COVID 19 Vaccinations
Due to government guidance individual practices are not able to give COVID 19 vaccinations, instead COVID 19 vaccinations are given via specifically designated hubs or sites.
Vaccinations will be given at our local hub which is located in Eltham, this is run by Greenwich Health our local GP federation. They also do outreach clinics at Charlton Athletic Football Club and Mobile Buses. You will be contacted directly via text if we have a mobile number for you on record. The text you receive may be from Sherard Road PMS, this is not a scam. The quickest and easiest way is to follow the link in the text to book your appointment. If you do not have a mobile or internet access you will receive a telephone call from Greenwich Health to book you an appointment for the vaccine. Greenwich Health will give you all the relevant information when the appointment is booked. Click this link for more information and contact details for Greenwich Health - https://www.greenwich-health.com/covid-19-vaccination-centre
In addition this local service, there is the National COVID 19 Vaccination booking service. This service will write to you, text you and perhaps call you, offering an appointment at one of the local mass vaccination sites, which includes Queen Elizabeth Hospital- Woolwich and the Excel Centre in East London. In addition, they can offer appointments at the Woolwich Late night Pharmacy or Well Hall Road Pharmacy in Eltham. Other pharmacists and locations are joining as time goes by. Click on this link for further information - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/ or call 119
You may get invitations from both Greenwich Health and the National COVID Vaccination booking service. We know this is confusing, but it is to ensure no one is missed and patients have choice.
It is your choice which centre you book into. You do not have to go to mass vaccination sites or pharmacists, you can wait to be vaccinated in Eltham or other Greenwich Health Locations.
If you need to update your contact details or you are worried they are incorrect, please use the change of address online form on our website https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/thamesmead-medical-associates/topic/1490 or call our reception team to check and/or change. Having the correct contact details for you is important for this vaccination scheme.
Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. - The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
The order of priority for Vaccination is;
1. older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care worker.
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and those who are extremely clinical vulnerable (shielding)- not all pregnant women and not children under 16
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. 16 to 64 year olds with serious underlying health conditions
(see - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020#fn:2 )
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
10. rest of the population (priority changing on a weekly basis)
There is no way to bypass these priority groupings as this is a government directive. As you can imagine it will take some time to get through the groupings so you must remain patient.
You can stay up-to-date on the vaccine rollout in real time by age and priority groups using the following link –
Housebound patients will be dealt with by separate service. Please contact the practice is you are registered as housebound by phone or using the practice online form.
Staff across the NHS and the Royal Borough of Greenwich council are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care. The public have an important part to play to help them do this:
· when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
· and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are still unsure about the vaccination scheme more information can be found here on NHS vaccine facts https://www.nhsvaccinefacts.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy8Tm7v_m8AIVC_lRCh0gmgpSEAAYASAAEgIgWvD_BwE or please contact the practice using the ask the reception a question form on our website – https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/thamesmead-medical-associates/topic/1494 or buy giving the reception a call.