Latest COVID Vaccination News
We have now vaccinated our 100 most elderly patients using our first delivery of Oxford vaccines supplied to us on 15 January. We have received a further 200 vaccines and there are clinics now being booked. 300 vaccines, frustratingly, represents less that half the number required to vaccinate our patient popultation over the age of 80. We are awaiting details of when and how many vaccines will be supplied by the Health Board. Be reasured that as soon as we know the vaccines will be with us we will be booking patients into appointments at the earliest possible time.
Due to vaccine supply issues, the Health Board has decided that patients aged between 70-74 yrs old (on 14/2/2021) will be vaccinated at the Mass Vaccination Centres in Cardiff and Barry and they will be contacting patients. Here in the surgery we will continue to vaccinate all patients over the age of 80 initially, then those aged 75-79. We are assured by the Health Board that we will receive enough vaccines to ensure everyone over the age of 75 is vaccinated before the middle of February.
Patients who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable and over the age of 75 will be vaccinated here in the surgery. All other patients defined as clinically extremely vulnerable will have their vaccination at the Mass Vaccination Centres in Cardiff and Barry.
If you are over 75 years old and have a query about your vaccination please use the form below to contact us. If you are under 75 years old please contact the Health Board if you have a query about your vaccination.
- COVID Vaccination Information
- COVID Vaccine information from the Health Board
- What to Expect after your COVID Vaccine
- Government guidance on COVID Vaccination in Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
- Essential Contact Information
- Third Sector Services Help During COVID-19
- Young Persons COVID-19 Survival Pack
- Self Isolation Guidance for Children with Learning Difficulties
- Shielding Information from Welsh Government (22/12/20)
Delivering a mass vaccination programme on such a large scale is an enormous challenge, and requires a great deal of preparation and co-ordination to ensure it can be done safely. It is simply not possible to vaccinate everyone who is eligible for it at the same time, and therefore we have to sequence the invitations in accordance with the priority groups that are set nationally. It will take many months for vaccinations to be delivered to everyone who is eligible.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions which will provide some information about the vaccine and the process that we are undertaking in order to deliver it to our population.
Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?
The priority groups of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine are agreed at a UK level by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The priorities are based upon the risk of serious illness and mortality, and also the need to protect the health and social care services.
The single greatest risk of illness and mortality from COVID-19 is increasing age, and there is also importance in protecting people who are vulnerable due to underlying health conditions. This is the list of priority groups that the JCVI has agreed:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers.
- All those 80 years of age and over, and frontline health and social care workers.
- All those 75 years of age and over.
- All those 70 years of age and over. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (sheilding - defined here).
- All those 65 years of age and over.
- All individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
- All those 60 years of age and over.
- All those 55 years of age and over.
- All those 50 years of age and over.
How will I be invited if I am in a priority group?
Patients in Group 2 (age over 80) are already being contacted and vaccinated in the surgery as will those in Group 3 (aged 75-79). As vaccines arrive we will be contacting you, by phone, to book you in for an appointment. Please ensure we have your current phone number. To update your details click here.
Patients in group 1, extremely vulnerable individuals (except those over 75 years old), those patients who are housebound and those in Group 4-9 will be vaccinated by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board at the mass vaccination centres or by the Health Board's mobile teams and patients will be contacted directly.
Frontline health and social care workers will be notified by their employer with information about how to book an appointment.
Where will the vaccinations take place?
We are creating a vaccination centre in the Cowbridge Health Centre which, depending on supply, will we operating 9am-6pm, 5 days a week vaccinating patients. There are three Mass Vaccination Centres in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan set up by the health board for those patients identified as extremely vulnerable (sheilding) and mobile teams to visit care homes and people who are unable to get to a centre.
What if I don’t want the vaccine?
Having the vaccine is not mandatory, it is a personal choice.
How safe is the vaccine as it’s been developed so quickly?
For a vaccine to reach the general public it will have to work and be safe. There may be a misconception that vaccine research takes a long time, but it isn’t the research that takes the time – it’s all the steps beforehand, like getting funding and approval. What’s sped up in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine is the funding. The UK Government funded trials to get them up and running quickly.
Is there anyone who should not have the vaccine?
The vaccine is safe for the vast majority of people, but there are some people who should not have it, such as those who have a history of previous unexplained anaphylaxis or of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food. Vaccination cannot be given within 4 weeks of a positive COVID-19 test or for 4 weeks after having symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy is not currently advised. Women should not come forward for vaccination if they may be pregnant or are planning a pregnancy within three months of the first dose. Vaccination is also not advised if you are currently breastfeeding.
Do I need a second dose of the Oxford vaccine?
Yes, evidence suggests that a longer delay between doses of the Oxford vaccine actually makes it more effective. We will be providing all patients with an appointment to return for their second vaccine 10 weeks after their first appointment. You will therefore be provided with 2 appointments, 10 weeks apart, when we contact you to invite you for your initial vaccination appointment.
How can I find out more?
For further information about the vaccine and the roll-out of the programme in Wales, please visit the Public Health Wales site where you will find a FAQ section as well as lots of helpful information:
Advice & Information
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:
Includes information on local lockdowns, working, education and frequently asked questions.
Testing is not available at the surgery and can only be accessed via Test, Trace & Protect. Click here to access testing or phone 119.
Updated advice from the Welsh Government was published on the 22nd December 2020, click here to view.
If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should:
- use the NHS Direct Wales online symptom checker www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/COVID19 Only call 111 or the Practice if the symptom checker advises you to do so.
- If you have symptoms you will be advised to apply for a covid test
- 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
We politely ask that if your problem is not an urgent issue, you consider using the eConsult online service to provide us with detailed information that will enable us to better understand your condition and respond to you the next working day.
If your problem is more urgent, please contact the surgery on 01446 772383 and a receptionist will ask you for details and either a GP or Nurse will contact you to assess whether they can give you advice over the telephone, or if you need to come to the surgery to be examined.
Please be patient with our staff. We are all working extremely hard to respond and adapt to new ways of working to protect our patients and the local community. Thank you.
If you need to inform the Community Midwives that you are pregnant:
- Send an email to the designated email address. firstname.lastname@example.org
- You will receive an automatic response with the referral form attached.
- You should then complete the form on–line and return it to the same email address.
- You will be contacted within a week by a Community Midwife who will then arrange a telephone booking appointment when you are 8-10 weeks pregnant.