The Malling PCN/PPG COVID News Update - Issue 03 09 April 2021

The Malling PCN

The Malling Primary Care Network is a group of 5 practices that work together to provide better services to patients. The practices are: Snodland Medical Practice, Thornhills Medical Practice, West Malling Group Practice, Wateringbury Surgery and Phoenix Medical Practice

The Avicenna Centre, Leybourne

The Avicenna Centre, 7 Little Market Row, Leybourne is a West Malling Group Practice surgery now manned by clinicians and staff from all 5 practices in the Malling PCN to provide a COVID vaccination service to patients in all surgeries in the Malling PCN.

THE CURRENT SITUATION IN MALLING

Approx. Numbers Vaccinated to date

17,924 first dose, 4031 second dose

Vaccines being used

Pfizer and Oxford AZ

Over 80’s vaccinated (Approx)+ Health/Care workers              

3733

75-80’s vaccinated (Approx)

2166

70-75’s vaccinated (Approx) + Shielding

3850

Over 65’s

At risk groups

Over 60’s

Over 50’s

2519

4819

2004

2529

2004

2520

When will over 40’s begin?

 

Soon

Are we on track to meet Gov Targets?

 

Serious issues at the moment

Yes, we have met all targets

 

No services are yet permitted to move to Phase 2

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

 

  1. Please contact your practice or email wkccg.mallingpcn@nhs.net if you think you may have been missed if you are:Anyone who had their first dose prior to 8th February
  • Anyone unvaccinated and is a frontline health or social care worker
  • Anyone unvaccinated and over 50 years of age
  • Anyone housebound and unvaccinated
  • Anyone not invited and is an adult with a serious long-term health condition or the unpaid carer for an elderly or disabled person
     
  1. Please attend your second dose appointment, the vaccine has been supplied for that appointment and, for the Pfizer vaccine, does not have the shelf life to allow for flexible dates. (Please make yourself known if exceptional circumstances such as hospitalisation prevent your attendance.)

 

  1. Patients under 50 years cannot yet be vaccinated unless they are already eligible as a carer/health worker or have a long-term condition. This is true for all vaccination centres and is a national instruction.
     
  2. Under 40’s. Vaccine supplies are expected to be delayed in April, but the government insists all adults will still be offered their first dose by the target of  end of July.
    1. However, people under 50 without underlying medical conditions in England may now have to wait until May.
    2. They will be vaccinated in order of age:

40-49 years

30-39 years

18-29 years

Some groups at higher risk of needing hospital treatment from Covid are urged to take up the offer of vaccination promptly. These are:

  • Men
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • People with a BMI over 30
  • Those in deprived neighbourhoods

 

  1. Temporary closure of Mass Vaccination Sites.
  2.  
  3. The NHS has decided to temporarily close some sites in Kent in the first 3 weeks in April due to a blip in vaccine supply. This includes the Tonbridge Angel Centre.
  4. However, the community health trust says: “Second doses are not affected; If you have a second dose booked at any site, please attend”.

    The progress at Leybourne will not be significantly impacted and we are on track to meet all of the government targets.
     
  5. ASTRA ZENECA VACCINE.

The rules for the Astra Zeneca vaccine have been changed. Patients now need to be over 30 years of age to be given the  Astra Zeneca vaccine unless it is their second dose, or they have a significant health condition.

We have been asked to advise that that the benefits of this vaccine far outweigh any risks attached to this vaccine for all other groups (including under 30’s with a serious health condition) and this is described in a new patient leaflet.  Click the following link to see the leaflet.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/976880/PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide.pdf

 

COVID BACKGROUND INFORMATION

HOW WILL YOU BE CALLED FOR YOUR VACCINATION?

You will either:

  • Be called by the surgery.
  • Receive a text with a link
  • Receive a letter from NHS England

In future you may be sent an email. Please be careful as there are malicious fake emails circulating.  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.

If you think you have been missed please email wkccg.mallingpcn@nhs.net .

LETTER INVITATIONS FROM NHS FOR YOUR COVID VACCINATIONS

A number of patients have received a letter from the NHS inviting them to arrange to have both of their COVID vaccinations.

Some have already had one vaccination.

This section is aimed at clearing up a frequently asked question.

Q Should I accept the letter invitation?

A1. If you already have had a first jab at Leybourne, NO. You will get an invitation to get your second jab at Leybourne soon and within the 12 weeks required for both vaccine brands.

A2. If you have not had a first jab – ITS UP TO YOU. If you do not respond to the letter, your surgery will contact you to invite you to Leybourne.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR SECOND COVID JAB

Some folks are worried about getting their second jab. Will they get it on time?

Will it be the same vaccine as they got for their first jab? Where will they get it?

The good news is – don’t worry!

  • The system has your details.
  • You will be called for your second jab in due time to get it within 12 weeks from your first jab.
  • You will get the same vaccine as your first.
  • It will be at the same centre.

USEFUL LINKS

The following link/s will take you to useful information.

https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/protect-kent-and-medway

https://mailchi.mp/dedcabb2626c/community-bulletin-6240882?e=2523b1150b

It contains a lot of useful and interesting information.

 

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