NHS update on vaccinations
The following message is from the NHS on the Kingston Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Update:
I am writing to update you on the strong start we have made rolling out the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history in Kingston and across South West London. Our priority remains vaccinating the most vulnerable people in our communities and our front-line health and care professionals. We are keen to continue to build confidence and optimism around the vaccine, but also to manage people’s expectations about when they might receive the vaccine. Across South West London, NHS Trusts and GP practices are currently facing large volumes of people contacting them wanting to book their Covid vaccination, so we would appreciate your support in helping us to share some of the messages towards the end of this update to manage these expectations locally.
- How and where are we delivering the vaccine to Kingston residents
Kingston Hospital vaccination hub
We have been vaccinating at Kingston Hospital since Tuesday 29 December. In line with national guidance, we have been vaccinating vulnerable hospital patients and patients who are aged 80 and above, staff from our local care homes, London Ambulance staff and staff from Kingston Hospital and our two local community NHS trusts.
We have been administering the Pfizer vaccination and will be receiving further supplies next week so we can continue to vaccinate people within these categories.
Primary Care Networks – GP lead vaccinations
- GP practices are working together in groups called Primary Care Networks to deliver the vaccine to people in the community.
- Kingston currently has two Primary Care Networks delivering vaccinations at dedicated sites across the borough. Vaccinations may not take place at residents’ usual GP practice, but at a primary care vaccination site (led by GPs and practice nurses)
- A further site will start vaccinating next week which will bring us to 100% coverage of our Kingston GP registered population.
We have shared the vaccination sites with you in the table below, however we would appreciate your support in not sharing these locations. We are not publicising the locations of vaccination sites due to security concerns and to avoid people arriving at practices to request a vaccine before being invited by their GP.
Primary Care Network
Go live date
GP practices involved
Fairhill Medical Practice
Tuesday 15 December 2020
Fairhill Medical Practice
Kingston Health Centre
St Alban’s Medical Centre
Canbury Medical Centre
Churchill Medical Centre
Gosbury Hill Surgery
Chessington and Surbiton PCN
Thursday 17 December 2020
Chessington Park Surgery
Claremont Medical Centre
Red Lion Road Surgery
The Orchard Practice
Langley Medical Practice
New Malden United Reformed Church
New Malden and Worcester Park PCN
week commencing Monday 11 January 2020
Groves Medical Centre
Holmwood Corner Surgery
Manor Drive Medical Centre
The Village Surgery
West Barnes Surgery
- Who are being prioritised to receive vaccines first?
The government has set out the challenging ambition of vaccinating all those in the top four priority groups by February 2020 as set out by the Joint Vaccination and Immunisation Committee (JVCI).
We will continue to work hard to build confidence in the vaccine with local residents and we would appreciate your support with this.
At this time, we expect the majority of over 80s to have been offered the vaccine by the end of January, though over 80s will be able to come forward and receive the vaccine throughout the Covid-19 vaccination programme. Our vaccine sites across South West London are using national systems to record information of the individuals they have vaccinated and we will share this with you once it is available.
Priority groups for the vaccine
- In line with national advice from the Joint Vaccination and Immunisation Committee (JVCI), in these first four weeks we have been delivering the Pfizer vaccine to the priority groups of people over 80 and care home staff
- The vaccination programme is phased - we need to make sure that the most vulnerable people get it first, so the NHS will be advising people in priority groups when it’s the right time for them to come forward for the vaccine.
- To reduce waste, vaccination sites have been using unfilled appointments to vaccinate healthcare workers who have been identified at highest risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
- Increased supply and the approval of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine means that vaccination can now immediately be expanded to all frontline health and social care workers.
Care home staff, residents and front line care workers
- Before the first vaccines were delivered in early December we began to work with care homes across all our boroughs to reach out to care home staff as a top priority group
- Around 4,000 care home workers out of about 14,000 have come forward and we will continue to work hard to encourage them to do so.
- We are working closely with council colleagues to coordinate vaccine appointments for front line social care workers including front line domiciliary and agency staff
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine approval and new guidance on the second dose
- The approval of the UK-developed and manufactured Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine provides a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.
- This new vaccine is easier to transport and store, which means it is perfect for helping to vaccinate many more people in our communities - including being able to more easily vaccinate residents in care homes and for the over 80s who are housebound in their own homes.
- Some of our PCN sites will have begun to receive supplies of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from this week
- The Government has decided to increase the gap between the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from three to four weeks to up to three months.
- This new guidance on the period between doses is important as it means that we will be to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.
- We will now be focussing on giving the first dose of the vaccine to as many people and front line health and care staff as possible
- How people are being invited to have their Covid-19 vaccine appointments?
- The NHS will continue to contact people directly to invite them to receive the vaccine - when it is their turn, they will receive an invitation for an appointment.
- This may be via the phone, text message or letter either from a GP practice or from a national booking system which is coming on line soon. When we have further details of this national system, we will let you know.
- This will be the same for those patients who are housebound and would require a home visit. If those people who are housebound are offered an appointment at a centre, they should talk to their GP or respond to the contact details in their invitation.
- As only a proportion of PCN sites are live at this time, many over 80s will not yet have been contacted.
- We expect the majority of over 80s to have been offered the vaccine by the end of January, though over 80s will be able to come forward and receive the vaccine throughout the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
- Next steps to further expand the programme
Large Vaccination Centres
- As well as hospital hubs and primary care sites, we are working to bring on line community vaccination centres to help further expand our capacity to deliver the vaccine programme
- In Kingston we have been working closely with the Hawks Road centre to set up vaccination centres that we hope will go live later this month 2021
- As with the primary care network sites, we would be grateful that you do not share these locations at this stage.
- Across South West London we have been running a large scale recruitment campaign to recruit teams to manage and deliver vaccines at these vaccination centres across our six boroughs. We are currently running a volunteer recruitment campaign which has generated a good response.
We are in the process for modelling our capacity for delivering vaccines week on week and the ability of each of our hubs to continue to sustain the fantastic work they have done so far over the length of the programme. We continue to work closely with NHS England to take advantage of as many potential deliveries of both vaccines as they are able to supply our local vaccine hubs in the coming weeks.
- Messages for you to use with residents to answer queries and correspondence
Public information on the programme
The public have an important part to play to help us with this programme of work, we would be grateful for your help in sharing these core messages with your constituents:
- please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
- when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
- and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
Please see below and attached some key materials that I hope will help you with your constituent queries and correspondence:
Key messages and FAQs for the South West London programme .
- Four public health leaflets with helpful information:
- How we are engaging with local people to increase vaccine confidence
- We know that in Kingston some of our communities are more vaccine hesitant than others groups.
- We are engaging with local communities to give people the chance to ask local experts about the vaccine so that they can make informed decisions and we can understand any concerns they may have. This month one of our GPs will be discussing the Covid vaccination and answering questions with members of the Diabetes UK Kingston and Richmond groups. If you would like a local expert to come and speak to your community or group, please let us know and we will do our best to support this. Email email@example.com.
- We are also exploring opportunities with other Kingston community partners and leaders to reach deeper into our communities to build public confidence and improve uptake.
- As we know you have close links with local communities, we would welcome any ideas you have to assist us with our engagement activities to reach residents please do contact me if you would like to discuss this.