COVID-19, including vaccination information

Covid Vaccination update – September 2021

Each practice within our Primary Care Network will work with their own patient groups to deliver this vaccination programme, supported by the primary care network team alongside running their individual practices. Appointments will be either be at the vaccination centre next to Penrith Hospital or at your own practice, you will be advised of where to come when you are invited.

You may find that a friend, neighbour or relative is invited in before or after you because you are registered at different practices or have different health needs (which you may not be aware of) this is due to the very different size of practices across our PCN, staff availability at each practice and availability of vaccine and we are often given short notice of delivery dates.

Practices are currently working out their individual vaccination programmes, please bear with them whilst they undertake this work but be assured, they will commence sending out invites very soon.

We have provided some general information, below. 

General Practice is going to be running four vaccination programmes over the next three months

·         Covid vaccination – 12 – 15 Year olds (At risk) 

·         Covid third primary vaccination – Immunuosuppressed

·         Covid vaccination – Cohorts 1- 9 Boosters – All over 50’s or with underlying health conditions

·         Influenza vaccinations –  Eligible adults

Patients will be invited by the practice either by SMS message/letter or telephone to book into the correct clinic.  

It is very important that you wait to be invited and do not phone the practices. Following the announcement on Tuesday the practices have been inundated with queries meaning that patients who need medical assistance or advice cannot get through.  Practices will contact you in stages, please wait to be contacted.

For more information please see the JCVI statement  

Covid vaccination – 12 – 15 Year olds (At risk)

All at risk 12 – 15 year olds have received an invite from their practice with regards to the covid vaccination

All healthy 12 – 15 year olds will be vaccinated via the school nurse programme

Covid third vaccination – Immunuosuppressed

Patients will start to receive invites from practices soon. The criteria is quite strict and practices also need to work with hospital consultants with regards to when some patients should be vaccinated.

Covid vaccination – Boosters

Cohorts 1 – 9 from the primary covid vaccination groups earlier in the year will be invited for a booster vaccination. Please click here for a reminder of the groups

COVID vaccination certification

We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

Please see the Gov.uk website for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.

The NHS app can be downloaded from here for iPhone or here for android.  

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

COVID Vaccination – The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has started.  When it is the right time patients will receive an invitation to come forward.  This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.  Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this letter.

Please find the links to the COVID-19 patient guidance leaflets

A Guide for Older Adults

A guide for Healthcare workers

A guide for Social Care staff

What to expect after the vaccination

Why am I being asked to wait for the vaccination?

Please find detailed the patient FAQ

Please find a link to NHS England’s FAQ regarding the second vaccination dose https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/C1200-COVID-19-vaccination-programme-FAQs-on-second-dose.pdf

Please also see the Practice page on support for Post Viral Fatigue -COVID-19 https://www.applebymedicalpractice.co.uk/self-care/post-viral-fatigue-covid19/ or Mental Health support during COVID-19 – https://www.applebymedicalpractice.co.uk/clinics-services/mental-health-and-anxiety/

Important Information to keep you safe while isolating at home leaflet – link to printable version

COVID Self Care Forum fact sheets

COVID-19 Principle Trial

COVID-19 has affected the lives of everybody within the UK and the rest of the world. Finding safe and effective treatments has been the drive of researchers at the University of Oxford and right now, you have an opportunity to help. PRINCIPLE is a national priority trial to find treatments for COVID-19. We are looking for volunteers aged 65 or over, OR aged between 50 and 64 with an underlying health condition.

To be eligible to take part, you must be unwell with Covid-19 symptoms, and have had them for less than 14 days. No face to face visits are needed.

Please help us fight COVID-19 by visiting our website www.principletrial.org