A lot of work is taking place to make sure the NHS is ready to offer a COVID-19 vaccination plan to people as soon as a vaccine passes all the strict safety checks and is officially signed off and available.
When will a vaccine be available?
At the moment, we do not have any information about exactly when a vaccine will be ready. The NHS will not offer COVID-19 vaccinations until it is safe to do so and a vaccine is proved to be both safe and effective.
Where can I get a vaccine?
Vaccines will be offered from a number of different locations to make sure everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one. These locations are still being decided and we will share these details with patients as soon as we know.
Who will get a vaccine?
The vaccine will be offered to those most at risk from COVID-19 first, starting with older people living in care homes and those over 80 years old. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available in the link below.
Currently, it advises that it should then be offered to people with high or medium risk clinical conditions and those aged between 50 and 80, and then to the rest of the population over the age of 18. This will be done in a phased approach and full details of when and where will be shared once a vaccine is confirmed.
We will contact patients to invite them to book their vaccination when the vaccine becomes available and they become eligible.
In the meantime, please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine as it may stop someone who needs urgent medical help getting through to us.