Dec 182020

General Practice will be responsible for immunising their mobile patients aged 80 and over as soon as a vaccine is available.

The Pfizer COVID vaccine currently being used to immunise frontline health and social care staff is not suitable, in practical terms, for immunising patients within a general practice setting.

The AstraZeneca COVID vaccine is currently being assessed by the MHRA (Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency). If approved, this will rapidly be made available to general practice.

Preparations have been made to carry out vaccination clinics at the practice for mobile patients aged 80 and over. The Practice will be in touch with all eligible patients directly to arrange an appointment as soon as we hear further.

Arrangements will also be made for a Community Nurse to immunise housebound patients as was arranged for the flu immunisation programme.

Vaccination of Nursing Home residents is being done on a priority basis and organised by the Health Board.

The Health Board will also be arranging to immunise all other eligible age and risk groups at central locations outwith the Practice, in a phased manner, in due course.

We will update the website further as soon as we have more information to hand.