COVID-19 Vaccine – Latest
❓We are receiving a large number of comments and questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccinations programme.
Clinics have now been launched at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and a number of community sites run by GP practices. These clinics have been aimed primarily at those aged over 80.
Please be assured that if you are over 80 and have not been contacted yet, or have a friend or relative who is still waiting, they will be offered a vaccine soon.
Along with all our other local GP practices, we have drawn up lists of these patients, however the Pfizer vaccine comes in packs of 975, so it is not possible to vaccinate everyone at once and so some people have to wait slightly longer for the next batch to be delivered.
Vaccination clinics in the community are being run by a designated practice for each area. In Lytham St Annes, that practice is Fernbank Surgery. These practices are organising the administering of vaccinations to patients of all 6 practices in Lytham St Annes. This means when you are invited for your vaccination it may not be your own GP practice that contacts you, but the local vaccinations service.
The new Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine is being directed initially to people who are housebound or living in care homes, but with more vaccines now becoming available we are confident more people will be vaccinated quickly.
⚠️ The guidance on receiving the second dose of a #COVID19 vaccination has been changed by the UK’s chief medical officer.
🗓️ This means if you had originally been booked for an appointment within two or three weeks, this may be cancelled and rescheduled.
💉 Doing this allows our local #NHS vaccination clinics to double the number of people receiving their initial vaccine. It has been estimated the Pfizer vaccine offers 89% effectiveness from two weeks after it is given and the AstraZeneca 74%.
🙏 We understand some people who have had the first dose are both keen and anxious to get their second as soon as possible and that the delay is not what you were expecting. Please be assured, you will be contacted to either book or reschedule your second dose appointment as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We would like to thank you for your patience at this time and ask that you do not contact us to book a vaccine. We will be in touch as soon as we possibly can. Thank you
Find out about the roll-out at nhs.uk/CovidVaccine