2 March 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination programme
Our practice is currently supporting the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
This means that at certain times, part of our premises may be used for vaccine clinics or some of our team will be involved in running vaccine clinics.
So, if you are asked to attend a face-to-face appointment, this may be at a different location to the one you normally attend or you may see someone different to usual.
The NHS is vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most.
A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to roll out in full.
No two practices are the same so some might be going at slightly different pace than others. This is nothing to worry about – it may be because of size, or the number of patients they have in different age groups or with different underlying health conditions.
So please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it, and don’t worry if your friends, or neighbour or relatives may have had a vaccination already, while you are waiting to be called.
We are working through an agreed process as best we can and as fast and as fairly as possible. You may be frustrated that you haven’t heard from us yet, but please be patient.
We are also doing everything we can to ensure that we do this safely, and keeping wastage to an absolute minimum.
These are challenging times for everybody but we do ask that you to treat your doctors and everyone at the practice politely and with respect. Please act reasonably.
As a practice we are working hard to support you, your family and friends’ with your health and care needs. We remain grateful for all the support we have received from our patients but please do dear in mind the unique circumstances we are having to work in at the moment
In summary, the NHS is currently vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most. A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to complete. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
Please don’t call us before you are invited. In the meantime, you can ask a question and get information about the Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 Vaccination online here https://www.southamptoncityccg.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccineupdate
As you will probably know, we are currently working hard to give the Covid-19 vaccination to all eligible patients. Please do not contact us about getting vaccinated – everyone will be invited in due course, and we will not leave anybody out.
We have been made aware that some fraudsters may have been using the pandemic to target people, sending false messages which pretend to offer appointments. In these false messages, people may be asked to provide their bank details to verify their identity.
Please note - no part of the NHS will ever ask for your bank details. If you receive a message which appears to be from the NHS but which asks for financial information, it will be a hoax.
More information and advice can be found here. https://cfa.nhs.uk/resources/downloads/fraud-awareness/covid-19/COVID-19_SMS_and_Text_Message_Scams.pdf
We will be in touch with all eligible patients about getting the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as we can. In the meantime, please remember do keep doing the basics to help protect yourself and those around you – wash your hands, cover your face, give others space.
If you are a patient facing frontline health and social care worker and have not yet had the COVID-19 vaccination please contact the surgery via our email address
FGCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org with the below information.
- Date of Birth
- Occupation with a description
- Employer and their contact details
- Contact number
We currently do not have any COVID-19 vaccine clinic running but once we have appointments available we will contact you to book an appointment
We are all excited to hear about the progress of the rolling out of the Covid vaccine and look forward to this improving the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the continued confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- The vaccines are being rolled out in a very strict order
- Please do not contact the surgery nor the hospital to seek a vaccine
- We will contact you when the NHS has informed us that you are eligible
- We are still open if you have any medical concerns and will offer advice via the telephone whenever we can to prevent you leaving home unnecessarily
- With the current rapid increase in Covid-19 cases it is even more important to
- wash your hands
- wear a face mask as advised
- keep 2 metres apart
Thank you for your patience