The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and Links to Blood Clots
We know that there will be some patients who have questions following the government’s announcement regarding the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. We want to reassure patients that the risks with this 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 first dose vaccine appointment booked at the Health Innovation Campus please attend for your appointment, we will contact you if the new guidance released regarding the AstraZeneca vaccination affects you in any way.
The COVID-19 Vaccination Status (vaccine passport)
The UK government will soon be introducing the ‘COVID-19 vaccination status’ in England, which provides proof that you have received a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine. From the 17th May, a very small number of countries will allow the COVID-19 vaccination status to be used as an alternative measure to a negative COVID-19 test when travelling abroad. Most countries will require a negative COVID-19 test, however, so you should make sure to check the destination to which you are travelling well in advance. You can do so here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
How to access your COVID-19 Vaccination Status
You will be able to access your COVID-19 vaccination status via:
• The NHS app (from 17th May)
• The myGP app
• The Patient Access App
Please note that to access your COVID-19 vaccination status on the myGP or Patient Access apps, you will need to have access to the vaccination and immunisation section of your medical records.
If you do not have access to any of these apps, then you can call 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you (from 17th May). You do not need to contact your GP practice to get confirmation of your vaccination status, and we cannot provide letters regarding this.
COVID-19 Vaccinations FAQs
Where are the COVID-19 vaccine 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 to get the vaccine?
We are currently following rules outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on which groups should receive their vaccinations first. This is the priority list as outlined by the JCVI: https://bit.ly/3i3rVwC
Please also consider that we are reliant on the supply of vaccines for the speed at which we vaccinate our population.
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. 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.
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.
I previously declined the invitation to have the vaccine, but now I would like to have it - how do I book an appointment?
Anyone aged 50+, under 50 with an underlying health condition (that increases the risk of death or serious illness from COVID-19), health and social care workers, family members of those who are immunosuppressed and unpaid carers who have declined, missed or not received an invitation should 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 will 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 online: https://www.mysurgerywebsite.co.uk/secure/cod.aspx?p=LMP001. Please note that this is for Lancaster Medical Practice patients only.