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.
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Last updated: 29.03.21
Since we started vaccinating in December we have vaccinated over 12,000 patients including all our care home patients and staff.
If you are aged 50 or over, or in a high risk category, and have not yet had your first vaccination please contact us on 01884 252337 to book an appointment.
We know that everyone wants their vaccination as soon as possible but we must follow the government prioritisation guidelines. Please do not contact the practice regarding Covid-19 vaccinations if you are not in the priority groups we are currently vaccinating. Please be reassured that when you are eligible, we will contact you to book you in for an appointment and we are on track to vaccinate all group 1 - 9 patients by mid-April.
As well as booking appointments on the telephone we are now using a system called AccuBook to manage our COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Eligible patients will be sent a text with a link which is unique to them and will allow them to book and manage their 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
Now that more doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first larger regional Vaccination Centres. This is great news as it provides more options for getting vaccinated. People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment. 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.
If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides. You have a choice of taking up the offer to attend the mass vaccination site, or waiting for us to contact you about having it done more locally.
Unless you are aged 50 or over or are clinically extremely vulnerable, please do not contact us about vaccination yet. We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. 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 contact you when we have an appointment available for you.
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.