Our brilliant GPs, nurses and NHS staff across the Havant Constituency have been working tirelessly to vaccinate our residents against Covid-19. I recently visited all three major vaccination sites that serve our constituency to see that work in action, and to thank our hardworking Health Service staff. You can read more about my visit here.
Below are the answers to some key questions about the Government’s vaccination programme.
How many vaccines have been delivered?
➡️ Nationally, the NHS have delivered vaccines to millions of people, currently highest number in Europe. The Government is publishing daily statistics on vaccinations that can be found here.
➡️ Across the Havant Constituency vaccinations have been administered to over 80% of our over 80s, the most vulnerable at risk group to the virus. At capacity, all three of our local clinics can deliver a combined 3,000 vaccines a day.
Where are the vaccinations taking place?
Local GP-led sites are located at:
➡️Emsworth Baptist Church
➡️Hayling Island Health Centre
➡️Waterlooville Health Centre
Larger site is based at:
➡️ Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
How will I know when it is my turn to be vaccinated?
➡️NHS England have advised that people will receive an invitation to come forward to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For most people this will be a letter, either from their GP or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information needed to book appointments, including their NHS number. Text messages and phone calls may also be used locally.
When will I be vaccinated?
➡️Phased vaccine supply means the bulk of vaccination for high risk groups should take place between January and April 2021, and we will keep expanding the programme as we get more vaccines.
More local sites in Hampshire will be announced in the future and, while a vaccination programme of this scale will take some time, everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it.
What is the priority order for getting the vaccine?
➡️The priority list following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on 2 December 2020 is as follows:
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
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
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
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
It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.
Can I ring the NHS to get a vaccine?
➡️ You should wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
In what circumstances am I NOT eligible to receive the vaccine, or when should I not proceed without consulting a doctor or nurse?
If any of these apply to you:
➡️Unwell with a fever
➡️A history of immediate onset anaphylaxis
➡️Pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the next 2 months (see next question, below)
➡️Taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial or any other investigation of a medicinal product (please contact your trial centre for further information)
➡️Received the flu vaccine in the last 7 days
What if I am pregnant?
➡️The vaccines have not yet been tested in pregnancy, so until more information is available, those who are pregnant should not routinely have this vaccine. Non-clinical evidence is required before any clinical studies in pregnancy can start, and before that, it is usual to not recommend routine vaccination during pregnancy.
➡️Evidence from non-clinical studies of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has been received and reviewed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This evidence was also reviewed by World Health Organisation and the regulatory bodies in the USA, Canada and Europe and has raised no concerns about safety in pregnancy.
➡️Non-clinical studies of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine have raised no concerns.
➡️The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recognised that the potential benefits of vaccination are particularly important for some pregnant women. This includes those who are at very high risk of catching the infection or those with clinical conditions that put them at high risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19.
➡️In these circumstances, you should discuss vaccination with your doctor or nurse, and you may feel that it is better to go ahead and receive the protection from the vaccine.
➡️If you’re trying to get pregnant, you should wait for 2 months after having the 2nd dose before getting pregnant.
Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?
➡️Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive COVID-19 vaccine.
What vaccine for COVID-19 is currently available?
The Government has in principle secured access to seven different vaccine candidates, across four different vaccine types, totalling over 357 million doses. This includes:
➡️40 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine
➡️100m doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
➡️7 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, which is being assessed by the MHRA.
It will likely take until at least Spring 2021 until all high risk groups have been offered a Covid vaccine.
Spotting a scam
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS. The NHS will never ask for:
➡️ Your bank account or card details
➡️ Your pin or banking password
➡️ Copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
This page was last updated on 28 January