The Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in the Cotswold area is being organised by the South Cotswold Primary Care Network (PCN). The Network is made up of 5 GP Practices in and around Cirencester.
As a Network we started giving the Covid vaccinations the week before Christmas. As soon as we secure deliveries of further vaccinations we will contact patients in priority order to book appointments, this will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.
The South Cotswold surgeries are providing the staff to vaccinate patients and to book patients in and record the vaccinations. This has an impact on staff numbers within the surgeries, please be patient as the surgery is under considerable pressure.
Due to licensing, the Oxford vaccine has to be given centrally from Cirencester Hospital for the time being and cannot therefore be given in the surgery.
Vaccine priority groups in phase 1
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over.
Vaccine priority groups in phase 2
All healthy under-50s will be in ‘phase 2’ of a vaccine rollout.
The order they would get the jab has not been decided yet, but could prioritise people by their occupation, including:
- first responders
- the military
- those involved in the justice system
- transport workers
- public servants essential to the pandemic response.
As trials in children and pregnant women are completed, the government says will also gain a better understanding of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines in those people too.
Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination