Covid Vaccinations in Morecambe Bay
Since the Pfizer vaccine got the green light from regulators, health service staff have been working around the clock to manage the huge scale logistical challenge of deploying this and the additional vaccines approved since.
There are three main ways in which the vaccine will be delivered:
• Hospital Hubs - NHS providers vaccinating staff onsite.
• Vaccination Centres - Large scale centres such as sports and conference venues set up for high volumes of people.
• Local Vaccination Services - Community/primary care-led in local venues and via GP practices
You may already be aware the Hospital Hubs are already delivering the vacination as are our GP practices working with their colleagues in their Primary Care Networks.
We are aware there are many questions you may want to ask before attending for your appointment we have therefore prepared a list of what we think will be the most frequently asked which you can access here.
Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services in Lancashire and South Cumbria, including the large Vaccination Centres and, in the near future, pharmacies.
People who are eligible, live near these new vaccination services and who haven’t already been vaccinated by their local GP led vaccination services or hospital hub, will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.
The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter please only use the information in the letter to make an appointment for yourself this cannot be used for other family members.
If you receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service and you book an appointment,and make sure you attend it. The sooner you get your vaccination, when eligible, the earlier you will be protected from Covid-19.
Vaccination centres offer an important additional option for people who are eligible, and we expect more sites to be available across Lancashire and South Cumbria in the coming days and weeks.
Please don’t delay having your vaccine, but if you can’t travel to a vaccination centre or you would rather wait for an appointment closer to home, you can choose to do that, and your local GP-led service will be in touch soon to offer an alternative.
The vaccine is being given at the following locations in Morecambe Bay:
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (all hospital sites)
GP Primary Care Network sites
Alfred Barrow Health Centre, Barrow-in-Furness
Ulverston Community Health Centre, Ulverston
Lunesdale Surgery, Kirkby Lonsdale
Captain French Surgery, Kendal
Grange Health Centre, Grange-over-Sands
Health Innovation Campus (Lancaster University), Lancaster
Mazuma Stadium, Morecambe
We are continuing to vaccinate patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.
Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.
We are looking for people to get involved in the programme in a number of different roles including paid employment and volunteering opportunities.
The task is huge so we are working with our partners accross the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) and East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust are leading the process for us, though roles will be availlable across in north Lancashire and south Cumbria.
You can find out more by visiting the https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CovidVaccination website