COVID-19 - Vaccination Programme

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Information about the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Morecambe Bay,  including primary care updates, FAQs and links to patient information, leaflets and forms.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Morecambe Bay

As an increasing number of vaccines get the green light from regulators, health service staff have been working around the clock to manage the huge scale logistical challenge of deploying them. There are three main ways in which the vaccine is being delivered :

 

Hospital Hubs

Hospital Hubs

NHS providers vaccinating staff onsite.

Vaccination Centres

Vaccination Centres

Centres such as sports and conference venues set up for high volumes of people.

Local Vaccination Services

Local Vaccination Services

Community/primary care-led in local venues and via GP practices.

 

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, are now receiving letters from the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.

PHE COVID vaccination priority poster5 Click to expand

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 it’s important that you make sure you attend. The sooner you get your vaccination, when eligible, the earlier you will be protected from COVID-19.

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 to offer an alternative.

Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups as detailed by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Please do not contact your GP practice if you haven’t received an invite yet. They are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs their help from getting through. They will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.

 

 

Important information if you’ve had the vaccination:

You must continue to follow the guidelines after you have had your first and second vaccines.

Keep reducing your contact. Follow the hands, face and space guidance. This is to make sure that while you have protection you don’t pass it on to other people. The government will let us know when the guidance and rules relax. For now we must do all we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

What are vaccines? 

 

Concerns about AstraZeneca vaccine:

Dr Phil Bryan, MHRA Vaccines Safety Lead said:

A government spokesperson said:

"The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives.

As the MHRA – the UK’s independent regulator – and the JCVI have said, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults.

Everybody who has already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same brand, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts from their first vaccination.

The government will follow today’s updated advice, which sets out that, as a precaution, it is preferable for people under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible.

When people are called forward, they should get their jab. Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against COVID-19.

We are very grateful for the work of our world-leading regulator and our expert advisors as they continue to address this issue.

More than 37 million jabs overall have already been administered, and we are on track to offer jabs to all over 50s by 15 April and all adults by the end of July."

 

Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine

To view updated information about recieving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.

 

Vaccine Information Leaflets 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why haven’t I been invited for a vaccination yet?

The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most. We will let you know when it is your turn to book your vaccination.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that the first priorities for any COVID-19 vaccination programme should be to minimise COVID-19 deaths and the protection of health and social care staff and systems. Current evidence strongly indicates that the single greatest risk of death from COVID-19 is increasing age and that the risk increases exponentially with age. With this in mind, the rollout to patients is based on age:

  • Those aged over 80 years
  • Those aged over 75 years
  • Those aged over 70 years
  • Adults on the NHS shielded patient list
  • Those aged over 65 years
  • Adults under 65 years with long term conditions

The rollout of the vaccination is accelerating. 

The public, and particularly our patient representatives, have an important part to play to help the NHS roll out the vaccination:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
  • When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives

In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 vaccination online at nhs.uk/covidvaccination.

Why are vaccines important?

Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill-health. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.

Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.

Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.

However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.

Can people pick which COVID-19 vaccine they want?

No. Any vaccines that the NHS provide will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while.  

 

For more frequently asked questions, please visit: Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website 

Get involved:

We are looking for people to get involved in the rollout of the vaccination programme in a number of different roles including paid employment and volunteering opportunities.

Our partner organisations accross the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) and East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust are leading on the process for us, with roles being available across North Lancashire and South Cumbria. 

Find out more here.

Alternative languages:

Further resources of COVID-19 vaccine leaflets in alternative languages can be accessed here.

Easy Read:

Further resources of COVID-19 vaccine leaflets in Easy Read formats can be accessed here.

Information for unpaid carers in Lancashire and South Cumbria:

Information for unpaid Carers in South Cumbria and North Lancashire can be accessed here.