COVID-19 Information

Getting your COVID-19 booster

In response to the national effort to protect people against the Omicron variant, the NHS is working to offer everyone aged 18 and over the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of December.

 

You can now have your booster 3 months after your second dose and we will contact you when it is your turn. We will be prioritising people according to their age so please do not contact the practice for an appointment until you are invited.

 

Alternatively, you can book an appointment at a community or pharmacy vaccination centre using the NHS National Booking Service. You can book online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. The service is currently very busy but more appointments are being added all the time so please keep checking back if you can’t get an appointment as quickly as you would like.

COVID-19 Vaccination Passports

If travelling from May 17th you may be required to prove your COVID-19 vaccination status. This can be accessed using the NHS App or if you don’t have access to a smartphone then you can contact 119 for a paper copy. For further information please follow this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

COVID-19 Vaccinations

For any questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination, please follow this link to FAQs published Kirklees CCG. 

https://www.kirkleesccg.nhs.uk/your-health/health-campaigns/covid-19-vaccination/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions/

COVID-19 and pregnancy

Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine Update for Patients

The Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations has updated its guidance for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. It has recommended that people under 40 are offered an alternative vaccination where available and where this will not cause delays to people having the vaccine.

This follows ongoing reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Both the JCVI and MHRA have emphasised that the risk is extremely small – just over 10 people in every million have developed this condition - and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.

However, given current vaccines supplies and that infection rates are increasingly coming under control in the UK, the JCVI has recommended taking this precautionary measure for younger people. This takes into account that this rare condition is seen more often in younger people and that the risks from COVID-19 decrease with age.

The latest guidance is as follows:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination. Having the second dose is very important as it will give you higher and longer lasting protection.
  • People over 40 or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • People aged 18-39 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. It is important that you have the vaccination as soon as possible to protect you and to reduce the chance of passing on the virus.
  • People under 40 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

Please see the updated leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

Leaflet on COVID-19 Vaccination and Blood Clotting

 

Have I got Cold, Flu or COVID-19?

SYMPTOMS

COVID-19

COLD

FLU

ALLERGIES

FEVER

Common

Rare

Common

Sometimes

TIREDNESS

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

COUGH

Common

Mild

Common (dry)

Sometimes

SNEEZING

No

Common

No

Common

ACHES & PAIN

Sometimes

Common

Common

No

RUNNY NOSE

Rare

Common

Sometimes

Common

SORE THROAT

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

No

DIARRHOEA

Rare

No

Sometimes

No

HEADACHE

Sometimes

Rare

Common

Sometimes

ADDITIONAL

Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell

Sinus congestion / watery eyes

 

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine will always be available free of charge.

The NHS will NEVER ask you to share your bank details to confirm your identity.

Privacy Notice for National COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Programmes

NHS England has established a centralised service for the management of both the COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccination programmes. This service is supported by a central system, the Immunisation Management System.

When you attend for your Covid-19 vaccination a record will be made that you have been vaccinated and when. Normally, vaccinations are undertaken in GP settings. However, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine is being undertaken in a variety of care settings.  

NHS England is responsible for processing your personal data for the purposes of the national vaccination programme. To find out more, you can access the NHS England privacy notice at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/privacy-notice/.