COVID-19 Vaccinations For Our Patients
Update 13th April 2021
We have now vaccinated over 15,000 people in Didcot and are starting to do second vaccinations on those patients who are due their second jab.
When will I be vaccinated?
Age 45-54 – you may receive an invitation from the practice or from one of the mass immunisation clinics. Please book whichever one is most convenient for you
- Age 65 years and older: You should have received an invitation to the mass immunisation clinics and to the local service. Please contact your GP practice if you haven't yet been vaccinated.
- Age 60-64: You should have received an invitation to the mass immunisation clinics. People who have not taken up that offer will be contacted this week to have the option of coming to our local clinics.
- Age 55-59: You should have received an invitation to the mass immunisation clinics. We hope to also offer you a local option in the next 2-3 weeks.
- Age 18 - 64 with underlying health conditions: We are now inviting all remaining patients in this group.
- Age 16-17 with underlying health conditions. Only the Pfizer vaccine is licensed for this age group, and our current clinics are using AstraZeneca vaccine. We are waiting for clarification as to how vaccination for this age group will be managed.
Adult Household contacts of Immunosuppressed patients
Adult household contacts are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This is because the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently advised that adult household contacts of adults, over 16 years of age, with severe immunosuppression should be offered COVID-19 vaccination. This aims to reduce the risk of infection by vaccinating those most likely to transmit to immunosuppressed patients, as even though they may have received their COVID-19 vaccination, they may have lower protection from the vaccine given that they are immunosuppressed.
We are able to offer a vaccine to household contacts over the age of 30. As soon as vaccine for patients under the age of30 becomes available we will invite you to be vaccinated.
- People recorded as carers in their medical records are now being invited.
- People receiving carers allowance or recorded as carers in their medical records will also receive an invitation to the mass immunisation clinics.
- People who are household members of someone clinically vulnerable rather than their main carer will not be prioritised for vaccination and will need to wait until their group's turn.
- We are not immunising on the basis of occupation. We continue to receive requests to do this, but the answer will be no, so it's better to avoid disappointment by not contacting us to ask.
- If you think you are in the category of health and social care workers that should have been prioritised, but have been missed, your employer should contact: email@example.com .
- We will invite you for a second dose 11 - 12 weeks after your first dose. We're not able to do this until we've had vaccine supplies and delivery dates confirmed, so you may only hear from us the week before.
- We won't be able to give second doses early to accommodate holiday plans, as our deliveries will be timed to when first doses were given.
- We hope to be starting second dose immunisations in the week commencing 22nd March. This will be with the Pfizer vaccine for patients who had their first dose in the week commencing 4th January. This vaccine must be used within 3 days of receipt, so we have very little leeway with when to run the clinics.
Worried about Astra Zeneca Vaccine?
Here are some answers to questions you may have
Can the AstraZeneca cause blood clots in the disabled?
The blood clots in question are different from your usual type of blood clot – they seem to be a rare immune response which makes platelets clump together, which can cause clots because the platelets are stuck together and make your blood clot, and can also make you bleed because you’ve used up all your platelets. The cases so far have mainly been in healthy people with no underlying health conditions.
If I am disabled, do I have to have the second dose AstraZeneca, like my first? Or, will I be offered a different vaccine?
If you are over 30 you will not have the choice of a different vaccine currently, and the evidence seems to be that any adverse reaction to AstraZeneca is less with the second dose, so it is a very safe option for those that tolerated the first dose ok.
If the elderly and disabled are susceptible to blood clots, are test done on this group regularly to ensure that they receive injections etc to counteract the blood clotting effect?
It’s not the same blood clotting effect that you get from long haul flights / obesity / smoking etc, it’s a rare immune response, so people at increased risk of ‘normal’ blood clots don’t seem to be at increased risk of developing this immune reaction. You can get the same immune clotting reaction to blood thinning injections, so these won’t be used, nor is there any advice to use any other medication after the vaccination.
What alternatives do I have, if I don’t want the AstraZeneca?
None currently if you’re over 30. But in some ways there aren’t better alternatives out there – there have been 2 cases of this syndrome following Pfizer vaccination, and more cases of anaphylaxis with Pfizer. This is a very rare condition, so for any new vaccine we’ll need to give several million doses before we know whether it’s better, the same, or worse – effects this rare don’t tend to show up in clinical trials. What is clear is that your risk of a blood clot is significantly higher if you do get Covid, as is your chance of death with Covid if you’re over 30 or have an underlying health condition.