COVID-19 vaccine information
Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus. Following extensive trials, two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have been approved in the UK and the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has started in Hull.
An independent group of experts (Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that the NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19.
Based on current forecasts, by late Spring it should be possible to offer a vaccine to all those people that the JCVI have said would benefit most. In line with the JCVI’s prioritisation, for now this means continuing to vaccinate people aged 60 and over as well as widening out the offer to frontline health and social care staff.
Over the coming weeks we will continue to build capacity across the system to offer more vaccinations with additional local vaccination services, hospital hubs and vaccination centres coming on-line. However, the exact weekly roll-out of new sites and vaccinators will be largely shaped by the vaccine supply schedule from the two manufacturers. This is the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken. It is a huge challenge, and there will be bumps in the road.
How will I get my vaccine?
Hull GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice, and you might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself – you will be told where to attend when you are invited in. When you have had your vaccination you will be told when you will need to go back for your second dose.
Until now, the NHS asked people not to contact them about their COVID vaccination and wait until they are approached. This remains the case for most people, but local NHS services are encouraging people in priority cohorts 1-4 (over 70s and those on the shielded patient list) to contact the NHS to book their appointment to ensure everyone in this group is offered the vaccine by mid-February.
At the moment the NHS is also inviting people over 65 and those who are clinically vulnerable against COVID. These people will be contacted to book their appointments.
Eligible people can book their appointment at large scale vaccination centres by contacting the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. Those who cannot do it online can call a free 119 number, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The national system allows patients to pick a convenient location and time.
Alternatively, if travelling to one of the sites available via the national booking system is difficult, over 65s can choose to wait until their local GP-led vaccination services contact them to have their vaccine closer to home. The NHS assures that no one will be missed and local practices will be in touch at the appropriate time with those who could not go to a large scale vaccination centre.
It’s important to note that if someone receives a letter from the NHS to book with the national system, and they already have an appointment booked with their local GP practice, then please ignore the letter and keep the existing appointment.
It is also important that anyone who has had the vaccine continues to follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask as well as the additional measures in place where they live.
Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine
People most at risk from the complications of COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. Download the guidance explaining why you have to wait for your turn.
Local GPs across the Humber, Coast and Vale have filmed an important message in multiple languages* to encourage vaccine confidence and dispel vaccine myths and misinformation. The videos can be viewed on YouTube here.
*We will be adding more languages to this playlist.