Coronavirus vaccinations

Link to help with official proof that , for medical reasons you’re unable to be vaccinated or unable to be vaccinated and tested for COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-medical-exemptions-proving-you-are-unable-to-get-vaccinated

03/11/2021

An update from Christina Gray, Director for Communities and Public Health at Bristol City Council

Dear colleagues, Last week, together with City Partners, Bristol's Local Engagement Board and Health Protection Group, we issued a statement which you can read on our newsroom. We're looking ahead to what is likely to be a very challenging winter, for our NHS and health colleagues, but also for businesses, individuals, and families. 

We expect and strongly recommend everyone takes precautionary measures to reduce the spread of infection. We are advising: 

• If you're feeling unwell, stay at home to recover. Do not go out to work, meet  with friends, or see vulnerable family members to avoid passing on illness to others

• If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please self-isolate and book a PCR test on GOV.UK or by calling 119

• Continue to participate in regular asymptomatic rapid testing

• If you've been invited for your COVID-19 Booster jab or your annual flu jab, we encourage you to book an appointment as soon as you can

 

New weight management programme in Bristol

Are you, or any of your patients, a Bristol resident and keen to lose weight? 

We have partnered with nutritionists and behaviour change experts, Beezee Bodies, http://www.beezeebodies.com/  on some new weight management courses in Bristol. There are a range of options available, from 1 to 1 support to 12-week group sessions and also a men’s only programme. 

The programme is open to everybody, but we will be giving priority to residents in Central and South Bristol, where levels of deprivation are highest, at this time. 

For further information and to sign up for the courses, please visit: www.beezeebodies.com 

International stress week

It’s International Stress Week, and as COVID-19 restrictions have now eased and life is moving at a faster pace once again, some of us may be feeling stressed. 

Symptoms of stress could include feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or having a lack of confidence. If you, or any of your patients, have any of these feelings, support is available. 

Find free support services in Bristol on the Are you OK? website. There is also useful advice about managing stress on the NHS Every Mind Matters website. 

Current Covid situation and case rates

The rate of infection in Bristol is currently recorded at 569 cases per 100,000 population with a positivity of 12.3%. The England rate is 436 cases per 100,000. You can find further information in the https://www.bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-data-cases-bristol-r-number-south-west

There are high and rising rates all across the city, the areas with the highest rates for the seven days up to and including Wednesday 27 October are:

Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze – 176 (rate per 100,000 – 894)

Redland – 157 (rate per 100,000 – 1212)

Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston – 132 (rate per 100,000 – 618)

Knowle – 110 (rate per 100,000 – 830)

Ashley- 99 (rate per 100,000 – 521)

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

In Bristol, 337,986 (77%) people over 16 have had one dose of a vaccine, and 311,868 (71%) of people over 16 have had both doses of a vaccine. 

Some areas and communities in Bristol remain significantly under vaccinated and it is vital we continue to reach and reassure those who are hesitant. 

Anybody over the age of 16 can book their COVID-19 jabs through the National Booking Service, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

or attend one of the walk-in clinics across the city. Visit the Healthier Together website https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/book-your-vaccine/  for the full list of locations and dates. 

In addition to accessing the school vaccination programme, parents are also now able to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for their child aged 12-15 years old on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/  or by calling 119. If a child has already received the vaccine in school, parents should not book another appointment. Most children should only have one dose of vaccine. 

Thank you for your support in rolling out the local booster programme across Bristol. The booster programme is a vital part of local COVID-19 management, as we begin to see immunity wane. Appointments are now available at walk in centres for those who are eligible. 

Testing

As of Monday (1 November), Local Testing Sites across England have reduced their opening hours from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week, because of limited demand for PCR testing after 6pm. 

The new closing time of 6pm replaces the previous time of 8pm, and applies to all of our Local Testing Sites at:

• Netham Park in Redfield

• Victoria Rooms car park

• Temple Street in the city centre

• Brislington Park and Ride 

The number of appointments on offer at PCR test sites will not reduce and appointments will not be lost due to this change, with any appointments usually served in the latter hours of the day being reallocated into the new operating hours. 

This change doesn’t affect our Mobile Testing Unit at University of Bristol, University Hall Car Park, North Village, which will continue to be available between 9am and 3pm, every day. 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to book a PCR test on the government website. https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  You can either get a test at one of our testing sites, or get one delivered to your home. 

Approximately 1 in 3 COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic. We would be grateful if you could continue to encourage participation in rapid testing, which helps us to identify cases early and take prompt public health action. 

You can find more information about where and how to access rapid tests on our local authority website. http://www.bristol.gov.uk/rapidtest 

Help and support

The free We Are Bristol helpline is available on 0800 694 0184. The phone line is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm. Mental health support is available on our local 24/7 support and connect helpline on 0800 0126549. 

Please do contact our team if you have any concerns or observations from a primary care perspective at ph.healthprotection@bristol.gov.uk

8th Oct 2021:

Thank you for your continued patience during these challenging times. 

Many of the national Covid-19 restrictions will end on 19 July. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines will remain in place across all healthcare settings, including GP surgeries and hospitals. 

This means that everyone accessing or visiting the practice must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules at all times. 

Covid rates are very high locally and the threat of the virus remains. We ask that everyone does their bit to help and minimise the spread of infection. 

These measures remain in place to protect our patients and our staff, so that the most vulnerable among us can continue to safely attend healthcare settings.

 If you have not had yet had your Covid vaccination, we would encourage you to book this now, either by visiting grabajab.net or speaking to reception. 

The practice is open and will continue to offer a range of telephone, video and face to face appointments. 

Staff are working extremely hard to ensure we continue to provide the very best care for our patients and everyone who needs us. We remain as busy as ever and ask that you ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs and -- when contacting or visiting the practice -- treating our colleagues with the kindness and respect that they deserve.

 

20th Aug 2021 :   Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home, including:

 When and where to seek medical advice

 Arranging a COVID 19 test

 Supporting your recovery

To read the full leaflet please visit the link below

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/suspected-coronavirus-covid-19-important-information-to-keep-you-safe-while-isolating-at-home/

July 2021 :Thank you for your continued patience during these challenging times.

 

Many of the national Covid-19 restrictions will end on 19 July. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines will remain in place across all healthcare settings, including GP surgeries and hospitals.

 

This means that everyone accessing or visiting the practice must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules at all times.

 

Covid rates are very high locally and the threat of the virus remains. We ask that everyone does their bit to help and minimise the spread of infection.

 

These measures remain in place to protect our patients and our staff, so that the most vulnerable among us can continue to safely attend healthcare settings.

 

If you have not had yet had your Covid vaccination, we would encourage you to book this now, either by visiting grabajab.net or speaking to reception.

 

The practice is open and will continue to offer a range of telephone, video and face to face appointments.

 

Staff are working extremely hard to ensure we continue to provide the very best care for our patients and everyone who needs us. We remain as busy as ever and ask that you ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs and -- when contacting or visiting the practice -- treating our colleagues with the kindness and respect that they deserve.

Links to all videos are available on TeamNet

  • The videos cover the following:
    • What to expect when coming to get your vaccine
    • Getting your vaccine so we can go back to normal
    • Feeling nervous about getting your vaccine
    • Concerns about fertility and the vaccine
    • Safety of the vaccine and the programme
    • Concerns related to the speed of the vaccine development.

www.grabajab.net : link to upcoming walk in clinics

29th April 2021

 

23rd April links to the new COVID 19 alternative language hub:

https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/covid19-languages/

19th April 2021

 

 

Equally Well UK have also produced a guide for people with a diagnosis of severe mental illness to support them with their vaccination, which can be found here:A guide for people with severe mental illness and their carers on what to expect from the Covid-19 vaccination programme | Equally Well

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups. See link below with details of these groups.

Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may or may not take place at your GP practice. Local vaccination services (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) have been set up who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to some people in your community. Practices are also working in groups (hubs) to deliver vaccines from a designated site.

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted. 

9th April 2021

Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccination

 

Recently, there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a higher risk in people shortly after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine.

 

Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given. This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

 

This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.

 

Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), we will be offering people under 30 who have not yet had their first COVID-19 vaccination, a choice of vaccine other than AZ. If you choose to have an alternative vaccine you may have to wait to be protected. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.

 

This leaflet from Public Health England provides more information about the benefits and risks of the AZ COVID-19 vaccination.

 

If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering a blood clot as a side effect, you should have your second dose. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers and unpaid carers.

 

The benefits of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any risks for the vast majority of people and you should still book your COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

 We are keeping the Healthier Together website updated with latest information and messaging, so please continue to direct members of the public to this resource.

PHE have developed a helpful patient information leaflet regarding blood clotting and the AZ vaccine, which can be found here.

 

Mass vaccinations update  MARCH 2021

Statement on safety of AstraZeneca following reports of its use being suspended in some countries

  • The Clinical Delivery Group has produced the following statement to support you in any discussions/communications about concerns regarding the 20 vaccine:
  • We are aware that some countries have temporarily suspended use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine has been rigorously tested by the UK medicines regulator (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, MHRA), the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organisation for safety and efficacy.
  • The UK has administered 11 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and there has been no demonstrable difference in the number of blood clots since the vaccine was introduced.
  • The benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any risks and people should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

All vaccines that are available have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they are given will be highly effective and protect them from coronavirus.

 

Important information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID Vaccination video

Priority Group 6 is large and covers a wide age range, and many health conditions. In BNSSG we are contacting people in Group 6 over the next few weeks in order of those at most risk of a more severe outcome from contracting Covid. If you believe you are in Cohort 6, please do not contact Charlotte Keel - we will contact you. We appreciate that it can be confusing for individuals to know if they belong to one group or another. At this stage we are following a series of nationally defined criteria and that allows us to contact the people we want to come forward for vaccination. We are working tirelessly to vaccinate our patients as quickly as possible using every potential slot and every dose of vaccine as soon as we receive it. Please be patient and kind to our staff; we will be in touch when it is your turn.

Click on link below for easy read COVID vaccine questions:

Keep Safe UK

Primary Care Network link re COVID vaccination experiance:https://bicpcn.gpweb.org.uk/index.php/pcn-news/item/covid-19-vaccine-community-leaders-share-their-experiences

Covid 19 20th Jan 2021

  • Please play your part in keeping Bristol safe. Remember to:
  • Stay at home where possible
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must get a test, and you and your household must self-isolate whilst you wait for the result
  • Only meet one person from another household for outdoor exercise
  • Wear a face covering when in supermarkets or on public transport
  • Wash your hands regularly, particularly after using frequently touched surfaces
  • Stay two metres apart from anybody you do not live with or is not in your support bubble.
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  • Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms. At this critical time, we cannot risk further spread and pressure on our health services. Please do not mix socially with anybody not in your household or support bubble – act as if you’ve got it.

 Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe and helping the NHS

We’d like to remind you that the Healthier Together website is the best resource for public-facing information about the BNSSG Vaccination Programme. It is updated daily with latest information and includes resources such as links to information in other languages, videos and a Question and Answer section.

Covid vaccine - FAQs - Healthiertogether - mobile vaccination clinics

Covid Vaccine – FAQs

 

https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/mobile-vaccination-sites/#

 

Mobile vaccination clinics - Healthier Together

Booking for these mobile clinics is being managed by local communities, rather than through the national booking system or GP services. For more information or you have any questions about a specific community clinic please email bnssg.communications@nhs.net.Alternatively you contact the South Gloucestershire Council Local Authority COVID team by emailing support@southglos.gov.uk between 9am ...

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