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East Cornwall PCN vaccination service from Millennium House and China Fleet Club Vaccination Service ends on Friday 28th May 2021

 

The GP-led team providing the vaccination service from Millennium house and China Fleet club are extremely proud that together we will have given over 77, 500 first and second doses of vaccine to our must vulnerable patients in Cohorts 1-9.

The service has been provided through the collaboration of 9 GP practices in the area and has been delivering the vaccination programme to our local population including our most elderly and housebound  from mid-January 2021.

However, from Friday 28th May 2021, vaccine services will no longer be delivered from either the Millennium House or China Fleet Club sites.   Remaining people requiring vaccination will be able to access other local vaccination services including hospital hubs, community pharmacies and larger vaccination centres which are now in place to deliver this service. This will allow GP practice teams to fully focus their time on their usual practice commitments.

Large vaccination sites are located at The Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, Stithians Showground, Home Park, Plymouth and Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Vaccinations are also available Redruth Pharmacy, based out of the Redruth Rugby Football Club, Reeds Pharmacy, Truro, Roche Pharmacy, Roche, Wedmore Pharmacy, based out of Camborne Community Centre, Arnolds Pharmacy at Westward Ho! Baptist Church, Bideford, Devon and Devonport Pharmacy at Plymouth Albion, Brickfields Recreation Ground. 

To book an appointment use the NHS online booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119.  A range of vaccines suitable for different age groups are available.  

Those who have already had their first dose at Millennium house of China Fleet club will be invited for their second dose before the centre closes or will be able to book as above.

The team providing this service would like to thank all the fabulous volunteers who have supported the service so tirelessly since day one, no matter what the weather, ensuring that people could access the site and service safely. Many other organisations, both on the hospital site and the wider health community, have also provided invaluable support to the surgeries.

We would also like to thank everyone who have had chosen to have their vaccination with us and taken the time to thank us for our efforts, either in person, by card, text, email or through deliveries of welcome snacks and treats. 

So where can I get my vaccine from?

If you have already had your first dose at either the Millennium House or China fleet club sites, we will invite you for your second before Friday the 28th May. 

For all other patients yet to be invited for their first dose, you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn and invited to book an appointment using the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119. You will be given the option of attending a local participating pharmacy or vaccination centre.  It’s important that when you get your invitation, you take up the offer of having the vaccine, as you will be protecting yourself and friends and family around you. 

Will I have to wait longer?

No, you shouldn’t have to wait any longer for your vaccine.

I fall in to one of the first cohorts – how can I get my vaccine?

If you are 38 years old or older or are in another eligible group and haven’t had your first vaccine yet, it’s important you are vaccinated as soon as possible.  You can access an appointment from the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

What about getting my second dose of the vaccine?

If you have already had one dose of the vaccine provided at Millennium house or China Fleet club, you will be invited for your second dose before Friday 28th May 2021.  If you are unable to attend the appointment offered, you will be able to access an appointment from the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

Are you withdrawing from the programme because there is a problem with the rollout of the vaccine?

There are no issues with the further rollout of the vaccine programme.  When we were asked to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme it was to vaccinate people in cohorts 1 – 9 only.  Large scale vaccination sites were not up and running at that point and we wished to support getting our most vulnerable groups vaccinated as quickly as possible.  

There are several other services in this area that have sufficient capacity to be able to vaccinate everyone who is eligible when it is their turn including different vaccines required for different age groups.

Will the surgeries be providing a booster campaign in the autumn?

At present there is no confirmed information on how and when any booster campaign will be provided.  When this information is available the surgeries will consider the options available and will keep patients informed.

Where can I get more information about the vaccine?

You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme NHS.UK website.

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© East Cornwall Primary Care Network 2021

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