Covid Vaccinations


Following yesterday’s announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and Government about the covid booster programme we are planning how we will deliver this locally.  Eight Hambleton GP practices will work together again to deliver this from a site in Northallerton in a similar way to the initial vaccine programme which we successfully ran earlier in the year.  This will also include our flu programme, enabling co-administration of the COVID and INFLUENZA vaccines as per the national advice.  We will also be able to provide vaccines to those who still need their 1st / 2nd doses, and for those who are severely immunosuppressed that now require a 3rd dose to complete their initial course.  We will follow the JCVI cohorts 1-9 for the booster programme, vaccinating our most vulnerable communities first.  You will receive a text message, telephone call or letter when it is your turn.  Please don’t contact us to ask further questions at this stage, we are awaiting further details and will provide more information shortly.

Covid Vaccination 3rd Dose for Immunosuppressed Cohort

The government has identified a group of patients who should receive a third dose of vaccine as part of their initial vaccination programme. These are patients with severe immunosuppression around the time of their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses. These patients are currently being identified by their GPs and hospital consultants and will be contacted shortly to come forward.

More information on the specific medical condition associated with immunosuppression can be found at:

Covid Vaccination Booster Programme

The government has announced that some people will be eligible for a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The booster programme will follow the same priority groups for rollout and in the same order as the one advised by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for the initial Covid vaccination programme and will take place at least six months after the second dose for eligible patients:

Those eligible for a booster dose will be cohorts 1 – 9 from the initial vaccination programme:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their paid carers
  2. All those aged 80 and over and front line health and social care workers
  3. All those aged over 75 and over
  4. All those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. All those aged 65 and over
  6. All those aged 16 – 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at serious risk of serious disease and mortality from Covid-19 and unpaid carers
  7. All those aged 60 years and over
  8. All those aged 55 and over
  9. All those aged 50 and over

NHS National Booking Service
Drop in clinics:
North Yorkshire 'walk-in' COVID vaccination clinics
Vale of York GrabAJab at a local drop-in clinic
Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site.  

Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
Mild flu-like symptoms, including headache, chills and fever remain one of the most common side effects of any COVID-19 vaccine. These generally appear within a few hours and resolve within a day or two.
The potential benefits and harms of the Astra Zeneca COVID 19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Signs and Symptoms of the Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis:
Seek urgent medical advice if you experience any of the following symptoms more than 4 days and within 28 days of coronavirus vaccination:

    • new onset of severe headache, which is getting worse and does not respond to simple painkillers
    • an unusual headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over, or may be accompanied by blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, difficulty with speech, weakness, drowsiness or seizures
    • new unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
    • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

Contraindications to receiving the AZ vaccine are past major thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia (including those with previous reactions to AZ and those who have previously had heparin induced thrombocytopaenia). A history of thromboses on its own is not in itself a contraindication to the vaccine.  Cautions to receiving the AZ vaccine are a history of CVST, acquired or genetic thrombophilia or anti-phospholipid syndrome.

Covid vaccine and cancer patients Q & A

5757 patients have received their first Covid vaccination, 89.6% of our patients aged 16+ 82.7% have received 2 vaccinations.

Travel Abroad
From 17 May international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119. Please do not contact your GP practice. You can find out more at:

Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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