As you may be aware, there has been a lot of information linking blood clots and the COVID-19 AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination in patients aged under 30 years old.
To continue reading please see COVID19 vaccination and blood clotting at gov.uk.
Due to the confusion that a lot of this information may have caused as well as numerous questions we are sure many patients have, we would like to clarify that the Hambleton Primary Care Network and Mayford House Surgery will be offering all patients between the ages of 18 and 29 an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccination, but can still receive the AstraZeneca vaccination if they wish.
If you are aged 30 and over, you will still be booked in to receive the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccination as there is no clear clinical risk for patients in this age group.
- Anyone 30 plus years should still have AZ (1st or 2nd dose
- Anyone aged 18 to 29 who has already received a 1st dose of AZ should continue to receive the 2nd unless a severe reaction to the 1st
- Anyone aged 18 to 29 yet to receive their 1st needs to have a discussion with a clinician about the risks and benefits and be offered an alternative vaccine (we cannot confirm when the alternative will be available) but can still have AZ if they wish after discussion with a clinician
We would like to thank all patients for their co-operation and the amazing uptake to the vaccination, together we can get back to a relative sense of normal and vaccinating ourselves against COVID-19 is a huge step in achieving this.
Updated 1st April, 2021
Invitation Status - we are currently inviting and booking appointments for patients aged 45 years old and over
If you have not yet received a text message, 'phone call or letter and would like to book in, please ring the surgery after 4pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). This is to help reduce the pressure on the telephones during our busier times of day and to help provide patients with better care and service.
We are calling all patients in for their COVID vaccination in line with national guidance; when it is your turn you will be contacted either by the surgery to attend our local vaccination clinic, or by NHS England to attend a national vaccination centre.
We are aware that many patients are receiving letters and in some cases 'phone calls from NHS England, inviting them to book in for their COVID vaccination at one of the mass vaccination centres.
It is your choice as to whether you take up the offer of an appointment or if you would prefer to wait to be seen locally.
If you would prefer to be seen locally, the practice will contact you when sufficient vaccine has been delivered. Please note the vaccination sites are receiving larger quantities of vaccine deliveries than local sites.
Please also remember that it is expected that you will receive your 2nd vaccination where you received your first.
Please do not worry if a friend or relative has been invited and you have not, we will get round to inviting everyone in the top 12 priority groups in the coming months, no one will be forgotten.
The Surgery is currently inviting patients in priority groups 10 and below. These are patients who are:
aged 40 and over
over the age of 16 years with an underlying health condition
Please find the list of priority groups below.
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- 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 (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
- All those 65 years of age and over
- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (see clinical conditions below) At the same time as adults under 65 years with long term conditions, the vaccine will also be offered to unpaid adult carers, those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
- All those 40 years of age and over
- All those 30 years of age and over
- All those 18 years of age and over
Clinical Conditions List
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- are severely mentally ill
Further detailed information on priority groups is available in the COVID-19 Priority Groups Green Book, chapter 14a.
Covid Vaccines are being delivered to Primary Care Networks across the country.
The Hambleton Primary Care Network has received a delivery of the vaccine which is to be shared out amongst its 8 practices.
The vaccination programme will be delivered from the Forum in Northallerton, NOT from the surgeries.
We will be inviting patients when their age group / job role / medical condition become eligible for vaccination, and will depend on when further deliveries of the vaccine arrive.
Please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you.
Thank you for your patience.
If you have been invited to have you COVID-19 vaccination please see our COVID Vaccination Centre - Information about your appointment.
If you would like further information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, please see the NHS's COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for Adults.
Public Health England has also produced an Easy Read Leaflet regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.
Do you have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination? If you do they may already have been answered. Please see our COVID-19 FAQs for Patients.
Please find below links to COVID-19 outbreak management in different languages from North Yorkshire County Council.
In relation to the COVID-19 outbreak. A clinical trial exploring treatment for the COVID-19 virus is taking place. If you experience a continuous cough and/or a high temperature and have had it for less than 14 days.
Find out more about the COVID-19 Clinical Trial here.