COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The NHS is starting to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with the government’s priority list. This is a very exciting development and we want to be clear about how it will work for GP at Hand patients.

We will be in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t contact the practice or the NHS asking about vaccination; this is not a service that you are able to book in advance. You will be contacted when it is your turn to be vaccinated in the weeks and months ahead.

Vaccine centres have been set up across our clinics in London and Birmingham. We will vaccinate in order of priority, following national guidance. 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

Q1. 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 are dependent upon supplies of the vaccine being delivered to us so are unable to give a firm date at this time. Rest assured we are working through the groups in priority order as fast as supplies allow.

Q2. When will I get my second dose?

Current guidance is that you should receive your second dose between 10 and 12 weeks after your first dose. We will ensure an appointment is booked for you to receive this.

Q3. I am a front line healthcare worker and I need to let you know this, so that I get called for my vaccine

If you are a frontline health or social care worker and have not been offered vaccination via your employer, you can send us an email to gpathand@nhs.net. You will need to email us from your work email account or provide proof of your role e.g. work ID badge.

Q4. I’m not in one of the priority groups, when will I get vaccinated?

Once the priority groups have all been vaccinated, it is expected that Mass Vaccination Sites will be set up around the country to enable the rest of the population to receive theirs. We continue to follow the guidance provided to us by the UK Government.

Q5. 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.