29th April 2021
- Please find attached below some updated patient information materials. These are available in a number of languages and cover:
23rd April links to the new COVID 19 alternative language hub:
19th April 2021
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Personal experience guide for people with severe mental illness, Part 1:
- • Getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Personal experience guide for people with severe mental illness, Part 2: https://youtu.be/gYWAby0-tEw
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.
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:
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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Alternatively you contact the South Gloucestershire Council Local Authority COVID team by emailing email@example.com between 9am ...