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 and over 50,000 vaccinations have been given 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 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, subject to eligibility you can book an appointment online. This is your choice.
Patients will be invited for Covid Vaccinations, (We are currently offering AstraZeneca for all new vaccine courses only) as vaccines become available. If you are aged 43 or over or in any of the top 9 priority groups, or live in the household with someone who is severely immunosuppressed you are welcome to have your Covid vaccine at Northallerton Forum, please phone reception and they will make you an appointment.
Anyone aged over 30 that has been invited, should still have Astra Zeneca (1st or 2nd dose), we don't have an alternative vaccine to offer, there is no reason to not have the 2nd unless a severe reaction to the 1st.
Anyone aged under 30 who has already received a 1st dose of Astra Zeneca should continue to receive the 2nd unless a severe reaction to the 1st
Anyone aged under 30 that has been invited and yet to receive their 1st vaccination can receive the Astra Zeneca after discussion with a clinician at the Surgery about the risks and benefits or wait till we can offer an alternative vaccine (which, where and when to be confirmed).
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
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.
Cautions and Contraindications to receiving AZ:
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-19 vaccination first phase priority groups
Covid vaccine and cancer patients Q & A
How is our practice doing? We have offered the Covid vaccine to all patients in group 9 and above, 4442 patients have received their first Covid vaccination, 71.7% of our adult population, 37.2% have received 2 vaccinations.
If you have recently changed your mobile phone or have never told us your mobile number please let us know. If you receive a text invite from us and have already had a Covid Vaccine or booked elsewhere for one - do please let us know, many thanks!
Please be aware there are unfortunately merciless people operating scams - see BBC News
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.
For those patients who received their first vaccines at the Forum
Pfizer - before and including 27th February 2021 or
Astra Zeneca - before and including 5th March 2021, we are now making appointments for the 2nd vaccination, we will contact you by text or by phone or you are welcome to ring the surgery to book, if you have not heard.
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
We are offering Covid-19 Vaccination 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.