The NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight has started vaccinating patients against coronavirus during the biggest immunisation programme in history.
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is being used. It offers up to 95% efficacy and has been given regulatory approval by the MHRA, the official UK regulator, which has also made clear that the vaccine is very safe and highly effective.
We are providing three different delivery methods so we can cope with any type of vaccine:
- Hospital Hubs – where we know the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely
- Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs working together as Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
- Vaccination Centres – large sites convenient for transport networks.
Now that we have a vaccine that has been confirmed as safe and effective, we have begun to roll it out to those groups who independent national clinicians have decided need it most as supplies are made available.
Delivering the Pfizer vaccine is complex as it needs to be stored at very cold temperatures and moved carefully in batches of 975 doses.
You – the public – can please really help the NHS deliver this effectively to those who need it most by following this advice:
- The NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward, so please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and ensure you attend your appointments when you arrange one
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance.
People aged 80 and over are the first in the priority groups to receive the jab, along with care home staff and NHS workers who are at higher risk.
This vaccination programme will be a marathon over the coming months, not a sprint, and we will keep expanding the roll-out as more vaccine is delivered and potentially other vaccines become available.
It is important that you still get your annual flu jab in addition to the coronavirus vaccine, especially if you are in a vulnerable group.
To date (December 23, 2020) across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, one hospital hub (the Queen Alexandra at Portsmouth) and 36 Local Vaccine Services (GP-led) have gone live, with additional sites to follow. The feedback from both patients and staff has been very positive about how well clinics have run.
The GP-service sites are:
- Forest Surgery, Bordon
- Hayling Island Health Centre
- Emsworth Baptist Church
- Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital (for New Forest Primary Care Network)
- Fordingbridge Hospital (for Avon Valley Primary Care Network)
- Crosfield Hall, Romsey
- The Lights, Andover
- Winchester Holiday Inn (for Winchester Rural, North and East Primary Care Network)
- Westridge Centre, Ryde, IoW
- The Bay Medical Practice, Shanklin, IoW
- Fareham Community Hospital
- Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke
- Festival Hall, Petersfield
- St Peters Surgery, Southampton
- New Milton Health Centre
- Bursledon Surgery
- Colden Common Surgery
- Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester
- Kingston Crescent Surgery, Portsmouth
- Carisbrooke Health Centre, IoW.
- Solent View Medical Practice, Gosport
- Portchester Practice
- Brune Medical Centre, Gosport
- Brook Lane Surgery, Fareham
- Waterlooville Health Centre
- Adelaide Health Centre, Southampton
- Royal South Hants Hospital (for Southampton Central Primary Care Network)
- Ladies Walk Surgery, Southampton
- Chessel Avenue Surgery, Southampton
- Totton Football Club
- Applemore Leisure Centre, Hythe
- Park Surgery, Chandlers Ford
- West Wight Sport and Community Centre, IoW
- Eastney Health Centre, Portsmouth
- Cosham Health Centre, Portsmouth
- Lake Road Health Centre, Portsmouth.
For Government resources, information and leaflets:
- Covid-19 vaccination – guide for older adults
- Covid-19 vaccination – what to expect after vaccination
- Covd-19 vaccination – why are you being asked to wait
- Covid-19 vaccination – women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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