits for patients who had no means of attending their practice and we visited all patients in the care homes and also offered vaccinations to the care home staff. 

We collaborated across Canterbury to deliver Phase 2 of the Covid-19 Vaccine programme and to date more than 100,000 doses have been delivered across the local population and Thank each and every one of you who have attended. 

We will always welcome those patients who still would like to attend for a covid-19 vaccine and they can book via the National Booking System (NBS) see below at The Vaccine Hub in Canterbury at The Sea Cadet Hall in Vauxhall Road. 

Please read the updates below about our local covid-19 vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.

 

UPDATE:21/09/21: UPDATE: Covid-19 Boosters / Third Doses

We will always invite patients based on the national priority list.

During Phase 1 of the coronavirus vaccination campaign, we provided vaccinations at Bridge Health Centre for patients within our Primary Care Network (PCN) footprint across Canterbury South PCN for patients from the following practices: 

  • Canterbury Medical Practice (Bridge, Ethelbert Rd, Littlebourne Surgeries)
  • New Dover Road Surgery
  • University Medical Centre

In Phase 2: we collaborated across Canterbury to deliver the Covid-19 Vaccine programme

We are now in Phase 3 Planning Stages and aim to deliver from our practices:

The COVID-19 booster programme will be offered in two stages and patients can also book via the National Booking System to attend another local site if more convenient.

Stage 1: The following persons will be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as practicable for:

  • adults aged 16 years and over who are immunosuppressed;
  • those living in residential care homes for older adults;
  • all adults aged 70 years or over;
  • adults aged 16 years and over who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable;
  • frontline health and social care workers.

Please note that we will be inviting those patients who are eligible for a third covid-19 booster dose into clinics at Bridge Health Centre dependent on deliveries and we will aim to contact you by the mid-October if you are in stage 1 as above.

Stage 2: The following persons will be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as practicable after Stage 1, with equal emphasis on deployment of the influenza vaccine where eligible:

  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • adults aged 16 – 49 years who are in an influenza or COVID-19 at-risk group.
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals’
 

UPDATE:10/09/21

We are awaiting further guidance from the JCVI regarding the planned booster campaign and third doses of covid-19 vaccines for our most vulnerable cohorts and will update as more guidance becomes available. 

 

UPDATE:24/08/21

Flu vaccination clinic dates soon to be announced for September.

 

UPDATE: 23/08/2021

As we work towards launching our 2021 Flu Campaign and await National guidance about delivery of Covid-19 vaccine boosters for the most vulnerable cohorts, we want to remind all patients about how patients who have not already had a covid-19 vaccine can access a first vaccine in Canterbury and surrounding areas:

From Thursday, 19 August, all 16 and 17-year-olds began receiving letters, inviting them to come to their nearest walk-in centre, with many already receiving invitations and taking up the offer. 

The JCVI updated guidance on 4 August so  all 16 and 17-year-olds could be offered one dose of the vaccine and anyone in this age group can now find their nearest centre through the ‘grab a jab’ NHS online walk-in finder, with more sites becoming available every day. Follow-up text messages were then sent out on Friday, 20 August  to 16 and 17-year-olds as this cohort can now be vaccinated ahead of their return to school.

We have also invited our at-risk children aged between 12 and 15-years-old, who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, with 30,000 children in this age group already protected across England. 

Those who are eligible include children with Down’s syndrome, or who are undergoing many cancer treatments, had organ or bone marrow transplants or who are on the learning disability register. The Covid-19 vaccine will also be offered to children aged 12 and over, who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, such as those receiving chemotherapy or who have had a transplant.

The National Booking Service (NBS) is open to anyone aged 18 or over, and to people within three months of their 18th birthday.

For more information about the vaccine programme in Kent and Medway visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/grabajab

 

UPDATE:19/07/21

 

To protect both our vulnerable patients and staff, we will continue to request that all patients wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing when visiting Canterbury Medical Practice from 19th July.

We have updated our advice in line with The Kent & Medway Covid-19 Vaccine guidance which can be found by clicking on the link here

This is also in line with NHSE/I Covid-19 guidance which can be found by clicking on the link here

The Canterbury PCN Hub continues to run on a daily basis from The Sea Cadet Hall in Vauxhall Rd, CT1 1ZN. 

 All patients in phase 2 (cohorts 10-12) who are eligible for a covid-19 vaccine (1st or 2nd pfizer dose) may book directly online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/or via telephoning 119.  

Phase 3 of the Covid-19 Vaccine programme is due to commence on 1st September 2021 and it is envisaged that the booster covid-19 vaccines will be offered alongside the winter flu campaign - more details to follow. 

UPDATE:24/06/21

The Sea Cadet Hall is now talking walk-ins between 10am - 5pm every day. You can attend for your first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccination if you are aged 18 and over.

The address is: Vauxhall Road, Canterbury CT1 1ZN

UPDATE 24.05.21

We are continuing to work through inviting in those patients who are due their second Covid-19 vaccine doses in line with our vaccine supplies. All those patients who are due a second dose will be contacted in the near future and booked into our clinics at Bridge Health Centre. 

We will no longer be offering first dose Covid-19 vaccinations to those under the age of 50yrs at Bridge Health Centre as we now working collaboratively with all Canterbury practices;  to deliver these vaccines from a central vaccination hub in Canterbury from The Sea Cadet Hall at Vauxhall Road. 

The Canterbury PCN Hub commences on 24th May –  to vaccinate Phase 2  patients in cohorts 10-12 and is now live on the National Booking System (NBS). Any patient that wishes to book for a 1st or 2nd Pfizer vaccination in the eligible cohort  from aged 32yrs and upwards  may book in themselves directly online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/or via telephoning 119. 

Eligible patients in this cohort are also sent out letters and text invites by the NBS to book directly and will be sent confirmation of their appointment times when an appointment is booked.

UPDATE:11/05/21

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

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.

For more information - please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad 

UPDATE:06/05/21

We are currently working through inviting in those patients who are due their second Covid-19 vaccine doses in line with our vaccine supplies - we have minimal supply for first doses. 

We will no longer be offering Covid-19 vaccinations to those under the age of 50 at Bridge Health Centre as we are currently working with all Canterbury practices to set up a more central site for these cohorts in Canterbury as soon as supplies allow and we will update the website with more details as it becomes available. 

Patients aged under 50 years will need to book their vaccination online or by calling 119 and we will update accordingly. 

You will need to check online that vaccines are being offered for your specific age, and this is updated on a regular basis.

If you are under 50 but in another eligible group, such as an unpaid carer or with a long-term condition and have still not attended, please contact the practice to arrange your vaccination.
 More details on who is eligible and how to book
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
 

UPDATE:19/04/21

Canterbury Medical Practice continue to work with the Canterbury South PCN Practices to ensure that all our Cohorts 1-9 are being invited in for their 2nd Covid-19 vaccine in line with the Government guidelines. Vaccine supplies currently dictate the cohorts of patients we are inviting in and we are keen to complete the second doses as part of Phase 1 of the National Vaccination Programme.

To date, we have now administered 13,977  doses and are working through our plans for Phase 2 of the vaccination programme for Cohorts 10-12 and we will update as soon as we are able with further details. 

Meanwhile patients aged 45-49  can access 1st Covid-19 vaccine where available via the National Booking Service (NHS) here

UPDATE:15/04/21

We  are inviting patients from cohorts 1-9 to attend for their second dose but this is always dependent on deliveries. 

Please rest assured we will aim to contact our patients 11 - 12 weeks after the first vaccination.  There is no need to contact the surgery, we will contact you

UPDATE:08/04/21

Please click here for a link to updated  information about the Astra-Zeneca vaccine - more information to follow as it is cascaded to us from NHSE.

 

UPDATE:05/04/21

We are continuing to invite cohorts 6-9  to attend for their first vaccination and are also inviting patients from cohorts 1-4 to attend for their second dose but this is always dependent on deliveries and we had a slight pause over the Easter weekend but clinics start again on Friday 9th April.

We have had a few people not turn up for their appointments (rest assured no vaccine has been wasted) but if you have a booked appointment and have already had a vaccine- please cancel so someone else can take that space as we all want this vaccine program to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get us all vaccinated.

The practice is working hard on this vaccination campaign whilst also maintaining other services, please remember to be kind to staff. 

To date Canterbury South PCN has administered 12,300 doses of covid vaccines and vaccinated 84.7% of their cohorts of patients 1-9. Thank you to all who have attended and for anyone who still wants a first dose within cohorts 1-6 who may have declined initially, but would like a first dose please contact us. 

As of 22nd March we are currently inviting those groups highlighted in red below: 

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers 
  3. All those aged between 75 -79 years of age
  4. All those aged between 70-74 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 
  5. All those aged between 65- 69 years of age
  6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality 
  7. All those aged between 60 -64 years of age
  8. All those aged between 55- 59 years of age
  9. All those aged between 50 - 54 years of age

 

UPDATE:12/03/21

Please note we are continuing our vaccine clinics as below and Thank all our patients for awaiting our call to invite you to the appropriate clinic session.

The inital groups, groups 1 to 4, that is, the elderly, housebound, nursing home residents etc, have had their first vaccines at our designated site at Bridge Health Centre and we are now starting to contact these groups for their second doses. 

We are still working through our cohorts of patients and are currently focusing on group 6 at present (16 to 65 year olds WITH qualifying medical conditions)

However, please note if you are over 60 OR in an at risk group you can book a vaccination online here

For those able to travel to a mass vaccination centre we would recommend taking this option as your quickest and simplest route to vaccination.

It is likely the GP based vaccination service will continue to focus on the very elderly, the clinically vulnerable, and those with complex needs which make them unsuitable to be vaccinated at the mass vaccination centre. 

Please watch the national website for updates on when mass vaccination booking is opened up to groups 8 and 9 (over age 55, and over 50 respectively). 

Which priority group are you currently inviting?

As of 11th March 2021 we are currently inviting those groups highlighted in red below: 

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers 
  3. All those aged between 75 -79 years of age
  4. All those aged between 70-74 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 
  5. All those aged between 65- 69 years of age
  6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality 
  7. All those aged between 60 -64 years of age
  8. All those aged between 55- 59 years of age
  9. All those aged between 50 - 54 years of age

UPDATE:01/03/21

Please be aware - if you are in cohort 5 you will have received a national letters inviting you to use the National Booking Service to have the vaccine at either a vaccination centre or a community pharmacy. You do not need to contact the Surgery regarding this booking.

We are focusing on cohort 6, as instructed and we have over 2000 patients to contact. We ask that you do not call us to chase your vaccine, as this causes huge pressure on our already busy phone lines. Be rest assured, when we are ready to vaccinate you, you will be contacted  via text or we will call you.

Please also note, if you are booked for a covid vaccine with us but you cannot attend, please do let us know. We have experienced a few patients who did not notify us of their cancellation which places pressure on staff to book at the last minute to avoid vaccine wastage.

We are preparing for our next clinics and awaiting further information for when our next deliveries will be.

Please keep an eye on our website  for updates.

Which priority group are you currently inviting?

As of 1st March 2021 we are currently inviting those groups highlighted in red below: 

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers 
  3. All those aged between 75 -79 years of age
  4. All those aged between 70-74 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 
  5. All those aged between 65- 69 years of age
  6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality 
  7. All those aged between 60 -64 years of age
  8. All those aged between 55- 59 years of age
  9. All those aged between 50 - 54 years of age

 

UPDATE:15/02/21

Apologies for the delay in updates as you can see we have been busy vaccinating and are pleased to announce we have offered vaccines to all Cohorts 1-4 at CMP and visited all our care homes and the majority of our housebound patients, which we hope to complete this week.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Should supermarket staff be vaccinated? They see hundreds of different people every day who could be spreading Covid-19 with no symptoms and then go home to their families.

A. We understand that many people are anxious and keen to get the vaccine as soon as possible so both they and their loved ones are protected from the virus.

Supermarket staff provide a vital role. However vaccination teams have to follow the guidance and rules that are set out for us by the NHS. Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The JCVI states the priority is to minimise Covid-19 deaths as much as possible and to protect our health and social care staff and systems. Evidence shows the older you are the more at risk you are from COVID-19 so the vaccination rollout to patients is based on age.

Q. What priority groups are being vaccinated at present?

A. Locally, we have been working incredibly hard to roll out the vaccination programme and we reached the target of offering first doses of the vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups and those that for whatever reason could not have a vaccine will be offered again.

This includes care home residents and staff, residents over 70, frontline health and social care staff and people who have been shielding and classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Q. When are vaccinations for the over 65s likely to start?

A. This has already started and residents over 65yrs will be invited by NHS England to be vaccinated and they can also attend our local vaccination centre at Bridge Health Centre.

Please be reassured that you will be contacted when it is your turn to book your vaccination.

Some practices will call and some will send a text – please remember that the NHS does not charge for the vaccination.

Q. Why are we vaccinating young health care workers before clinically vulnerable?

A. Patient-facing health and social care staff have been prioritised because they are more at risk of exposure to the virus. Also, protecting health and social care staff from the virus, also helps to protect the people they care for too.

We are pleased to say that many local healthcare workers have already been vaccinated, which will protect our vulnerable patients. These staff will still need to be thinking ‘hands, face, space’ at all times, wearing the correct PPE and washing their hands regularly.

In Canterbury, many clinically extremely vulnerable people have already been vaccinated, but if you believe you should have been vaccinated already, please contact the practice and ask them to double check your medical records.

Q. Why is there nothing in place for shielding people’s families? They have to go to work every day with the fear of bringing the virus home.

A. We understand it has been a worrying time for anyone who is shielding or their families, but all local patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable should now have been offered an appointment for a vaccination.

If you are still waiting for a vaccination appointment, please contact your GP practice. As stated above, the decisions about who should be prioritised for vaccinations are made nationally, and at the moment people living in a household with those who are extremely clinically vulnerable are not included in the top priority groups– although in some cases family members may be eligible in their own right.

Q. I am classed as vulnerable person who suffers from type-2 diabetes and chronic pain. How long will it be before I am contacted?

A. Please be reassured that you will be contacted very soon. We are trying to get through each priority group as quickly as we can.

Please make sure you look after yourself, follow the national rules and of course think about ‘hands, face, space’ at all times.

Q. Why are we not vaccinating teachers and kids so they can return to school?

A. This is not a decision that is made at a local level in Canterbury

The NHS is currently prioritising vaccinating those people who leading national experts (JCVI) have agreed will benefit from it the most.

We are totally committed to vaccinating all groups that we are able to as swiftly as possible, and this includes planning as groups such as this when the time comes.

Q. When will people who look after their vulnerable partner get their vaccine?

A. Vaccination centres have to follow the rules that are set out for us by the NHS.

Many people who are unpaid workers looking after loved ones will fall into priority group six (adults in at risk groups and carers).

We are moving to vaccinate priority group five and six (people 65 and over) and those at risk and carers from this week.

 

No. of Covid-19 Vaccine Doses administered across Canterbury South PCN from 21st December 2020 to 14th February 2021= 6030 doses

 

The order in which the vaccination programme will be rolled out in Canterbury:

As of the week commencing 1st March we are currently inviting patients in Group 6 for their COVID vaccination.

 

Please see below a few images taken during our COVID-19 Vaccination Programme: 

UPDATE:14/01/21

Which priority group are you currently inviting?

 

As of 14th January 2021 we are currently inviting those highlighted in red below: 

  • 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

How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?

We are contacting patients by telephone mostly and will send letters to those we are unable to get hold of

If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?

If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call your surgery to cancel so that we can invite someone else.

There will be home visits for housebound patients and care homes. We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.

You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.

The vaccination programme will take several months to work through everyone, so it could be some time before you are contacted. If you would like to find out more information about the Kent and Medway vaccination programme please click here

 

In the meantime, it is as important as ever to maintain social distancing, handwashing and wearing face coverings in public spaces.

 

You should be vaccinated if you are: 

  • an adult living or working in a care home for the elderly
  • a frontline healthcare worker
  • a frontline social care worker
  • a carer working in domiciliary care looking after older adults
  • aged 65 years and over
  • younger adults with long-term clinical conditions (see conditions below)

The vaccine will also be offered to adults with conditions such as:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • diabetes
  • dementia
  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • a kidney disease
  • a liver disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis
  • liver disease
  • have had an organ transplant
  • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • a neurological or muscle wasting condition
  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or having had your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
  • are severely mentally ill

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About The Vaccine

The vaccine is given in two doses three months apart. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of vaccine. The vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle of your upper arm.

Very common side effects include:

  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
  • feeling tired
  • headache
  • general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

Please click here for more information about the vaccine. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?

  • No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.

If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?

  • Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.

How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?

  • It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.

When will the second dose be given?

  • From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.

Can I pay for the vaccines privately?

  • No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.

 

 

Published: Dec 9, 2020