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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Page reviewed at 09:55 on 27th April 2021

GP at Hand is delivering the COVID-19 vaccine in line with the government’s priority list.

You can book your vaccination online via the NHS National Booking Service if:

  • you're aged 40 or over
  • you'll turn 40 before 1 July 2021
  • you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you're an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a carer

Using the link above, you will be able to book an appointment at your choice of local venue.

We are now delivering the second dose of vaccinations to our patients that have had their first dose with us. We'll be in touch when it is your turn for your second dose, this is usually 11 weeks after your first dose.

Please don’t otherwise contact the practice or the NHS asking about vaccination.

In the meantime, please continue to follow the national public health guidance to control the virus and save lives – Hands – Face – Space. COVID-19 is still very prevalent and highly infectious: the risk of catching it is the same as ever for people who have not been vaccinated and we don’t yet know whether those that are vaccinated can still spread the virus.

Frequently asked questions

When will I get a vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in phases in priority order. You will be contacted when you are eligible for vaccination. Please try to avoid the temptation to call us to ask when this might be. We will keep this page updated with the current cohorts being vaccinated.

Will I be contacted when it is my turn to be vaccinated?

Yes, we will let you know when you are eligible for a vaccine.

I'm an unpaid / informal carer, how can I let you know?

Please email your details to gpathand@nhs.net. We will then send you a link to book an appointment at one of our vaccine clinics with a few days. If you would like to instead use the National Booking Service, it usually takes 1-2 weeks for the NHS to pick up this code from your GP records and add you to the national service.

Can I choose where my vaccination will take place?

If you book via the National Booking Service, you will be offered a choice of local vaccination sites. Our vaccination centres are in West London. You can choose which invite you would like to take up depending on where you live.

How can I reschedule or cancel my vaccination appointment?

If you have booked at one of our centres in West London, you should have a confirmation text with the link you will need to cancel or change your appointment.

If you have booked via the National Booking Service, you should have received a confirmation code. You can use this to change your appointment at https://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

I have asthma, am I in a priority cohort for vaccination?

The current national guidance is that only those taking regular oral (tablet) steroids, or who have previously been admitted to hospital with severe asthma are eligible for inclusion in Cohort 6. Other patients with asthma will be invited in line with their age cohort.

I live with someone who is immunosuppressed, how can I get a vaccine?

GP practices are in the process of writing to immunosuppressed individuals to inform them that their adult household contacts are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The letter will include details on how household contacts can book their vaccination appointment.

When will I be contacted for my second dose?

We are currently expecting our second doses to be delivered 11 weeks after the first dose. As soon as we receive confirmation of these deliveries, we will contact you to book your second dose appointment.

Can I have my second dose earlier?

Second doses are currently very tightly controlled by the central NHS team and we are unable to offer vaccination any earlier.

What about if I move GPs between the first and second dose?

In general terms, your second dose should be done by the same organisation who arranged your first dose. However, if you have moved you should contact your new GP and ask if they can arrange vaccination for you.

I've had my first vaccine elsewhere, how do I get my second dose?

You'll need to contact the site where you had your first dose of the vaccine administered. They should provide you with an appointment for your second dose.

I’m not in one of the priority groups, when will I get vaccinated

The vaccination programme is moving down in age order. It is expected that all adults will have been offered vaccination by the summer. When you are eligible for vaccination, you will be invited by the NHS to book an appointment at a local vaccination centre using the national booking service.

Can I pay to get the vaccination done privately?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are currently only available via the NHS vaccination programme at this time.

I think I should be in a priority group but have not been contacted yet

Please email bhsl.gpah-covid-admin@nhs.net with your details and we will get back to you within a few working days. Please do not book an appointment purely to discuss vaccination eligibility.

I’ve tried booking on-line but there is an error.

In the first instance, you can call 119 to check your details are correctly registered. If they are unable to help, please email bhsl.gpah-covid-admin@nhs.net and we will do what we can to assist you.