FLU & Covid Vaccinations OCT 2021

Covid 19

FLU & Covid Vaccination Booster 2021

 

 

COVID BOOSTER CLINICS (DEC 2021)

WE ARE RUNNING COVID BOOSTER CLINICS AT DONAGHADEE HEALTH CENTRE. IF YOU ARE OVER 18 AND ITS BEEN 3 MONTHS FROM YOUR 2ND COVID VACCINATION YOU ARE WELCOME TO GET YOUR BOOSTER. 

IF YOU HAVE HAD COVID IN THE PAST 4 WEEKS YOU WONT BE ABLE TO GET THE BOOSTER UNTIL YOU ARE 4 WEEKS CLEAR.

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE PHONE 07546251996 OR 07546251993 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

 

COVID -19 booster and Flu vaccination OCT 2021

 

We know our patients are eager to find out plans for the upcoming COVID-19 booster, and annual Flu vaccination campaign. We too are keen to get started in order to protect our patients as soon as possible.

We are delighted to let you know that we have just received confirmation of upcoming availability of the COVID-19 booster.

 

As we plan to administer the COVID-19 booster, the information we have received to date is that:

  • The COVID-19 booster will only be available to those whose second vaccination was more than 6 months ago.
  • The COVID-19 booster that you will be given is the PFIZER vaccine (also known as Comirnaty), regardless of whether you previously received Astra Zeneca or Pfizer.
  • The COVID-19 booster and flu vaccines can be safely administered at the same visit.

 

PLEASE NOTE

We must emphasise, our plans for COVID-19 booster and flu vaccinations are provisional but will depend on vaccine supplies and deliveries.

 

**PATIENTS who had their second COVID vaccine at least 6 months ago**

 

We plan to offer both the COVID-19 booster & Flu vaccination at the same clinic to optimise the protection as soon as possible.

 

We are planning clinics on Tuesday 23rd of November and Thursday 2nd of December at the parish church hall and inviting patients in the order advised according to JCVI eligibility criteria.

Those over 70 years and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable taking higher priority then aiming over the number of weeks to vaccinate the same groups as those eligible for flu (patients 50 years and over and those in 'at risk' groups as detailed below). 

 

We will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated to book the appointment.

PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE HEALTH CENTRE.

We plan to contact you to offer both vaccines if your second covid vaccine was given on or before 31st May 2021.

 

Clinics will be held in Donaghadee Parish church hall.

Their spacious building will be particularly useful as our patients must remain under observation for 15 minutes after receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Please do not attend if you are unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been told to isolate. Please wear a mask and short sleeves if possible.

 

**PATIENTS who had their second COVID vaccine after 1st June 2021

but

Eligible for Flu vaccination**

 

We plan to offer the Flu vaccination to optimise the protection as soon as possible.

You would not yet be eligible to receive your COVID-19 booster but this will be given at a later date.

Should I get the Flu vaccination this year?

 

Anyone aged 50 or OVER is advised to receive the flu vaccination.

Anyone UNDER 50 with the following conditions are ALSO eligible;

  • Chronic respiratory condition COPD/Asthma
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Liver disease
  • Chronic Neurological Disease (Stroke TIA)
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppressed
  • Asplenia (removal of spleen)
  • Pregnant
  • Morbid Obesity
  • Household Contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Carers

 

We are also planning FLU vaccine only clinics from Saturday 23rd October.

If you are eligible for a FLU vaccine and your second covid vaccine was after the 1st June 2021 then you may go;

Click here to go ONLINE to BOOK an appointment at the next clinic

Or

Alternatively phone 07546251996 between 1 and 4 pm Monday to Friday. 

PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE HEALTH CENTRE.

 

Flu clinics will be held in Donaghadee Parish church hall.

There is no need to remain for observation after having only had a flu vaccination.

 

Please do not attend if you are unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been told to isolate. Please wear a mask and short sleeves if possible.

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Booster Vaccination

​As you can hopefully appreciate, this is a very complex vaccination programme. 

We will have little flexibility in offering alternative dates for COVID-19 booster and would ask that you try to attend if at all possible. 

 

Circumstances when COVID-19 booster should be delayed would be;

  • If you are within 4 weeks of a positive COVID-19 infection. 
  • If you are unwell with a severe feverish illness (note mild illnesses including mild urinary infection would not preclude vaccination)

 

We will ask you about any severe reactions to previous vaccines or medication (for example anaphylaxis to laxatives or depot steroid injections).

 

Please click on the DOH booklet 'Your guide to booster vaccination' for more detail. 

 

Further information is available;

 

Please continue to refer regularly to our news feed for latest information on clinics being offered.  Having read all our information, if you still have queries relating to COVID-19 booster vaccination, please phone the Practice in the afternoon only.  We must keep our telephone lines open in the mornings for medical advice. 

 

 

Please DO NOT phone the health centre. Our website will be updated with the latest information.

Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect your community against serious illnesses. When enough people get vaccinated, it is harder for a disease to spread to those who cannot have vaccines.

If you already have a date for your 2nd dose at the Health Centre (this is on the vaccine recording card you were given), please attend as planned.

We have been advised to pause calling patients to the Health Centre for 1st doses.

 

Latest Information and Patient leaflets on Covid vaccination is found at;

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/northern-ireland-covid-19-vaccination-programme/covid-19-vaccination-0

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?  

THOSE AGED 18 and over:  YOU CAN NOW BOOK A COVID VACCINATION AT ONE OF NORTHERN IRELANDS 7 VACCINATION CENTRES EITHER ONLINE VIA THIS LINK

https://covid-19.hscni.net/ 

OR

PHONE 0300 200 7813