Covid-19 Vaccine Information
We are currently providing Covid-19 vaccines.
Covid-19 vaccinations will be provided through a range of local NHS services. The vaccines will be available to everyone over 18 years old. People will be invited for vaccination based on a nationally set priority list. The elderly and most at risk from Covid-19 will be vaccinated first
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccines. Our phone lines are very busy and we would appreciate your support to keep phone lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
The vaccination programme will take several months to work through everyone, so it could be some time before you are contacted.
Please help protect yourself, friends and loved ones by getting vaccinated when you are invited.
Where can I get the vaccine?
We are providing Covid-19 vaccinations at Avicenna Medical Centre, Leybourne, Oxley, Shaw Lane ME19 5PU for our own patients and those from the following surgeries:
- Thornhills Medical Centre
- Wateringbury Surgery
- Snodland Surgery
- Phoenix Surgery
Thee will be home visits for housebound patients. We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available to you
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccine
Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters
Which Priority Group are currently being invited?
We are inviting patients in this order:
- 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 to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease or 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
Questions about the Vaccine
Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?
No, If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self isolation
If I've had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven't
How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine
When will the second dose be given?
From 30th December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled 10-12 weeks after the first dose
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them
How do you prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?
We prioritise according to the groups listed above. We may start inviting the nexy cohort whilst vaccinating the last few from the cohort before to ensure that every appointment is filled
How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
We have an electronic text system to invite those who can book on a smartphone. We are telephoning those for whom we do not hold a current mobile number or who do not book electronically
If I cannot make an appointment what should I do?
If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine, we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it, please call your practice to cancel so that we can invite someone else
How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?
We are using the same system described above but the contact will be the individual whom the practice usually contacts regarding medical matters, whether that is the patient, the next of kin for whomwe hold patient consent, or their Lasting Power of Attorney. We run regular searches to ensure that no one is missed
Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?
We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. A public bus service is available to the shops on Little Market Row, Leybourne which is adjacent to the site.