COVID-19 Vaccination

Updated June 2021

The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out has started in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The NHS is prioritising the vaccination programme in line with national guidelines.

You will be invited to attend a vaccination appointment at a local GP service, a local hospital service, a local pharmacy or at a large vaccination centre. Please be patient and do not contact your GP practice. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have the vaccination.

You can also visit the UK Government website for the latest information about the Coronavirus Vaccine.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) also has information on the vaccination on its website.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People are being called forward who meet the criteria based on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s recommendations.

The following priority groups have now been offered the vaccine:

    1. Residents in a care home for older adults, and their carers
    2. Over 80s, frontline health and care staff
    3. Over 75s
    4. Over 70s, and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
    5. Over 65s
    6. All individuals aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions, in receipt of carers allowance, or a main carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of Covid-19
    7. Over 60s
    8. Over 55s
    9. Over 50s

Eligibility

We are following the guidance issued by the JCVI (Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation) and vaccinating people in a priority order based on the JCVI’s determination of risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.

You do not need to wait to be contacted before booking your vaccine appointment if any of the following apply:

    • you are aged 30 or over
    • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
    • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
    • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
    • you have a learning disability
    • you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you’re a carer

If you are in any of these groups you can book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations via the online coronavirus vaccination appointments facility now or call 119.

Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted by the NHS.

Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme

In Mid-April we began phase 2 of the vaccination programme. Phase 2 will include people aged 40 to 49 years who are at highest risk of hospitalisation, with the risk reducing the younger you are.

Prioritisation will therefore continue in the following order, once all at-risk groups in Phase 1 have been offered at least one dose of the vaccine:

    • all those aged 40 to 49 years
    • all those aged 30 to 39 years
    • all those aged 18 to 29 years

The committee agreed that mass vaccination targeting occupational groups would be more complex to deliver and may slow down the vaccine programme, leaving some more vulnerable people at higher risk not being vaccinated for longer.

In the meantime, please do not contact the NHS to ask for a vaccination appointment.

You will be contacted when it is your turn.

Local vaccination services

You will be invited to attend a vaccination appointment There are three ways you might be contacted to get your vaccination.

    1. Using local GP service. GP services are working together in your area to vaccinate as many people as possible. You may be contacted by a different surgery to the one you usually go to.
    2. Local hospital service. You might be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient or outpatient
    3. At a vaccination centre or local pharmacy service. If you live within 45 minutes of a vaccination centre or local pharmacy service, and haven’t already been vaccinated, you may have received a letter asking you to book an appointment online.

All vaccinations are by appointment only. People who are eligible for appointments will receive letters from the National Booking Service, telling you how to book an appointment or will be contacted by their local GP practice. The public are being asked not to contact their GP practice or local hospital to book a Covid-19 vaccination.

If you can’t travel to a vaccination centre, or there is another reason you can’t book an appointment at the nearest vaccination centre, you can choose to wait until your local GP services contact you if they haven’t already. If this is your preferred option – you don’t need to do anything now – wait for your GP service to make contact.

If you receive a letter and already have an appointment booked to have your vaccination at a local GP service please ignore the letter. There is nothing you need to do and please attend your appointment.

Vaccination centres

There are currently 20 approved vaccination sites across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin providing significant capacity and accessibility for residents and staff.

10 vaccination centres and pharmacy services (appointments via national booking system and local booking system), seven local vaccination services (appointments managed by GPs) and three Hospital Hubs (predominantly for health and social care staff).

Vaccination centres:

    • Telford International Centre
    • Ludlow Racecourse
    • Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre, Sundorne Road
    • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

Pharmacy services:

    • The Park Lane Centre, Woodside, delivered by Woodside Pharmacy, Telford
    • AFC Telford United, Wellington, delivered by Wellington Pharmacy
    • Donnington Pharmacy
    • Day Lewis Pharmacy at Spring Lamb, Oswestry
    • Beacon Community Centre (Trentham Rd Pharmacy), Market Drayton

Local Vaccination Services: 

    • Bridgnorth Medical Centre delivered by GPs from the South East Shropshire Primary Care Network (group of local GP practices)
    • Malinslee Healthcare Centre delivered by GPs from the Teldoc Primary Care Network
    • Severn Fields Medical Practice delivered by GPs from the Shrewsbury Primary Care Network (cohorts 1-9 only)
    • Prees Medical Practice delivered by GPs from the North Shropshire Primary Care Network (cohorts 1-9 only)
    • Church Stretton Medical Practice delivered by GPs from the South West Shropshire Primary Care Network
    • Audley Court (veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress) delivered by GPs from the Newport and Central Primary Care Network (cohorts 1-9 only)
    • Wellington Medical Practice delivered by GPs from the Wrekin Primary Care Network (cohorts 1-9 only)

For a full list of local vaccination services visit the UK Government website.

Vaccine appointments

In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin you will be invited to attend an appointment at a GP surgery, a Vaccination Centre, or in some cases, a Hospital Hub.

All vaccinations are by appointment only. People who are eligible for appointments will receive letters from the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling you how to book an appointment. You may also be contacted by your local GP practice. Please do not contact your GP practice or local hospital if you haven’t received an invite yet.

If you have been sent an invitation letter, please bring this with you as we will need your NHS number in order to update your record. Please note, some GP practices may not send a letter.

If you are a frontline worker, please bring your staff identification.

You are asked to attend your appointment alone unless you require a nominated carer for medical reasons. Please do not bring any other family members or friends as they will not be offered the vaccine or be able to wait in the centre.

Please be aware people who turn up at vaccination services without an appointment, who are not identified in the four top priority groups and do not have a letter or staff identification will be turned away.

Although we have measures in place to keep you and our staff safe, please wear a face covering when attending your appointment. It is also advisable to wear loose clothing as the vaccination is given in your upper arm.

Help us to help you:

  • Please don’t contact your GP practice, the wider NHS or any of the community venues to seek a vaccine until it’s your turn;
  • Please attend your booked appointments;
  • Please do not arrive too early for your vaccination appointment to help us maintain social distancing;
  • Please continue to follow all the rules to control the virus and save lives.

The vaccine

  • The vaccine is given in two doses. If you have had your first jab, you will be contacted about getting your second. Appointments will be held 12 weeks apart, based on updated guidance from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers.
  • The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and it will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. So, it is important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you.

Second dose of COVID-19 vaccination

If you’ve had your first vaccine dose already, you may have had your second dose appointment booked, if not, the NHS will contact you when it’s time for your second dose. If you are not contacted, please call the booking line that organised your first appointment.  Please make sure you attend your second appointment. The first dose of the vaccine offers good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection everyone will need to get a second dose.

Always take your ID and the card you were given when you received your first vaccine. This details which vaccine you received so that vaccinators can be sure you are receiving the correct second dose.

How will I be invited for the second dose of my vaccination?

The COVID-19 vaccination is given as two doses.

If you are aged 49 or under you will have the second dose 11 to 12 weeks after having the first dose.

If you are aged 50 or over (or from a higher risk group) your second dose appointment may be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks. The NHS will contact you by text, letter or email if your appointment needs to be moved, there is no need to contact the NHS or your GP.

If you have had your first dose and have not yet been offered an appointment for your second dose, you will be contacted with an appointment for your second vaccination in due course. You will be contacted by the team you received your first dose of the vaccine from.

If you have chosen to be vaccinated in one of the vaccination centres, you will have booked both the first and second vaccinations at the same time when you book online or via 119.

Can I have my second dose in a different place?

People using the National Booking Service (booking into a vaccination centre, GP-led or community pharmacy site) are given their closest available appointment locations. Most people will have their second dose at the same location they had their first dose.

People who had their first dose through a GP service should be invited for their second dose through the same GP service.

People who had their first dose at a Hospital Hub site should be invited or be able to book their second dose at the same location.

There are other circumstances in which it may be appropriate for a patient to receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose, for example, discharged outpatients, students, doctors in training on rotation to hospitals, people who have become housebound or moved into a care home since their first dose, or patients who have moved to a new house to somewhere a long way away from where they had their first dose.

How effective is the first vaccine injection without getting the second one? 

It is important to have both doses of the vaccine to give you the best protection. While the first dose acts as an important immune response primer, the second dose is needed to boost your body’s immune response to the COVID-19 virus providing the best protection for you.

It is also important to note that immunity is not instant once you have received your vaccination. It will take a period of time for your body to produce the antibodies needed to produce an effective immune response to fight future COVID-19 infection. Therefore, it is important that even after you have had the COVID-19 vaccine you adhere to the current public health advice including social distancing and practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene.

What happens if a person has the first jab but not the second? 

Both Pfizer and the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines have been authorised on the basis of two doses because the evidence from the clinical trials shows that this gives the maximum level of protection. The evidence doesn’t show any risk to not having the second dose other than not being as protected as you otherwise would be. We would urge everyone to show up for both of their appointments for their own protection as well as to ensure we don’t waste vaccines or the time of NHS staff.

If I had the Pfizer vaccine in the first jab, can I have the AstraZeneca vaccine for my second one?

Public Health England, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have all been very clear that in the absence of trial data to show it is safe and effective, doses should not be mixed. If you have a first dose of one vaccine, your second dose will be of that same vaccine too and that is what NHS organisations have been instructed to do.

What happens if I don’t go for my second appointment?

The first dose of both COVID-19 vaccines will provide short term protection. It is important to get the second dose to provide fuller, longer term protection against COVID-19.

What is the second dose guidance for pregnant women?

PHE’s Green Book advises that ‘Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age, because of more extensive experience of their use in pregnancy. Pregnant women who commenced vaccination with AstraZeneca, however, are advised to complete with the same vaccine’. ‘If a woman finds out she is pregnant after she has started a course of vaccine, she may complete vaccination during pregnancy using the same vaccine product (unless contra-indicated). Alternatively, vaccination should be offered as soon as possible after pregnancy.’ Please click for a new video on pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine: https://youtu.be/RgaIfkq8s5k

Transport to your vaccination appointment

If you are unable to arrange transport to your vaccination appointment either through walking, family, friends or local transport, Shropshire Council may be able to help signpost you to a possible solution.

Where someone who is vulnerable has no transport solution at all, the council may be able to arrange transport subject to availability, between 10am and 2pm and after 5pm Mondays to Fridays and any time vaccination centres are open at weekends.

Transport is currently being prioritised for those getting their second dose of the vaccination that have previously had transportation provided.

If you don’t fall into this group but you qualify, you can still contact Shropshire Council and they will take your details and see if they have any availability.

Residents can call the COVID-19 helpline on 0345 678 9028 (option 0) for advice.

Scam vaccination messages

The NHS COVID vaccine is free. If you receive a text asking you to click a link to a fake NHS website which asks for payment or other personal details, do not respond and report it to Action Fraud via their website or call 0300 123 2040.

Additional resources

The Maternity Voices Partnership and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) have produced a new video about pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine. Please click on the following link to view: https://youtu.be/RgaIfkq8s5k

Public Health England and other organisations have produced a number of COVID-19 vaccination leaflets and resources which you can access by clicking on the links below:

You can access the latest vaccination information for patients on the NHS website along with information on possible side effects from the Astro Zeneca vaccine.

For easy read posters about coronavirus, keeping safe and the vaccine, along with audio versions, visit the Keep Safe UK website.

Download an easy read leaflet explaining why you may need to wait for your COVID-19 vaccination here.

Other resources:

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Page last updated 4 June 2021