COVID VACCINATION FOR OUR PATIENTS
The Covid Vaccinations Clinics are organised collaboratively by eight medical practices in conjunction with NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Heartbeat Alliance and our local Primary Care Groups, Hambleton North and Hambleton South at the Forum in Northallerton.
Some patients will receive a letter inviting them to book a vaccination appointment at one of the mass vaccination centres which are being set up by the Government. If you already have an appointment for your first or second dose at The Forum we would ask you to disregard this letter and keep your appointment at The Forum. If you have not yet been offered a first dose appointment at The Forum, you may wish to take up the offer of an appointment at a mass vaccination centre. This is your choice. However, if you decide that attending The Forum is more convenient for you, simply disregard the letter and rest assured that we will contact you in due course to offer you a vaccination appointment at The Forum.
Patients will be invited for Covid Vaccinations, as the vaccines become available – Please do not contact us.
Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine
How is our practice doing? We have offered the Covid vaccine to all 528 patients aged 80 and over.
When our eight practices have finished vaccinating patients aged 80 and over next week. We will contact patients aged 75 and over. If you have recently changed your mobile phone or have never told us your mobile number please let us know, many thanks!
The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period. Patients who receive their first dose of vaccine at The Forum will also be given an appointment from our practice for their second dose, probably at The Forum in due course once more is known about vaccine deliveries.
While you will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term protection from the virus, you will still have significant protection at 22 days after you received the first dose. The new guidance will also help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. Please be reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.
Please read before attending your appointment for the COVID 19 vaccination at the Hambleton Forum, Northallerton.
Vaccine Booklet: Covid-19 Vaccination - A guide for Adults
Covid Vaccination Centre – Information for patients for Covid vaccine appointments
Your first 1st Covid-19 Vaccination dose will be given at The Forum in Northallerton, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
Please attend only at your allocated appointment time.
Limited Parking is available at The Forum which is reserved for those receiving their vaccine. Car park marshals will direct you where to go. If you can walk to the site, or can park elsewhere nearby, please do. If you have limited mobility let the Marshals know we do have wheelchairs available.
Please use the front door.
The vaccination will happen inside the building. No-one will be able to come into the building with you unless they are an essential carer. This is in order to ensure we can maintain social distancing and keep the site Covid-19 Secure.
Expect your appointment to last no longer than 30 minutes. This includes the recommended observation period of 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination.
You will need to expose the top of your arm to receive the vaccine. Please wear suitable clothing to make this as easy as possible.
You will need to wear a face covering, and all staff will be wearing PPE.
Following initial vaccine
It is important to note that even when you have received your vaccine, you must follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask, as well as the additional measures in place in your area.