Working hard on vaccination programme
The West Mendip Primary Care Network provides an update on the NHS vaccination programme in the region
HEALTH and care teams from across Somerset are all working extremely hard to roll out the NHS vaccination programme across the county. With the launch of the Bath and West Showground, there are now 17 vaccinations sites operating across Somerset. These include two large vaccination sites, two hospital hubs and 13 GP-led community sites for each of the primary care networks.
The West Mendip Primary Care Network (PCN) is made up of a group of five GP practices including: Wells Health Centre, Wells City Practice, Glastonbury Health Centre, Vine Surgery and Glastonbury Surgery, which are working together to vaccinate patients in the highest priority groups across the West Mendip community. Currently all vaccines are being delivered from Local Vaccination Centres, for the West Mendip PCN this is at West Mendip Community Hospital, in Glastonbury. GP practices are working together within their primary care network, rather than individually.
Vaccine appointments are being offered to residents across the PCN to vaccinate everyone in the West Mendip population from the highest priority groups, following the guidelines set out by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation). Vaccine clinics will continue to run, in line with scheduled deliveries for residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, people who are aged 80 and over, and frontline health and social care workers. Vaccination appointments will expand to the next priority groups over the next few weeks.
If you are in one of the highest priority groups and have not yet been contacted by your GP practice, we can assure you, everyone will be called as soon as possible. You may also receive a letter from the NHS to invite you to the nearest large vaccination site, which could be a journey of up to 45 minutes from where you live. Large vaccination sites now include: Taunton Racecourse and the Bath and West Showground, as well as Ashton Gate in Bristol or Bath Racecourse.
When you receive your letter you will be able to book your vaccination appointment through the new national booking service by phone, or online. This is an additional option for people to have their Covid-19 vaccination, but if you are unable to travel you can wait to be contacted by your local GP-led service over the next few weeks.
We are very grateful for the support of all our health and care colleagues and our teams of local volunteers, in particular the invaluable support of members from the Wells Coronavirus Network who are helping to support our vaccination clinics. We would also like to thank everyone for patiently waiting to be contacted about their vaccination appointment.
We know that many people will be anxious to know when they will get their jab and we are working hard to invite people on our combined patient lists, in the highest priority groups as quickly and safely as possible.
Please be assured that you will be contacted by your surgery to come for your appointment when the time is right. We will be able to answer all your questions, when you come for your appointment.
Please do not contact your surgery to ask about your vaccination – we will contact you directly.
For the latest information on the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset, please visit: www.somersetccg.nhs.uk
• Picture: Josephine and Peter Gibbs being vaccinated at Taunton Racecourse