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Booster COVID-19 Vaccinations Update - December 2021
Posted on 20 Dec 2021
COVID-19 ‘Booster Vaccinations’ Update
Due to the recent upsurge of Covid-19 cases, and in particular the Omicron variant, the Government has agreed to support GP practices by enabling practices to enforce a temporary suspension of some of our ‘non urgent’ routine services. Our practice is therefore responding to the national call for patients to receive ‘Booster’ COVID-19 vaccinations in the practice. Regrettably this means that there may be some temporary disruption to some of the services that we would normally provide. We ask our patients therefore to bear with us whilst we divert some of our normal services to support the latest COVID-19 booster vaccination campaign.
The practice will now be offering a limited number of COVID-19 booster vaccinations to patients aged 18 or over, and who are eligible for vaccination. We would however urge patients to book through the national booking system by telephoning 119 wherever possible. Patients may be able to be vaccinated at a much faster rate if they are willing and able to travel to one of the local NHS vaccination centres, and we would urge patients to use this route to vaccination wherever possible. A great number of our patient population have already received their booster vaccination by using the NHS vaccination centres.
For patients who are unable to attend/travel to an NHS vaccination centre please contact the practice to make an appointment for a COVID-19 booster vaccination. Please note that our vaccination clinics are limited, and are by prior appointment only. Please ensure that you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination before contacting the practice. Vaccinations are currently available at our Long Sutton practice for both Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge patients. Please also note that it would help our staff enormously if you could avoid telephoning for COVID-19 booster vaccination appointments at our most busy times of the day, i.e. first thing in the morning (between 8.00 and 10.30 am) when patients are calling to book appointments for other normal services.
If you already had a booster vaccination arranged at an NHS vaccination centre please do keep your appointment and do not contact the practice as it is very unlikely that the practice will be able to provide you with a booster vaccination any sooner.
For all other patient needs the practice will deal with urgent health issues as normal. If you need to speak to us urgently, please contact the practice and we will assess your needs. Alternatively, please make use of other health services, including:
Your local community pharmacy who can give you lots of healthcare advice and support.
NHS 111 helps patients get the right advice and treatment when they urgently need it. Call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk. This service is available 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.
If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 999 or go to your nearest A & E centre.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these busy and challenging times for GP Practices, and the wider NHS.
Suttons Medical Group