COVID 19 Vaccinations
All relevant patients at the practice have been invited and most have had both doses of COVID 19 vaccination. As per recent government advice- the COVID 19 vaccination programme is expanding into children and a third booster dose for certain patients (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/ ). In addition, if you have not had any vaccination to date, it is still not too late to book your appointments for this.
Please follow the below link to get the most up to date national information –
The below outlines how the programme will be delivered locally.
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 at our branch surgery – Heronsgate Medical Centre, this is run by Greenwich Health our local GP federation. This hub will provide vaccinations to patients across Thamesmead and Woolwich. 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 or you can call them on 0204 542 8288
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.
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 at Heronsgate Medical Centre or other Greenwich Health Locations.
The Greenwich Health GP hub and the National COVID Vaccination mass vaccination sites will only be giving vaccines to those that are 16 year old and over. Local Schools and School nurses will be responsible for offering vaccines to those between the ages of 12 and 15. Please wait for the school to contact you about your children.
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, school or by your GP, 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.
Housebound patients will be dealt with by separate service as with the original COVID 19 vaccinations earlier this year. The practice has a list of these relevant patients and will be in contact to arrange these vaccinations in their homes in due course.
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.