Third dose recommended for severely immunosuppressed
Why are some people being offered a third dose of the vaccine?
The JCVI has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second Covid-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose. This is an extra ‘top-up’ dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against Covid-19. It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.
When will people who are severely immunosuppressed be offered their third dose?
Consultants have been asked to identify eligible patients and recommend when the best time would be for them to have their third dose. Patients will be contacted either by their consultant or GP to arrange their vaccination, starting from mid-September.
Vaccination of healthy children and young people aged 12-15 years old
For information only
A first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to all children and young people aged 12-15.
Please visit the following link to access the easy read vaccination leaflet for at risk children and young people Visit the GOV.uk website for easy-read resources for children and young people receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
Please do not contact the surgery, we will be in contact.
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccination.
The vaccine will be offered first to the following groups (who are more at risk of coronavirus):
GOV.UK has published an offical priority list which can be read below:
JCVI priority groups for vaccinations (including specific information for shielding patients, children, those with underlying health conditions and mitigating inequalities) Here.
Maternity - women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding,here.
Worried about the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine?
I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it?
Some European countries have temporarily paused the use of the vaccine as a precautionary measure, following reports of blood clots in a small number of people who had recently had the vaccine.
However, there is no evidence that the blood clots have been caused by the vaccine and the UK regulator, the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority, has said that they are confident the vaccine is safe. This is supported by both the European Medicines Agency (the European regulator for medicines and vaccines) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), who have said the vaccine should is safe and should continue be given.
There were 30 reports of clots among almost five million people given the vaccine across Europe but this is actually less than the number that would be expected to happen naturally. Following the concerns regarding blood clots, AstraZeneca has conducted a review of all safety data, which has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots. This covered more than 17 million people vaccinated in the UK and European Union.
The UK is further ahead its vaccination programme than any other country in the world and so far over 20 million people in England have been vaccinated. It is very important that people still have their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so. This is the only protection available against the serious illness caused by Covid-19, which has sadly led to the death of millions of people around the world, and people will continue to be at risk from the disease if they do not take up the offer of a vaccine.
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world.
Vaccines will only be used if they are approved by the MHRA. The MHRA has been monitoring every stage of coronavirus vaccine development. So far, thousands of people have been given a coronavirus.
The NHS website also has further information about the vaccine, available here. This includes the following line about vaccine safety.
What to do if you have Symptoms:
If you have any of these symptoms get a test now and self-isolate.
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a changer or loss in sense of taste or smell
DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19
Use If you don’t have access to the internet, you can order a test by phoning 119.
Read the advice about staying at home.
How to Protect You and Your Family
Wash your hands regularly. Using Soap and water. If you have no access to water use hand sanitizer.
Cover your face in all public areas. Use a face mask/ shiels or scarf.
Leave at least 2 meters between you and other members of the public.
Dowload the NHS COVID-19 App.
We Are Still Open
Many people who need primary or even urgent/emergency care are worried about accessing local services due to the pandemic. However, not accessing the right care at the right time can see illness and injury worsen, requiring more advanced treatment when these could be dealt with far earlier.
Patients who attend A&E at Bradford Royal Infirmary for minor conditions will be redirected to other services. The idea is to help make sure emergency care is prioritised for those patients who need it. We advise patients to call 111 for non urgent problems.
I have a referral to the hospital, when will I be seen?
Due to COVID, all routine referrals may have a long waiting time. Please expect delays. You may also be offered telephone appointments in the first instance by the hospital as to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Should you want to chase your appointment if it has been a long time, please contact the patient booking service on 01274 274274
Do not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.
This is called self-isolation.
If you are self-isolating, for 14 days you must:
- not leave your home for any reason
- not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
- not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
If you do not have symptoms or live with someone who does, you should only leave your home if absolutely necessary.
For more information on social distancing - click here
Isolation Sick Note
To get an isolation note NHS website https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Appointment at a Red Hub – What to expect and what you need to do now
A Red Hub is our way of managing the urgent primary medical needs of patients who have possible symptoms of coronavirus, or are self-isolating as part of a household.
These hubs will look after you if you have an urgent medical problem that does not require treatment at a hospital and would normally be provided by your own family doctor (GP).
If you have been booked an appointment at one of the sites in Bradford, you will have an initial telephone appointment with a GP from the Red Hub. You will then be booked a face to face appointment if you are:
- In urgent need of a face-to-face GP appointment (and the issue cannot be resolved by a telephone, video or e-consultation)
- Have possible symptoms of coronavirus
- Are self-isolating in a household
Hillside Bridge Health Centre
4 Butler Street West
Bradford, BD3 0BS
Please note: when your GP calls, this is likely to be from a withheld number – please answer your phone.