An update from our area's Vaccine Champion
Published: 18 March 2021
following an update meeting this evening, here is the latest info for our area, please send it on to anyone you know who will be interested - particularly those in the 50 years and over age groups:
- Many of you may already be aware but, Anyone aged 50 years or older can now apply to have the vaccine at one of the National Centres included in this link;
- Alternatively, you can wait to be called for vaccine by the GP surgery or by letter from NHS nationally.
- Since this is now getting well into the groups who are more likely to be working, Westgate will be changing the opening times to accommodate people needing vaccines outside traditional working hours.
- There are currently NO PLANS for Tangmere and Selsey to close; both are planned to remain open, despite rumours that an additional new Centre is to open in the Chichester area, meaning that Tangmere Vacc centre may close.
- If Centres do close, as some have across Sussex, a process is in place to ensure records are properly transferred and that the timing and type of second jabs for those affected will be carefully maintained.
- We are told by NHS there is zero risk of a shortage of second doses of either type of vaccine and that supply has been put aside for those upcoming second doses.
- NHS uk advise us that there is currently plenty of vaccine supply and it is not anticipated that there will be any shortage of first or second doses.
- Registered Carers details have now been uploaded and these people should now be able to book online.
- If anyone remains un-vaccinated form the first 5 cohorts (65 years and older, extremely vulnerable people or care home residents and staff) please call your GP surgery to get an appointment booked, since you should have been called by now.
- Sussex has last night completed three quarters of a million first doses - an excellent number!
- The following statement provides the official information regarding the Oxford Zenica vaccine.
Reassurance about the use of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
In the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion, including the vaccines being offered as part of this programme.
The MHRA remains clear that there is no evidence to support any concerns about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and people should continue to attend their appointments and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
Their statement is as follows:
Dr Phil Bryan, MHRA Vaccines Safety Lead said:
We are closely reviewing reports but the evidence available does not suggest the vaccine is the cause.
Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been administered across the UK, and the number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population.
We are working closely with international counterparts in understanding the global safety experience of COVID-19 vaccines and on the rapid sharing of safety data and reports.
People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
Read more <https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities-action-to-temporarily-suspend-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine>
Please do give me a call or send an email if you have any concerns, doubts or questions about the Vaccines or the process and I will endeavour to answer or find an answer for you.