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.
How to get vaccinated
You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS to get a vaccine and can book a vaccination appointment online at the NHS site. If you cannot use the site, you can call 119 free of charge to book an appointment. As of 19 July the second jab will be given 8 weeks after your first dose. You can view, manage, and rebook your COVID-19 vaccination appointments here. If you received your first shot at a walk-in vaccination site, you can book your second jab here.
Covid Roadmap, Stage 4 update
Beginning 19 July, the dose interval for under 40s will be reduced from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. Under this program the Government hopes to double vaccinate everyone over 18 by mid-September.
Below are the answers to some key questions about the Government’s vaccination programme.
Who is currently eligible?
- Anyone 18 and over
- people at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
How many vaccines have been delivered?
➡️ Nationally, the NHS have delivered first-dose to over 46 million people and second-doses to over 37 million people. The Government is publishing daily statistics on vaccinations that can be found here.
➡️ Across the Havant Constituency vaccinations have been administered to tens of thousands of residents. At capacity, all three of our GP led sites can deliver a combined 3,000 vaccines a day.
Will there be a booster shot?
➡️A booster shot will be released in the near future. The government hopes to offer a booster shot for the most vulnerable in the Autumn.
Where are the vaccinations taking place?
Local GP-led sites are located at:
➡️Emsworth Baptist Church
➡️Hayling Island Health Centre
➡️Waterlooville Health Centre
High Street Pharmacy Site:
➡️ Greywell Shopping Centre, Leigh Park
How will I know when it is my turn to be vaccinated?
➡️ Everyone over 18 is currently eligible for a vaccine. You might have been notified by NHS England when you became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, if you are already eligible to receive a vaccine you can book an appointment online here.
Can I ring the NHS to get a vaccine?
➡️ You can book a vaccination appointment online at the NHS site.
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?
➡️ If you are pregnant you will be offered either the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine.
➡️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.
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 vaccines for COVID-19 are ordered?
The Government has in principle secured access to seven different vaccine candidates, across four different vaccine types, totalling over 517 million doses. This includes:
- Pfizer/BioNTech for 100 million doses
- Oxford/AstraZeneca for 100 million doses
- Moderna for 17 million doses
- Janssen for 30 million doses
- Novavax for 60 million doses
- Valneva for 100 million doses
- GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur for 60 million doses
- CureVac for 50 million doses
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 29 July, 2021