Healthwatch Northumberland has published the following advice on the Covid-19 vaccination programme:
The Department of Health and Social Care advises everyone who is offered the Covid-19 vaccination to take it, as the best way of avoiding potential serious illness from the virus and helping to ease the current situation in the UK.
As the Covid-19 vaccination programme is now being rolled out for high priority groups, here are some ways you can be prepared ahead of your turn.
Make sure you are registered with a GP practice and that they have an up-to-date contact number for you or someone who they can speak to on your behalf – the first people to be called for the vaccine will be contacted by telephone, sometimes at short notice – as new batches of the vaccine arrive in Northumberland.
You won’t be forgotten
Your GP knows which priority group you are in and will not forget about you. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about your vaccination rather than call your surgery.
Listen out for the phone
In the first wave people will be contacted by telephone or text, so listen out for a call, and remember that the GP surgery’s number may be withheld when they call you. Check your answerphone regularly for messages, if you have one.
The first wave of vaccines will be given at one of ten vaccination centres across the county. Make plans now for how you will get to the centre when you are asked to attend, including plans for travel at different times of the day. Please note that the vaccination centre you are asked to attend may not be the one closest to your home.
Be on time
It’s really important that you arrive on time for your vaccination appointment to keep waiting times to a minimum. However, don’t arrive too early if you can help it as you won’t be seen earlier than your appointment time.
The government has asked GP practices to concentrate on giving as many patients as possible the first Covid-19 vaccination, as this approach will prevent more deaths and hospitalisations than vaccinating fewer people with two doses. Everyone will get their second vaccination but it will just take a little bit longer.
Your GP is there for you
GP surgeries are still open for business alongside the vaccination programme. If you are worried about a health condition or symptom, please don’t put off contacting your surgery for help and advice.
As the situation changes Healthwatch Northumberland will update this information so you know how best to prepare for your vaccination. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
Vaccination Centres in Northumberland:
- Wellclose Square, Berwick
- Alnwick Cricket Club
- Coquet Medical Group, Amble
- Lintonville Medical Group, Ashington
- Ashington Cricket Club
- Railway Medical Group, Blyth
- Brockwell Medical Group, Cramlington
- The Village Surgery, Cramlington
- Ponteland Medical Centre
- Hexham Primary Care Centre
Important: Please do not turn up at the centres without an appointment.
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
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Covid-19 Vaccinations - Be Prepared - Healthwatch Northumberland