Covid-19 Information

Covid Boosters

Dear patients,
The booster programme will work as follows
  • No-one will be entitled to the booster until at least 6 months after their second jab.
  • NHS England are encouraging patients to be invited in chronological order, although risk factors will also be taken into consideration
  • The booster will be Pfizer no matter what version of jabs 1 and 2 you received (Moderna has also been licensed but is not yet available)
  • Forest Heath PCN booster sessions have only been authorised to be in Mildenhall again at this stage
  • The 15 minute observation period post jab is still in place
The Practice will be sending invitations to eligible patients as soon as we can when 6 months has elapsed since your second jab and we have clinics available to invite you to. This very much depends on the stock we can procure from NHS England. So, if there is a slight delay before you receive your invitation please do not worry - we will be in contact with you at the earliest possible opportunity.
Best wishes
The Rookery

COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME: Vaccinating children and young people in specific groups (30th July 2021)

You may have seen the news that the NHS is going to vaccinate children and young people in specific groups, following advice from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation)

The groups that are eligible for the vaccination are:

  • 17-year-olds that are within 3 months of turning 18;
  • 12-15-year olds ‘at risk’ with the underlying health conditions specified below:
    • severe neuro-disabilities,
    • Down’s Syndrome,
    • underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and
    • those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register
  • Children aged 12 years and older who are household contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed (this is in addition to 16-17 year olds in this group, who became eligible earlier in the year).

These groups have been selected based on a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.

If your child aged 12 to 15 and is in one of the eligible groups, the NHS will contact you by early September to invite you to book appointments for them for the vaccination.

If you are within 3 months of turning 18, you will be invited directly to book your appointments via the national booking service at the appropriate time.

Our Position Regarding the Easing of Restrictions on 19th July

Dear patients,

We thought it would be helpful to clarify the position about attending the practice post 19 July when all restrictions are expected to ease.

The government announced that legal restrictions requiring the public to wear face coverings indoors will be eased from 19 July along with rules concerning social distancing and the number of people you can meet indoors.

Health and care leaders say while restrictions are being eased in some public places, strict infection control measures need to be followed in healthcare settings. This will reduce the risk of vulnerable people from becoming infected and help prevent Covid-19 outbreaks that could result in the temporary closure of a surgery. As such patients and visitors to the Rookery will be required to continue to wear face coverings. Any patient who fails to observe these protocols will be asked to do so.

Treating all patients, especially those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, in a clinically safe environment is our top priority and we will do everything we can to ensure this happens.

It will remain a legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. Please therefore stay away from the practice if you do test positive for Covid.

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