Update, 20th January 2021:
Please make sure that you have supplied the surgery with the correct and most up-to-date contact information on our records, especially your mobile number - the booking system we are using sends a text message with a link to book your vaccination online. For those without a mobile number or an incorrect number, we will call patients instead.
Original post, 6th January 2021:
The national COVID vaccination programme is being delivered via GP Hubs. We are part of the Ainsdale, Birkdale & Formby hub comprising all the surgeries in these areas.
The vaccinations will be delivered from a single location in the Ainsdale and Birkdale area which has been designated as the Ainsdale Centre for Health and Well-Being on Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) about who is most at risk from Coronavirus.
The Ainsdale, Birkdale and Formby vaccination delivery hub is expecting to get a delivery of 1375 vaccines on Friday 8th January. When each delivery of vaccine is received, it will be shared out fairly between practices in Ainsdale, Birkdale and Formby. This will include both types of vaccine currently approved - Pfizer and Astra Zeneca (Oxford).
We currently anticipate that these vaccines will be deployed in line with the government priority listing which means the vaccination effort will be focussed on patients in care homes care home staff and some 80+ year olds. Patients aged 80+ years are the next priority group after care homes.
More vaccine will be delivered in the future but we don’t have any specific dates for this at the moment.
Please do not contact the surgery about this, we will contact you when we are in a position to invite you to be vaccinated. We will contact patients either by letter, phone call or SMS when we are able to invite you in for your vaccination.
Signs and marshals will be available to help you navigate around the site. There are car parking facilities.
Please arrive as close as possible to your appointment time & please wear a face covering. If necessary, you may bring one other person with you as a chaperone. Please do not attend if you are unwell on the day or following isolation rules.
You may be required to remain on-site for 15 minutes post-vaccination & a second dose of vaccine will be required within 12 weeks.
We are pleased to be taking part in this programme, which should help us move on from the pandemic and hopefully to a more normal life.
To allow us to prioritise vaccination efforts we will need to supply staff as vaccinators so less urgent activity at the Surgery will be postponed. We know you will understand and support us in this important work.