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Covid booster vaccination
As many of you will be aware, the NHS are recommending a booster dose of Covid vaccination for all those aged 50y + and for people with medical conditions/medications that make them more likely to become significantly unwell with Covid infection. We are delighted that so many of our patients took up the offer of the 1st two vaccinations and protected themselves and their loved ones from serious Covid illness. There is more virus now circulating and some of our immunity is wearing off, as you probably know. Those who are double vaccinated are sometimes still catching Covid BUT are having far milder illness than when patients caught it last year, before anyone was vaccinated.
The Hightown team therefore strongly recommend all our eligible patients to have a booster dose. All our staff are having them.
Over 70 years old and Clinically Extremely vulnerable.
Currently Hightown Surgery are offering boosters to our most clinically vulnerable: those who are 70y + and those with medication or long-term illness that puts them at most significant risk. You will mostly know who you are from previous invites. You are eligible for a booster when it is at least 6 months since your second Covid jab. We will invite you all by text (where mobile numbers are available – please update on here if necessary. It can be a relative’s mobile, as long as you state that on the contact). Those who have no mobile, or cannot manage a text, will be phoned by our team in due course.
50 - 69 years old
If you are aged 50 – 69 with no long-term health conditions or are not classified as clinically vulnerable you will be able to book your covid booster through the Covid-19 vaccination booking service.
Click on the link below to book or manage your Covid-19 booster vaccine.
Book or manage your Covid-19 booster vaccine.
You’ll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it’s been at least 6 months (180 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.
You don’t need to get in touch with us about your booster jab. You will be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn.
Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?
Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. This follows data which indicates the Pfizer vaccine is well tolerated as a third dose and provides a strong booster response.
This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.
Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
For information about vaccinations for children aged 12 -15 please go to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group website
Flu vaccination programmes 2021
We recommend that you also have your annual flu vaccination, if you are in the same over 50s and medical conditions groups. Invites for this are being sent out now. It is fine to have both vaccinations within a few days or weeks of each other. They work equally well together or apart. We have chosen to administer them in separate clinics to avoid delaying either vaccination while awaiting supplies of the other. The flu clinics will be at the Hightown Surgery. The Covid clinics will be at Grimsbury Community Centre as before, to allow space for the more complicated administration.
We thank you for helping us to make our initial Covid vaccination campaign such a success and for attending both Covid booster and flu clinics again this autumn. The more people who choose to protect themselves from both infections, the more other services we will be able to resume or continue and the sooner we can all return to a more normal life in our community.
If you receive a text inviting you to book your flu vaccination this is the wording that you will see.
This is to invite you for your flu vaccination. We are keen to get you protected early this year. We are also starting Covid boosters very soon. Please see www.hightownsurgery.co.uk for further information. Please book your flu jab online ASAP. You will be texted shortly to also book your Covid booster if you are in a priority group (Over 70y or clinically very vulnerable). You can have both vaccinations within a short time; they do not affect each other. If you cannot book online, or wish to decline, please text us back. We will phone those who cannot contact us.
You can book your appointment online if you have previously registered for patient access https://www.patientaccess.com/ or via the NHS APP.
For further information there are separate sections covering flu and covid at the bottom of this page.
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The charity Blood Pressure UK is running its annual ‘Know Your Numbers’ campaign from 6-12 September 2021. People with undiagnosed and uncontrolled high BP are more at risk from serious health issues such as stroke and heart attack.
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Flu Programme 2021-2022
Our flu programme for 2021-2022 is in the planning stage.
We are awaiting confirmation of vaccine delivery dates in order to plan our clinic dates.
Please do not contact us. We will contact you when we have our stock. There is a vaccine for you if you are eligible.
For further information see Further Information/Flu Programme in the green bar section at the bottom of the page.
Vaccinating 16 and 17 year olds
If you live in England and are aged 16 or over, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine from a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without an appointment.
You do not need to be registered with a GP or bring any ID. It might help to bring your NHS number, if you know it.
If you've already had your 1st dose, you need to wait 8 weeks before having your 2nd dose.
If you're under 16 and eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you cannot use these walk-in sites to get vaccinated. Please wait to be contacted by the NHS.
The most up to date information on walk in clinics including venues, dates and times, can be found on OCCG’s website here.
The Oxford Academy venue has been added to the NHS #Grabajab site. Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are working with Oxford Health on plans to open the Kassam vaccination centre to allow walk-ins from early next week.
The NHS has opened hundreds of sites where anyone aged 18 or over can turn up to get vaccinated without an appointment over the weekend and is urging anyone who has not received one to ‘grab a jab’.
National blood bottle shortage.
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
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IMPORTANT: COVID TESTING
There is widespread confusion amongst our patients about home lateral flow tests versus laboratory PCR tests for covid19.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as a new cough or fever, you MUST book a PCR test via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or by calling 119 (not 111). Results are usually provided to you within about 24 hours, and are also recorded automatically onto your GP notes.
LATERAL FLOW TESTS are only useful to screen for possible COVID-19 CARRIERS who have NO SYMPTOMS.
If you have a positive home lateral flow test, you must book a more accurate lab PCR test to confirm or refute that result.
The PCR test is the most accurate ‘Gold standard’ test.
In adults and older children with potential Covid symptoms we will (usually) require you to have had a negative Covid PCR before it is safe to book a face to face examination in the surgery. A negative home lateral flow test is not good enough if you have symptoms.
This is in order to safeguard other patients and staff with the building, your own close contacts, and the population as a whole.
This is likely to be the case until the majority of the population have had their two Covid vaccinations, even if you have had yours already.
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