COVID 19 Vaccine

Update 12 January 2021

We have been informed that NHS Lothian aims to give the first Astra Zeneca/Oxford COVID vaccine to all ambulant patients over the age of 80 by the end of January 2021.

We have been informed that we would get a batch of 100 doses by Monday 11 January. Please note we have 380 eligible ambulant patients over the age of 80.

We are keen to vaccinate as many eligible patients as soon as possible and we have started contacting patients today to book their appointment for Tuesday 12 January. For fairness, and due to our limited initial batch, we will call patients with the highest frailty scores first, and then sequentially starting with patients' surname beginning with 'A'. 

We have been informed that from mid-late January, the expectation is that there will be regular delivery to practices, so supply constraint is hoped to be relatively short term. Please be assured that when we receive information for our next batches of vaccines, we will work as soon as possible to contact the next set of patients for their appointment.

New government guidance is that the second vaccine dose will be between 3 and 12 weeks to maximise the total number of patients receiving their first dose. We will call patients at a later date to book their second vaccine appointment.

Please note that previously booked COVID vaccine appointments on 06 February and 06 March will now be cancelled - we apologise for the numerous changes, but we are working as hard and as fast as we can with the most up to date information that can change at short notice.

Please click here for NHS Inform's leaflet on COVID 19 Vaccination - it answers most questions that you may have.

Due to the high demand on GP appointments, and if you require more information on the COVID vaccine we kindly ask our patients to look at the COVID vaccine leaflet (link above), by visiting NHS inform website or by calling 0800 030 8013 (open 7 days a week, 0800-2000).

What is the aim?

The aim of the NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government is to offer COVID vaccination for all adults (aged 16+). The vaccine is your best protection against coronavirus.

The three groups below represent the populations most at risk, and they will be vaccinated first:

  • People aged 80 and over (or will be by 31 March 2021)
  • Staff and residents in care homes
  • Frontline healthcare and social care staff

Vaccination for other groups will begin as soon as the supply of the vaccine becomes available.

All group priorities are decided by NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government. Individual GP's do not influence these decisions.

We would strongly recommend that all adults get the vaccine as soon as it is offered to you.

How is it delivered?

  • NHS Scotland has asked GP practices to contact and vaccinate their ambulant (non-housebound) patients who are aged 80 and over (or will be by 31 March 2021).
  • All other groups will be contacted by NHS Scotland.
  • Housebound and care home residents will be contacted and vaccinated by the NHS Lothian Community Vaccination Team.
  • Frontline healthcare and social care staff should contact their line manager.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our over 80 ambulant patients for the cancellation of our Saturday clinics in February and March. Unfortunately this has been totally outwith our control.

At Morningside Medical Practice, we will be contacting our 380 ambulant (non-housebound) patients who are aged 80 and over (or will be by 31 March 2021) to invite them to our COVID vaccination clinic at the practice, as soon as vaccine supplies are available to us. Please be aware that we will have enough vaccination appointments for our eligible patients. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY AS WE WILL CONTACT YOU.

For any information regarding the vaccine please click here for the NHS inform website or by calling 0800 030 8013 (open 7 days a week, 0800-2000).

The Pfizer COVID vaccine needs ultra-low temperature storage at -70°C which is possible at mass vaccination clinics organised by NHS Scotland, but not possible in GP surgeries. However, the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine can be stored in regular fridge temperatures which GP practices will have access to. 

NHS Scotland has ordered delivery of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine to GP practices, which was approved by the MHRA (medicines regulatory body) on 30 December 2020. The preliminary delivery date will be the week commencing 11 January 2021.  Current evidence shows that the Oxford/AstraZeneca is safe and effective. Due to the logistical challenges, we are keen to plan, contact and book patients for the vaccine as soon as we have concrete information on when we will get our delivery for our patients. 

Due to the fast-moving pace of the COVID vaccine programme, please be aware that last-minute changes may occur, and we attempt to contact all patient should this occur. When booking an appointment, we will ask for an up to date mobile number if possible so we can organise mass text messages if needed. We apologise for any inconvenience should any last-minute changes occur.

Individuals will need two doses delivered between 3 to 12 weeks apart. Current evidence shows that individuals have good protection against COVID after the first vaccine dose, but have long term protection after their second dose. However, Government recommendations for enhanced hand hygiene, social distancing and face coverings will still be required throughout and after the vaccination programme.

Due to our limited space at the practice, we are unable to offer onsite parking on these clinic days. 

Current recommendations are that patients should wait for 15 minutes after their Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccination only if you plan to drive. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, then the recommendation is to wait 15 minutes regardless if you are driving or not.

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