Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

 

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

 

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

 

You can read more about the COVID-19 vaccine on the nhs.uk website.

 Knowsley News have also provided detailed info on your COVID-19 vaccination questions which we urge you to read here.

 

NHS England/ Improvement proposed there be ‘Primary Care vaccination sites’ across England to be led and staffed by local GP practices. The 3 vaccination sites identified for the borough of Knowsley are the following:

  • Huyton One Stop Shop – Huyton Village
  • Kirkby One Stop Shop – Kirkby Town Centre
  • The Hollies – Halewood

 

In Knowsley, initially there will be one Primary Care COVID19 vaccination site, at Huyton One Stop Shop, which went live on Tuesday 15 December, vaccinating patients aged 80 and over.

 

Kirkby One Stop Shop Vaccination site is live as of Thursday 14th Jan 2021. More information will provided in due course on the third vaccination site live date.  This is subject to vaccine availability and readiness.

 

All those eligible for the vaccine will be invited to receive their vaccination at a pre-booked appointment; there will be no drop in at either hospital or primary care sites.

 

Initially, only those aged 80 and over will be invited to attend a primary care site. Please do not contact the practice to book for a COVID-19 vaccination as we will contact you either by letter, telephone or SMS.

We are yet to receive guidance from NHS England on vaccinating housebound patients and at present have no further information to provide on this. We expect to receive guidance in due course and if you would like to discuss further please contact Knowsley CCG via email: Knowsley.CCGCommunications@knowsley.nhs.uk

 

As we find ourselves in this fast-moving situation, we ask for patience from our patients as we work through inviting each at risk cohort to receive the vaccination.

 

For more information on Knowsley COVID-19 Vaccination programme please visit Knowsley CCG’s website: http://www.knowsleyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-update/

 

We thank you for your co-operation at this time.

The team at Dr Maassarani & Partners.

Knowsley Council COVID-19 Key Messages

Knowsley Council COVID-19 Key Messages

COVID-19 key messages – 30 November 2020

Symptoms, testing and self-isolation

• If you have symptoms – high temperature, new / persistent cough, loss of taste or smell – stay at home and book at test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.

• You and others in your household need to stay at home (self-isolate) until your test result comes back. Self-isolation means you can’t leave the house, including for work, school or college, exercise, out of school activities, shopping or attending pre-arranged appointments.

• If it’s positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Others in your household / support bubble and close contacts will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

• Once you have completed the self-isolation period, there is no need to get re-tested.
Tier 2 restrictions

 

From 2 December 2020, Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region, must adhere to Tier 2 restrictions which will help to bring our infection rates down. Restrictions include:-

• No household mixing in any indoor setting.

• Rule of six applies outdoors – any social gatherings of more than six people is against the law.

• Pubs and restaurants must close by 11pm – last orders will be called at 10pm.

• Alcohol can only be served as part of a substantial meal.

• Spectators are allowed at sports events and live performances (capacity will be limited and social distancing must be adhered to). • Personal care, including hairdressers and barbers, is allowed.

• If you can work from home, you should.

 

Christmas bubbles

• From 23-27 December, you can see family / friends from up to three households by creating a ‘Christmas bubble’.

• You can only be in one Christmas bubble.

• Weigh up the risks if vulnerable residents / friends are included in your plans.

• You cannot change your Christmas bubble.

• You can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble.

• You can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces. You can’t meet in a pub or restaurant.

• You cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble.

• People who are self isolating should not join a Christmas bubble.

• Remember to maintain social distancing wherever possible, regularly wash your hands, clean touch points such as door handles / remote controls and let as much fresh air in during and after your visitors have left.

Why do we need restrictions?

• We know that the virus is easily transmitted from person to person so steps need to be put in place to limit interactions / contact with other people in order to stop the spread of the virus.

• The restrictions are in place to protect not only yourself, but others around you.

General advice to stop the spread of the virus

• Maintain social distancing – that’s keeping a 2m distance between you and others.

• Wear a face covering where advised, including in shops, on public transport, in taxis and hospital settings.

• Limit interactions with others.

• Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Work from home if you can.

• Always carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, discard the tissue immediately and then wash your hands for 20 seconds.

 

Help and support

Call the Knowsley Volunteer and Support Line on 0800 073 0043 if you need help with shopping, picking up medication, dog walking or just someone to talk to.

Flu Vaccination 20/21

Flu Vaccination 20/21

This year, due to COVID-19 we will be running our flu clinics at a different location to ensure that we keep you and our staff safe and well.  We will not be running a drop in clinic and all flu jabs will be given on an appointment only basis.

We will be partnering with WINGATE MEDICAL CENTRE as their building has been identified as (one of two building as) being the most appropriate to host this year’s flu clinics during the global pandemic. You will be seen and vaccinated by a GP or Nurse from our practice.

 

We are planning to run the flu clinics during Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (7pm – 9pm) and on selected Saturdays (9am – 4.30pm) during October and November 2020. Further dates will be released soon.    

 

If you are eligible to receive a flu jab you will be contacted by SMS, letter and/or telephone with further information on how to book your appointment.  Please do not contact the practice until we contact you with further information.  

 

Some Key Messages:

 

  1. It is vital that you DO NOT attend for vaccination if you or a member of your household currently has symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are self-isolating due to contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  2. You will be required to wear a face covering when attending your flu appointment unless you are under 11 years old or are unable to tolerate a face covering because of a medical condition or a disability
  3. You will be required to maintain a 2 metre distance between people whilst you are waiting to receive the flu vaccination both outside and inside the vaccination site.