The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has started. The first vaccinations are being offered to people in the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Vaccinations are currently being provided within specific hospital ‘hubs’ and some GP-led vaccination services only.
When it is the right time, people will receive an invitation to come forward for their vaccination:
The Trust was approved to become a hospital ‘hub’ vaccination site from 11 January 2021.
Staff vaccinations have now begun at the Trust and we are using national guidance alongside an internal risk-based assessment, to help identify the order in which staff will be offered the vaccine. This takes into account factors like; age, ethnicity and working locations – as it is known that coronavirus can disproportionally impact on some individuals with specific characteristics.
Vaccinations will be offered to all staff including bank staff, volunteers and students and doctors on rotation at the Trust during the vaccination window.
You will be contacted when the time is right to book your vaccination appointment – so please keep an eye on your emails or the usual communication channels you use when in work.
For more information, please visit the staff intranet.
People within our inpatient wards
We will soon begin vaccinating people within our inpatient wards. As with all vaccinations, this will involve consent and discussions with family members or carers, where appropriate.
People who use our services in the community
You will be invited either by their GP or national NHS to have their vaccine when the time is right. For most people this will be a telephone call or a letter.
The invitation will include all the information needed to book appointments and will give full details on the vaccine to help people to make an informed choice about having it.
Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this invite or letter.
Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website.
You can also visit our ‘frequently asked questions’ for more information about the vaccine and vaccination programme at the Trust.
Patient information leaflets are available on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health & Care Partnership website too. These include:
- COVID-19 vaccination – a guide for adults
- COVID-19 vaccination – a guide for those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
- What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination
- Why do I have to wait for my COVID-19 vaccine?
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