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Coronavirus and Vaccination Information

Croydon Covid-19 Vaccine Stakeholder update from NHS South West London CCG Croydon

Update 14/2/21

“Dear colleagues,

Our vaccination programme is expanding across South West London and we have now given over 238,000 vaccines cross 40 vaccination centres, including our 25 GP led centres, 8 hospital hubs, 4 pharmacy-led services and 3 large vaccination centres. With over 70% of vaccines delivered at primary care sites GPs have been leading the way in vaccinating local people to make sure that we are on track to offer a vaccine to all over 70s and front-line health and care staff by Monday 15 February 2021.

We are now urging everyone aged 70 and over who hasn’t  yet had an invitation for a vaccination to come forward and contact the NHS to book their jab through the national booking service – www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The national booking service allows people to book an appointment at their nearest large vaccination centre or pharmacy service. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.

We want everyone to receive the vaccine and to take it up when they are offered it. We are supporting residents from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to get accurate and accessible information so they can feel confident to get the vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones. However, we are aware from our local conversations as well as nationally and regionally published research that uncertainty around uptake will be down to multiple and complex factors. To support local people, we need to work together across the partnership with local authorities, voluntary and community partners to support our diverse communities in increasing confidence and enabling everyone to make informed choices for themselves and their families. Through conversations with health and care staff, local leaders and the wider community we want to make sure concerns are heard, myths are dispelled and information on the safety and benefits of vaccinations is shared.

It is important that we understand the specific difficulties that individual groups face and to be careful not to take a ‘one size’ fits all approach to engagement and addressing concerns. Therefore, we have worked through our Croydon communications and engagement group which includes colleagues from Croydon’s NHS, Croydon Council and the local voluntary sector to develop a local communication and engagement plan. The plan provides an outline on how we are engaging audiences and sharing information to build confidence in the vaccine with residents and health and social care staff. Please find attached your Croydon communications and engagement plan. As leaders in your community with close links to local people and networks, we are grateful for your support in helping to ensure that we reach and engage as many people as possible to ensure that no one is left behind.

As you may know, the South African variant of COVID-19 has been identified in nine areas of the UK, one of which is the Pollards Hill area in Merton. Although there is no evidence to show that this variant is more dangerous, having the vaccine when offered remains the best form of defence against COVID-19. As well as sharing messages from Merton council about access to enhanced testing, we are also encouraging residents in Merton and surrounding boroughs with a booked COVID-19 appointment to attend as planned. In addition, we are assuring them that vaccination sites have taken every precaution to keep them safe. If they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, and have a vaccination booked, we are asking them to please contact their GP to rearrange their appointment. In addition, we are reminding all residents that local NHS services remain open for them to seek medical help and advice.  Further information about enhanced testing in Pollards Hill visit :https://www.merton.gov.uk/coronavirus/test/local-testing

As we continue to engage with our local communities in the borough we have highlighted below:

We hope you find this regular update helpful, please do let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Matthew Kershaw

Place Based Leader for Health

Dr Agnelo Fernandes

GP Borough Lead for Croydon

NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines:

Q&As on this pdf Update 10/2/21

Questions (and answers) of the week

I am confused about my second dose of the vaccine. Can you explain this to me?

Both vaccines have been authorised on the basis of two doses because the evidence from the clinical trials shows that this gives the maximum level of protection.  To ensure as many people are vaccinated as quickly as possible, the Department for Health and Social Care now advise that the second dose of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine should be scheduled up to 12 weeks apart.  The evidence doesn’t show any risk to not having the second dose other than not being as protected as you otherwise would be.  Please be reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.

You do not need to do anything to arrange your second dose. The NHS will contact you with your appointment details. Wait to be contacted. The second dose completes the course and is likely to be important for longer-term protection. It's important to get both doses to protect yourself against coronavirus.

You may have a second appointment booked already and you should have a record card with details of your next appointment written on it, this will be around 12 weeks after your first appointment and at the same location where you received your first dose.

What happens if I am over 70 and haven’t been contacted by my GP?

Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first- and that remains the case for most people. However, whilst we have now vaccinated well over 84% of over 70s, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month. The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking services which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If you are unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The national booking service allows people to arrange a vaccination at their nearest vaccination centre or pharmacy service. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe for people with long term conditions?

Vaccines will be approved if it is considered safe for people with long-term conditions.  These vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people – they have been tested on tens of thousands of people and assessed by experts. Your GP can advise on when you are eligible and will contact you with an appointment when it’s your turn.

A very small number of people who are at risk of COVID-19 cannot have the vaccine – this includes people who have severe allergies. Everybody will also be screened for potential allergic reactions before getting vaccinated. All vaccinators will have the training they need to deal with any rare cases of adverse reactions, and all venues will be equipped to care for people who need it – just like with any other vaccine.

The MHRA have updated their guidance to say that pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding can have the vaccine but should discuss it with a clinician to ensure that the benefits outweigh any potential risks. Women of childbearing age, those who are pregnant, or breastfeeding should read the detailed information available on NHS.UK.

What do I need to do before I get my vaccine?  

The NHS will contact you and invite you to book a vaccine appointment when it’s your turn. You may receive a phone call, letter or text message from your GP practice or a letter from the national booking service, so it’s useful to:

As long as you’re registered with a GP and have up to date contact details you should receive an invitation in due course. For more information how to register with a GP and to find your local surgery visit: www.nhs.uk/register

To find out about what to expect at your vaccine appointment please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/what-happens-at-your-appointment/

Are teachers eligible to receive a vaccine?

The NHS is currently only offering vaccines to people within England's first four priority groups, in line with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidelines. This does not include teachers, unless they also meet age or health-related criteria. Vaccinating the priority groups first will save the most lives and provide the quickest and safest route out of the pandemic.

Public information on the programme for you to share with residents and community groups.

The public have an important part to play to help us with this programme of work, we would be grateful for your help in sharing these core messages with your residents and community groups:

The South West London CCG communications team has created a COVID-19 vaccination information page for each borough and is promoting these through our Twitter feeds. GPs can refer to this when answering enquiries from patients, they include information about Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine approval and new guidance on the second dose. We will be regularly updating this information. The link to the web page for https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/your-area/croydon/croydon-covid-19-vaccination-programme-update/

Information received from St Edmund's Care Group

Coronavirus and St. Edmund’s Care Group, Mitchley Ave

During the present Coronavirus virus restrictions on elderly people it is important that we look after our most vulnerable residents. St. Edmund’s Care Group provides a service to offer transport for people who need to go shopping and for health and medical appointments. If people can not leave their house we will do the shopping for them.

During this period please could you look out for neighbours, friends or family that may need this support. If there is a person who you believe could benefit from this support please could you or the person contact me at the address below.

We may also need additional volunteers to help us to meet the expected increase in need as many of our volunteers are themselves over 70. If you would like to volunteer to help St. Edmund’s Care Group during this crisis period please could you contact me to find out more about what is involved.

Richard Wragg

St. Edmund’s Care Group"

E-mail: richardwragg@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 02086605240

Information received from Paul Meakin Estate Agents:


"Paul Meakin have partnered up with Purley Food Hub (https://www.purleyfoodhub.net/) to help the community and be a convenient drop off location for local food donations.  

All donations go to help local families who are in genuine need and if any of the families who attend your school can donate anything, even a few items, Purley Food Hub would be so grateful.

As our Paul Meakin branches currently remain open, we can be a convenient donation collection point across all three of our locations in the local area.

If you can donate any food or household items, we would be extremely grateful. Please feel free to drop off anytime at any of our locations


Paul Meakin Riddlesdown

77-79 Mitchley Avenue, CR2 9HN,

Monday - Thursday 9AM - 5PM

Paul Meakin Sanderstead

13 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9LA

Monday - Saturday 9AM - 5PM

Paul Meakin Selsdon

216 Addington Road, Selsdon, CR2 8LD

Monday - Saturday 9AM - 5PM

Every contribution Purley Food Hub receives makes a real difference to people in genuine need.

We thank you in advance for your support."

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