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 text you receive may be from Sherard Road PMS, this is not a scam. 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. Greenwich Health is trying to expand the locations it delivers vaccination over time.
In addition this local service, there is the National COVID 19 Vaccination booking service. This service will write to you and perhaps call you, offering an appointment at one of the local mass vaccination sites, currently Queen Elizabeth Hospital- Woolwich and the Excel Centre in East London. In addition they can offer appointments at the Woolwich Late night Pharmacy or Well Hall Road Pharmacy in Eltham.
You may get invitations from both Greenwich Health and the National COVID Vaccination booking service. We know this is confusing, but it is to ensure no one is missed and patients have choice.
It is your choice which centre you book into. You do not have to go to mass vaccination sites or pharmacists, you can wait to be vaccinated in Eltham.
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.
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.
The NHS has completed inviting all those in priority groups 1 to 4 as of 15/02/2020. If you are in those groups and for whatever reason did not have the vaccination and now want it. Please call the practice and we will give you details of the local vaccination hub in Eltham. Alternatively you can book your vaccination and one of the mass vaccination sites or pharmacists by booking on line at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or you can call 119 to book.
As of the 15/02/2020 the NHS will start inviting priority groups 5 and 6, you will be contacted in time for an appointment at the Eltham GP vaccination hub by Greenwich Health or at one of the mass vaccination sites or local pharmacies. Please wait to be contacted.
It will not be possible to use the National NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service if you haven’t received an invitation letter or are not in priority groups 1 to 4. Doing so risks someone who has not being able to get through and book their appointment.
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:
· 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.
If you are still unsure about the vaccination scheme more information can be found here- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ or please contact the practice using the ask the reception a question form on our website - https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/thamesmead-medical-associates/topic/1494 or buy giving the reception a call.