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Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Vaccination

Video of the online meeting (Feb 3rd) to patients available here - discussing the current station, details of the vaccines, myths and misinformation, how you will get your vaccine - all the local arrangements.

We are now calling up - those aged 16-65y in 'at risk groups' and all over 34y.

Vaccination is locally delivered by the GP run service at Kingsbury Hindu Temple on Kingsbury Road. The first sites we ran in this area from December 16th at Central Middx Hosp., Wembley Centre for Health & Care which also continue.
(Also at a mass vaccination site next to Wembley Stadium run by the NHS).
We are giving the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine and Oxford/Astra Zeneca Covid vaccine to the highest risk groups according to the government schedule, currently the over 75y age group. Which vaccine is used depends on deliveries and we will not know at the point when you book.
The Moderna vaccine has now been approved and is becoming available now and there are others on the way (see video above for details)

The second dose will be given around 8-12 weeks later (the time interval is now reduced). Two doses will reduce the risk of any infection but having a single dose gives the biggest amount of protection and reduces the risk of severe infection, which will reduce the likelihood of hospital admission and serious complications. There are also restricted amounts of vaccine available globally and we have to make best use of what is available to be shared around. However there is now evidence emerging that the 12 week delay may make the vaccine more effective than the shorter gap.
We shall be calling people around 8 -12w after the first vaccine (some may be a little later due to vaccine supplies). Some who were vaccinated early will have had the second dose already before the policy changed.
For those who want to look at the details here is the statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation

NHS Website overview on coronavirus vaccination

Call-ups: Patients in the highest risk group are called up by SMS text according to national directives. For those without SMS or internet access we shall phone. Please do not call us - we'll call everyone in turn as more vaccine becomes available. Your SMS may come from us or 'Harness GP Federation' of which we are members.

We vaccinate locally at Kingsbury Hindu Temple on Kingsbury Road but if you've had your first vaccination at Park Royal Medical Practice or Wembley Centre for Health & Care you'll be offered your second at the same place. There is also a mass vaccination centre at Network House, Wembley for those booking themselves via the national booking service.

The whole subject of the different vaccines in development and becoming available, who will get them and in what priority order is complex - the BBC Website gives the clearest visual explanation

NHS Website overview on coronavirus vaccination

Oxford University Vaccine Knowledge website about Covid-19 vaccine

How do we know if the vaccine is safe? (from BBC website)

Covid-19 Variants summary (from American CDC - Centres for Disease Control)

Information for use of Covid vaccination in pregnancy and breastfeeding

Useful fact checks to counter some of the dangerous mis-information being spread (from Fullfact.org)

Vaccine scams - make sure you don't fall for criminals trying to get your money or identity

Use of facemasks, exemptions etc

Travelling: testing and vaccination rules

vaccine priority order
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NHS leaflets here:

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Covid-19 Testing

There are two main types of tests - Tests for active infection and tests for past infection

Current infection
is detected by

  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample. You send the sample for processing at a lab
  • lateral flow device (LFD) tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus. They give rapid results, in 30 minutes after taking the test and is used by employers, schools etc

Past infection is detected by Antibody Tests (finger prick or blood sample)

Here is a summary of the different tests for Covid-19 and what they mean
Which covid test should I get?

Who can get a free test (PCR)
Free NHS test only if at least one of the following applies:
• you have a high temperature
• you have a new, continuous cough
• you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
• you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council
• you’re taking part in a government pilot project
• you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive or unclear result

You can also get a test:
for someone you live with if they have symptoms.
If you’re going into hospital - you may need to get tested if you’re due to have surgery or a procedure.
The hospital will arrange this for you. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.
If you live in a Care Home, they will arrange this for you.

(You cannot use this service to get a test if: you’ve come to the UK from a high-risk country, you’re planning to leave the country, your employer or school has asked you to get a test but you have no symptoms. You can pay for a private test.)

When to get a test
If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible.
Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Test sites are open 7 days a week. Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.

Book your test here (or phone 119 if you cannot access the web-booking)

Essential Covid-19 advice

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
If you are worried you may have or been in contact with Covid-19 use the 111 online checker
111 online coronavirus service
Only phone 111 if you cannot get online help (expect delays).
You should contact 111 if you are getting worse, cannot cope with your symptoms or you are not getting better after 7 days. Do NOT go to the GP or pharmacy or hospital or walk-in centres.

Here's all the proper, official advice:
NHS.UK & Gov.UK

How to stay
Healthy at Home
Advice for parents during the pandemic
Support for carers, the vulnerable and isolated
Brent Gateway Partnership
Accessing Emergency Care for Children during the pandemic

Work:
If you are self-isolating but well, get an Isolation Note Download here - we cannot provide this. If you can work from home you do not need an isolation note.
If you are
sick and cannot work fill in a self certificate for up to 7 days. Over 7 days absence requires a Fit Note which we can provide - fill in an eConsult or phone us. Employment rights and advice


NHS TRACK & TRACE
How the NHS Trace & Trace system works what it means and what to do if you are informed of a contact

PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
HANDS Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap (for 20sec) and after touching your face or any surfaces. Carry a hand sanitiser with you to keep yourself at lower risk of picking up Covid-19. Here is a short video on correct hand-washing.
Don't touch your face. People touch their face on average 16 times per hour. This is a sure way to transmit virus to yourself from contact with a contaminated surface.

SPACE Keep a safe distance - 2m (6.5 feet) is safer but not totally safe (or 1m with precautions such as masks for everyone).
FACE Wearing a MEDICAL MASK must be done PROPERLY - we see a lot of people hanging a mask off their chin, below their nose, not fitted properly: THIS WILL NOT WORK!
See this short video for how to use a mask correctly
Respirators with valves are not appropriate for reducing infection spread and most cloth face coverings may not work.

Vulnerable people need special protection

Current UK Coronavirus data

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