Kendal v Covid
Kendal Primary Care Network is supporting the government and NHS initiative to roll out a vaccination for COVID-19. The GP Practices in Kendal are committed to supporting the effort, and are working with others in the NHS to help deliver a vaccine. The vaccine will be made available in priority order, as assessed by NHS and government guidelines. There is no need to contact your doctor, you will be informed and invited for a vaccination when it is available.
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Over 80s Priority Group
We have almost finished vaccinating all the over 80s in Kendal. If you are over 80 and a patient of one of the GP practices in Kendal and haven’t been contacted and got an appointment, please call your surgery to book a slot. We will shortly we vaccinating the 75+ group.
We are calling people for vaccinations in order of the JCVI priority groups. Once we have completed a group, we will post on our Facebook page just in case we’ve missed anyone, and then they can contact their GP surgery to request an appointment.
Questions about the Vaccination Programme
The BioNTech / Pfizer ‘Courageous’ vaccine is now being made available in Kendal. The supply is limited across the country, but it is being distributed to Primary Care Networks.
The supply is arriving in batches of approximately 1,000 vaccines. We currently anticipate it will arrive roughly one batch a week, but hopefully it will be faster than this.
The AstraZeneca / Oxford ‘Talent’ vaccine will be arriving in smaller batches from the end of this week. This is likely to allow us to start vaccinating our housebound patients, and we are awaiting confirmation as to how this is best achieved.
The vaccination will be prioritised to those most in need, particularly the elderly and those who are vulnerable and with pre-existing medical conditions. As the supply of vaccinations become available, more people will be invited.
We are in the process of contacting the most vulnerable in category 1 and 2 to invite them for a vaccination. Due to many in this group not having mobile phones, we are calling these patients. We are working down our priority list, starting with the oldest. For the first batch of vaccine, we only had a few days notice, so to ensure no vaccine was wasted, if we weren’t able to contact a person by phone, we continued down the list. Those who we couldn’t reach will be contacted for the next batch due in January.
Further more detailed Government Guidance is available.
This priority list is as follows:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals[footnote 1]
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
Currently, there is nothing you need to do. Your GP Practice will contact you and invite you to an appointment to be vaccinated when you are eligible based on your age and health.
The vaccine is optional but highly recommended.
Based on the latest government guidance, both Pfizer and Oxford vaccines require two doses, and these will now be given 8-12 weeks apart. Depending on the availability of the vaccine, it may be possible to book both appointments at the same time, or it may be we have to arrange the first vaccine and then schedule the second vaccine at a later date.
The logistics for providing the vaccination to Kendal are still being worked out, but it is likely you will be invited to one of the Kendal GP surgeries. Nationally there are two streams of planning for the vaccination, through GP practices and also regional community sites. Further information will be given as plans develop. You do not need to do anything at this stage.
You will be vaccinated in the upper arm. When you arrive at the vaccination room, please remove your coat and come wearing a short sleeved top, so the clinician can easily access your arm. You MUST COME WEARING A FACE MASK.
The vaccination will be provided free of charge through the NHS.
We are still awaiting further guidance regarding this. Once we receive official guidance we will update it.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 2 metres away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following NHS guidance to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
Yes. The situation is evolving, but the current focus is to vaccinate as many people as possible, in order of priority based on medical need. The current guidance remains regarding social distancing and personal protective equipment. This will be reviewed in time and may be amended.
Patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look out for any side effects, and what to do if they do occur, including reporting them to the MHRA.
Health Care Workers
Frontline health care and social workers are eligible for the vaccination. If you are a front line health care worker or social worker registered at one of the GP practices in Kendal, you can leave your details here and we will invite you for your vaccination when supply allows it.
Get Involved in the Fight Back
We are looking for health care professionals and volunteers to help with the Covid Vaccination Programme across Kendal. Clinical Director Dr Ed Clarke explains how you can get involved.
When the COVID 19 vaccine becomes available, our 3 practices will be working together to vaccinate those aged 50 and over and those at risk of complications of COVID infection, but we need your help.
Kendal v COVID will need more than our usual Primary Care teams to be effective. Unlike flu vaccination, that is done in the autumn, COVID vaccinations will run throughout this winter, which is the busiest time of year for our staff. We want to employ trained individuals who are experienced in vaccination and intramuscular injection to be trained in COVID vaccination and work alongside our team of nurses and health care assistants in delivering these vaccines.
We also need doctors, senior nurses, pharmacists, health care assistants and others with vaccination experience to work alongside our GPs and staff in a paid capacity to provide the medical supervision and vaccination for our clinics. Additionally we want organised volunteers to help shepherd patients around car parks and unfamiliar buildings. We want the friends and families of patients who might struggle to get to the surgery for their injections to help them to come in, and to get them home safely.
Some clinicians have said that they would like to donate their time to help with COVID vaccination. So, we have created a ‘Gift My Session’ option – where the pay that clinicians would be entitled to can be donated, on their behalf, to the charity of their choice.
COVID has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of tens of thousands during 2020. Together, we can protect the health of the most vulnerable in our town, reduce admissions to hospitals and deaths from COVID infection, support businesses to re-open, and support the charities that have worked so hard to shield our most vulnerable families during this pandemic.
COVID vaccination will be offered to the most vulnerable first, and your GP practice will be in touch in order of vulnerability so please be patient.
Register your interest to help
We are looking to create a bank of clinicians to support sessions. Sessions will be supervised by GPs from the Kendal practices, but we need additionals GPs and ANP to provide support, and HCA or appropriate trained first responders or paramedics to administer the vaccinations. Covid specific vaccination training will be provided.
UPDATE: Thank you, we have been overwhelmed in just a few hours with enough volunteers for now. We may need more volunteers in the future, so please leave your details if you can help in the future.
In order to provide the vaccine to the people of Kendal we will want to be able to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. This creates logistical challenges, and we need volunteers to help marshall parking areas, guiding potentially frail patients to the correct location.