Recently there have been reports of an extremely rare condition involving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots.
As a precautionary measure while this is being carefully reviewed, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now advised that it is preferable for adults aged under 30, who don’t have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, to be offered an alternative vaccine when it is their turn to be vaccinated.
For those in this age group who have already had their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and had no adverse reactions, they should still come forward for their second dose when invited, this includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers, unpaid carers and family members of those who are immunosuppressed.
This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection.
An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.
For people in older age groups, the JCVI has stated that the benefits of prompt vaccination with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine far outweigh the risks.
For more information visit → COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you are 80 or over and have not been contacted yet, or you have a friend or family member over 80 who hasn’t been contacted, please call us as soon as possible so we can arrange an appointment. This excludes those who are housebound who should be contacted in the next couple of weeks to be vaccinated in their home.
If you are aged between 70 and 79, or you are clinically extremely vulnerable due to a medical condition, and are still waiting, please don’t call. We will contact you soon.
We are receiving a large number of comments and questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccinations programme.
Clinics have now been launched at @BlackpoolTeachingHospitals and a number of community sites run by GP practices. These clinics have been aimed primarily at those aged over 80.
Please be assured that if you are over 80 and have not been contacted yet, or have a friend or relative who is still waiting, they will be offered a vaccine soon.
Along with all our other local GP practices, we have drawn up lists of these patients, however the Pfizer vaccine comes in packs of 975, so it is not possible to vaccinate everyone at once and so some people have to wait slightly longer for the next batch to be delivered.
Vaccination clinics in the community are being held in a designated practice for each area. In South Blackpool area the administering of vaccinations to patients of Arnold, Abbeydale, Highfield and Stoneyhill practices will take place at South Shore Primary Care Centre on Lytham Road. This means when you are invited for your vaccination it may not be your own GP practice that contacts you, but the local vaccinations service.
The new Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine is being directed initially to people who are housebound or living in care homes, but with more vaccines now becoming available we are confident more people will be vaccinated quickly.
We would like to thank you for your patience at this time and ask that you do not contact us to book a vaccine. We will be in touch as soon as we possibly can. Thank you
COVID-19 vaccines are now being offered to people aged 80 and over in the community.
Please help us by letting your grandparents, parents and other elderly relatives know that they WILL be contacted when it’s their turn to have it – they don’t need to contact their practice.
Local practices are working together to deliver the vaccine so it might not be delivered at their local GP surgery but at another location.
Find out all you need to know COVID-19 vaccination programme | Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups (fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk)