St George’s Medical Centre

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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

COVID-19 VACCINE

We will update our website as we receive information and the plans develop, so visit HERE for the latest news.

The most up to date information can also be found here – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Please remember the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out by the NHS
and it is FREE.

You will only be contacted by legitimate NHS bodies when it is your turn and at no point will you be asked to pay anything.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you have received a text message you think is suspicious, please forward it to the number 7726, which is free of charge and reports the text.

If you are suspicious about an email you have received, please forward it to [email protected]

If you believe you are the victim of a COVID related fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040.


People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. We are currently working our way through the wave 1 priority groups as quickly as we can, however, this largely depends on vaccine supply.
We will contact you when it’s your turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please don’t call us to ask when you may be able to have the vaccine as our reception team are unable to provide this information.
Thank you.
Priority Risk groups
1 Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
2 All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3 All those 75 years of age and over
4 All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (see below)
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over
10 Rest of the population (to be determined)
You can find out more here – www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

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Hi everyone โ€“ time for another update of how weโ€™re progressing with the vaccination programme.

Here are our latest stats:

– Over 25,400 vaccines given so far from 15th Dec 2020 to 15th March 2021

– Everyone in cohorts 1-9, i.e. those who are clinically vulnerable, OR are over the age of 50, has been invited at least once to book their vaccination, either by SMS (if we have a mobile for you on record), letter, or phone call.

ANYONE from Cohorts 1-9, who has not yet managed to book an appointment: please call your surgery for assistance.

SMS invites: We have heard of some SMS scams doing the rounds. A legitimate SMS from usย will NEVER ask for payment or bank details.

If you receive an SMS invite to make an appointment with us, but you already have one booked with one of the National Centres, please cancel the invitation from us using the link in your text or by telephoning the surgery. This will ensure our telephone calls are kept to a minimum and we are not calling you unnecessarily.

For patients in other cohorts: please continue to wait for an invitation from us before contacting us. When we have appointments available we will be in touch by SMS, phone or letter. We know this is a stressful time for you while you wait and we are vaccinating as quickly as possible based on the deliveries we are allocated.

Astra Zeneca vaccine safety: At the moment the vast majority of our appointments are for the Astra Zeneca vaccine. We are very aware of the concerns being raised in some countries about the risk of blood clots associated with the Astra Zeneca vaccine. We would like to reassure you that we still have complete confidence in the safety of this vaccine.

In a review of all available safety data from over 17 million people vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine in UK and EU, there was no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots (DVT or pulmonary embolism) among people vaccinated with its vaccine.

The MHRA have released a statement advising that people should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so, and EMA have also stated that there is no indication that the reported blood clots were caused by the AZ vaccine.

The WHO also say there is no evidence of a link between the vaccine and clots. See links at the bottom of this post for more info.

Zero tolerance: Unfortunately we have seen a rise in abusive behaviour by a small minority of patients towards our staff and volunteers of late. We do understand that, whatever your situation, this is a very stressful time for everyone. However, it really is no excuse for being rude or abusive towards the people who are trying to help you. Please remember that we are all human, doing our very best for you, following clear government guidelines, and trying to keep you all as safe as possible in the process. So โ€“ whether on the phone, on AskMyGP, or in person, please treat the team with the respect they deserve and you would like to be treated with yourself.

THANKYOU!

Once again, an enormous THANK YOU! to our amazing army of staff and volunteers, especially those who worked on Motherโ€™s Day this past Sunday. Such commitment and selflessness is amazing and deeply appreciated.

And thank you again to the amazing local businesses who are continuing to show their appreciation for all the volunteer and staff by bringing tasty treats to keep them going on cold days. This week, special thanks to DS Smith for their generous goodie boxes they sent over to both Staploe and Cathedral Medical Centres. YUM!

MHRA statement: https://www.gov.uk/…/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities

WHO story: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56411561


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Ely PCNs Covid Vaccination Weekly Update – 8 March 2021
We’ve had a very busy couple of weeks, with lots of fast-moving changes to the next phase of the vaccination programme.
Here are our latest stats:
  • Over 23,000 vaccines given so far from 15th Dec 2020 to 6th March 2021
  • Cohort 1 (care homes) : 100% of all our consenting care home residents have been vaccinated
  • Cohort 2 (Over 80s): all invited, and approx. 97% vaccinated.
  • Cohort 3 (Over 75s): all invited, approx 97% vaccinated.
  • Cohort 4 (Over 70 and clinical extremely vulnerable): all invited, approx 89% vaccinated.
  • Cohort 5 (Over 65): all invited by SMS, phone call or letter (both by your practice and via mass vacc site invitation letter), 91% vaccinated.
  • Cohort 6 (16-64 with underlying conditions): all invited by SMS, phone call or letter, 77% vaccinated.
ANYONE from Cohorts 1-6 who has not yet managed to book an appointment: please call your surgery for assistance. Our top priority this week is to maximise vaccinations in all of these cohorts so please do get in touch.
Nationally, mas vacc site letter invites have been sent out for cohorts 7 (60-65) and cohort 8 (55-60). While we focus this week on vaccinating those in the clinically vulnerable cohorts, please continue to wait before contacting us. When we have appointments available we will be in touch by SMS, phone or letter. Things change quickly so look out for these updates, or check your practice website.
We know this is a stressful time for you while you wait and we are vaccinating as quickly as possible based on the deliveries we are allocated. We have exciting news on this front. We been given notice by NHS England that we can expect a significant ramping up of deliveries for the weeks of March 15, 22, and 29. We are therefore expecting to be able to offer significantly more appointments. So sit tight and it will be your turn soon! ๐ŸŒˆ
Once again, there are lots of ‘THANK YOU’s to say.
Firstly – to you, our patients, for bearing with any changes we need to make to regular service while vaccination clinics are running. Our staff and volunteers are equally as committed to ensuring you receive the same quality of care, so your cooperation with them is greatly appreciated.
Secondly – to our amazing army of staff and volunteers. As I’ve said before, we will never be able to say ‘thank you’ enough. The cold weather has continued to add to the challenge on some very busy clinic days and you have all kept a smile on your face. So far – nearly 8,500 hours of effort by 336 people. It’s truly mind-blowing and something for us all to feel so proud of ๐ŸŽ‰
Thirdly – to the amazing local community businesses who are continuing to show their appreciation for all the volunteer and staff by bringing tasty treats to keep them going on cold days. This time, a special shout out to Corkers Crisps, Optimum Recycling and Wild Clover Flower Company, and many lovely individuals who have taken the time and effort to drop us a thank you note or send us a gift to share out. That appreciation and positivity really does keep everyone going, so thanks!
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Weds 17 Feb 2021

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Ely PCNs Covid Vaccination Weekly Update

Last week was slightly quieter due to the bad-weather clinic cancellation. However, we are delighted to report that, over 95% of everyone in cohorts 1-4 are now vaccinated ๐ŸŽ‰

Here are our latest stats:

  • 16,500 vaccines given so far from 15th Dec 2020 to 14th Feb 2021
  • Cohort 1 (care homes): 100% of all our consenting care home residents have been vaccinated
  • Cohort 2 (Over 80s): all invited and approx. 96% vaccinated.
  • Cohort 3 (Over 75s): all invited and approx 96% vaccinated.
  • Cohort 4 (Over 70 and clinical extremely vulnerable): all invited and approx 92% vaccinated.
  • Cohort 5 (Over 65): 79% vaccinated; outstanding invitations to be sent out this week from mass vaccination sites.

Anyone from Cohorts 1-4 who has not yet managed to book an appointment: please call your surgery for assistance. We have tried to reach everyone multiple times, but may still not have been able to get through. If you would like to be vaccinated, we will make sure that you are.

As has been reported in the news, we are now moving on to planning clinics out to the end of February. The key points here are:

  • Patients in cohort 5 should be receiving letters from NHS England this week, and can use the link provided in the letter to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site if preferred; we will also be offering appointments as they come available.
  • We are now inviting patients from cohort 6. This is a very large cohort, and vaccine supply nationally is limiting the number of appointments currently available. We will be sending invites out in batches to minimise the risk of disappointment. Please wait until you are contacted via SMS or phone call for an appointment – thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

As ever, we would like to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to all of our wonderful volunteers and staff from all six practices who together are rising to this immense challenge. So far, 300 people have together clocked up a MASSIVE 5250 hours to vaccinate our local community – just amazing! Thank you all so much!


8th February 2021
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Ely PCNs Covid Vaccination Weekly Update
!! CLINIC CANCELLATION DUE TO BAD WEATHER 9-11 Feb AT STAPLOE MEDICAL CENTRE, SOHAM !!
Unfortunately due to bad weather, the vaccine delivery has been cancelled for the clinic scheduled for 9-11 Feb at Staploe. Patients who are already booked in will be receiving notification of cancellation either through SMS or a phone call. So far, the weekend clinic at Cathedral is still going ahead. We will update if this changes. Our apologies for this change – we will get you vaccinated as soon as we can.
We’ve had another busy week vaccinating, and we are delighted to report that, on average, 95% of everyone in cohorts 1-4 are now vaccinated ๐ŸŽ‰Here are our latest stats:
15,500 vaccines given so far from 15th Dec 2020 to 8th Feb 2021
Cohort 1 (care homes) : 100% of all our consenting care home residents have been vaccinated
Cohort 2 (Over 80s): all invited, and approx. 95% vaccinated.
Cohort 3 (Over 75s): all invited, approx 95% vaccinated.
Cohort 4 (Over 70 and clinical extremely vulnerable): all invited, approx 92% vaccinated.
Anyone from Cohorts 1-4 who has not yet managed to book an appointment: please call your surgery for assistance. We have tried to reach everyone multiple times, but may still not have been able to get through.
It’s been yet another 1000 hour effort from our incredible team of volunteers and staff from across all six practices this past week, again through some pretty challenging weather conditions, especially on Saturday. Once again, massive thanks to everyone who showed up and stuck it out – your efforts are so deeply appreciated by all of us! Big thanks also to Sylhet Ely for bringing lunch for everyone at Cathedral Medical Centre on Saturday – YUM!
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18th January 2021

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While the Covid Vaccination Programme is running in Ely North and Ely South Primary Care Networks, we will try to update here weekly. Please feel free to share to other public fora as we would like our patients, our volunteers, and our wider community to know the latest news.
First, once again, a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out this week to help us at the Covid vaccination clinics. Thursday was brutally cold at Cathedral and we were all so impressed by and grateful for your stoicism and smiling faces – truly incredible job. Staploe – equally awesome, with a slightly gentler ride weather-wise this week! As with last week, everyone was so professional, personable, and lovely to work with – it’s such a great experience for staff and patients alike, and such a positive community thing, so thank you. ๐ŸŒˆ
Second, the vaccination programme is ramping up nationally now. We are starting to see the pace picking up, so we wanted to say: this is a long-term thing. Volunteers, please pace yourselves! We will be expanding our volunteer base over the coming weeks, first by working through the 200 amazing offers of help we haven’t yet used. If we need more, we will let you know.
Third, please all be reassured that all six practices are still open to serve you all for all your healthcare needs, alongside this. As always, it is easy to contact us online via askmyGP or phone and speak to our reception teams if you donโ€™t have internet access.
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10th January 2021

We at the Ely North and Ely South Primary Care Networks would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out this week to help us at the Covid vaccination clinics. You have all been just brilliant!!
Braving the cold weather and being so cheery and supportive of our lovely patients, and simply doing a brilliant job in your roles.
Every clinic at both Cathedral and Staploe went incredibly smoothly, and that is down to you. You all showed up on time, took your role seriously, worked well together, and did a fantastic job.
We couldn’t have hoped for more, and there was so much positive feedback from the patients as they left – thanking us, commenting on what a smooth operation it was, waving as they left.
We hope you all went home with some very well-deserved warm and fuzzy feelings โ˜บ๏ธ
So – this is a special shout out to the volunteers who made it out this week – fantastic job! ๐Ÿฅฐ

18th December 2020 (2)

Patients are asked not to contact the surgery regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations.

The NHS has started to vaccinate the most at-riskย priority groupsย including over-80s and social care workers. Eligible patients will be contacted direct to arrange an appointment. As soon as more vaccines become available, they will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.ย Please donโ€™t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.ย 

If you have not yet been approached about having the Covid-19 vaccine, please read the information: why you are being asked to wait.

More patient information on the Covid-19 vaccine is available here.

Please continue to abide by all the social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.


14th December 2020 (1)

The NHS has started to vaccinate the most at-risk priority groups including over-80s and social care workers in local hospital hubs.

You may have received a text, letter or have been called by Addenbrookesโ€™ or Peterborough City Hospital to ask you to book an appointment at one of the first clinics at the hospital sites.ย  You can choose to accept this appointment or wait until more clinics and locations are available in the community.

Please be aware that the NHS will never ask for payment for the Covid-19 vaccination and any text message requesting payment should be ignored.

When more vaccines become available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.ย Please donโ€™t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.


8th December 2020

 

Ely NorthPCN and Ely South PCN will be joining forces to deliver the vaccination programme.

For this first batch of vaccines, there are very strict guidelines that must be followed.ย  The first group of patients will be over 80 years old.ย ย DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERYย we will telephone you when we can offer you the vaccine.

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COVID-19 Vaccination – Guide for Adults

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2nd December 2020

It has been announced today that the first coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine has been approved for use in the UK and the vaccine has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Whislt the vaccine will be made available from next week, the roll out will follow a strick cohort list and will not be available in General Practice just yet.ย  We will keep you updated.

Click here for further information.


18th November 2020

From the outset of the current COVID-19 pandemic there have been many pharmaceutical companies working to develop an effective vaccine.ย  We have now reached the stage where successful trials are being reported and the NHS has been asked to prepare mass vaccination programmes that can be put into practice as soon as the vaccines are approved.

GP practices around the UK are now looking at all of the requirements and working out how such a vaccination programme can take place.ย  At this stage this is all that we can report as so much about the vaccine is still unknown, indeed we don’t even know which of the candidate vaccines we are likely to be using.

This is going to be a huge undertaking and unlikely to be done at local practice level and more likely to be done by groups of practices (Primary Care Network) where large numbers can be vaccinated in single sessions.

We are working hard with our PCN (St George’s Medical Centre, St Mary’s Surgery and Cathedral Medical Centre in Ely) to put ourselves in a position to be able to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations to all of our populations.ย  The (provisional) priority groups are listed below (click here for full report).

There are many hurdles for us to work through not least the cold chain.ย ย We are very keen and excited about the vaccination programme and want to deliver this to our population as soon as possible whilst business as usual continues at all sites.

A provisional ranking of prioritisation for persons at-risk is set out below:

  1. older adultsโ€™ resident in a care home and care home workers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. high-risk adults under 65 years of age
  7. moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
  8. all those 60 years of age and over
  9. all those 55 years of age and over
  10. all those 50 years of age and over
  11. rest of the population (priority to be determined)

 


25th September 2020

The Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) published updated interim advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination.ย  Click here to view this report.