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
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 nine priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
South Somerset West PCN have now opened invitations for all patients within cohorts 1-9. This includes frontline health and social care workers, people at increased risk from Covid-19 infection due to underlying health conditions, and all members of our population aged over 50 years.
If you are in one of these groups, you should have received an invitation for vaccination from your registered GP practice. If you have registered your mobile phone number with your practice, this will have been sent in the form of a text message. This will provide details of a website where you can book your appointment. Don't worry if you do not have a mobile phone, as your practice will also try calling your landline or writing a letter asking you to make contact.
You may also receive a letter from the National Booking Service asking you to book a vaccination appointment through their online portal or by ringing 119. As soon as you receive your letter, you can book a vaccination appointment at either of the county mass vaccination centres at the Bath & West Showground or Taunton Racecourse, or at one of the pharmacy-led vaccination sites in Taunton, Yeovil or Bruton. Please note that these vaccinations are not coordinated by the Primary Care Network. We are therefore not able to alter appointments or confirm details of appointments at these county sites.
We are now starting to recall people for their second dose of vaccine. In line with national guidelines, the second dose vaccination is being offered at between 11-12 weeks after the initial dose. If you received your first dose of vaccine at our PCN vaccination centre, we will ensure that you are invited for your second dose. If you received your initial vaccine elsewhere, the team who gave you the first dose should invite you back. If your first vaccine dose was more than 11 weeks ago and you have not yet been invited for your second dose, please contact your registered GP practice.
We will not be offering Covid-19 vaccination to patients in cohorts 10-12 (Phase 2). People who are younger than 50 years, are generally more mobile and have fewer serious health conditions. We would therefore anticipate that this group should be able to attend one of the Somerset County 'Mass Vaccination' sites. People in cohorts 10-12 will receive an invitation for their vaccine from the National Booking Service. If you have severe health difficulties, which make it impossible for you to attend one of these County sites, please contact your registered GP practice and we will do our best to support you.
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 routinely contact the surgery to ask about your vaccination.
We are working through our patient lists as quickly as we can to ensure that our patients are offered an appointment as quickly as possible.
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:
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