Longshoot Health Centre

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Covid-19 Vaccine

*** Updated 8.3.21*** As of  Saturday 6th March 2021, patients aged 55 – 59 (in priority group 8) will receive a letter from NHS England inviting them to book an appointment at one of the local nationally run vaccine clinics. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

We continue to work through people aged 16 – 65 in an at risk group (priority group 6) and those aged 65 years and above who have not yet had their vaccine. We are getting a high number of Covid vaccine queries and our telephones are exceptionally busy so please bear with us and wait for us to contact you when it’s your turn.

WHAT THIS MEANS

If you are aged 55 – 59 (priority group 8) You will receive a letter from NHS England inviting you to book an appointment at one of the local nationally run clinics. If you are able to we would strongly encourage you to take up an appointment at one of the national clinics even if you have to travel a little further than you may like. However, if you are housebound or you are unable to get to the location of the local nationally run clinics, please don’t worry, we will be in touch when we have a vaccine available for you, but this could be a number of weeks. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

If you are aged 60 – 65 (priority group 7) You should have received a letter from NHS England last week inviting you to book an appointment at one of the local nationally run clinics. If you are able to we would strongly encourage you to take up an appointment at one of the national clinics even if you have to travel a little further than you may like. However, if you are housebound or you are unable to get to the location of the local nationally run clinics, please don’t worry, we will be in touch when we have a vaccine available for you, but this could be a number of weeks. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

If you are aged 16 – 65 in an at risk group (priority group 6) We are continuing to invite people from this group for a vaccine when we have one available. People in this group have an underlying medical condition that puts them at greater risk. There are over 50 thousand people eligible in this group in Wigan Borough so it will take us a number of weeks to get through everyone. Please don’t worry if you don’t get the call right away. If you think you may be eligible in priority group 6 you can check the list of conditions on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): https://healthierwigan.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-faqs/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

If you are aged 65 years + (priority group 5) If you are aged 65+ and didn’t action your letter or have changed your mind about having the vaccine please don’t worry, you can still book your appointment. You can call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

*** ASTHMA PATIENTS ***

 We are aware that there has been some confusion about when people with asthma will get the Covid-19 vaccine and what priority group they fall into.
 > If you were previously sent a shielding letter from NHS England you will be in priority group 4.
 > If you have ever had an emergency hospital admission for your asthma OR been prescribed 3 courses of steroid tablets within a 3 month period, you will be in priority group 6.
 > If you do not fall into either of the above AND are under the age of 50 you will be vaccinated after the first 9 priority groups.
We are sorry that some patients may be upset with this information but unfortunately this is a national programme and we aren’t allowed to make any exceptions to the Government’s rules as above.