COVID-19 Information

Western Vale Local Vaccination Centre

A Local Vaccination Centre is now open in the Western Vale of Glamorgan, to support the delivery of the Covid 19 vaccination programme, delivered by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

The three GP Practices in the area (including Western Vale Family Practice) are working in partnership to offer residents the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine at the CF61 centre in Llantwit Major, formerly the Youth Centre.

The establishment of the Local Vaccination Centre, was specifically requested by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in order to increase the vaccination delivery and accessibility in the Western Vale.

The Western Vale Local Vaccination Centre will invite people in 10 year age groups, starting with the 40-49 cohort.

Western Vale Family Practice patients will receive an invitation by letter with their appointment time and date. There is no need to contact us.

Confirmed Dates:

Age group

1st Vaccine   Clinic

2nd Vaccine  Clinic

40-49

Sat 24 April

Sat 10 July

30-39

Sun 25 April

Sun 11 July

Changing appointment date

Appointment availability is limited and patients should make every effort to attend their given appointments. If you absolutely cannot attend, please compete the form below and we will do our best to move you but this cannot be guaranteed.

Declining the vaccine

If you would like to decline your vaccine, please confirm this via the form below. 

Already had the vaccine?

Please confirm this via the form below. 

Patients age 50+

  • 1st Vaccine - If you have not received your first vaccine, please contact the Health Board on 029 21 841234, they will offer you a vaccine at the Mass Vaccination Centres.
  • 2nd Vaccine - Will be in the same location as the first.

Patients age 16-17

Under current guidance, 16-17 year olds will only be offered a vaccine if they have a serious underlying health condition (in which case they should have been called in group 6), or live with someone who has a weakened immune system. They would then need to have the Pfizer vaccine,via a Mass Vaccination Centre as the Oxford Astra Zeneca (which is the vaccine that the Local Vaccination Centre will be giving), is only licensed to age 18. 

 

Oxford/Astra-Zenecca Vaccine Information

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)  has weighed the relative balance of benefits and risks and advise that the benefits of prompt vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, far outweigh the risk of adverse events for individuals 30 years of age and over and those who have underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease. 

Click HERE for further information

 

Concerns regarding risk if you have had a previous or family history of blood clots

The evidence at present is that there is no increased risk of blood clots unless you have one of the following specific medical condition:

1. cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

2. acquired or hereditary thrombophilia

3. heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

4. antiphospholipid syndrome

A family history of blood clots or other blood clots you have suffered, do not appear to increase your risk. It is recommended you have the vaccination due to the risks and consequences of catching COVID-19. If you have one of the above medical conditions and you wish to discuss your vaccination options please make an appointment to speak to a doctor by telephone prior to your vaccination.

 

Astra Zeneca Vaccine for Patients age 18-29

JCVI currently advises that it is preferable for adults aged ​under 30 years without underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, to be offered an alternative COVID-19 vaccine, if available. People may make an informed choice to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to receive earlier protection. 

Arrangements for the 18-29 Age group to be vaccinated, will therefore be confirmed ASAP.

 

Previous Allergic Reaction to medicines/vaccines?

Anyone with an allergy to medicines/vaccines should contact the Cardiff and Vale Health Board, clinical advice line for advice on 029 20742251. If suitable you will be advised to attend a specialist allergy clinic.

CF61

Latest COVID Vaccination News

Vaccination Update - as of 9 April 2021:

The Practice has commenced given the second vaccines to patients age 85+. Patients would have already been given this appointment date on their vaccination card, when they attended the Practice for their first vaccine.

To date, there has been excellent uptake of the vaccine amongst Western Vale Family Practice Patients, as follows:

  • 96%  in the top four priority areas (those age 70+)
  • 96% those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (shielding)
  • 95% those age 65+
  • 93% those age 60+
  • 80% those age 16-64 with a serious underlying health condition (NB this group is still being called to the Mass Vaccination Centre).

 

Queries

If you would like further information regarding the mass vaccination programme see:

Programme Information - Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (nhs.wales)

Or, contact the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board COVID Vaccination queries line - 029 21 841234

Please do not call the surgery, in order for us to keep our lines free for urgent healthcare problems.

 

If you have a specific query for the Practice, please use the COVID vaccination query form below.

Advice & Information

Face Coverings

It is compulsory for people over  the age of 11 to wear a face covering in public indoor spaces. There are exemptions for people who cannot wear face coverings for health or medical reasons, similar to those for public transport.

You do not require a letter from the surgery to be exempt, and you can download a letter or card to your mobile phone on the government site - click on the link below:

Face covering exemption letter

Welsh Government 

Includes information on lockdowns, working, education and frequently asked questions.

Testing

Testing is not available at the surgery and can only be accessed via Test, Trace & Protect. Click here to access testing or phone 119.

Shielding

Updated advice from the Welsh Government is available here Protect yourself and others from coronavirus | Sub-topic | GOV.WALES

Symptoms

If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should:

  • If you have symptoms you will be advised to apply for a covid test or ring 119
  • Only call 111 or the Practice if the symptom checker advises you to.
  • If your symptoms do not improve after 7 days, or your symptoms deteriorate, please telephone the Practice during opening hours or CAV 24/7 0300 10 20 247 when we are closed.
  • Contact 999 for all Medical Emergencies.

Please do not attend your GP surgery, community pharmacy, or A&E department if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, to stop the spread of infection.

Please be aware that all household members must self isolate while awaiting test results - see Self Isolation

Self Isolation & Treating Symptoms (Adult)

Self Isolation & Treating Symptoms (Child)

 

Recovering from Covid

Whether you are recovering from COVID-19 after spending time in hospital or being isolated at home, or if you have been unable to access care and support for your health condition during lockdown, the following information gives guidance on how you can manage your recovery, understand and identify the side-effects, and know when you should access further support.

See https://keepingmewell.com/home-2/covid-19-and-me/

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government guidance website.