Vaccination Clinics Autumn 2021

Oct 6, 2021

FAQ's

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When are the clinics?

Below are the current clinic dates and time – please only attend if you have received a letter:

Saturday 9th October Langford Surgery 08:00 – 15:30
This is for 16 – 64 year olds ‘at risk’
There is also a clinic 15:30 – 16:00 for 12-15 year old

Saturday 6th November Langford Surgery
This is for 16 – 64 year olds ‘at risk’ and the over 65s
There is also a clinic 15:30 – 16:00 for 12-15 year old

Sunday 14th November Coniston Community Centre 08:00 – 12:00
This is for 16 – 64 year olds ‘at risk’ and the over 65s

Sunday 14th November Orchard School 14:00 – 17:30
This is for 16 – 64 year olds ‘at risk’ and the over 65s
There is also a clinic 17:30 – 18:00 for 12-15 year old

Saturday 27th November Langford Surgery 08:00 – 15:00
50 – 64 year olds

Sunday 28th November Coniston Community Centre 08:00 – 12:00
50 – 64 year olds

Sunday 28th November Orchard School 14:00 – 16:00
50 – 64 year olds

Saturday 4th December Langford Surgery 08:00 – 15:00
50 – 64 year olds

I can’t make the time given to me in my invitation letter

We strongly encourage patients to make every effort to attend for these important vaccinations on the date and time given – the aim is to spread the appointments through the day to avoid “bunching” and queues as far as possible, in order to keep people safe. If it’s impossible for you to attend the appointment time given you can come at another time on that same day (08:00 - 16:30). You do not need to contact the surgery to say you are coming at another time.

My spouse/partner has been sent an appointment to one of these clinics, but it’s at a different time. Can we come together?

We have tried to ensure household members are given the same appointment time but this is not always possible if their first names are at different ends of the alphabet. Households who have both been sent an invitation are welcome to come together at the same time – you don’t need to phone us to advise this, just turn up together with your respective invitation letters.

Why are vaccinations only being offered at Langford Surgery - why are you not doing clinics in Yatton, Clevedon, Worle or Congresbury?

We are able to administer both the annual flu vaccination and the booster Covid vaccination at the same time in line with advice issued to us by JCVI [Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations]. This minimises the number of times patients have to attend for a vaccination. Langford Surgery is our only North Somerset site authorised and approved to administer the Covid vaccinations.

I can’t get to Langford Surgery : what do I do?

We hope that most people will have a friend, neighbour or relative who will be able to bring them to the clinic if they are unable to drive themselves – this is one reason why we have scheduled the clinics at weekends rather than during the working week. Local community transport helplines serve communities across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucester.

Bristol – find details at bristol.gov.uk Community and disabled persons transport - bristol.gov.uk

North Somerset – find details at North Somerset Council’s online directory
https://nsod.n-somerset.gov.uk and type in “transport” in the search bar or phone Care Connect on 01934 888 801.

South Gloucester – find details at South Gloucestershire Councils website
Community transport | South Gloucestershire Council (southglos.gov.uk)

Do I need to bring my invitation letter to the vaccination clinic?

Yes, as the letter includes your personal details which are needed to record your vaccination status. Should you forget to bring your letter, we will need to take your details so we can add details of the vaccination to your health record.

Why are there not more clinics?

These are the initial clinics for the first cohorts of patients eligible for the vaccinations. We will be inviting patients to future clinics once we have guidance on the next cohort of eligible patients.

I am under 50, can I have a vaccination?

Currently no, unless you have received an invitation letter from us in these initial cohorts you cannot have a vaccination at these initial clinics. Further details will come from NHS England and Public Health on when other groups can obtain their vaccinations and we will organise further clinics and invite patients at that time.

What about children?

Nasal flu services will be offered as in previous years and we will contact those patients once stock is available. Vaccinations for children aged 12 - 15 will be given in a school setting (with a small number of community clinics for young people who are unable to attend school-based clinics). Parents/carers will be sent information about both vaccinations by their child’s school or local authority which will include a link to an online consent portal. Parents should wait to be contacted by the school or local authority. Practices are not authorised to vaccinate this particular cohort of patients.

Medical exemption from vaccination

The government has published details about medical exemptions from the Covid-19 Vaccine:
COVID-19 medical exemptions: proving you are unable to get vaccinated - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you believe you should have an exemption for a medical exemption please call 119.

Is it safe to have both the Covid vaccine and ‘Flu vaccines together?

Studies to date have not shown any issues in having both covid and ‘flu vaccines at the same time. For many years babies have had several vaccinations at the same time, none have shown to cause problems or concerns.

Which Covid vaccine will I get?

Currently we are using Pfizer vaccine, it does not matter which vaccine you had initially and your booster will work effectively if you had a different initial Covid vaccine.