COVID Vaccination

Chichester Area Response

Our Practice is in a PCN (Primary Care Network) consisting of eight GP surgeries in the Chichester area. Our PCN is known as ChAMP. The following statements have been issued by ChAMP.

COVID Vaccinations – Updated 14 January 2021

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Subject to the delivery of the vaccine itself, COVID Vaccination clinics for the Chichester Alliance of Medical Practices (ChAMP) will commence as follows:

15th January 2021 – Tangmere Village Centre, Tangmere, Chichester PO20 2HS

16th January 2021 – The Selsey Centre, Manor Road, Selsey, Chichester, PO20 0SE

The clinics will last for three to four days in which we expect to vaccinate approximately 1000 people at each site.  We aim to provide regular clinics at both sites, over the forthcoming weeks, subject to vaccine availability.

The quantity and frequency of delivery is centrally controlled by the NHS and so we are unable to provide any detailed information on future clinics.  We expect to receive regular supplies and will endeavour to make maximum use of all vaccines available to us.

These centres will be used to provide vaccinations to patients from all eight ChAMP Practices (Cathedral Medical Group, Langley House, Lavant Road, Parklands, Selsey, Southbourne Tangmere and Witterings). 

We realise that these locations are not ideal for all patients but there were few options available that could accommodate the complex arrangements for the delivery of these vaccines; at least at this early stage, the ChAMP GP surgeries are not suitable.  

While other, more central sites, may seem a better solution, there are a number of reasons why they could not be used, including that they will be needed beyond the current lockdown, when those buildings would want to reopen.

The vaccination sites will be staffed by a mixture of local GP Practice staff, hospital staff and members of the public who have volunteered from the local community.

A central ChAMP NHS Organisation will contact eligible patients directly by telephone to book them into the clinics; alternatively, due to the scale of organising the vaccine, you may also receive a text message but before responding to this please see the message below regarding Potential Fraudulent COVID Vaccination Telephone Calls and emails. You will not be asked for your NHS Number when you are contacted. 

If you will be attending with a formally registered carer, who is employed as a healthcare provider, you can arrange to book their vaccination at the same time whilst you are on the telephone.  Separate arrangements will be made for informal carers once we receive further guidance on this group.

Please DO NOT contact your GP surgery as they will not be able to book you into this clinic.  Initially Priority 2 Cohorts, listed below will be invited (separate arrangements are being made for the Priority 1 Cohort).  Your practice has already supplied a list of eligible patients to this central organisation.

Please be aware, there are a lot of patients in the Priority 2 group and so it will take a number of weeks to vaccinate them all.  If you are not invited in the first week or two, you will still receive an invite.  We will put an announcement on this news page when we believe we have contacted all patients in one cohort and are moving on to the next; at that stage we will provide details of what to do if you have not been contacted.

Please advise us if we should use a different telephone number to contact you if you are temporarily living away from your permanent home but remain within the wider Chichester area.  If you are living temporarily in a different part of the country, please contact a local practice for their arrangements.

The eligible cohorts

Priority 1: Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults. Please note that Priority 1 people will be vaccinated by another organisation within their care homes, not by the ChAMP GPs and Nurses at The Selsey Centre.

Priority 2: All those 80 years of age and over, frontline health and social care workers.

Priority 3: All those 75 years of age and over.

Priority 4: All those 70 years of age and over, those clinical extremely vulnerable individuals over 16 years old.

Priority 5: All those 65 years of age and over.

Priority 6: Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group.

Priority 7: All those 60 years of age and over.

Priority 8: All those 55 years of age and over.

Priority 9: All those 50 years of age and over.

We will contact you

Potential Fraudulent COVID Vaccination Telephone Calls and Emails - updated 14 January 2021

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URGENT: Given the scale needed for the Covid-19 vaccination programme all local GP surgeries will be using a range of ways to contact patients to book their appointment. This includes phone call and text message. You will never be asked for anything other than a few personal details to confirm your identification and you will certainly never be asked for anything financial.  In responding to this, please be mindful of the following:

We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages or emails offering the COVID-19 vaccination or asking for NHS Numbers in preparation for receiving the vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.

People are warned to be alert to these scams.

The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. You will not be asked for your NHS Number when you are contacted. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.

The NHS will:

  • NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
  • NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY REGARDING COVID VACCINATIONS. 

If you have a concern about your GP practice or the advice you have received you can contact the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on: 0300 311 22 33 or email them england.contactus@nhs.net

 

Latest Vaccination News

Flu Vaccine and COVID Vaccine

If you have just had a flu vaccination (or any other vaccination) and are called for your COVID vaccine appointment, please tell the person making the booking so they can time your appointment to give you the greatest benefit.

It is recommended that there should be a gap of at least seven days between another vaccination and either dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination (which is given in two doses, 12 weeks apart). 

The suggested seven-day gap between the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine is recommended because:

  1. It is possible that the COVID vaccine may be less effective if administered very close to another vaccine.
  2. If patients experience any side-effects, it will be easier to identify which vaccine caused them. 

If patients do come for their COVID-19 vaccination within seven days of receiving their flu vaccination, in the majority of cases, vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine can proceed, to avoid any further delay in protection, but you should be aware of the drawbacks.

Community Transport Assistance

An amazing group of volunteers have coordinated a new service to help those who are unable to arrange their own transport to the vaccination centre. 

They are now in a position to offer some assistance with transport to and from The Selsey Centre for Covid Vaccinations.

Places are limited and it is therefore vital that these places are utilised only by those people who are unable to make their own way (including those who have use of a mobility scooter) or who are not able to gain lifts from friends, relatives or neighbours.

Transport will be provided by volunteer drivers in a Covid safe environment.

If you would like to book a place, please contact Julie on 07590 060 234 only once your appointment time and place has been confirmed.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERVICE IS NOT ORGANISED BY THE PRACTICE AND WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR MAKE BOOKINGS.