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COVID vaccination information

If you are aged 50 or over we will contact you soon. Please make sure we have an up to date mobile phone number so that we can send you a text message.

We have vaccinated around 8000 people so far. We are offering vaccines to our registered patients in groups 1 to 9 from the government’s priority list below. If you are in groups 1 to 7 and have not been contacted by us, please get in touch.

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

If you are NOT registered at this practice and have had your FIRST dose of Pfizer vaccine here at Harborne Medical in December 2020 or January 2021 and you are due for your second Pfizer dose in March, FILL IN THIS FORM. We will check this against our records and send you a text message with a link to book an appointment for your second dose.

Priority List

We are offering vaccines according to the government’s priorty list:

  1. Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers
  2. 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. 75-year-olds and over
  4. 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. 65-year-olds and over
  6. 16- to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions
  7. 60-year-olds and over
  8. 55-year-olds and over
  9. 50-year-olds and over

What you need to do

  • Await a text message from us (if you are a registered patient).
  • Book your appointment via the link.
  • 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).
  • Bring a pen and your NHS number if possible.
  • On arrival, you will be asked to fill in a brief pre-vaccination questionnaire. (To speed things up, you can download this via the link above, print and fill it in at home and bring it with you).
  • When you have completed the questionnaire you will be given a numbered ticket to help ensure that everyone is seen in turn.
  • 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/

JOIN THE STANDBY LIST

At the end of a day when we have been giving vaccines, we may have a few remaining doses that must be used immediately or they will expire. If you would like to join a standby list to receive a vaccine, please fill in this form. You must be prepared to attend immediately at very short notice.

Standby list

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.

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.