Covid Vaccinations – update 18th January 2021

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As you may or may not be aware we have started the roll out of the covid vaccination programme and are working with 14 other GP practices running clinics at Barnstaple Leisure Centre. Being reliant on the national delivery of vaccines clinics are arranged around those dates sometimes with very little notice.

The Patient Services Team work very hard to ensure our allocation of vaccination slots are filled. We have started with priority group 1 which is the over 80’s, staff and care home residents and good progress with this group has been made. We are hoping in the next few weeks to be able to widen the age group being offered vaccinations. Please do not contact the practice as we cannot re prioritise people and will make contact when vaccinations are due.

You will have heard about larger mass vaccination sites being set up across the country and it may be that at some stage you will receive a letter from the national booking team inviting you to have your vaccine – when you get this letter you can choose to either go to a mass vaccination site (and the letter will tell you where this is) or to have it done more locally. We are concerned that it may cause some confusion as these letters will not come from the practice but from a central team and we have no influence over this.

We are delighted that there is a vaccination and we will be playing our part in the NHS wide roll out over the coming months as it will take some time to vaccinate everyone – we thank you for your patience and understanding.