You may have heard through national media reports that GPs will start COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups from December 2020. We will be contacting patients who have been identified as priority to be offered the vaccine first. Please do not contact the hospital or your GP, but please do continue to adhere to the Hands, Face, Space measures that are helping us limit the transmission of the virus. Thank you
UPDATE 18.01.21: Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first larger regional Vaccination Centres. This is great news as it provides more options for getting vaccinated.
People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.
You may receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, the closest of which is at Taunton so far.
If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides. You have a choice of talking up the offer to attend the mass vaccination site, or wait for your GP to give it to you more locally.
We have started vaccinating patients over the age of 80 years of age and are inviting people in according to the criteria and prioritisation set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and will contact you when it’s your turn.
Like the rest of the NHS we are working to offer vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.
Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. You have not been taken off any lists and we will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.
Vaccine Priority Groups:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
Information about the Covid-19 vaccine is available in these leaflets:
Published: Dec 8, 2020