COVID-19 Vaccination – Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 vaccines have now arrived for our neighbourhood!

Although this is obviously very good news, we would kindly ask that you do not contact the practice to ask about your vaccination. You will be notified to make an appointment when it is your turn to do so.

For more information, please view practice news.

Priority group 1: care home residents

The residents of care homes and where necessary their next-of-kin are now being contacted in preparation for vaccination. All residents of our care homes will have been offered a first dose of vaccine by the end of January. This will be using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine given on site at the care home.

Priority group 2: age 80 years and over

Appointments for vaccination will start happening from Saturday 16 January onwards and invitations will be coming out shortly. If you or a relative are in this age group please await a phone call or mobile phone text message invitation. Please respond to any text message notification about this. People without text message capability will be contacted with a telephone call. Please await your invitation and do not contact the practice unless you are in this priority group and have not heard anything by the end of January.

What if I am not in one of these priority groups?

Vaccination will be given according to the priority grouping set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as below. The current national aspiration is to have offered vaccines to everyone in groups 1 to 4 by mid-February. This means that most people under 70 years will have to wait until at least March or later in the year before being invited to have a vaccination.

  1.    residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2.    all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3.    all those 75 years of age and over
  4.    all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5.    all those 65 years of age and over
  6.    all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

Everyone else under 65 years will follow these priority groups.

Where will the vaccinations be given?

The location for your vaccination will be specified when you book your appointment. The main centre for vaccinations will initially be in Longsight at the Jain Community Centre, 667/669 Stockport Road, M12 4QE. Parking is available. Please bring no food containing meat, fish or eggs into the centre. Other sites may be operational in coming weeks. Currently, there are no plans to offer any COVID-19 vaccination at individual practices, although we hope that this may change.

What if I or my relative cannot travel to the vaccination centre?

We are working hard to finalise plans for people who cannot travel to a vaccination centre.

Will I be able to choose which vaccination I want?

It is unlikely that anyone will be offered a choice of vaccination owing to the logistics of delivering the national vaccination programme.

When will I get my second dose of vaccine?

An appointment for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be arranged when you attend for your first dose. This will be scheduled for 12 weeks after the first dose.

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Please see the detailed information on the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ website.

We remain open

We remain open at the practice and please seek medical advice where it is needed. The practice is under considerable pressure whilst the rollout of the vaccination is happening and so please understand we may need to prioritise urgent and non-urgent work.

Further information

Please look on NHS and gov.uk websites for further information. We will share updates here as things unfold.

People will be invited for a vaccination at the appropriate time, allowing for the delivery of vaccinations, and we kindly ask you to wait to be contacted. This will require patience and cause understandable worries for many people. Many thanks for your ongoing patience in this national effort.

We are grateful to Dr Larkin at the practice who has been working so hard over the holiday period and beyond to get this programme in place for our patients and for the neighbourhood.

The Alexandra Practice