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COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Posted on January 11th, 2021

Acorn Surgery has now had official notice to start delivering the COVID vaccination programme along with the other Practices in the Huntingdon Primary Care Network (PCN) – Hicks Group, Priory Fields and Papworth Surgery. The patients of all 4 Practices will be invited to one central Vaccination Site in Huntingdon with the first appointments due shortly for the most vulnerable patients aged 80 and over. Patients in care homes and those who are housebound will also take priority, in line with NHS England’s plan. Patients in other age groups and also patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable due to their health condition will be invited as soon as we have notification from NHS England of our next vaccine delivery date.

Some patients in the first priority group may have already received a text to their mobile phone with a link to book an appointment, others will be contacted by one of our Team by telephone in the next day or two so we can book on their behalf.

PLEASE DO NOT RING THE SURGERY as we need to leave our phone lines clear to continue to delivery our regular GP services. We will contact you. Our staff can’t answer any queries you might have about the vaccine, or cancel vaccine bookings.

Thank you for your patience, we have been keen to start for some time and our Team is looking forward to starting the process of vaccinating our patients against this virus.

Patients who are classified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (Group 4) include those that:-

  • have had an organ transplant
  • are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy
  • are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer
  • are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • have been told by a doctor you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
  • have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
  • are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)
  • have a serious heart condition and are pregnant
  • have a problem with your spleen or your spleen has been removed (splenectomy)
  • are an adult with Down’s syndrome
  • are an adult who is having dialysis or has severe (stage 5) long-term kidney disease
  • have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of your need

Patients are classified as Clinically vulnerable (Group 6) include those that:- 

  • have a lung condition that’s not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)
  • have heart disease (such as heart failure)
  • have diabetes
  • have chronic kidney disease
  • have liver disease (such as hepatitis)
  • have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)
  • have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections
  • are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)
  • are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • are pregnant – see advice about pregnancy and coronavirus
These are the priority groups in order, as decided by NHS England

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