Vaccination for 12 - 15 year olds
Following recent publicity that the Government is discussing vaccinating 12 – 15 year olds in the near future, we want to confirm that this is not in the guidelines at present.
The NHS are offering vaccinations to people aged 25 or over; anyone who has a health condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID; and anyone providing care for someone.
It will be down to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to advise on whether this age group will be vaccinated as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Certificates or Evidence About Your COVID Vaccination Status
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available in the NHS app from 17th May 2021, and in some of the other apps that provide you with Patient online services.
The NHSapp can be downloaded from: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone/iOS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for Android.
If you have not used it before, there is a self-registration process within the app to create an "NHS login" as per https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-log-in/
If you already have access/ login details for patient online services, for example "Patient Access", you may use this.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May 2021) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. The letter may to take another 5 days to reach you, or more if postal services are affected. Please take account of this when making your plans.
NPMC would advise patients that for future Covid vaccination bookings we are using a new system and you will receive a text message from accuRx as follows, we are now booking the over 50s and patients with underlying health conditions and second vaccinations. If you have received a text message inviting you to access Accurx to book an appointment please do so as soon as possible:
"Dear [Patient Name],
You have been invited to book your COVID-19 vaccination. Please wear a mask when you attend.
Please click the link to book your vaccination times: accurx.thirdparty.nhs.uk/[your unique link]
Newport Pagnell Medical Centre"
Patients will need to click on the link within the text and will be asked to confirm their date of birth. Patients will then be able book an appointment for their Covid vaccine directly.
We hope that by sharing this information with you we can alleviate any concerns you may have when using this system.
If you don’t have an appointment for your second dose
Some people may be feeling concerned that they haven’t received an appointment for their second dose yet.
This will be because centres are not booking people in until they have had confirmation of vaccine supply.
Nobody will be forgotten.
If you received your first vaccine through an appointment made by your GP Practice, they will contact you by the 12th week to book you in. If you are already in your 12th week and haven’t received an appointment please contact your GP in the first instance.
If you received your first vaccine by calling 119 or booking on-line at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination please go back through this method to book your second dose. Don’t be concerned if you can’t see an appointment straight away, bookings are released daily, so keep trying
Our vaccination clinics have been going really well, we have been working on vaccinating patients that are over 50 or have underlying health conditions. If you are a patient at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre and you fit into this category and you have not yet had an appointment for your vaccination please can you contact us via Klinik (www.npmc.nhs.uk) on the “General Enquiry” button OR via email on firstname.lastname@example.org OR by telephoning us on 01908 611767.
Also, if you are a health and care worker and a patient of Newport Pagnell Medical Centre or a registered carer and have not received a vaccine please contact us to arrange - this category covers those working in voluntary or non-standard healthcare settings such as hospices and community-based mental health or addiction services; laboratory, pathology and mortuary staff; those who have face to face contact with patients involved with patient care in secondary or primary care, mental health, urgent and emergency care and community settings; those employed in health settings as porters or cleaners; frontline social care workers directly working with vulnerable people.
NPMC is delivering the vaccine in collaboration with Kingfisher Medical Centre and Brooklands Health Centre as part of The Bridge Primary Care Network. We will be in the 6th rollout wave in which the vaccine will be delivered to the vaccine delivery site. NPMC at Newport Pagnell is the chosen delivery site for our network of patients.
We are following guidelines from NHSE as to the cohort of patients we can invite in. We shall use various methods of contact to make these appointments, including in the first instance, text messages, phone calls, letters and Accurx. As we will be unable to send a copy of the NHS leaflet, please click on the link below to review it. The leaflet will be available at the practice when you come in for your appointment.If, after reading the information, you feel that you do not want to have the vaccination please contact us, this will avoid us chasing you further to receive your vaccination.
In order to support General Practice in delivering this programme, NHS England and the CCG have issued clear guidance on creating capacity by focussing only on urgent work and certain key areas. It also means we may have to de-prioritise non urgent work and cancel non-urgent appointments at short notice. We would like to reassure you that as always, we will continue to offer urgent care throughout this time.
Covid Precautions-for everyone’s safety:
In order for us all to stay safe it’s important to follow these procedures when visiting us for your Covid vaccine:
- Please attend at the appointment time, if you arrive too early you may be sent away and asked to return at the appointed time
- Please DO NOT attend if you feel unwell - please re-book
- Wear a face covering and use hand sanitisers on entry and exit to and from the building
- Attend alone or with a carer if required
- Follow the one way system and maintain social distancing at times until in the room where the vaccine is given.
As you can appreciate, the landscape is changing very quickly and our priority remains the care of our patients whilst delivering this programme. Thank you for your patience and support.
Post Covid Fatigue Leaflets
Practical advice for people recovering at home - Post-viral fatigue - Practical advice for people who have recovered at home.pdf
Practical advice for people treated in hospital - Post_viral_fatigue_-_Practical_advice_for_people_treated_in_hospital.pdf
Conserving your energy - practical advise during and after Covid - Conserving your energy - Practical advice for people during and after having COVID-19.pdf
Latest information from the NHS for Covid-19
Isolation and Treatment
People at Higher Risk
Testing and Tracing
Help to find a vaccine for Covid-19, information below on how to join the research registry
For any of our patients who are advised to attend for a face to face appointment at the Practice, please bring a face covering to protect yourself and others. This may include a face mask or a scarf etc. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Face Covering Exemption Card
If you cannot wear a face mask because of a disability or health problem please print and cut out one of the cards to wear when you are out and about.
What to do if you think you might have coronavirus
If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it:
- Return home
- Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people for 7 days or if you are a family 14 days
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next
The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.
- Continuous cough and/or
- Fever over 37.8 and/or
- Loss of taste or sense of smell
Information for patients:
If you are suspected of having Coronavirus but not been admitted to hospital and will be self-isolating at home please see the information below:
Sick Notes and Certifying Absences
Requests for certification of absence from the workplace may fall into five categories:
- Personally affected so isolating for seven days
- Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days
- Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
- At risk group so following government advice
- Those in full time education.
- Personally affected so isolating for seven days - Patients can and should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if you are unfit to work. You do not need to contact your GP.
- Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days - If you remain unwell and unfit to work after seven days the current advice is to visit 111.nhs.uk where there is an online self-assessment tool; you may be invited to call 111 and be given further advice and a MED3 certificate emailed to you. You do not need to contact your GP.
- Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
- At risk group so following government advice - GPs cannot and are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies. You do not need to contact your GP.
- Those in full time education - there is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctor’s note’. You do not need to contact your GP.
Help and Support
For Covid Finance signposting and support please click on this link: