Feb 252021

We are delighted to advise that we have now vaccinated the majority of patients aged 75 and over and those who are shielding. Our housebound patients have also been vaccinated by either the Practice or by a Community Nurse.

All other groups are being offered appointments via Health Board run services by letter.

You can find out more about the priority groups being invited by clicking here www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/who-will-be-offered-the-coronavirus-vaccine

The Practice will not hold or receive any further vaccines until we are due to carry out the second vaccine for all patients we have already immunised. This will be done within 12 weeks of the first vaccine being administered. We cannot offer opportunistic vaccination due to the vaccine being supplied in a multi dose vial which has to be used within a short space of time once opened.

If you have missed an appointment in the first round please follow this link
www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details and complete a contact form so that you can receive an appointment.

NHS Lothian also have a website link regarding the progress of the COVID Vaccination Programme to keep you informed as follows: www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine

The Practice will be back in touch with all patients to arrange to administer a second vaccine for those who have had their first vaccine administered by the practice.

Patients should be aware that some may experience side effects which for most will be mild and self limiting. These include: tenderness, swelling or redness at the injection site, headache, muscle ache, feeling tired and fever (temperature above 37.8 c)

These are of course much less severe than COVID 19 infection and disease. The vaccine cannot give you COVID 19

The first vaccine offers you good protection 2 – 3 weeks after it is administered. The second dose promotes longer term immunity and it is important to return for this.

It is important to note that no vaccine is 100% effective and you must continue to follow national guidance.

Nursing Home Patients & Housebound Patients
Nursing and Care Home patients have been immunised by either a Community Nurse, a GP or a Practice Nurse. A second vaccine will be carried out by the same health professional at the appropriate time; namely within 12 weeks of the first vaccine being administered.

Patients Aged 74 And Under
Lothian Health Board are currently working their way through the undernoted patients in the following order of priority to offer them an appointment to attend one of the vaccination centres that have been set up. An online system is available to alter the appointment should this prove necessary.
• All patients 70 years of age and over
• Al patients 65 years of age and over
• All patients aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
• All those 60 years of age and over
• All those 55 years of age and over
• All those 50 years of age and over

Carers aged 64 and under will be invited under priority 6 which includes patients considered to be ‘at risk’. We have received a number of phone calls about this to the Practice.

The NHS Scotland definition of a carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a wife, husband, partner, son, daughter, parent, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. The person may need extra help because of their age, or because they have a physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

Should you not be invited, as not identified through records, there will be an online registration form as well as the ability to call the national contact centre. Further information regarding this is awaited and will be available in due course and updated via the nhsinform website.

We will continue to update our website and will be in contact with patients regarding their second appointment close to the date they are due to be vaccinated.

Further information on the vaccination programme will also continue to be updated on www.nhsinform.scot