Covid-19 vaccination information
Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from Rochester and Lordswood Healthy Living Centres. There will be home visits for housebound patients.
Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service. Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
The vaccination priority groups are:
- 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 and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over. All individuals aged 16 years 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
As of 21.1.21 we are currently inviting the patients in the second group (All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
Q: How do we prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?
A: We follow NHS guidelines
Q: How are we contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
A: If you have a mobile phone, we will send you a text with a link which enables you to book your appointment. For patients without a mobile phone, we will ring you and manually book the appointment for you.
Q: If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?
A: If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please follow the link that was sent to you on your mobile phone or if the surgery made the appointment for you, please call us direct.
Q: How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?
A: If due to the severity of the dementia a family member or friend is unable to take the patient to the vaccination centre, please call the surgery and discuss
Q: Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?
A: We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. Unfortunately we are unable to organise transport for you but there are many local charities that may be able to assist.