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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps to make us all safer. It has been proved safe and effective by independent experts, and is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and save thousands of lives.

This page contains the latest information and advice for residents about:

 

Who Can Currently Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

You can now book your NHS COVID-19 vaccination if you are any of the following

  • Aged 25 and over
  • At high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Live or work in a care home
  • Are a Health or social care worker
  • Have a condition such as Asthma that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable - people who are offered a free NHS flu jab each winter)
  • Have a learning disability
  • Are the main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.

How to Book Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Local GP-run vaccination services – these are provided in vaccination clinics in some GP surgeries health centres or other community locations.

Appointments at these sites must be booked through your GP practice. Your practice will offer you an appointment at the centre that they are linked to. These locations do not appear as options on the national booking service.

Local vaccination services and are well placed to support our highest risk patients, many of whom already have a trusted relationship with their local GP.

The local vaccination sites in Three Rivers are:

  • Bridgewater House Surgery
  • Sheepcot Medical Centre
  • Manor View Surgery
  • Attenborough Surgery
  • Colne Practice

Vaccination centres – These are bigger community venues and larger pharmacies that can vaccinate large numbers of people. When it is your turn to be vaccinated you can book an appointment at a location and time that suits you using the National Booking Service. The NHS might contact you to book when it’s your turn but you can book without an invitation if you are in one of the eligible groups. You can book online here.

You can find the list of vaccination centres on NHS England’s website.

More information about the vaccination programme is on the Herts and West Essex Healthier Future website.

Walk-in centres - In order to make it even easier for eligible people to get protected against COVID-19, a number of walk-in vaccination sessions have opened up for people across Hertfordshire.

The full list of local clinics offering vaccinations without appointments in the days to come can be found at this address: https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk . Check back with this website for details of further walk-in clinics in future – and remember that the National Booking Service has a wide range of appointments that can be booked in advance.

Please do not contact the council regarding bookings. All appointments are handled by the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Are there side effects?

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • A sore arm where the needle went in
  • Feeling tired
  • A headache
  • Feeling achy
  • Feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call or go online to NHS 111.

You can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme.

Allergic reactions

Tell healthcare staff before you are vaccinated if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction. In some circumstances, your GP might make arrangements for you to have your vaccination in an hospital setting

You should not have the COVID-19 vaccine if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis) to:

  • A previous dose of the same vaccine
  • Any of the ingredients in the vaccine

Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

Are the vaccines safe for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and for those women who are wishing to conceive?

The latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. There have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy.

Women should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances. Women should not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Women trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination and there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility.


Find out more in the Questions and Answers from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists here 

Does the vaccine affect fertility?

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility. There is more information in the Questions and Answers from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists here 

Second COVID Vaccine

It is important that you have both doses of your vaccine to ensure you have the maximum level of protection from Coronavirus.

When will I have my second vaccine booked?

If your GP booked you in for your first vaccine they will contact you and book you for your second vaccine 8-12 weeks later. Please note your GP may not contact you to book you in until 7 -10 weeks after your first vaccine. 

If you booked your first vaccine through the NHS booking system you will have already booked an appointment with your second dose.

What happens if more than 12 weeks passes before I have my second vaccine?

If for any reason you miss having your second vaccine 12 weeks after your first, please make sure you book-in and have it as soon as possible. 

Staying Safe and Avoiding Scams

The COVID-19 vaccine will always be free in the UK and delivered by the NHS. Patients will be sent a letter by the NHS call/recall service informing them of their eligibility, and receive a call from Primary Care Networks, offering the choice of booking at a GP-led vaccination centre or using the national booking service.

For more information and advice, please visit Action Fraud

BBC Asian Network is helping people in the South Asian community to spot potential scams, with advice videos in five South Asian languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Gujarati.

 

Vaccine Information and Resources

If you have any questions about the NHS COVID Vaccination Programme, please speak to a trusted person, such as your GP, or visit the NHS websit

Please follow Three Rivers on our social media pages for links for more useful information such as COVID-19 webinars, local campaigns and programmes etc.

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Vaccine Information in Community Languages

To help reach all communities NHS staff explain how the vaccine is given, and give clear evidence that the vaccines work and are safe. It is hoped that the videos will be shared among friends, families, faith and community groups via WhatsApp, text message and on social media. You can view the script in English and download the videos via the links below.

View all of the videos and more COVID-19 information in community languages by clicking here.