TO ALL OF OUR PATIENTS
We are all excited to hear that there is real progress on a COVID19 vaccine and that this should improve the quality of life for all of us. We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the COVID19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are all committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe. We miss your faces, as much as some of you might miss (some) of ours.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
Some hospitals have now received the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID19 vaccine. Nationally, supplies are very limited at the moment, so they will need to be strictly prioritised in line with national guidance. Information on this vaccine is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19/information-for-uk-recipients-on-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine
We have been nominated as a ‘first wave’ for vaccination in the community, and dependent on supply reaching us, we are hoping for this to start next week (14th December 2020) using this vaccine.
The two other COVID19 vaccines that are in development and have not yet been licensed to be used on patients in the UK – but we are expecting them to be licensed very soon.
The expectation is still that the vaccinations will not start for most people until 2021 and it will take some time to vaccinate everyone who is eligible. Work is underway to prepare for the roll-out and good progress is being made. It would really help if you didn’t contact us asking about when your turn will come – this will allow our staff time to call those whose time has!
The COVID19 Vaccination Programme is moving very fast at the moment. As soon as we have some information that will affect us and our patients, we will announce it here on our website.
We know this year has demanded so much of all of us, not least of which is patience. Please bear with us a bit longer. We are all hoping that the challenge of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS will have minimal impact on routine care, but there might be some. Please forgive if tempers become a bit frayed, or if any of us sound tired. We probably are!
Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of hand-washing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.
Dr Hennessy, Dr Gorvin, Mrs Kay (practice manager) and all the team.