IMPORTANT: Vaccinations at St Boniface House

Important information for patients who have been invited to attend an appointment at St Boniface House for a COVID-19 Vaccination. Watch a short instructional video about your visit from Dr Will Kumar.

Please click here and carefully read the information sheet to prepare for your vaccination appointments. 

Your appointment date and time will be on the text message you received. Please note, patients who attend that do not have a booked appointment will be turned away and asked to wait until they are invited. 

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COVID Vaccination Update

23/02/2021 Update on Covid-19 vaccinations for Leatside patients

Dear Patient,

It is a little over two months since we delivered our first vaccine as part of the joint South Dartmoor & Totnes and South Hams Primary Care Network Covid Vaccine Programme. Working as a group of 10 GP surgeries with the support of a large group fantastic volunteers has enabled us to provide the rapid delivery of the vaccine programme which has delivered over 20,000 vaccinations. whilst at the same time running services in our surgeries as close to business as usual as is possible. This has required our teams working seven days a week and I could not be more proud of the effort and dedication shown by everyone here.

Looking at Leatside I am delighted to say that as of yesterday 4,769 of our patients now been given their first dose of their vaccines. This represents 31% of all of our patients and 36% of those aged over 16.

With rapidly changing guidance and very short notice on vaccine delivery I do appreciate that there will be some individual circumstances where people will have questions, so I do hope the below provides clarity on how the programme will progress from here:

Appointments for 2nd Doses

We will only be notified of the specific delivery dates of our 2nd dose vaccine supplies 2-3 weeks before they arrive. As the Pfizer vaccine needs to be used within three days of delivery we cannot confirm dates for second doses until we have confirmation from NHS England. Regardless of the vaccine you have had, as soon as we know when the vaccine will be delivered we will contact all those who are due to inform them of when this will be. Because of the complicated logistics we are unable to provide flexibility on these dates to fit personal preference.

Current Cohorts eligible for 1st doses

All patients in JCVI Cohorts 1-6 are now eligible for their vaccineThis covers all of those aged 65 and over, frontline health and social care workers, clinical extremely vulnerable and all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which out them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. The main risk groups identified by the committee are set out at the bottom of this message along with a link to the full guidance.

Booking your appointment

As we have our vaccine delivery schedules confirmed we are sending out text messages to those with mobile phones. You can click on a link in this message to book your appointment – this is the quickest way of booking your appointment. We are also proactively phoning patients to invite them for appointments, emailing those we have email addresses for and writing to those who require it. To book an appointment eligible patients can call our booking line between 2pm and 6pm Monday to Friday on 01803 862671, choosing option 4.

Thank you all for your support over the past year and please stay safe.

Kind regards
Martin

Martin Randall
General Manager
Leatside Surgery, Totnes

Link to JCVI GuidanceJoint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Those in Cohort 6

·         chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma

·         chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)

·         chronic kidney disease

·         chronic liver disease

·         chronic neurological disease including epilepsy

·         Down’s syndrome

·         severe and profound learning disability

·         diabetes

·         solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients

·         people with specific cancers

·         immunosuppression due to disease or treatment

·         asplenia and splenic dysfunction

·         morbid obesity

·         severe mental illness

·         those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill