Infection Prevention Control guidance remains in primary care settings – updated 25th January 2022
Following the Government’s recent announcement that from next Thursday (27 January) face coverings will no longer be mandatory in public places, we want to remind all patients that the UK Health Security Agency’s infection prevention control (IPC) guidance remains in place for all staff and patients, in GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure that everyone is protected.
**Please continue to wear a face covering to keep staff and other patients safe**
Booster Covid Vaccines – Updated 30th November 2021
NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard says the expansion of booster jobs announced yesterday is “the biggest expansion” of the vaccination programme to date – with an additional 7m people under 40 now eligible for a third jab.
She says the priority order will be: vulnerable people, over-40s and older people, then younger age groups.
She urges people not to contact the NHS about their jab, adding: “We will let you know when it’s your turn.”
COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME – Updated 12th November 2021
- Clarification regarding booster dose timescales. Following national media coverage of the Government announcement over the last few days that eligible people can now pre-book their booster appointment through the National Booking Service after 5 months have passed since their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we understand that there has been some confusion among patients with regards to the timescales for booster doses.
We can confirm that booster doses are still being offered after at least 182 days have passed since an eligible patient’s second dose. Patients who are in the eligible groups can pre-book before this time by visiting www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. Whilst they can pre-book after 5 months, or 152 days, have passed since their second dose, they will only be offered appointments from 6 months (182 days) after their second dose.
Patients who wish to walk in for their booster, which is currently possible at the Queensgate vaccination centre in Peterborough, should not walk in before they have reached the 182-day mark since their second dose. To avoid disappointment, please do advise patients that they can only get their booster dose after 182 days, as patients who turn up before this time will be turned away.
Third/Booster Covid vaccines – Updated 7th October 2021
We will not be providing booster vaccinations in the Practice, or via our PCN. You will receive an invite for your third vaccine via the National Booking Service. This invite will either come by text message or letter, no sooner than 182 days after your second vaccine. Please DO NOT contact the Surgery as we cannot book these appointments for you.
Update on vaccinations for 16-17 year olds – Updated 17th August 2021
16 and 17 year olds can now attend any mass vaccination walk in centre to be immunised. Details of your nearest vaccination centre can be found on the NHS website.
Teenagers within three months of turning 18 can book their vaccine appointment online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119. Around 100,000 texts are being sent to those eligible inviting them to book their jabs.
For the moment 16 and up to 17 3/4 will only be offered one jab. Anyone over 17 3/4 will be offered 2 jabs.
It may be decided at a later date to over 16 and 17 year olds a second jab
Update on vaccinations for 12-15 year olds – Updated 10th August 2021
Children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically vulnerable to Covid, or live with adults who are at an increased risk of serious illness, will be contacted by the NHS and invited to book their jabs in coming weeks to get their jabs – we have no firm information on this yet either.
**We understand that patients calling 119 are being told to ring their GP surgery, but I’m afraid at this stage we have no more information and are unable to help. Sorry**
Self-isolation and treating symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – Updated 9th August 2021
Please see below advice and links about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.
INFORMATION REGARDING COVID POSITIVE PREGNANT WOMEN – Updated 8th August 2021
We are seeing a large increase se in women requiring critical care support. Noting that all women who are requiring critical care have either not been vaccinated or only had one dose.
There seems to be a reluctance in the uptake of Covid vaccination in pregnant due to a variety of reasons including not being aware of the latest national guidance from the RCOG which recommends all pregnant women, post-natal and breast feeding women should receive the vaccine.
In additional MBRACE have recently published a report, rapid learning from Covid. This report covers the lessons learned to inform care from rapid reviews of the care of women who died with SARS-CoV-2 infection. They particularly highlight that protocols for assessment and monitoring of pregnant women with COVID-19 in the community should take account of known risk factors for severe disease in pregnancy as well as early intervention from a multidisciplinary team.
West Cambridgeshire GP Federation are delivering Walk-in COVD Vaccinations at the Charles Hicks Medical Centre on the 17th and 18th of July!! We have capacity to vaccinate 1,000 per day!!! PLEASE NOTE: only disabled parking will be available on site. Please use alternative local car park.
Get along Spread the word Get vaccinated!!
Update 15th June 2021
Papworth Surgery will shortly be withdrawing from the Covid-19 vaccination service. Our last clinic is on Saturday 19th June at the Charles Hicks Centre. Moving forward you will be able to book an appointment to have your second dose via the National Booking Service online at nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.
You will be asked for your name, postcode and NHS number (patients can still book if they do not have this) and then you will be offered a choice of appointments at one of the local Vaccination Centres or Pharmacy sites that are offering the same vaccine as you received for your first dose.
JCVI guidance recommends you receive your second dose between eight and 12 weeks after your first dose. However, if it has been over 12 weeks, you are still encouraged to book an appointment to receive your second dose to ensure you have maximum protection.
- Awaiting first dose?
Once eligible, patients will be invited by the National Booking Service to book an appointment at one of the local Vaccination Centres or Pharmacy sites online via nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.
For people under 40 without other health conditions, it is currently advised that it is preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. You can find out further information in the latest patient information leaflet.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and protects you and those around you. It is the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history and has already saved thousands of lives by preventing the spread of Covid-19. Please book your second dose today.
For further information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit nhs.uk/covidvaccine
COVID-19 Vaccination programme – update 9th May 2021
We have vaccinated thousands of our patients and are so grateful to all of our staff and local volunteers whose hard work, support and dedication has enabled us to help deliver the vaccine to our patients who are most at risk of Covid-19.
The vaccine programme is now in Phase 2 which will focus on cohorts 10 -12 (ages 18 – 49). Whilst we will continue to provide second doses to our patients who received their first dose through the practice, we have taken the decision to opt out of offering vaccination services for Phase 2 cohorts to enable us to focus on our day-to-day GP services.
Patients in cohorts 10 – 12 (ages 18-49) will be invited for their vaccine via a text or letter from the National Booking Service and will be able to book an appointment online via nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119 at one of the local Vaccination Centres.
Patients awaiting their second doses are asked not to contact the practice – we will contact you when it is the right time to book your appointment.
Any patient aged 40 and over or in cohort 1-10 who has not yet received their vaccine can book online via nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.
Whether you have had the vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.
Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including frequently asked questions and patient information leaflets here https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/.
COVID-19 Vaccination programme
We are delighted to advise that Huntingdon Primary Care Network (Acorn Surgery, Hicks Group Practice, Papworth Surgery and Priory Fields Surgery) have now started giving second doses of Covid vaccination to all eligible patients.
Please do NOT contact the Surgery regarding your second vaccination, unless you have been asked to do so, or unless you have received an invitation by text and have no access to the internet. We will contact you when it is your turn.
You might have to wait to have a vaccine, as every dose is needed to protect those at highest risk. You will be called in as soon as there is enough vaccine available. Please don’t contact us to seek a vaccine before then.
If you have not yet been approached about having the Covid-19 vaccine, please read the information: why you are being asked to wait. You can also find further information on the Covid-19 vaccine here.
Even after vaccination you must continue to abide by all the social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
Please be advised that because of supplying staff to the Covid vaccination clinics we are often operating with a reduced workforce of clinicians, so we may not have as many appointments available as usual.