Urgent Call for Covid Vaccinations Cohorts 1-4

We are aware that there are many forms of Covid vaccination invitations going out to patients via email, texts, letters and phone calls.

All these methods of invitation are very confusing however the Covid vaccination programme follows directives from NHS England at local and national centres so invites may be coming from several sources in an attempt to ensure that everyone that is eligible is offered the vaccine.

Our booking teams have tried telephoning all patients aged over 70 years to arrange a Covid vaccination. We are now finding that many do not want it or have already booked it elsewhere. If you are still wanting the vaccination please could you email your name and best telephone contact numbers to ipc.covidcatchupchichester@nhs.net. If you do not have access to emails, please could you ask friends or family to do so on your behalf or call your surgery.

Witterings Medical Centre: 01243 671833

We are aware that not all patients will be able to send such an email and so we will keep trying to contact all other patients so nobody misses out. Thank you for your cooperation.

You can also book your vaccination online at: www.nhs.uk – Book or manage your coronavirus vaccination.

Please note: If you have had Coronavirus or a positive test result you can have the vaccine 28 days after you had a positive test or 28 days after your symptoms started, so you may need to wait.

Definition of clinically extremely vulnerable groups

People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. There are 2 ways you may be identified as clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • You have one or more of conditions listed below, or
  • Your clinician or GP has added you to the Shielded Patient List because, based on their clinical judgement, they deem to you be at higher risk of serious illness if you catch the virus.

If you do not fall into any of these categories, and have not been contacted to inform you that you are on the Shielded Patient List, follow the “National lockdown: Stay at Home” guidance on the Gov.uk website for the rest of the population.

If you think there are good clinical reasons why you should be added to the Shielded Patient List, discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician. People with the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients
  • People with specific cancers:
    • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • People with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • People having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • Problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
  • Adults with Down’s syndrome
  • Adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
  • Other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions