The NHS COVID Vaccination Programme has commenced.
People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first.
In the UK, there are 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines. They both require 2 doses to provide longer-lasting protection. Both have been shown to be effective in clinical trials and have a good safety record.
An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19. This includes older adults in care homes and frontline health and social care workers.
When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
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.
Our Vaccine Programme
Havelock Grange Practice is working in collaboration with Chadwick Practice and Bankhouse Surgery to deliver the COVID Vaccination Programme to our patients.
We commenced the programme in late December with the over 80 year olds. During that first week we vaccinated over 1,000 patients between the three Practices and were one of the first in Hartlepool.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Vaccines are being delivered weekly to the Practice and we are currently inviting patients into those appointments who are in the Prioirity 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 groups.
Further information on the COVID Vaccination can be found here - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
COVID Vaccination Priority Groups