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IMPORTANT: Vaccinations at St Boniface House

 How local people can play their partupdated 1.Stay at home: The best thing the public can do to help the NHS is to stay at home as much as possible:oEvery time you leave your home you risk coming into contact withan infected person or touching a surface or door handle or petrol pump which may be contaminated. Any one of these interactions couldbe a crucial link in the chain of transmission which could lead to someone becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19.oPeople in Devon have really helped by following thegovernment guidanceseriously. If everyone does as they are asked,our hospitals and other services will cope.2.When you get your call from the NHS for your vaccine, please take it up: oThe NHS will get in touch with you when its your turn to be vaccinated.oPlease attend your appointment.oYou will not be offered a choice of which vaccination you receive both approved vaccines are rigorously tested, safe and effective.oPlease help us by not calling your local hospital or GP practice about getting the vaccine the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn.oBlocking phonelines with queries stops other people getting healthcare and diverts staff time, meaning the vaccine rollout will be slower.3.You may still transmit Covid after you have been vaccinated. oHaving the vaccine should protect you from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19,but you may still be a risk to others if you are exposed.oIt is crucial that you continue to observe the ‘stay at home’ and ‘hands, face, space’ advice until advised that it is no longer necessary.4.Follow the government guidance: ‘Hands, Face, Space’. 5.Use the NHS in the best wayoThink 111 first; or choose the right service for your needs: self-care, pharmacists, local minor injury services or your GP.
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  1. Important information for patients who have been invited to attend an appointment at St Boniface House for a COVID-19 Vaccination.

    Your appointment date and time will be on the text message you received. Please note, patients who attend that do not have a booked appointment will be turned away and asked to wait until they are invited. 

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    Covid-19 Vaccinations

    How you will be contacted for your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

    The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

    The vaccine is being offered at larger vaccination centres, pharmacies and some local NHS services such as hospitals or GP surgeries.

    More people are being offered the vaccine every week.

    Information:

    Book now if you're eligible

    You do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply:

    • you are aged 70 or over
    • you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

    You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

    Book your coronavirus vaccination appointments online

    By letter, text or email

    If you're invited to have your vaccination at a larger vaccination centre or at a pharmacy, you may get a letter.

    If you're invited to have your vaccination at a local centre such as a hospital or GP surgery, you'll usually get a text or email. You may sometimes get a letter.

    You can choose to go to a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service. More places are opening all the time.

    Spotting a scam

    The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.

    The NHS will never ask for:

    • your bank account or card details
    • your pin or banking password
    • copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

    If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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    As many of you will know, the vaccination centre at St. Boniface, Buckfastleigh, has successfully vaccinated many of our patients over the age of 70. The centre is reliably stocked with vaccines on a regular basis and will remain the main vaccination site for the South Hams and South Dartmoor patients for the foreseeable future. Patients also be invited to book on the national booking centre when the cohort they are in starts being vaccinated. When this is annoinced in the press patients can book via 119 or be in

     We are determined to vaccinate as many patients as possible, at speed, and in a safe manner, and to deliver on this there is a need to ensure that St. Boniface is utilised to maximum capacity; future surgery- based vaccinations clinics are unlikely. 

     It is therefore imperative that patients invited to St Boniface attend their appointment if at all possible. Putting it off, thinking that a locally-based vaccination will be available to you, would be a big mistake, and put you at additional risk through delaying vaccination.

    We fully understand that some of you may not be able to travel to the vaccination hub. We urge those of you who can travel but may be without transport to think now about how you might be able to get to the vaccination hub.  Do you have a relative, friend, neighbour or a volunteer who could take you?  Please be aware that you may be invited at very short notice (1 or 2 days). This is due to uncertainty about supply of vaccine to the vaccination hub. The quickest and easiest way for vaccination appointments to be sent out is by SMS text message where we have your mobile number recorded. If you do not have a mobile phone, do not worry you will be contacted by phone.

    Please do not worry if you are unable to travel to the vaccination centre, you will still be vaccinated but you may have to wait a little longer for this as plans have not yet announced locally for the rollout of the vaccine into GP surgeries or for the housebound.

    Vaccination is by appointment only. You will be contacted when your turn comes. Please do not turn up at the vaccination centre without an appointment as you will not be able to be vaccinated and will have a wasted journey.

    Please help us by not contacting the surgery to ask when you will be vaccinated. You will receive an invitation when your turn comes. We are working hard to keep you all safe and well during this difficult time, and ask you to understand that by ringing to ask about vaccination you will be preventing others from accessing urgent or important medical care.

    We urge all our patients to help us continue to keep you safe and well during this pandemic.  If you are able, please look at our website for more information about how to access the most appropriate service for your medical need.

    Please ensure that we hold your current contact details (mobile and landline numbers, email address). 

    We hope to have some really exciting news about Covid vaccinations later this week.  Please watch this space.

    Don’t make things harder for the NHS by calling your local hospital or GP practice about getting the vaccine – the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Blocking phone lines with queries stops other people getting healthcare and diverts staff time, meaning the vaccine rollout will be slower

    There are other things that our patients can do to help the NHS give the vaccine to as many local people as possible, as quickly as possible:

    1. Choose the right service for your needs as GPs are now managing extra pressures from the vaccine programme. Consider self-care for minor illnesses and injuries; pharmacists for illnesses like diarrhoea, earache, painful cough, sticky eye, teething and rashes; and local minor injury services. You will still get a face-to-face appointment at your local practice if your GP thinks you need one.

    2. Attend all appointments, whether it is for a vaccine, to see your GP or at hospital, unless they are personally contacted by your provider and told otherwise.

    3.. Follow Government rules – the vaccines are a wonderful development, but we are not out of the woods yet. Remember, ‘Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives’ and ‘Hands Face Space’. Act as if you have COVID, even after you've been vaccinated

    Warning about vaccination text scam

    There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form, which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. 

    The NHS will never ask for peoples banking information. 

    There is an information leaflet available to download here.  

     

     

     


It shows that 86,349 peoplehave received their first jab in the NHS Devon CCG area.The proportion of people aged over 80 in Devon is higher than the regional and national average.How local people can play their partupdated 1.Stay at home: The best thing the public can do to help the NHS is to stay at home as much as possible:oEvery time you leave your home you risk coming into contact withan infected person or touching a surface or door handle or petrol pump which may be contaminated. Any one of these interactions couldbe a crucial link in the chain of transmission which could lead to someone becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19.oPeople in Devon have really helped by following thegovernment guidanceseriously. If everyone does as they are asked,our hospitals and other services will cope.2.When you get your call from the NHS for your vaccine, please take it up: oThe NHS will get in touch with you when its your turn to be vaccinated.oPlease attend your appointment.oYou will not be offered a choice of which vaccination you receive both approved vaccines are rigorously tested, safe and effective.oPlease help us by not calling your local hospital or GP practice about getting the vaccine the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn.oBlocking phonelines with queries stops other people getting healthcare and diverts staff time, meaning the vaccine rollout will be slower.3.You may still transmit Covid after you have been vaccinated. oHaving the vaccine should protect you from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19,but you may still be a risk to others if you are exposed.oIt is crucial that you continue to observe the ‘stay at home’ and ‘hands, face, space’ advice until advised that it is no longer necessary.4.Follow the governnt guidance: ‘Hands, Face, Space’. 5.Use the NHS in the best wayoThink 111 first; or choose the right service for your needs: self-care, pharmacists, local minor injury services or your GP.
rmacists, local minor injury services or your GP.

COVID-19 vaccinations

 

Update on Covid-19 Vaccinations

Dear Patient,

Modbury Health Centre joined with nine other local GP surgeries to begin delivering the Covid-19 vaccination to our patients. With only ten days’ notice and rapidly developing guidance a huge amount of work was required to get this service live.

We are very grateful to the Diocese of Plymouth for supporting us by providing a site from which our nine GP practices can deliver the campaign, whilst enabling us to continue operating our usual services in practice. 

The total patient population for the 10 surgeries is approximately 80,000 and every individual is required to have two vaccines.

The scale of the campaign is like nothing we have previously experienced. 

As a result of this the vaccination programme will last for many months. It is inevitable that along with the ongoing impact of staff self-isolation, this additional workload will cause some disruption to our usual day to day services, both clinical and administrative. Whilst we will do everything we can to mitigate this we ask that you bear with us over the coming weeks and months.

Moving forward we will be contacting patients as and when we are able to offer them the vaccine. The timelines will depend on eligibility, clinical capacity and access to the vaccine. Below is the current priority list, identified by the government, which we will be following. Please do not contact the surgery to request a vaccination or query when you will become eligible. 
 

1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 - All those aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers
3 - All those aged 75 and over
4 - All those aged 70 and over, as well as clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 - All those aged 65 and over
- All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those aged 60 and over
- All those aged 55 and over
- All those aged 50 and over

If you are interested in getting an idea as to when you may become eligible then the following calculator can give a rough indication:

Vaccine Queue Calculator for the UK (omnicalculator.com)

 

We  would like to thank all of our staff who have worked evenings and weekends to ensure that we were able to set up our services and for those volunteers who have already stepped up to help with the running of our Covid-10 vaccination programme.#

 

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