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Coronavirus Vaccinations

CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION PROGRAMME – FAR LANE MEDICAL CENTRE

We cannot currently reply to emails regarding the coronavirus vaccination.

Please do not email or phone the practice regarding this matter. Please await a call from either Far Lane Medical Centre, a vaccination centre or a letter from NHS England.

We appreciate all our patients are anxiously awaiting their invite for the Covid 19 vaccination programme but please refrain from contacting the surgery regarding the Coronavirus Vaccination Programme. We can assure you no patient will be missed and everyone will be contacted by NHS England or a member of the Admin Team from Far Lane Medical Centre.  We thank you for your patience during this difficult and stressful time for all.

Vaccination Centre Invitation

If you have received a letter from the national booking system about a vaccination appointment and have any questions about this, please contact the number on the letter. The practice does not have any information on the centres and is not able to book appointments for patients at these venues.

These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres that has been opened, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare.

You can also book your Coronavirus Vaccination via the national booking portal.  The link is: Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) This is very quick and easy if you have access to a computer or a family member can help you book.

Housebound Patients

Far Lane Medical Centre’s housebound patients will be vaccinated by a designated team from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.  All patients have been added to a waiting list and this has been passed on to the vaccination team.  If you feel you need to be added to this list then please contact the reception team.  They can check for you or add you to the list.

Key messages for clinically vulnerable patients in cohort 6

Clinically vulnerable people are being vaccinated in cohort 6. The JCVI defines clinically vulnerable people as those with:  

  • Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma 
  • Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease) 
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • Chronic liver disease 
  • Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy 
  • Down’s syndrome 
  • Severe and profound learning disability 
  • Diabetes 
  • Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients 
  • People with specific cancers 
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment 
  • Asplenia and splenic dysfunction 
  • Very obese (BMI of 40 or above) 
  • Severe mental illness (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disease) 

GP practices will be working through their lists of patients and will contact them when they are eligible and have supply of the vaccine.

Please don’t be worried if you or a family member is in one of the priority groups and hasn’t heard anything so far.

You might know others in the other priority groups who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that does not mean that you or your relative are a lower priority or have been forgotten.

This is the biggest vaccination programme in UK history and this is one of the biggest cohorts of patients which means it will take time to vaccinate all the eligible people. 

Supply of the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are coming through in small batches, which means we are rolling it out in waves.  This means you may be contacted at short notice to attend your vaccination.

The NHS is working hard to vaccinate as many people in this group as quickly as possible and many more people will be invited in.

Thank you for your patience.

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