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Coronavirus Update

Important information about your GP surgery and COVID-19

GP surgeries everywhere are dealing with high demand because of the COVID pandemic. Many surgeries have had to make urgent requests a priority due to redeployment of staff to the vaccination sites. We are very happy to support such an important vaccination campaign but wanted to make patients aware that this is placing pressure on our day-to-day services in addition to the pressures we are already facing with the pandemic.

Please be patient if you have sent in a non-urgent or routine request, we will contact you as soon as possible but we are stretched a little more thinly during these difficult times.

Please do not use askmyGP to contact us about the COVID vaccine. You will be notified in priority order as per government guidance.

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and the NHS is starting to offer vaccinations to those at greatest risk from COVID-19.

The first vaccinations are being offered to people in the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), starting with people aged 80 and over.  Groups of GP practices are working together to provide local vaccination services and will contact eligible patients when it is their turn.

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine or to ask for an appointment, as you will not be able to get one until you receive an invitation.

If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.

In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives

For more information about the vaccine, please see these frequently asked questions. (add link)

 You can also visit www.nhs.uk or download the patient information leaflets on the following topics, which are available on the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership website.

  • 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?