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 :
NHS providers vaccinating staff onsite.
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.
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.
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.
What are vaccines?
Concerns about AstraZeneca vaccine:
Professor Wei Shen Lim, COVID-19 Chair for Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said:
"Safety remains our number one priority. We have continued to assess the benefit-risk balance of COVID-19 vaccines in light of UK infection rates and the latest information from the MHRA on the extremely rare event of blood clots and low platelet counts following vaccination.
"As COVID-19 rates continue to come under control, we are advising that adults aged 18 to 39 years with no underlying health conditions are offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, if available and if it does not cause delays in having the vaccine. The advice is specific to circumstances in the UK at this time and maximises use of the wide portfolio of vaccines available.
"The COVID-19 vaccines have already saved thousands of lives and the benefit for the majority of the population is clear – if you are offered the vaccine, you should take it."
As a precautionary measure, anyone who has the following symptoms from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination is advised to seek prompt medical advice:
- a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
- a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
- a headache that is unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures
- a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
- shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain
Authorisation of Janssen vaccine
The MHRA announced on 28 May that the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen meets the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. The independent Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) has endorsed the MHRA’s decision.
Earlier this year, the single-dose vaccine was shown to be 67% effective overall in preventing COVID-19 infection and 85% effective in preventing severe disease or hospitalisation. 20 million doses of the vaccine have been secured for the UK and first deliveries are expected to arrive later this year. The JCVI will provide updated advice for the vaccine before doses become available.
Vaccines during pregnancy
Following recent JCVI guidance, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine. All vaccination sites offering the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines must ensure that pregnant women are able to book appointments at the same time as non-pregnant women, based on age and clinical group. PHE’s Green Book has been updated to reflect this advice and can be found here.
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
- pdf What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination (378 KB)
- pdf COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting (197 KB)
- pdf A guide to Phase 2 of the programme (1.01 MB)
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
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.
Further resources of COVID-19 vaccine leaflets in alternative languages can be accessed here.
Further resources of COVID-19 vaccine leaflets in Easy Read formats can be accessed here.