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Covid Vaccination Program - 19/01/21

We can confirm that we now have a limited supply of Covid vaccine been delivered to the practice and currently this is changing every week. We are notified how many vaccines we will be getting approximately one week ahead of time. Unlike the flu vaccination programme the vaccine is being delivered weekly to the practice in quite small batches, initially of 80 or 100 per week. We are allocated this share of Tayside's supply based on the number of over 80s we have in practice.

Because the supply is so tightly controlled we can only vaccinate the population the vaccine is allocated to – currently over 80s. We understand there are many other deserving cases, and want everyone to be as safe as possible as soon as possible.

There have been recent announcements nationally that the over-70s will now be called as our next "priority" group. This is correct and it will be our schedule too, but can only begin only once we have completed the over-80s, which at the current rate we estimate will be in about 2 to 3 weeks.

We do not have any "extra" doses and are unable to make exceptions as this would be discriminating against everyone else.

Our administration team are fielding a high volume of phone calls daily from understandably concerned patients wanting to know when they will receive the vaccine.

Please be aware that we will call you when we have a vaccine for you - Please do not phone us - We will be in touch as soon as we have vaccine and working on the age cohort you are in

Our Administration team are contacting our over-80s by phone once we have confirmation of how many vaccines we have will be receiving the following week.

Our housebound over 80s are to be vaccinated by a Community Vaccination Team, commencing on Jan 21st, although we do have a large number of housebound patient and this will continue through January and February.

We have robust plans in place to deliver this vaccine as quickly as possible and increase our capacity as the supply increases.

Our staff are not able to provide anymore information than we have detailed above, and they can't book you in ahead of the National Program. We will update this page if the situation changes.

Thank for your patience and understanding.

 UPDATE  20/01/21

for all shielding patients who have received a text notifying you that you will get your vaccination by Mid February.  PLEASE do not phone the practice.  We will contact you when we have sufficient vaccine to accommodate the shielding cohort.  We are currently completing the over 80 cohort and anticipate this being completed early February

UPDATE 03/02/21

All over 80 year old patients have been invited or passed to the housebound team.

patients between 75 and 79 years are being invited by the practice to attend for their vaccination. Please be patient with us, we are awaiting supply of vaccine from NHS Tayside and unable to book further appointments until we are in receipt of this

patients between 70 and 74 years will be invited by the central NHS Tayside team to attend the clinic at Caird Hall, Dundee.  The Practice has not been allocated vaccine for the cohort, therefore unable to appoint this age cohort.  vaccine stock permitting, these cohorts will be completed by 15 Feb. Please don’t call us or NHS Tayside before this time.

patients 65 to 69 years will be invited by the central NHS Tayside team to attend the clinic at Caird Hall, Dundee.  The pratice has not been allocated vaccine for the cohort, therefore unable to appoint this age cohort.  vaccine stock permitting, these cohorts will be completed by 15 Feb. Please don’t call us or NHS Tayside before this time.

Shielding patients will be contacted by the practice to attend for their vaccination. Please be patient with us, we are awaiting supply of vaccine from NHS Tayside and unable to book further appointments until we are in receipt of them

Please do not telephone the practice enquiring when you will be vaccinated, we will phone everyone in the cohorts we are allocated, as will the NHS Tayside team for those being invited to Caird Hall.  If you miss your call, we will keep trying.  This is a massive undertaking to manage our normal core workload and the vaccination program and the staff are doing their very best to get everyone contacted as quickly as possible.  We are currently planning up to 250 vaccine per week with some weeks booking up to 400 appointment, but is all vaccine supply dependent.

ACCESS TO THE CAIRD HALL
• Caird Hall City Square DD1 3BB
o Parking is free for DCC car parks at present, nearest is
o Gellatly St,
o Greenmarket,
o Olympia Yeaman Shore

• Accessibility info: Castle Street & Crighton Street at the side of the venue are protected for Disabled Car parking and there is traffic management, with marshalled drop-off points also.

• Access via front of Caird Hall (Slessor Gardens), with a route mapped out for those with mobility issues.

UPDATE 17/02/21

the practice is now inviting patient who are in the cohort of patients between 64 and 16 years of age who have a medical condition that would normally generate a flu vac invite each year.  we are inviting patients by age, start at 64 years and working down to 16 years.   

If you are over 70 or a shielder andnot had your vaccine or informed the practice you have declined the invite, you will have had a a telephone or letter invite.  If you have not received this, please contact the practice and we will arrange your appointment.

the community team are still carrying out home visits for patients who have been registered as housebound.

The next cohort the practice will be contacting will be any registered carers, vaccine supply allowing, this should be by the end of March. 

UPDATE 15/03/21

 

Any carers who have not had their vaccine, should register on the national database and you will be invited to the central vaccination clinics.  click on this link of more info and to register :- https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/vaccinating-carers

How to Register as an Unpaid Carer

The Vaccination Programme across Scotland is moving to the next priority groups with those over 60 in Tayside seeing the arrival of their appointments in blue envelopes this week. Those aged 50 to 60 in Tayside should get ready to receive their appointment over the next few weeks.
 
Everyone in the 60 to 64 age group in Tayside will be invited for their vaccination from this week, with their invitations coming in the form of a letter from the national vaccination programme in a distinctive blue envelope.
 
The invitation will provide the location, date and time of the vaccination appointment plus instructions on how to change the appointment if necessary. There are also details for the national vaccination helpline if people have any queries.
 
Everyone in these age groups will get their vaccination at community vaccination centres. With more than 55,000 people in these next age groups in line for the vaccine, invitations will be coming out over the coming weeks with everyone getting their first jab by the middle of April.

The practice is about to commence with the second vaccination for all those who have attended for their first vaccination.  The practice will be in contact with those who have not been allocated a second appointment during April for their appointments in May (10 to 12 weeks after the first vaccination)

Remember it takes 2-3 weeks for the vaccine to provide protection, and you require both doses for maximum protection. It is not known whether it stops you spreading the virus to others so please stick to the rules and help stop spread in the communities.

We appreciate your patience & support with this matter due to the evolving daily vaccine availability; we are continuing to work hard to ensure prompt vaccination of our community.

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