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When it’s your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, you’ll get a letter, phone call, email or text inviting you for an appointment.

You need to have 2 doses of the vaccine and to go to 2 appointments.

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

You may be invited to have your vaccination at:

  • A hospital
  • Your GP surgery
  • A vaccination centre
  • A pharmacy

Across East Cornwall we have set up safe environments for mass vaccination delivery. You will most likely to be invited to one of these sites:

  • China Fleet Country Club, Saltash
  • Millennium Centre, Pensilva
  • The Council chamber, Rame
  • Millpool Centre, Looe

These Vaccination Centres are where most patients will receive their vaccine.

Prepare for your appointment

You’ll need to bring:

  • A face covering, unless you cannot wear one for a health or disability reason
  • By wearing a top that allows your arm to be easily exposed such as a T-shirt you will help the speed and comfort of your vaccination.
  • You will be asked some of your basic personal details so we can confirm who you are.
  • If you need a carer you can bring them with you on the day.
  • In some locations you may need to make sure you arrive early to park but please do not present yourself more than five minutes before your appointment.
  • If someone is going to be waiting for you they can anticipate you will be thirty minutes.

During your appointment

Your appointment should last for around thirty minute but this can be up to forty five minutes on rare occasions.

You’ll be asked some questions about your medical history.

It’s important to tell the staff giving you the vaccination if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction or you are pregnant.

You will then be given an injection of the vaccine into your upper arm.

All places that offer COVID-19 vaccinations will help keep you safe from COVID-19. There will be regular cleaning and social distancing in waiting areas.

This maybe the first time that you have been out in a while please be assured we take all measures to keep the environment as safe as possible. Please be mindful of your social distancing with others and minimise your contact with your surroundings.

After your vaccination

You will be asked to wait for fifteen minutes after having the vaccination. This is in the unlikely event you have a serious reaction to the vaccine.

Research has found it’s very rare to have a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes. We want to make sure we do everything to ensure you are in safe hands.

Your health team are trained to deal with reactions and treat you immediately in the unlikely event.

You will also be given a leaflet about what to expect after your vaccination to take home with you.

It is important that you remember the time when you go in to the waiting room. When your fifteen minutes have passed you may leave. Please ensure you have your vaccination card with you that states the vaccine details from your appointment.

If you would like to see the full Information for people who have had their fIrst COVID-19 vaccination please click HERE

© East Cornwall Primary Care Network 2021

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