The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
The Trust was approved to become a hospital ‘hub’ vaccination site from 11 January 2021 to vaccinate our staff and other local social care staff.
Vaccinations have been offered to all staff including bank staff and students and doctors on rotation at the Trust.
If you are a member of staff and would like more information, please visit the staff intranet.
People within our inpatient wards
Following national guidance, the Trust began by vaccinating those in high-risk groups first including service users on older people’s wards from the beginning of February 2021.
The vaccine will be offered to all eligible inpatients in our wards, which includes those in forensic, learning disability, mental health, neurological rehabilitation and stroke and rehabilitation 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 your 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.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Text messages from the NHS will show as being sent from NHS vaccine and will only link to the NHS.uk website. The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details, your PIN or banking password, or ask you to press a button on your keypad.
Please continue to follow all the safety guidance even when you’ve had the vaccine as you may still be able to spread the disease, in particular hand hygiene, wearing a face mask and social distancing.
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.
You can also find an easy read version of the frequently asked questions.
Patient information leaflets are available too on the Gov.UK website. These are updated frequently and include information in a range of languages and accessible formats such as easy read and large print. Key documents include:
- COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers (available in 18 languages)
- COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding (available in 18 languages)
- COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults (available in 18 languages)
- COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination (available in 18 languages)
- COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources
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