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COVID Booster and 3rd Dose Vaccination Information

You will be aware that some people are becoming eligible for a Covid Booster vaccination.  This will be available to all those in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI guidance which was used for the first phase of the vaccination programme and will be Pfizer unless a patient suffered a previous allergic reaction to the Pfizer jab:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care work
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over

This will take place no earlier than six months after the second dose was received. All patients over 50 and at least six months post vaccination are being identified and contacted to come forward and there is no need to contact your GP. The NHS will be in touch when you are eligible.

Patients may be contacted by the National Booking Service and invited to book their booster vaccination at a vaccination site or alternatively they can wait to hear from their GP if they would prefer.

If feasible patients may receive their flu and covid booster vaccinations at the same time but if you are invited for one or the other please don't wait – come forward to receive the vaccination that you have been offered to ensure maximum protection.

Some patients will be due a third dose as part of their initial vaccination programme particularly those who are immunocompromised. Hospitals and GP Practices are working together to identify those patients that are eligible for a 3rd dose. This will be at least 8 weeks following their 2nd dose and they will then be offered a booster 6 months after the 3rd dose. The Pfizer vaccine is being used for all 3rd doses unless there has been an allergic reaction to it previously. This group of patients is complicated to identify and they will be contacted as soon as possible.

Vaccinations for 16 - 17 year olds

We are aware that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended the extension of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to 16 and 17 year olds. We are awaiting further guidance from NHS England on when the programme will commence and how the vaccinations will be administered to this age group.

Please do not contact your GP – eligible young people will be contacted when the programme commences to advise on the next steps.

Proof of Vaccine Enquiries

From 17 May international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119. Please do not contact your GP practice. You can find out more at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-traffic-light-list-ahead-of-cautious-return-to-international-travel


Scam warning

We have been receiving a lot of calls today from patients who have received a letter about covid vaccination asking them for lots of personal information, including their bank details.

We would NEVER ask for your bank details. We have informed the police about this, but would be grateful if you could share the information about this scam far and wide to protect patients and also allow our phone lines to not be overrun with these queries.

Please send any examples of such letters to report@phishing.gov.uk

Thank you


MASHAMSHIRE COMMUNITY OFFICE
RIPON VACCINATION CENTRE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We now have confirmation of a more local Vaccination Centre in Ripon. Mashamshire Community Office has been asked to recruit and co-ordinate volunteers to support the Ripon centre.

This is going to be a big job - the more people who can help, the more we can share the load between us.

There's been lots of speculation about the location, but it will actually be at Ripon Racecourse and will be getting up and running as soon as next week. Plans are still coming together but this is what we know so far:

  • We need a team of marshals to support a day a week
  • Likely to be needed from 2nd week in Feb
  • Days could vary but Tue or Wed have been suggested
  • Two sessions- 8am - 1.15pm and 1pm - 6pm
  • 10 volunteers needed per session
  • Duties include directing traffic and guiding people once inside
  • All PPE and hi-vis will be provided
  • DBS check not required

If you would like to volunteer or require more information, please contact Sarah McCourt on 01765 680200 or email mco@visitmasham.com

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