NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Please do not call or turn up at the surgery or the local hospital, to enquire about COVID vaccinations.
We know that patients and all health and care staff are eager to find out when they will receive their COVID vaccination. Please be assured that we will contact you directly, when it is your turn to book your vaccination and we will answer all your questions at your appointment.
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most and we are systematically working through all eligible groups according to the national priorities.
Health and care teams across Somerset are working exceptionally hard to roll out our local vaccination programme in Somerset in line with the JCVI’s prioritisation and we are continuing to vaccinate people aged 80 and over, care home residents and staff, as well as widening out the offer to frontline health and social care staff.
Please continue to attend any vaccination appointments as planned. If there are any changes we will contact you direct – please do not call the surgery. We will be able to answer all your questions when you come for your appointment.
We welcome the announcement that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been authorised by the MHRA for use in the UK. The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) has said that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine ‘give very high protection against severe disease’ and both have good safety records.
Updated guidance from MHRA, JCVI and the UK Chief Medical Officers has also been published to advise increasing the spacing of second vaccine doses for both the new Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine and the current Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.
For more information on the NHS Vaccination programme please visit: //www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/
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If you are over 65 years of age or are on the at risk register (ie those with asthma, heart conditions, chronic obstructive airways disease, kidney problems, stroke, high BMI or diabetes) you will be offered a flu vaccination. If you are pregnant, a carer or a Health Care Worker you are eligible to be vaccinated. Flu vaccinations are usually available from October. Please speak to the receptionist for more information.
Shingles vaccine eligibility for 70 – 78 year old. Please click here for more information.
Appointments will be sent to children and teenagers from the Health Authority for their routine immunisations. Parents will be asked to provide written consent for their child to be immunised. Without consent the Practice Nurse may be unwilling to give the vaccination.
Please speak to the reception team for more information on travel vaccinations and what we offer at TMC.
For information on travel vaccinations please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/