Coronavirus Updates

Why do I have to wait COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Find out all your answers regarding the COVID-19 vaccination including how you get an appointment by visinig the dedicated Essex Covid-19 vaccination website which includes all the latest information and FAQs about the Covid Vaccine. 

www.essexcovidvaccine.nhs.uk

The vaccination against COVID is being rolled out across mid and south Essex.  The programme is centrally run and in Southend CCG will be delivered at Primary Care Network (PCN) level and not by individual practices.  As we receive vaccinations in our PCN clinics are arranged in our local PCN vaccination hub which is  The Salvation Army Hall in Frobisher Way. Only patients contacted and given an appointemnt can attend the hub. 
Nationally NHS England are also sending out letters to patients to invite them to attend the national vaccination hubs, appointments for these can be booked on line the link is on the letter. 
The message from NHS England is:
 
  • Only patients contacted with an appointment will be eligible for the vaccination.  
  • This is a phased vaccination programme which will expand over the coming months
  • The NHS will be in contact with people when it is their turn to have the vaccine.
  • When someone is called for an appointment, please can they ensure they attend.
  • In the meantime continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene and all government COVID guidance.

Please be mindful that national press relases do not change this, please keep an eye on here and on our facebook page for any changes to the vaccination programme that effect our patients.

Following the latest government advice ALL visitors to the Health Centre will be required to wear a face covering whilst inside the premises.  Please cooperate with this new measure which is in place to protect both patients and staff and can help reduce the risk of transmission if you are suffering from coronavirus including those who are not showing any symptoms. 

We are asking that you plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible.  We appreciate not everyone will find it easy to wear a covering, but we would encourage everyone to show their support for these measures, as they are designed to keep us all safe.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace. 

Face coverings should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandanna that ties behind the head to give a snug fit.

Patients and visitors should use hand sanitiser before putting their face covering on and after taking it off.

It is important that, wherever possible, people don’t touch their face covering when wearing it to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.

Non medical, or cloth face masks are only effective when used alongside other preventative measures such as: Social distancing.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.

Last month, the Government set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, using scarves or other textile items. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

 

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