Covid-19 Vaccinations

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NHS Covid Pass

See the NHS website for details of the different ways you can obtain an NHS Covid Pass to prove your vaccination status, e.g. for holidays abroad. Please note this only covers vaccinations given in England but webpage includes links to information for other UK regions, e.g. Wales  

The Covid Pass only displays 1st and 2nd dose Covid vaccinations - it does not include 3rd/booster vaccination doses

If your Covid Pass information is not correct you will need to contact the site who gave your vaccination to ask for correction (we cannot add to or amend the national records unless we vaccinated you - if you cannot contact your vaccinating site please call 119 and ask the call agent to make a referral to the VDRS team on your behalf. The VDRS team will call you back within 5 working days)

Vaccines given outside the UK cannot be added to your Covid Pass - we can only add them to your GP records to inform the invitation process

The Government is confident that all NHS administered vaccines will be accepted for international travel - all AstraZeneca vaccines appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria, no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK

Covid Vaccination - 1st & 2nd doses

 

available for:

Anyone aged 16 years and over

Children aged 12-15  

  • vaccination already in process for those with specific health conditions or who are household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed (provided by BNSSG specialist clinic not by the practice - see FAQs) 
  • to be provided by the schools vaccination program for healthy 12-15 year olds - community clinics will be available for young people who are unable to attend school-based clinics
  • please do not call the practice - Fireclay Health will not be providing vaccination to under 16s.  Anyone age 12 & over can book via National Booking Service or calling 119

 

1st / 2nd dose vaccination can be obtained from the following locations - age restrictions may apply to some clinics

  • attending a local walk-in clinic 

  • booking into a Fireclay Health Covid Booster clinic if we have spare capacity - if booking your 1st vaccine you will need to self-manage your 2nd dose booking, you will not be called up by us and we may not have a clinic running 8 weeks after your 1st dose

If you are in an eligible cohort and haven't yet received/booked your 1st vaccination or received a 2nd vaccine 8-12 weeks after your first please consider making arrangements to do so

For more information about the Covid vaccination program locally see the BNSSG Healthier Together website

Covid Vaccination 3rd dose / Booster

 

Clinic dates - Lodgeside Surgery:

Where clinics currently full spaces may become available from last minute cancellations - call the day before to enquire

  • Wed 15/12/21 7.50am start

When attending for vaccination please wear a face covering and do not arrive more than 5 minutes early

We will NOT be able to offer Covid vaccinations within Flu clinics - please book for Flu vaccination now if eligible and you will be invited separately for Covid vaccination 6 months after your 2nd dose.

We will be offering Pfizer vaccine to everyone (including anyone who received AstraZeneca vaccine initially) - we may also have Moderna vaccine later.  We have not been given any AstraZeneca vaccine - if you require this due to allergies, please call 119 or check which local walk-in clinics are offering AZ and boosters. 


1) JCVI has advised that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose.

This is separate to any potential COVID-19 booster vaccination.  There are national recommendations as to who is considered eligible for the third vaccine and General Practices are working with Hospital Specialists locally to identify those who should receive this (those aged 12 and over who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants).

2) Booster vaccinations will be offered from 6 months after 2nd dose to priority groups 1 - 9 This includes anyone aged 50 and over, 16-49yrs at risk and frontline health care workers. 


If you are eligible we will aim to contact you when vaccination available but please do contact us if you are sure you have missed an invitation as we have limited resources to call patients where we do not have a mobile number or email address to send bulk invite to.  An SMS booking link will be sent 3 weeks prior to an appropriate clinic date.

We send SMS invitations using a service called AccuBook - sent by 'Fireclay', these texts include an accurx.nhs.uk link to book your appointment online (using Smartphone or by copying link into web browser). 

This is a unique link - you can only use it for the person the SMS is addressed to (date of birth confirmation required).

You can use this link to book or decline invitation, including letting us know if you are booked to receive vaccination elsewhere

We supplement this system with emails and phone calls where possible. If necessary please update your details with us to ensure you receive prompt notification of appointment availability.  

You may also receive a letter/SMS from the national booking team with an invitation to receive vaccination at a Mass Vaccination Centres - you are welcome to book at whichever location is more convenient.

If you receive an invitation for vaccination that asks for your bank details this is a scam

Covid-19 vaccination is being provided free of charge under the NHS and at no point will you be asked to pay. 

A genuine text message from the Government’s secure Notify service will invite you to book online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119 and will appear as being sent from 'NHSvaccine',  Our own text messages appear as sent from 'Fireclay'.

See this Action Fraud alert for more information and action you can take to report a vaccination scam

We have also been alerted of patients receiving phone calls from a company claiming to be the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS), asking for details about their COVID-19 vaccination - we have been advised that this is also likely to be a scam call

Who can and cannot receive vaccination

If you or your family/friends have concerns about receiving the vaccine, viewing these FAQ videos made by a Bristol GP may help

Under current advice you should not be vaccinated if you:

  • have had a positive Covid-19 test in the last 4 weeks
  • are generally unwell - try to have it as soon as possible after you have recovered
  • are self-isolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test or unsure if you are fit and well
  • have had Shingles vaccination in the previous 7 days (this is a live vaccine - you can now receive Flu vaccination at the same time as Covid vaccination)

Vaccine specifics

  • If you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food you are advised not to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine can be given unless you have had a previous severe allergic reaction to another vaccine
  • If you are aged under 30 or have a history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, acquired or hereditary
    thrombophilia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia or antiphospholipid
    syndrome, an alternative vaccine to AstraZeneca is recommended 
  • If you are aged 16-17 you should receive the Pfizer vaccine - the AstraZeneca & Moderna vaccines are not licensed for under 18's

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Last updated Sept21

  • There have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy
  • Pregnant women with COVID-19 have a higher risk of intensive care admission than women of the same age who are not pregnant. Women with COVID-19 disease are also 2 to 3 times more likely to have their babies early than women without COVID-19. Pregnant women with underlying clinical conditions are at even higher risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19
  • based on real world data from Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations in the US, the JCVI now advises (Apr21) that these are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women to receive
  • Pregnant women who have already received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine should continue to receive AstraZeneca for their 2nd dose vaccination (unless otherwise contraindicated)
  • Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination
  • There is no known risk associated with giving non-live vaccines whilst breastfeeding - breastfeeding women may be offered any suitable Covid-19 vaccine

For more information, please see:

Your second vaccination dose

Two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are advised - without the second dose the immunity gained from your first dose may not be strong enough or last long enough.  However even with just one dose the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been estimated to offer 89% effectiveness from two weeks after it is given and the Oxford/AstraZeneca has been estimated to offer 74% effectiveness in the same timeframe.

Except in the circumstances given below your second vaccine dose should be the same vaccine as your first dose - missing the second dose or switching between vaccines is not advised as this may affect the duration of protection.

A rare blood clotting side-effect has been identified with AstraZeneca vaccine but anyone who has had a 1st dose without incident should continue to a 2nd dose. You cannot choose to receive a different 2nd dose vaccine unless there is a clinical contraindication.

For more information on the NHS protocol for second doses see this patient information leaflet produced by BNSSG Healthier Together

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose a particular Covid-19 vaccine?

No - when you book into a vaccination clinic you will be given the vaccine we have been supplied for that date. 

A rare blood clotting side-effect has been identified with AstraZeneca vaccine with anyone aged under 40 recommended to receive a different vaccine.  But if you have had your 1st dose without incident, you should continue to receive your 2nd dose. You cannot choose to receive a different vaccine unless there is a clinical contraindication.

Please see our upcoming vaccination clinic information at the top of this page for vaccine on offer.  We would advise reading the patient information for both Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines so you are prepared to consent for either vaccination.

The Moderna vaccine has also been approved for use however we do not expect to receive this.

Can I stop you inviting me for Covid-19 vaccination?

If you wish to DECLINE vaccination, please let us know - we will record this on your notes and will not then invite you again.

If you are booked or received vaccination elsewhere, please let us know - we do not otherwise know that you have booked elsewhere and we do not always get notification that vaccination given.

You can email this information to fireclayhealth.appts@nhs.net

Vaccinations for under 16's

Vaccination to under 16's is not offered by the practice.

Certain children aged 12-15 years are now eligible for vaccination which will be provided by a BNSSG specialist clinic - this includes those living in a household where someone is immunosuppressed.

The practice has contacted patients where identified - if you believe your child is eligible but you have not been contacted, please contact the practice to ask for an online booking link to be sent by text

I can't get to the surgery, can I have vaccination at home?

We have now completed our housebound Covid vaccination program - we no longer have vaccine stock to provide further vaccinations.  We will review and update this information if a Covid booster program is rolled out.

If we do not have you recorded as housebound we would advise you to attend a local walk-in clinic for vaccination.

 

I am not a registered patient, can I be vaccinated?

Yes, if:

  • you are currently living away from your usual GP practice and cannot get to a Mass Vaccination Centre - to book you will need to know your NHS Number and Date of Birth
  • you are a local resident registered with a private GP - if you are not called by the National Booking Service, you can book directly if you already have an NHS Number or you could register with us to obtain an NHS number 
  • you are not a usual resident of this country but are currently staying here - without an NHS number you will be unable to use the normal booking system however you can be vaccinated and your vaccination added electronically onto the national system