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COVID vaccination information

PLEASE DO NOT COME WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.

The vaccine is delivered to the surgery in batches due to its storage requirements. We only have enough vaccine each day for people with appointments. If there is any spare vaccine at the end of the day (for example if people fail to attend their appointment), you may receive a phone call asking if you can come at short notice.

We are currently giving the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for all first doses.

In line with current government guidance, your second dose will be due 8 weeks after your first.

Week commencing 21.6.21 – Pfizer first dose appointments available. If you have received Astra Zeneca for your first dose more than 8 weeks ago, there are second dose Astra Zeneca appointments available to book via the link in your text message.

Request an appointment for the vaccine non students

Request an appointment for the vaccine students only

If you are aged 18 or over and want the vaccine, but you have not already received a text message from us, please sign up via this link. You may also sign up if you are not registered at this practice. You will need your NHS number which can be found via this link. You should receive a text message with a link to our online booking system within two weeks. PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE SURGERY if you don’t receive a text message, as the phone lines are getting blocked by queries about vaccine appointments. If you have not received a text message after 3 weeks, please re-enter your details via the sign up link, ensuring you have entered the correct NHS number, mobile phone number and date of birth.

We often get very short notice of a vaccine delivery, therefore we can only offer appointments at relatively short notice. Deliveries may not occur every week. Therefore we cannot say exactly when you will receive your text message following sign-up, but we aim to send texts within two weeks, depending on supply. When we know a clinic can be offered, the sign up sheet is manually transferred by one of our practice team to the online booking system. We do not currently have a system whereby you can sign up and receive your appointment immediately.

Pre-vaccination questionnaire

If possible, print and fill in the questionnaire below and bring it with you on the day.

What you need to do

  • Await a text message from us.
  • Book your appointment via the link.
  • Download, print and fill in the pre-vaccination questionnaire above if you can.
  • Remember to eat and drink before your appointment.
  • Come to the white tent on the car park at the time of your appointment.
  • Wear clothing that easily allows you to expose the very top of your arm (near your shoulder).
  • On arrival, you will be asked to fill in a brief pre-vaccination questionnaire if you haven’t done this already. Bring a pen and your NHS number if you can, to fill in the form.
  • Please queue in a socially distanced manner for your vaccination.
  • Chairs will be provided for those who need to sit.
  • Give your questionnaire to your vaccinator.
  • After your vaccination, you will need to stay in the building for 15 minutes after the Pfizer vaccine (in case of a reaction to the vaccination – which is very, very rare. If this happens, please alert a member of staff). Once you have waited 15 minutes you can leave without needing to tell anyone.
  • If you have been given the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, you can leave the building immediately, but you should not drive for 15 minutes after your vaccination (in case of a reaction to the vaccination – which is very, very rare).
  • This is due to different manufacturers’ instructions, not due to different risks.
Please read the following information:

https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/what-you-need-to-know/

Proof of Vaccination

You will be given a card when you receive your vaccine. You can also get proof of your vaccination history via the BSOL App or the NHS App. See the government website for more information.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the UK government on the use of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40:

The JCVI has advised a preference for adults aged 30 to 39 without underlying health conditions to receive an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of death, severe disease and transmission of infection.

Over 34 million people have received a first dose so far. The vaccine programme is estimated to have prevented over 10,000 deaths by the end of March.

Adverse events following the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are extremely rare and, for the vast majority of people, the benefits of preventing serious illness and death far outweigh any risks.

Up to 28 April 2021, the MHRA had received 242 reports of blood clotting cases in people who also had low levels of platelets in the UK, following the use of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. These numbers are very small compared to the millions of people who have received the vaccine. The overall incidence of case reports of thromboembolic events with low platelets after first or unknown doses was 10.5 per million doses.

The majority of these extremely rare events occurred after the first dose.

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

Getting the second vaccine dose is very important because it further increases the level of protection against COVID-19.

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

Please read this guide for more details:

How the vaccine is given

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It is given as two doses.

When the second dose will be given

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides protection for most people for up to 3 months.

The second dose will be given 12 weeks after the first dose.

This is to make sure as many people can have the vaccine as possible.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

They have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

Read about the approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will give you some protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you the best protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people

Information:

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

Allergic reactions

Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

You should not have the vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to any ingredients in the vaccine.

If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you have a history of allergies by MHRA on GOV.UK

You can report any suspected side effect using the Yellow Card safety scheme.

Visit Yellow Card for further information

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.

The ingredients of the Pfizer vaccine are:

  • polyethylene glycol/macrogol (PEG) as part of ALC-0159.
  • ALC-0315 = (4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate)
  • ALC-0159 = 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide
  • 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine
  • Cholesterol
  • Potassium chloride
  • Potassium dihydrogen phosphate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate
  • Sucrose
  • Water for injections

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re:

  • pregnant and at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus
  • if you’re breastfeeding

You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK

COVID vaccinations – suggestions for Improvements

We are learning as we go along with the huge task of administering covid vaccinations, so please report any problems by using this form, and let us know your ideas for ways to improve our service.

A massive THANK YOU to our amazing team of dedicated volunteers and staff for making this possible.