Covid Vaccination Update
Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and the NHS is starting to offer vaccines to those who are at most risk from Covid-19.
The first vaccinations will be offered to people in the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), starting with people aged 80 and over. Groups of GP practices are working together to provide vaccines from local centres and will contact eligible patients when it is their turn.
Some vaccines will also be offered from ‘hubs’ at hospitals in Bradford and Leeds to people who work in care homes and frontline health and care workers who are at the greatest risk of catching Covid-19.
As more supplies of the vaccine become available, we will be able to offer the vaccine to more people and at other locations. These will include local vaccination services provided by GPs and pharmacists, in people’s homes if they can’t come to us and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but you will be invited for a vaccine when it’s your turn so you do not need to contact your practice or the NHS.
This will be the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS and you can really help us to deliver it to those that need it most by doing the following:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you when it’s the right time.
- When we do contact you, please act immediately and make sure you attend your appointments.
- Please continue to follow all the guidelines – hand hygiene and social distancing in particular – to control the virus and save lives.
For more information about the vaccine, please see these frequently asked questions
Q: I or my family member is over 80. When will I receive the vaccination?
A: We know that many people will be keen to have the vaccination as soon as possible and we want to reassure you that we will be in touch when it is your turn. In Bradford district and Craven a significant number of our population are over the age of 80, which means we have lots of people to vaccinate. We are offering appointments first to those people aged over 80 who are most at risk from coronavirus. That includes those who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and/or who have been discharged home after a hospital stay, and people living in care homes. You do not need to contact your GP practice for an appointment. They will be in touch when they are able to offer you the coronavirus vaccine.
More frequently asked questions and answers are here:FAQs for patients 4.1.21
You can also visit www.nhs.uk or download the patient information leaflets on the following topics, which are available on the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership website.
- Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for adults
- Covid-19 vaccination – a guide for those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
- What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination
- Why do I have to wait for my Covid-19 vaccine?