Covid Vaccination Updates
Covid vaccination update 30.3.22
The vaccination campaign has slowed down somewhat over the last few months but from April we will see things pick up with the start of the spring booster campaign.
Patients who are eligible for the spring booster are:
- Adults aged 75 years and over on 30th June 2022, if they are 6 months post last vaccination.
- Residents in care homes for older adults
- Patients aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed
Previously we have been able to vaccinate our 5-11 year old patients who are at higher risk of catching Covid but from 4th April we can extend this offer to all 5-11 year old patients.
We continue to offer patients first, second and booster vaccinations, so if you are in any of the eligible cohorts and would like to book an appointment, please call our covid vaccination line on 01275 866761 and we will book you in for an appointment on Saturday 9th April or Saturday 23rd April.
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status
Through the NHS App
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
By calling 119
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 7 working days to reach you.
The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Using the NHS App
To use the NHS App, you must be:
- registered with a GP in England
- aged 13 or over
If you’re aged 13 to 15, you’ll need to contact your GP surgery to request access to GP online services before you can use the app.
We recommend that you register with the NHS App:
- before booking your international travel
- at least 2 weeks before your departure date and once you’ve had a full course of vaccinations, which is currently 2 doses of an approved vaccine
Protecting your data
Your COVID-19 vaccination status is held securely within the NHS App, and can only be accessed via the NHS login service.
The app only shows your COVID-19 vaccination status in the form of your vaccination record.
In the future, the app will also show your COVID-19 test results.
Children cannot get COVID-19 vaccination status, as children are not currently being vaccinated against COVID-19.
If you’re travelling abroad, you and any children you’re travelling with may need to show proof of a COVID-19 test, with or without a completed vaccination course.
See the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages for guidance on the entry requirements of your intended destination country.
TRAVEL CLINICS - We are not currently running a travel clinic. If you need travel services at this time, please contact a dedicated travel medicine provider.
The NHS wants to give people better ways to see their personal health information online. We know that people want to be able to access their health records. It can help you see test results faster. It also lets you read and review notes from your appointments in your own time.
We’re now letting you see all the information within your health record automatically. If you are over 16 and have an online account, such as through the NHS App, NHS website, or another online primary care service, you will now be able to see all future notes and health records from your GP Surgery. Some people can already access this feature, this won’t change for you.
This means that you will be able to see notes from your appointments, as well as test results and any letters that are saved on your records. This only applies to records from your GP Surgery, not from hospitals or other specialists. You will only be able to see information from 1st November 2022. For most people, access will be automatic, and you won’t need to do anything.
Your GP may talk to you to discuss test results before you are able to see some of your information on the app. In some instances, having access to the notes may not be in your best interest. If you think that you should have full access but are unable to view your record, can you please discuss this with your GP.
These changes only apply to people with online accounts. If you do not want an online account, you can still access your health records by requesting this information through reception. The changes also only apply to personal information about you. If you are a carer and would like to see information about someone you care for, speak to reception staff.
The NHS App, website and other online services are all very secure, so no one is able to access your information except you. You’ll need to make sure you protect your login details. Don’t share your password with anyone as they will then have access to your personal information.
If you do not want to see your health record, or if you would like more information about these changes, please speak to your GP or reception staff.
To help with the ever-demanding winter pressures through the NHS. An app has been launched to provide advice and support to parents and carers should their children have symptoms of common childhood illnesses.
The HANDi App offers simple and straightforward advice on what to do and who to contact when a child is unwell. Guidelines for 6 common childhood illnesses.
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- High temperature
- Chesty baby (Bronchiolitis)
- Chesty child (Wheeze and Asthma)
- Abdominal pain
- Common new-born problems