Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme
The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.
Please do not contact the practice over any vaccination queries or try to book through the practice as this will stop patients with medical conditions being able to get through.
You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.
We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.
We will be working with all our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All these appointments will be added to the National Booking System. We encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
In terms of any planned appointments with Moss Side Medical Centre, there are no changes at the current time, and everyone should attend your planned appointments (telephone and face to face) as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
See more about the vaccination programme in our local area, including the vaccination services: NHS Central Lancashire CCGs – Get your jab or visit the Government website here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
COVID-19 guidance in local healthcare settings to remain until further notice
Following the end to mandatory social distancing and mask wearing in daily life on 19 July, please be advised that if you are visiting a healthcare setting such as GP surgery, community clinic or hospital, you will still be required to wear a facemask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
We are still seeing rising cases of COVID-19 in our communities and in admission to our local hospitals so despite the easing of restrictions in our daily lives, we must continue to follow a rigorous process in health and care settings to keep our patients and our colleagues safe.
Despite any changes coming into force from Monday 19 July in the community, current guidance remains in place in hospitals, GP and other primary care buildings and services in central Lancashire, and will not change at this time.
Therefore, all health and social care staff, volunteers, patients and visitors will still be required to continue to follow the below:
- HANDS: Wash hands regularly with soap and water or hand gel if hand washing facilities are not available
- FACE: Wear a face covering in practice buildings
- SPACE: Stay at least 2m away from people wherever possible and ensure you follow the social distancing measures in place
Thank you for helping us continue to keep our patients and staff safe during these continued challenging times.
Book or manage a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:
- aged 50 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
- a frontline health or social care worker
You’ll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it’s been at least 6 months (180 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.
To find out if you are eligible to book visit the NHS website: NHS Covid Vaccination Booster booking site
The NHS App will be the UK Official App for proof of Covid-19 Vaccination where a specific section for this purpose will be available from May 17.
Please note that the NHS app is different to the NHS Covid-19 app.
Please visit the gov.uk website for information on how to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you’ve had the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad. This also includes details of how to obtain a letter to show your vaccination status.
Please DO NOT contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GP’s cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, (which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions).
Alternatively 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 7 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 7 days to reach you.