COVID-19 vaccinations in Dacorum
In Dacorum, all the GPs have joined forces and a COVID-19 vaccination centre has been set up in Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead.
Primary care has been entrusted to vaccinate specific groups of patients by strict order of priority, as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
8th April 2021: Update
COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting: information about your vaccination
Following yesterday’s guidance update from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in relation to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Government has published a new public information leaflet which has specific advice for people in different age groups and different situations. The leaflet is available at the following link:
Information about the COVID vaccination programme in Hertfordshire can also be found at www.covid.healthierfuture.org.uk including a Frequently Asked Questions section.
23rd March 2021: Update
COVID vaccine supplies
You may have seen news coverage about vaccine supplies over the coming weeks.
From now until 29th March, our GP-run vaccination centre at Maxted Road will still be delivering vaccinations to people in the top priority cohorts. This includes everyone aged 50 or over, eligible carers and those in vulnerable groups. If you are one of these patients, you can also choose to book a vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ or by calling 119.
Everyone who is due to have a second dose of either the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca vaccine between 29th March and the end of April will receive their second dose. If you had your first dose at our GP-run vaccination centre then we will contact you when it is time for your next appointment. There is no need for you to phone us.
If you booked your first appointment at a pharmacy or large vaccination centre through the National Booking System website or by calling 119 then you should already have a second dose appointment in your diary which you should attend as planned.
Any first dose vaccinations already booked via the National Booking System to take place in April will also still go ahead.
Up-to-date information about COVID vaccinations can be found at www.covid.healthierfuture.org.uk
10th March 2021: Update
We are delighted to have been able to deliver the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to so many of our patients in recent weeks. The Dacorum vaccination centre at Maxted Road has worked really well and we are continuing to bring patients in for their vaccine – now focussing particularly on those who are clinically at risk and also our unpaid carers. We have also started to invite our more elderly patients in for their second dose.
There are some weeks when we are not receiving as much supply of the vaccine as we would like and we know this has led to some frustration and concern. We do liaise with our colleagues in the NHS locally to try to get more vaccine stock into our centre but the supplies are controlled nationally and this means we cannot always offer as many vaccine appointments as we want to. If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to receive their first vaccination, you can either try to go online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus- vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or dial 119 to see if an alternative nearby vaccination centre has any appointments.
We are expecting the vaccine supply to increase considerably from the middle of this month and so, working in line with national guidance about priority groups, hope to be able to call in many more people after that, both for first and second vaccinations. Please be assured that nobody who is due a second dose will have to wait longer than 12 weeks.
For more information on the vaccine programme in this area, you can use this link https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/covid
Thank you for your understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What are the priority groups for vaccinations?
Question: Do I need to contact the Surgery to make an appointment?
Answer: No – please do not contact the Surgery. You will be contacted as and when you become eligible for your vaccination.
Question: How will I be invited for an appointment?
Answer: The GPs in Dacorum are running a text / call service using a system called AccuBook. If you have a mobile phone number recorded with your GP surgery, when you become eligible for the COVID vaccination you will receive a message from them inviting you to make an appointment at the Dacorum vaccination centre. If you do not have a mobile phone, you will receive a telephone call to your landline instead.
Some patients, when they become eligible, may instead receive a letter from the NHS inviting them to book their COVID vaccination through the National Booking Service. Appointments booked through this service will be made at an alternative vaccination site.
It is possible that some patients will receive both an invitation from their GP surgery and a letter from the NHS inviting them to book an appointment through the National Booking Service. In this scenario, you may choose which service to use when booking your vaccination course.