COVID-19 VACCINE- LATEST INFORMATION
Update 25th May 2021
Church Lane Surgery have been working with practices in our locality, also known as Lower Valley Primary Care Network (LVPCN), to provide the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme to our patients. The programme has been a huge success to date with great uptake and feedback from patients. We are midway through vaccinating patients with the 2nd vaccine and could have this completed by mid-June. As the LVPCN has already agreed a plan of clinics and staffing for the next 4 weeks to ensure we deliver 2nd vaccines within the originally agreed 12 weeks, we are currently unable to increase the number of these clinics to be able to offer the 2nd vaccine at 8 weeks. LVPCN has discussed our position with Calderdale Commissioning Group (CCG) and they have given their support for us to continue with our vaccination programme timetable as planned. People that are due second doses in June/July will be offered a second dose in June (or as soon as possible after this). We hope that you will understand and appreciate the great work that has been done by the practice teams and support us during these challenging times.
Where can I get a vaccine?
There is a central vaccination centre for all patients registered with a GP in the Calderdale Lower Valley Primary Care Network (PCN) -Church Lane Surgery, Rydings Hall Surgery, Rastrick Health Centre, Northolme Practice and Longroyde Surgery. The centre is at:
Northowram Surgery, Northowram Green, Northowram, Halifax HX3 7JE.
This is strictly by appointment only and you will be invited to attend when it is your turn.
The vaccination centre is staffed by GP's, Nurses and clerical staff from all the surgeries listed above.
Who will get a vaccine?
The vaccine will be offered to those most at risk from COVID19 first, starting with 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 here. This will be done in a phased approach and full details of when and where will be shared as soon as we have availability. We will contact you as soon as we have the vaccine available to arrange an appointment.
Deliveries of the vaccine to our vaccination centre are coming regularly, and we will contact all eligible patients as soon as we can.
Please DO NOT contact the surgery to ask when it will be your turn as we can't tell you and you may block the phone lines for patients who need medical attention. Thank you.
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status
Through the NHS App
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS Appfrom 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
By calling 119
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.
The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Please click on the links to read the Public Health England leaflets:
Guide for Adults
Guide for Health Care Workers
Guide for Social Care Staff
What to Expect Leaflet
Why do I have to Wait Leaflet
Information for people with health conditions
Information about Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine 8.4.21