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COVID Vaccination Information Posted on 18 Jan 2021

 

COVID 19 Vaccinations

Vaccinations will be given at our local hub which is located in Eltham, this is run by Greenwich Health our local GP federation. You will be contacted directly via text if we have a mobile number for you on record. The quickest and easiest way is to follow the link in the text to book your appointment. If you do not have a mobile or internet access you will receive a telephone call from Greenwich Health to book you an appointment for the vaccine. Greenwich Health will give you all the relevant information when the appointment is booked.

If you need to update your contact details or you are worried they are incorrect, please use the change of address online form on our website https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/thamesmead-medical-associates/topic/1490 or call our reception team to check and/or change. Having the correct contact details for you is important for this vaccination scheme.

The text you receive may be from Conway PMS, this is not a scam.

Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. - The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

 

The order of priority for Vaccination is;

1.       older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers

2.       all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care worker.

3.       all those 75 years of age and over

4.       all those 70 years of age and over and those who are extremely clinical vulnerable (shielding)- not all pregnant women and not children under 16

5.       all those 65 years of age and over

6.       16 to 64 year olds with serious underlying health conditions

      (see - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020#fn:2)

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

10.   rest of the population (priority to be determined)

 

There is no way to bypass these priority groupings as this is a government directive. As you can imagine it will take some time to get through the groupings so you must remain patient. 

 

You may also receive a letter from the government inviting you to a national COVID vaccination hub, in London this is at the EXCEL centre in East London. You can book this online or by phone as per the letter you receive.

It will not be possible to use the National NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service if you haven’t received an invitation letter. Doing so risks someone who has not being able to get through and book their appointment.

 

It is your choice which centre you book into (national or local). You do not have to go to the EXCEL centre you can wait to be vaccinated in Eltham. 

 

We are unable to give vaccinations at either of the health centres and you will only be given the option of Eltham or Excel Centre. It is a government directive that vaccines must be given via the hubs. 

 

 

 Housebound patients will be dealt with by separate service and you will be contacted directly when the service has been set up. 

 

Staff across the NHS and the Royal Borough of Greenwich council are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care. The public have an important part to play to help them do this:

·  please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;

·  when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;

·  and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

 

 

 

More information on the COVID 19 vaccination programme can be found here - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/