Latest Covid vaccination news

As at 07/04/21

After a few very hectic weeks of first dose clinics we are now starting the first of the second dose clinics at Wareham Hospital, therefore if you are waiting for a call from us to be booked in for your first dose of the vaccine it is likely to be a few weeks before we have more first dose appointment dates available. Please bear with us.

If you have a second dose appointment coming up in the next few weeks, it is really important that you please attend your booked 2nd dose appointment. We are unable to amend appointments in most circumstances as we are reliant upon vaccine deliveries from NHS England which have been carefully planned based on booked appointments resulting from the dates of the first dose of the vaccine. We will not be able to bring forward any appointments due to holidays or most other reasons. Please attend your appointment if you are able to. If you are really unable to attend please advise us if this is the case and we will cancel your booked second dose appointment. We will try to find you an alternative date which will be after your booked appointment and therefore likely to be outside of the recommended 12 week interval, this is due to the fact that we cannot guarantee the same vaccine will be available on another date, therefore you will possibly need to be added to a standby list and may be called at short notice. If you have to contact us to cancel your second appointment please advise us of the dates that you will not be available to attend the clinic.

If you are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group and had your first dose of the vaccine on 16th February and you received a text from us to book the previous appointment, you will shortly be receiving another text inviting you to book your second dose of the vaccine for 11th May. Please look out for a text from us soon.

Thank you to all of those who accepted appointments at short notice over the last couple of weeks, we receive little notice of the vaccination deliveries and are grateful to those who have answered the calls from us when we have tried to contact you. If you missed a call from us, or haven't received a call from us but understand others in your age group have received calls, then please ensure we have the correct telephone numbers for you - you can update your details via this form. We will call all eligible people back once we have more first dose appointments available to offer.

Many thanks

As at 24/03/21

We have now attempted to call or contact (ie by letter or text if there was no answer when we tried to call), all of our patients who are aged over 50.

If you are aged over 50 and have not yet booked your covid vaccination appointment, please call us as a matter of urgency to get you booked you in; you do need to be 4 weeks clear of a previous positive covid test, and you shouldn't have had any other vaccinations within the previous 7 days or due to have other vaccinations within the next 7 days.

If you have previously advised us that you wish to decline but you have changed your mind, or if you had previously booked via the online central NHS system but your plans have changed, if you are over 50 please do call us.

As at 22/03/21

Breaking news....all second dose appointments at Wareham hospital this week are required to be changed. We will be contacting our patients, who are affected and will be letting them know (either by telephone or by letter), the revised dates as follows:

2nd dose appointments booked for Thursday 25th March will now take place on Thursday 8th April, appointments booked for Friday 26th March will now take place on Friday 9th April, and appointments booked for Saturday 27th March will now take place on Saturday 10th April. 

First dose vaccinations taking place this week will go ahead as planned.

In other news, we are now attempting to contact all patients aged over 50 to book in for their first dose of vaccination. 

As at 02/03/21

We have started calling our age 60-64 age group (cohort 7), as well as those we haven't yet been able to speak to in the following cohorts:

  • 65 year olds and above (cohorts 2,3,4,5)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable (those on the shielding list)(cohort 4)
  • 16-64 year olds with certain underlying health conditions (cohort 6)
  • Health and social care workers (cohort 2)

Our reception team are unable to answer questions about the covid vaccination, your eligibility, or any of the arrangements for the clinics, therefore please use the information below to help you with your queries.

When we reach your name on our eligible patient list, we will call, or text you to offer you appointments for your first and second doses of the vaccine.

If we are unable to reach you (due to us maybe having an out of date telephone number for you), we will write to you.

Please do not call us at the surgery unless you have received a letter from us asking you to call us. If you have received such a letter from us asking you to call us, please call us on 01929 462376, you will need to hold to speak to a receptionist.

Please do not call us if you have missed a call from us, we will call you back when we have vaccination appointments available to offer you.

If you have already been called and offered appointments and you cannot now attend the first appointment, both appointment will need to be cancelled, please call us on 01929 462376, you will need to choose option 1 to cancel your appointments, stating clearly that it is both of your covid vaccination appointments you need to cancel. We will be back in touch when we have available appointments to offer you.

If you have attended your first appointment and you are now unable to attend your second vaccination appointment, we cannot yet change the appointment for you, we need to wait until nearer the time to see if any cancellations have arisen for the vaccine that you require, you will need to have the same vaccine for your second dose as you had for your first dose. Please do not request assistance from reception to change your second appointment until 2 weeks before your second appointment date at the earliest.

We know we have a few housebound patients still to visit. Please bear with us we will be in touch when we know that the roving community team are back in our area to visit our housebound patients.

We have been receiving lots of queries by telephone which is stopping patients who need genuine urgent medical assistance from getting through, if you believe you have been missed from our eligible list of patients and haven't yet received a call, text or letter from us, please send us an email at wellbridge.practice@nhs.net, add 'covid vaccination' as the subject line.

If you are a frontline health and social care worker and you have not yet been called, please provide us with confirmation of your employment, we require a letter from your employer with your job title, and confirmation from you about your interaction with patients/clients, ie do you visit their home addresses, are you visiting multiple patients, do you care for patients in the 75+ age category? Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis to provide priority for those who can receive the vaccination as part of cohort 2. Please provide the required documentation to the surgery reception to be considered for the vaccination.

PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP AT THE CLINICS YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT BOOKED

As at 25/02/21

This week we have been calling the last of our 65-69 age group (those who haven't yet been vaccinated except those who have previously declined*) to offer vaccination appointments.

If you are aged over 65, or you are clinically extremely vulnerable (as advised by central NHS by way of a 'shielding' letter) and you haven't yet been invited, this may be because we have incorrect contact details for you. Please call the surgery to book your appointment.

We have also been contacting our patients aged 16-64 who have certain underlying health conditions. We will continue to call those on the eligible list, please do not call us even if you have missed a call from us, we will call you back.

We've had lots of enquiries from asthma patients, unfortunately not all with asthma will receive early prioritisation for vaccinations, please see the guidance on asthma.org.uk for more information.

There was also news yesterday that more people with learning disabilities will be invited for early prioritisation. We will be contacting all eligible patients as our eligible patient lists are updated.

We are still receiving a high volume of calls regarding the covid vaccination, the only people we can currently help over the telephone are those aged 65 or over, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

*If you have previously been contacted to offer an appointment and have declined it is not too late to change your mind, please call us if this is the case for you.

Many thanks for your assistance

As at 13/02/21

We know that everyone is keen to receive their vaccination but if you are aged under 70, or if you have not been told that you are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding), please do not call us to enquire when your appointment will be as each phone call like this coming in is taking us away from the important job of calling those who are eligible or dealing with phone calls from people who need to contact us for another reason. 

Our progress through the jcvi cohorts for priority for covid vaccinations is as follows:

  • non-housebound patients aged over 70 - all invited or vaccinated
  • housebound patients aged over 70 - most have now been visited for home vaccinations
  • non-housebound clinically extremely vulnerable patients (shielding) aged 16-64 - have been sent text messages to book into special CEV clinics at Wareham Hospital (or have been phoned on the landline)
  • health and social care workers (see below for more information on how to be included in this group) - we aim to be able to invite patients within a week or so of them registering as a frontline health and social care worker

Patients in the above groups will not be invited within 4 weeks after a positive Covid diagnosis. We will contact these people after sufficient time has passed.

In line with government and Dorset CCG guidelines we have now started calling our patients aged 16-64 who have underlying health conditions. 

We understand that the NHS have started sending letters to patients aged 65-69 inviting them to book into mass vaccination sites (not including Wareham hospital), we have currently allocated all of our appointments for people in this age group therefore when you receive a letter it would be advisable for you to use the link and phone number provided in the letter to book your appointment. We do not know if/when we will be allocated further appointments at Wareham hospital for this age group, we will of course keep you updated in this respect. 

If you are aged over 70 or you are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (as advised by central NHS England letters throughout the pandemic) and you haven’t heard from us then please do contact the surgery to book your appointment, this applies also if you are in these cohorts and you have previously declined and have changed your mind.

Thank you for your continued support


Latest news on 10/02/21

We have identified a group of patients who will shortly be receiving a text message which contains a link to book their Covid-19 vaccination appointment. Please be assured this is a genuine offer and is not a scam. We will never ask for your bank details, you will be offered a range of times on one date next week - 16th February 2021 - this date is specifically for those people who are clinically extremely vulnerable/shielding, to minimise contact with people who have not been shielding. Please book the most convenient time for you to attend Wareham Hospital on Tuesday 16th February, if this date is not convenient or you do not have a smart phone with access to the internet to book your appointment, take no action and we will be in contact with those people who have not responded to the invitation.

As at 08/02/21

We will be in touch when we are able to offer you the vaccination. We have been experiencing high levels of queries about when patients in future cohorts for vaccination will receive their vaccine/invite. Each query that comes in takes us away from inviting people in the current cohort. We appreciate that you are keen to have your vaccine but please bear with us.

We are contacting the following groups:

  • non-housebound patients aged over 80 - all invited or vaccinated
  • non-housebound patients aged over 75 - all invited or vaccinated
  • housebound patients aged over 70 - STARTED visiting for home vaccinations
  • non-housebound patients aged 70-74 - almost all contacted and booked in
  • non-housebound clinically extremely vulnerable patients (shielding) aged 16-64 - STARTED booking for special CEV clinics at Wareham Hospital
  • health and social care workers (see below for more information on how to be included in this group) - we aim to be able to invite patients within a week or so of them registering as a frontline health and social care worker

Patients in the above groups will not be invited within 4 weeks after a positive Covid diagnosis. We will contact these people after sufficient time has passed.

If you fall into one of the above non-housebound groups but have not yet been contacted, please contact the surgery to enable us to book an appointment for you.

The progress described above considers patients invited if they are still considering whether they wish to have the vaccination, or if they have declined the vaccination.

It is not too late to change your mind. If you have previously declined the vaccination and you fall into one of the above cohorts you are welcome to contact the surgery to let us know you've changed your mind and we will be in contact as soon as an appointment becomes available for you.

We plan to start contacting patients aged 65-69 in the next few days, if you receive a letter from the NHS in the meantime you can either book online (we know that the only venues offered are in Bournemouth and Poole), or you can wait to be contacted by us to be booked into Wareham Hospital. Even if you book via the NHS you may still be contacted by us as we have no access to the booking systems used by the central NHS when booking Bournemouth/Poole sites.

If you are housebound and fall into one of the previously mentioned cohorts (ie aged 65 and above, or clinically extremely vulnerable/shielding aged 16-64) we will be contacting you very soon to offer you a home visit.

As at 29/01/21

We have started calling our patients aged 70-74 and some of our clinically extremely vulnerable patients aged 16-74.

All of our appointments for next week are currently full. As soon as we have more availability we will continue to contact those people described above, plus anyone else from the previous cohorts who have yet to be contacted for various reasons. If we have tried to call you and you have missed our call, please do not worry we will be in contact again when we can offer you an appointment.

We understand that some of our patients aged 73-74 have received letters from NHS England offering them appointments at mass vaccination sites (ie at Bournemouth International Centre) or other sites further away. You can wait for us to invite you to Wareham hospital as we are progressing through our lists fairly quickly, or you can book an appointment via the link on your letter.

We are also super pleased to report that some of our housebound patients aged over 75 have, from today, started to receive their vaccinations from a visiting community team of nurses. When we have further supplies of vaccinations for use by the community team (rather than at our Wareham Hospital clinic) we will contact more of our housebound patients to book visits to their homes.

In summary the following progress is being made:

  • non-housebound patients aged over 80 - all invited or vaccinated
  • non-housebound patients aged over 75 - all invited or vaccinated
  • housebound patients aged over 75 - STARTED visiting for home vaccinations
  • non-housebound patients aged 70-74 - STARTED booking for next week onwards
  • clinically extremely vulnerable patients (shielding) aged 16-64 - STARTED booking for next week onwards
  • health and social care workers (see below for more information on how to be included in this group) - we aim to be able to invite patients within a week or so of them registering as a frontline health and social care worker

Patients in the above groups will not be invited within 4 weeks after a positive Covid diagnosis. We will contact these people after sufficient time has passed.

The progress described above considers patients invited if they are still considering whether they wish to have the vaccination, or if they have declined the vaccination.

It is not too late to change your mind. If you have previously declined the vaccination and you fall into one of the above cohorts you are welcome to contact the surgery to let us know you've changed your mind and we will be in contact as soon as an appointment becomes available for you.

As at 25/01/21

We are still following the government guidelines on who to contact to invite to the covid vaccination clinic for their vaccination.

So far we have contacted and booked vaccinations for:

  • all of our patients aged over 80
  • all of our patients who have logged their status as a Health and Social Care worker
  • all of our patients aged 75-79

We are currently contacting (and nearing completion) of the cohort aged 75 -79.

If you are aged over 75 and haven't heard from us it may be that you are one of a handful of patients that we can't contact, we may have an old telephone number for or you may have moved house and we don't have your correct details. We have written to those people we are unable to contact by telephone. If you are aged over 75 and are yet to hear from us please do telephone the surgery.

 

There are people aged over 75 who are housebound and whilst some have been able to attend the clinic, there are now plans for a vaccinator to visit our patients aged over 75 at home if they are unable to attend the clinic.

If you are a frontline health and social care worker and you have not yet been called, please provide us with confirmation of your employment, we require a letter from your employer with your job title, and confirmation from you about your interaction with patients/clients, ie do you visit their home addresses, are you visiting multiple patients, do you care for patients in the 80+ age category? Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis to provide priority for those who can receive the vaccination in advance of their own age cohort. Please provide the required documentation to the surgery reception to be considered for the vaccination.

If you have recently tested positive for Covid your invitation to the clinics will be delayed until 4 weeks after that date. Don't worry we won't have forgotten you, you will return to our 'to call' list when suitable time has passed.

 

Each delivery of vaccinations received has not, so far, been sufficient to cover all patients in one cohort. We are unable to influence when we receive the next delivery of vaccinations from the central supply chain.

 

The next cohorts include those who are on the shielding list (those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable) and those aged 70-74, starting with the most vulnerable. We are waiting to hear when our further vaccinations will be delivered to enable us to start contacting these cohorts of patients.

The logistics around the delivery are out of our control and when we find out the next delivery is confirmed we only have 3-5 days to contact everyone in the next cohort.

Please rest assured that as soon as we can, we will contact you to invite you for your appointment. 

Thank you all for your kind words and your help in ensuring the clinics run smoothly by collecting letters and turning up on time. Your cooperation is essential and gratefully received.


As at 20/01/21

Well the first wave of clinics has been completed and the second and third will run back to back from 19/01/21.

We have now been able to contact the majority of those over 80 and booked them into the clinics which is great.  

Housebound patients unfortunately have to wait for the Oxford vaccine (Astra Zenica) as the Pfizer cannot be transported so we await delivery of this and we will be in contact as soon as we know.

We will shortly be contacting all those aged between 75-79.  Please don't call us we will call you.

As at 09/01/21

Good news, we now have an anticipated first delivery date.

We are working towards our first covid vaccination clinics taking place at Wareham Hospital on:

Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January 2021

We are telephoning our eligible patients who meet the priority criteria set out below.

in the meantime please do not call us, we will call you when we are able to book an appointment for you or the person you care for.

We are using the information from the JCVI on the priority groups that should be called for the covid vaccination - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020

Cohort 1 are residents in a care home for older adults – The Wellbridge Practice do not have any patients in this cohort

Cohort 2 are all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers – please note in this first delivery we do not have enough vaccinations to cover all patients in this cohort therefore we have applied the priority order listed below.

The patients from the first cohorts being called to the first covid vaccination clinics at Wareham Hospital are:

When we have the next delivery of vaccines (which we hope will be very soon) we will then be calling:

  • Those aged 80 years of age or older who do not fall into one of the above categories.
  • Front line health and social care workers – only those who have provided proof of employment and received their flu vaccination from us this flu season (since 01/09/2020), plus those who have not had their flu vaccination with the surgery but have contacted the surgery subsequently and have provided proof of employment)**.

As these clinics are taking place at Wareham Hospital we are, as yet, unable to call housebound patients to book appointments even if they fall into one of the above categories, this is due to the logistic arrangements around the storage and transportation of the vaccines. When we have a delivery of vaccines for our housebound patients we will make contact with these patients to arrange for them to receive their vaccinations at home, as per the usual arrangements for having their flu vaccination.

If you appear in one of the other cohorts in the JCVI list which are not detailed above please do not call or contact the surgery or Wareham hospital to ask when you are likely to receive your vaccination.

We will be calling eligible patients when we have vaccines for your cohort. Thank you for understanding.

**Frontline health and social care workers - we have been advised that there are not enough vaccines in this first delivery to cover this cohort of patients, we will therefore be in contact with those staff who have already provided us with evidence at the earliest possibility when we have further vaccinations and are able to book appointments for you. If you are yet to provide us with confirmation of your employment, we require a letter from your employer with your job title, and confirmation from you about your interaction with patients/clients, ie do you visit their home addresses, are you visiting multiple patients, do you care for patients in the 80+ age category? Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis to provide priority for those who can receive the vaccination in advance of their own age cohort. Please provide the required documentation to the surgery reception to be considered for the vaccination. Many thanks


As at 06/01/21

We understand that our delivery has been delayed, and if not delayed then we will have less notice of its arrival. We are poised and ready to call our eligible patients just as soon as we know when we will be vaccinating. Thank you for bearing with us.

As at 30/12/20

As you are all aware the Covid-19 vaccine is imminent. However, it will not be coming to individual practices. The 6 Purbeck practices are working together under the Purbeck Primary Care Network to deliver the programme.

 

At this time we are working towards the vaccination programme for the Purbeck area, for those able to travel, taking place for the majority of patients at Wareham Hospital; using a central site will allow practices to keep running in an effective manner as possible (albeit with reduced staffing) and allow for the required mass storage of the vaccination at the necessary temperature.

 

At this time we are working towards an anticipated delivery date of the vaccine of 11th January, as you may have seen in the press there are strict deadlines for the use of the vaccine so we anticipate that our first clinics will take place 12th - 14th January. We will only receive 7 days notice that the delivery is confirmed to take place on the anticipated date, as soon as we receive the confirmation we will then begin contacting our patients in the priority order set out in the government guidelines. These guidelines are changing regularly based on findings from the first waves of vaccination programmes and the additional documentation following approval of a second vaccination.

We are currently working through our patient lists to ensure we have up to date information. Please do not contact the surgery or Wareham Hospital to enquire when you are likely to receive your vaccination or how to book an appointment, however if you wish to be as prepared as possible, please ensure we have your latest mobile number, if you haven't received a text from us recently (ie to book your flu vaccination) it means we may have an old, or no mobile telephone number for you. The quickest and most efficient way for us to organise your covid vaccination appointment is to text you. You can ensure we have your up to date information by using this form - contact details form

We will keep this page up to date with as much information as possible.

 
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