The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and Links to Blood Clots
We want to reassure patients that the risks with the AstraZeneca vaccine are extremely low and for the vast majority of people the benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risks.
There is a helpful information leaflet that has been produced by Public Health England, this can be accessed here.
For patients who have questions about their second dose of AstraZeneca; The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) state that ‘all those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age’. There are specific patients who should take clinical advice before receiving a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – primarily patients with a history of thrombosis or who have experienced thrombosis after vaccination (with any COVID-19 vaccine).
If you are under 30 and already have a vaccine appointment booked at the Health Innovation Campus, please attend for your appointment, we will contact you if new guidance released regarding the AstraZeneca vaccination affects you in any way.
The NHS COVID Pass
The NHS COVID pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. You may be asked to show your pass to get into some events, or to travel abroad – always check the entry requirements for the venue or the country you’re visiting.
|What you need to get a pass||When you can get a pass|
|2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in England||2 weeks after your first dose|
|Negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours||As soon as you get your result|
If you did a rapid lateral flow test at home, report your result on GOV.UK first
|Positive PCR test within the past 6 months||After you’ve finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test|
If you’re aged 16 or over, you will be able to access your NHS COVID Pass via the NHS app or NHS website. You can also access your vaccination status via the myGP and Patient Access apps – please note that you will need to have access to the vaccination and immunisation section of your medical records for this.
If you do not have access to these online methods, then you can request a letter to be sent to you by calling 119. This shows you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, it does not show COVID-19 test results.
Please note that as a GP practice, we cannot provide letters regarding your vaccination status or recent test results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held?
Our clinics are held at the Health Innovation Campus, which is part of Lancaster University. However, the building is not located on the main university campus – you will need to take a different turning off the A6 if you are attending the clinics.
Full Address: Health Innovation Campus, Sir John Fisher Drive, Lancaster, LA1 4AT
If approaching from the south (Galgate): You should travel north on the A6, and past the main university entrance where the sports centre is (straight on at those traffic lights). You should then turn right at the next set of traffic lights.
If approaching from the north (Lancaster): Turn left at the new set of traffic lights, before the main university campus. If you have reached the main campus – you’ve gone too far.
Our vaccination clinics are being held at the Health Innovation Campus due to its large space, facilitating us vaccinating a large number of patients in a short period of time. This is the designated primary care location for Lancaster currently – unfortunately we are unable to deliver vaccines from any other locations currently.
When will I be eligible for the vaccination?
We are following rules outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on which groups should receive their vaccinations first. Currently, everyone aged 18+ is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.
When will I be invited for my second vaccination?
The current advice is that everyone should receive their second dose of the vaccine within 8 – 12 weeks of their first, furthermore the guidance is clear that having your second vaccination before 8 weeks is potentially less effective. We will contact you to invite you for this appointment in the same way in which you were invited for your first vaccination – this will be 1 – 2 weeks before your appointment.
Please be aware that we are unable to offer an appointment immediately after your first vaccination due to the uncertainty of vaccine deliveries. We are also encouraging everyone to have their second vaccination at the same location as their first to prevent vaccine wastage.
If you know you will not be in Lancaster for your second vaccination, we advise that you seek to be vaccinated in the location they will be 8 weeks from your first dose.
How will I be contacted to be invited to book an appointment?
If we have a mobile number for you on our records then you will receive a text from which you can follow a link to book into an appointment. Alternatively, if we do not have a mobile number for you on our records then we will call you to invite you to book an appointment.
I think I should be eligible for the vaccination but I have not been invited yet
If you have read the JCVI guidelines and believe that you fall into one of the currently eligible categories but have not yet been invited to book an appointment, please contact us on 01524 842200 and choose option 3 when prompted to speak to one of our team managing the vaccination programme.
I previously declined the invitation to have the vaccine, but now I would like to have it – how do I book an appointment?
If you are aged 18+ and have declined, missed or not received an invitation, please contact us on 01524 842200 to book an appointment.
How do I know that the invitation is not a scam?
Below are two examples of what the text invitation may look like:
Please be aware that even if you are registered with Queen Square Medical Practice, the invitation will come from Lancaster Medical Practice. Additionally, please note that Lancaster Medical Practice as well as all NHS organisations will NEVER ask for any banking information, passwords or PIN numbers. If you think you have received a false invitation, you can report it using Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.
I don’t know if my contact details are up to date
If you think that we may have an outdated phone number for you, please either ring the practice on 01524 842200 or fill in this form. Please note that this is for Lancaster Medical Practice patients only.