Covid 19 Vaccine

COVID-19 boosters:

You will have no doubt heard on the news about the COVID-19 vaccination booster programme.  This is important in order to ensure good continuing protection from COVID-19.

If you are not a frontline health or social care worker, please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

 

Please call 119 or follow the link below to book online, once you have been notified to book.  There is no need to contact your GP practice.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

It is being offered to the following groups:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
  • adult carers and those experiencing homelessness
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

 

You’ll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it’s been at least 6 months (180 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.  All groups should receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, as studies show it offers the best protection, unless they are known to be allergic to one of the Pfizer vaccine ingredients

 

All practices in Keynsham have made the difficult decision not to participate in this phase of the vaccination programme. This is because as practices we are under enormous pressure and feel we need to prioritise our resources on core GP Services to meet the wider needs of our practice population.  Flu vaccines will still be available from each practice as in previous years.

 

But you will find many of our community pharmacies are offering appointments in Keynsham and our surrounding local area,  and there are options of larger centres for those who can travel such as at Bath Racecourse.  There will also be a centrally organised service for delivering the vaccine to completely housebound patients and those living in residential care homes.