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 40s.
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 12 weeks after. 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 10w-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
NHS leaflets here:
There are two main types of tests - Tests for active infection and tests for past infection
Current infection is detected by
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
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
Official government local and national statistics update daily
This vaccine tracker shows progress of the 270 Covid-19 vaccines currently in research - which will make it and which won't.