Coronavirus (Covid-19) Vaccination

AstraZeneca – Under 30 years old

No treatment, medicine, or vaccine is risk free. The key question is whether it does more good than harm.

It is beyond doubt that the AstraZeneca vaccine does – even if you assume it’s causing these clots, which certainly has not been proven yet.

 The risk of dying from a clot following vaccination is incredibly small – about one in a million.

 By contrast, Covid kills one in eight people who are infected over the age of 75, and one in a thousand infected in their 40s among those who develop symptoms.

 Those under 30 are much less likely to die of Covid – although the AstraZeneca vaccine still presents more benefit than risk.

 The risk might look worrying, but it is actually very low, and usually we don’t think about things just in terms of risk.

 For example, the risk of dying on a long haul flight is about one in a million.

 Travelling 250 miles in a car also carries with it a one-in-a-million chance of dying in an accident.

 The annual risk of dying in a road traffic accident is about 30 times the risk of a blood clot after the vaccine. How many think about that when they get behind the wheel?

The Covid Vaccination Campaign

After a difficult few weeks, I am delighted to report that our staffing levels are almost back to normal, and our staff who were personally affected by covid are on the mend.

In the latter half of January, we worked collaboratively with our neighbours Westcourt and Willow Green to deliver the Pfizer vaccine at Westcourt’s premises. During February, we have been giving the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine here at The Park Surgery, and we believe that we have offered the vaccine to all of our most vulnerable patients in cohorts 1 to 4. Park has done about 1000 first doses on our own premises as well over 1000 at Westcourt.

We are making provisional plans for second doses. Please do not contact us about this. You will be called automatically., ands for those with smart phones, you will receive a text and a link to book. When called, please make sure that you check carefully which venue your vaccine is to be done.

With regard to the rest of the adult population, we await instructions from NHS England, so please be patient. Whilst everyone wants to be vaccinated as soon as possible, we must adhere to the guidance issued to us by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation, and have no discretion to ‘bump’ people up the queue.

In particular, informal carers sadly are not, by right, considered to be in the top 4 cohorts. Carers where the person cared for is in receipt of a carer’s allowance are in cohort 6, to whom we are offering vaccination now.

More information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020

If you would like proof of vaccination, the easiest way is to register for online services (which you can do on this website link here), and request ‘detailed coded access’. You will then be able to find your medical record, which contains a code showing that you have had the vaccine. If you also get the NHS app on your phone, you can access the same bit of your record on your phone. It appears like this:

It has been very difficult for us to deliver normal services whilst running the vaccine program, and we ask for your patience whilst we get through this very important work, which we all hope and pray will help to get the country back to some sort of normality.

Whilst there may be some delays in our ability to offer routine services, if you have any symptoms that might indicate a more serious problem, do not hesitate to contact us.

We are still seeing patients face-to-face, but such appointments can only be made after a discussion with a clinician, or an econsult.

If you have unexpected weight loss, blood in your urine or poo or unexpected bleeding from anywhere, a new lump anywhere, change in bowel habit, a sudden change in urinary symptoms, a new cough that persists beyond three weeks with a negative covid test (particularly if you cough blood – this should be notified immediately), persistent abdominal pain, persistent difficulty swallowing, persistent back pain for more than 2 weeks over the age of 50, a new mole with irregular colouring or shape, or a change in an existing mole, or any growing or changing skin lesion, you must contact us straight away.

If you think that your cervical smear is overdue, we can do this for you, please contact us to make an appointment.

Who can get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

Advice if you’re of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

You should wait to have the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • if you’re pregnant – you should wait until you’ve had your baby
  • if you’re breastfeeding – you should wait until you’ve stopped breastfeeding

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you should wait for 2 months after having the 2nd dose before getting pregnant.

There’s no evidence it’s unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But more evidence is needed before you can be offered the vaccine.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK

How the Covid-19 vaccine is given?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.

It’s given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.

It has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and no serious side effects or complications have been reported.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

After having both doses of the vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus.

It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.

There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people

Information:

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

It’s very rare for anyone to have a serious reaction to the vaccine (anaphylaxis). If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes.

Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.Information:

You can report any suspected side effect using the Yellow Card safety scheme.

Visit Yellow Card for further information

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.

More information

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

For further details, please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

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