As a practice and as part of the local Primary Care Network we are now nearing the end of the First Phast Priority Groups and this week have began inviting patients from Cohorts 7, 8 and 9 which is "all those 50 years of age and over".
Please do attend for a vaccine appointmennt if invited. NHS England have advised that the Covid-19 Vaccine is safe and effective and will give you the best protection against coronavirus.
It was realised this morning that a small number of patients from Cohort 7 were invited for a Covid Vaccination incorrectly.
We do apologise for our error and any distress this may have caused to our patients.
The practice is currently inviting patients who are in Cohort 5 (over 65 - 69 years) and Cohort 6 (16-65 years old with underlying health conditions) .
Once again , we are sorry for any distress this may have caused and thank you very much for your understanding.
Having successfully vaccinated those over 80 years of age, we have turned our attention to making safe all those over 70 years and those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. This has only been made possible by the tireless combined efforts of the teams from ten East Devon Practices:
- Claremont Medical Practice
- Raleigh Surgery
- Haldon House Surgery
- Imperial Medical Practice
- Rolle Medical Partnership
- Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre
- Woodbury Surgery
- Honiton Surgery
- Coleridge Medical Centre
- Sid Valley Practice
Working together, we have conducted clinics at Exmouth Tennis Centre, Elderly Care Homes, Learning Disability Care Homes and home visits to our housebound patients. This combined effort has delivered over 25,000 vaccine doses - with our highest daily total being over 3,000 doses in a single day!
We are delighted to let you know that we have been able to open up our invitations to both cohort 5 (over 65 - 69 years) and cohort 6 (16-65 years old with underlying health conditions).
Many people in cohort 5 will have already received a letter from NHS England inviting them to attend a Mass Vaccination Site. As with previous invitations, if you wish to take them up on this offer, follow the instructions on the letter. If not, you can ignore this letter and await your invitation to Exmouth Tennis Centre.
We have been receiving a lot of queries from people about when their second dose might be. We have been working with NHS England to ensure that everyone will have their second dose of the vaccine by 12 weeks. We are pleased to report that this supply has been confirmed and practices will be in touch in the coming weeks to book second doses!
Thank you for your patience as we continue working to get everyone vaccinated as quickly and safely as we can. Your kind words of support and encouragement for our team, including our amazing local volunteers, are wonderful to receive so thank you!
As a practice we are now inviting patients from Group 4 of the First Phase of the Priorty Groups for the Vaccine Programme. Group 4 includes patients who are 70 plus and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (ie those patients who have been requested to shield).
Last week we began to visit and administer the vaccine to our patients who are housebound.
We are continuing to invite patients our over 80s age group for a Covid Vaccination at the Exmouth Tennis Centre and will shortly be inviting those patients in the next age group. Thank you very much for all the positive feedback - it has been really encouraging to hear that you have found the process very easy.
Last week a team from the practice visited our 5 local care homes. The majority of their residents and care home staff have now had their first vaccination.
This week we will continue to invite and see our patients at the Exmouth Tennis Centre and we have been advised we are now able to plan to see our housebound patients.
Many of you may receive a letter from NHS England inviting you for a Covid Vaccination at the nearest large scale vaccination centre.
If you choose to have a vaccine at one of these centres the practice will recieve information once it has been administered and the details automatically entered into your medical records.
The practice will continue to invite all our patients unless we receive notification that you have had your vaccination at an alternative site.
01.01.2021 - Now that I have been vaccinated, is it OK for me to mix with others?
Once you have had the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But it may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection. You also need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective – some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:
- follow the current guidance
- practice social distancing
- wear face coverings and PPE in line with the guidance
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
Budleigh is part of a group of 10 East Devon Practices who have joined together to deliver the Covid-Vaccination to all our patients from the Exmouth Tennis Centre in Withycombe Road, Exmouth.
The practice will contact those eligible for the vaccine as per the government guidelines. Patient do not need to contact the medical centre.
On Thursday 17th December 2020 Budleigh and Sidmouth were together vaccinating 332 patients - 114 from our surgery. Those patients will come back for their second dose on 7th January 2021. Advice is that you may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of vaccine.
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