We have been asked by NHS England to start delivering the COVID 19 mass vaccination programme from 18 December. This will be done by working together with other local GP Practices to provide the vaccines.
To enable everyone to get a vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established so the vaccine can be delivered to groups who need it first.
We are working hard to plan the delivery of COVID 19 vaccinations. We are in the process of contacting non-housebound patients aged 80 years and OVER to book their appointments.
If you are not aged 80 or over, please do not contact the surgery, we will be in touch when we reach your cohort defined by NHS England;
This priority list is as follows:
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 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 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 60 years of age and over
8 all those 55 years of age and over
9 all those 50 years of age and over
If you would like some more information regarding the COVID 19 vaccination please click below; https://midessexccg.nhs.uk/medicines-optimisation/covid-19-resources/covid-19-vaccination-resources/covid-19-vaccine-leaflets/3947-phe-11843-covid-19-guide-for-adults/file
We understand this is a worrying time for everyone, and there may be particular concerns for people who support someone living with dementia. The NHS in your area has been working with Essex County Council and other local organisations, including community and voluntary groups, to identify and reach out to people like you – people living with dementia and people who care for them.
By making welfare calls to you, we can find out more about your needs and help people to avoid reaching the point of crisis. The initial contact will come from the Alzheimer’s Society through their Dementia Support Workers (who are professionally trained).
They will ask how you are doing and discuss possible worries you have, for example:
- The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and how you can reduce the risk to you and others
- Getting access to food and medicine
- Seeking advice and help from your GP or pharmacy
- What happens if you or the person you support becomes unwell
- Making contact and staying in touch with family and friends
- Activities that you can do with your loved ones to take your minds off things
These calls will help the Dementia Support Workers to offer appropriate support or give you contact details of other organisations who can help you with your particular needs. We want you to know that the NHS and our partners are here for you and will help you get the support you need.
If you need more information or are worried about being contacted, especially in light of possible telephone scams, we are happy to clarify any doubts that you may have. You can contact us on email@example.com
If you or someone you care for is worried about novel coronavirus and needs advice or support, please call the Dementia Connect support line on 01245 260911 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm).