Dear Patients’

We are delighted to be able to start offering vaccinations against covid-19 and are all working really hard to deliver this safely and efficiently.

we are proceeding with the vaccination programme in line with the JCV list of priorities ( see below)

When it is your turn, you will be contacted by the surgery offering you an appointment at the Local Vaccination Centre ( Somer Centre).

Any vaccination related calls – please wait until after 11.00 to allow patients with genuine urgent health concerns to contact our reception team.

You may also receive an appointment from the government appointment automated system for the Mass Vaccination Centre ( e.g. Bristol) – if you do not already have an appointment allocated locally and you are able to get to the Mass Vaccination Centre, please accept this appointment if you wish as it will help us to deliver more vaccinations in total.

If you are generally housebound but physically able to get to the local vaccination centre you are advised to do so as this will be the quickest way to get your vaccine.

If you are completely housebound and physically unable to get to the centre then our community partners Virgin Care are organising a home vaccination service – this will be a limited resource and should be starting soon. You will need to wait for an appointment.

We are currently vaccinating people only in priority groups 1 and 2 ( see below) . We will aim to keep this information updated.

If you are a frontline health and social care worker you should be contacted by your employer and allocated an appointment at the hospital hub site.

If you have not received an appointment and are concerned you have been left out, you may contact the surgery to be added to our priority list.

JCV list of priorities:

  • 1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • 2. All those 80 years of age and over Frontline health and social care workers
  • 3. All those 75 years of age and over
  • *4. All those 70 years of age and over Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • 5. All those 65 years of age and over
  • 6. All individuals aged 16 years* to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality**
  • 7. All those 60 years of age and over
  • 8. All those 55 years of age and over
  • 9. All those 50 years of age and over

This advice on vaccination does not include all pregnant women or those under the age of 16 years (see above) ** The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorised in those aged 16 years and over. The AstraZeneca vaccine is only authorised for use in those aged 18 years of age and over *** This also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99%*