South Somerset West PCN

Covid-19 Vaccination Information

Welcome. This page provides information regarding arrangements for Covid-19 vaccinations of frontline workers and patients from the following GP practices:

  • Crewkerne Health Centre
  • Hamdon Medical Centre
  • Martock Surgery & South Petherton Medical Centre
  • Buttercross Health Centre & Ilchester Surgery

Unless you have been invited to one of the large county or hospital-based vaccination sites, you will offered an appointment at our local vaccination venue:

 

The Henhayes Centre

South Street

Crewkerne

TA18 8DA

The site is well signposted as you leave the centre of Crewkerne on the A356 towards Misterton. It is located opposite Waitrose, on the right hand side after the public swimming pool in Crewkerne. Please do not rely on directions from your satellite navigation system using the site postcode. This may direct you onto an adjacent road.

Our health and care colleagues have achieved an important milestone in Somerset, by offering a COVID-19 vaccination to people in the first four priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)

 

We are now expanding our vaccination programme to include priority groups 5 and 6. This includes people aged 65 and over (Group 5) and people who are aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions, which may put them at higher risk of serious disease from COVID-19 (group 6)

 

People who fall in to the next priority groups will be contacted in a variety of ways which may include letters from the NHS if you are aged 65 and over - or you will receive a phone call, letter or text message from our GP primary care network team.

 

We are now inviting people who are 65 and over to book an appointment through the national booking service; online http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119. As soon as you receive your letter, you can book a vaccination appointment at either of our large vaccination centres at the Bath & West Showground, Taunton Racecourse or a pharmacy-led site in Taunton, Yeovil or Bruton.

 

As part of our primary care network, we will be contacting people in group 6 who have underlying health issues as specified by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). We will contact you directly to arrange a vaccination appointment – there is no need to contact the practice.

 

We understand that everyone is anxious to know when they might get their vaccination and want to be vaccinated as quickly as possible. You can help us to run the vaccination programme as efficiently as possible by following the guidance above and please don’t contact the surgery to ask about your vaccination.

 

We are working through our patient lists as quickly as we can to identify patients who fit into priority group 6 and to ensure that they are offered an appointment as quickly as possible.

 

For more information on eligibility, visit the JCVI. Or you can find out more information on the Somerset NHS vaccination programme

 

Thank you for your continuing support and patience.

 

There is a limited number of parking spaces on site. Please do not arrive sooner than 10 minutes before your appointment to ensure that we have space for everyone. It is important that you vacate the carpark immediately after your vaccination. If you wish to do some shopping in Crewkerne afterwards, please relocate your car to an alternative carpark.

It is helpful if you can bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • Details of any medication you take regularly – in particular any blood thinners (anticoagulants) or medication which might suppress your immune system
  • Information about any serious allergies you have previously experienced – we are only interested in allergies which resulted in anaphylaxis i.e. swelling of the mouth / throat / face, associated with difficulties in breathing and often accompanied by a widespread rash. If you carry an adrenaline auto-injector pen (e.g. EpiPen) please bring this with you
  • If you know your NHS number, this can help us to identify you quickly on the national vaccine reporting computer system. Please do not worry if you do not know this
  • If you are a carer or have lasting-power-of-attorney for someone you are bringing to the vaccination centre, it is helpful if you can bring a completed consent form available here.
  • If this is your second dose of vaccine, please bring the vaccine record card given to you following your previous vaccination
  • If you are a health or care worker, please bring your work identity card
  • Warm clothing and waterproof in case of inclement weather

For information regarding the Covid-19 vaccination programme in England, please follow the following web links:

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Information

NHS (England) Coronavirus Vaccination Site

Government Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Website

Covid-19 Vaccinations

We have no control over which vaccine is supplied to the vaccination site. All vaccines offered within the UK have been approved for emergency licencing and are effective in providing immunity to Covid-19. During your appointment at the vaccination centre we will assess your risks and individual health factors to advise you on suitability for Covid-19 vaccination. The information below is provided to help inform you of the vaccines available and provide guidance on suitability and potential side effects:

Reporting Adverse Effects

Most side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine are mild and and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling nauseas or being sick
  • low-grade temperature

If you are feeling unwell, try to keep hydrated and you can take painkillers, such as paracetamol if needed

If your symptoms get worse or you are feeling particularly unwell, please contact your GP surgery or 111 for advice

You can report suspected side effects on the Coronavirus Yellow Card Reporting Site

For those who are interested in supporting research into Covid-19 and the vaccination programme, please sign up to the National Covid Symptom Study, which is recording data regarding infection rates and side effects following vaccination