We are delighted to be supported by local celebrity Caroline Quentin who has answered some of the questions you may have regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Amicus doctors have made a more in depth video about the Covid-19 vaccine which can be found further down this page.
Please keep an eye on this page and on our social media for further updates.
Last updated: 03/06/21
Everyone aged 18 and over is now eligible to book in for the vaccine.
If you are aged 40 or over:
Please contact us to arrange an appointment for your second dose once 8 weeks have passed since your first dose. We may also contact you if we have an appointment available for you sooner.
If you are aged under 40:
Please contact us to arrange an appointment for your second dose once 10 weeks have passed since your first dose. We may also contact you if we have an appointment available for you sooner.
As well as booking appointments on the telephone we are now using a system called AccuBook to manage our COVID-19 vaccination appointments. You may be sent a text with a link which is unique to you and which will allow you to book and manage your appointments.
If we haven't been able to get hold of you by telephone or text message, we will send you a letter in the post.
All our vaccination clinics are running from our vaccination centre at:
Moorhayes Community Centre
Tiverton EX16 6SU
You may receive a letter from the national NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting you to book an appointment at a regional Vaccination Centre, such as Exeter or Taunton. You have a choice of taking up the offer to attend the mass vaccination site, or contacting us about having it done in Tiverton.
Even if you have received a letter inviting you to the mass vaccination site, you will not been taken off our lists and we will still be able to offer you an appointment when you are eligible.
Please do not contact us about this. We are unable to provide letters showing your Covid-19 vaccination status.
You can access your Covid-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
Alternatively, you can access the same information via an internet browser by clicking the button below.
Please note: this guidance is correct as of 1st June 2021 and is subject to change. This guidance does not replace any advice given to you by a healthcare professional.
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has approval for use from 16 years old and currently has the most extensive safety data in those aged 12-15 years. This vaccine is therefore the preferred vaccine in this age group. Young people who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, however, should complete their course with the same vaccine, unless otherwise advised.
Based on the current epidemiological situation, and taking into account projected vaccine supply, JCVI are advising a preference for a vaccine other than AstraZeneca to be offered to healthy people under 40 years of age, including health and social care workers, unpaid carers and household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals. This advice may change if there is a change in the epidemiology or an interruption in the supply of the alternative vaccines. Within this age group, those who are are older (over 30 years of age), male, from certain minority ethnic backgrounds, in certain occupations at high risk of exposure, and those who are obese, remain at high risk of COVID-19. In the absence of a suitable alternative these individuals should still be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine, and may choose to receive the vaccine, provided they have been informed and understand the relative risks and benefits. Those who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, however, should complete their course with the same vaccine, unless otherwise advised.
Individuals aged 40 years and over, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and those in clinical risk groups are at high risk of the complications of COVID-19. The JCVI, MHRA and WHO consider that any risk from the rare side effects seen after AstraZeneca vaccine are outweighed by the benefits of vaccination. These individuals can therefore be offered vaccination with any of the available products, unless otherwise contra-indicated.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for eligible pregnant women of any age, because of more extensive experience of their use in pregnancy. Pregnant women who commenced vaccination with AstraZeneca, however, are advised to complete with the same vaccine.
Coronavirus vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime. The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
Contact the Police online or by calling 102, and forward suspicious text messages to 7726.
In this video, the Amicus Health doctors answer some commonly-asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine including:
Please do not come in to the surgery if you have any of the following symptoms:
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, appointments will take place over the phone or by video call wherever possible.
If visiting the practice, please wear a face mask if possible.
Some people are less able to wear face coverings, and the reasons for this may not be visible to others. According to the government website, if you have a reason for not wearing a face covering:
This means that you do not need to request a letter from us about your reason for not wearing a face covering.
However, if you feel more comfortable showing something that says you do not have to wear a face covering, you can download an exemption card template from the government website. You can then print this or show it on a mobile device.
We are encouraging our patients to part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home. The trial is done entirely remotely, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home with no face-to-face visits required. You could be eligible to take part if:
You can still participate even if you have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
For full details and to sign up, visit http://www.principletrial.org.