CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) + Vaccination
Nidderdale Group Practice and Covid 19
Like the rest of the country, Nidderdale Group Practice has seen a lot of changes over the last few months. Ultimately, the changes that we have made are designed to help keep patients and staff as safe as possible are in line with national guidance from various professional bodies.
A huge thank you to all our patients who have supported us during the pandemic. We appreciate the changes havent been easy but we are hopeful that they continue to help and support you as patients as well as helping to keep the community safe.
Please see our Pandemic Update page for some FAQs and furtehr updates during the pandemic.
Please note that the vaccination programme will be taking place at the Yorkshire Showground. We will invite you to book your appointments when they are availble - please do not call the surgery to book unless you have been asked to do so.
FAQs for patients
How will patients be invited for a vaccination?
When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be in the form of a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they get their letter.
Is the NHS confident the vaccine is safe?
Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said this vaccine is very safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.
How long does the vaccine take to become effective?
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your suffering from COVID-19 disease. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
Why is it important to get your COVID-19 vaccination?
If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can, should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for.
The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.
Is the vaccine vegan/vegetarian friendly?
Yes, the Pfizer vaccine does not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products.
If, and when, further vaccines are approved we will publish information about known allergens or ingredients that are important for certain faiths, cultures and beliefs.
Who cannot have the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for women who are pregnant.
People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
This is all included in the information published by the MHRA, and Public Health England will also be publishing more resources for patients and professionals. People can be assured the NHS will ensure that they have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.
Is the NHS confident the vaccine will be safe?
Yes. The NHS would not offer any COVID-19 vaccinations to the public until it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator authorising licensed use of medicines and vaccines by healthcare professionals, has made this decision, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process.
What is the evidence to show the vaccine is safe for BAME communities?
The phase three study of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated a vaccine efficacy of 95%, with consistent efficacy across age, gender and ethnicity. Overall, among the participants who received the COVID-19 vaccine 82.1% were White, 9.6% were Black or African American, 26.1% were Hispanic/Latino, 4.3% were Asian and 0.7% were Native American/Alaskan.
I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?
People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.
Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?
Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody, so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.
Are there any known or anticipated side effects?
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
Very common side effects include:
- Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
- Feeling tired
- General aches, or mild flu like symptoms
As with all vaccines, appropriate treatment and care will be available in case of a rare anaphylactic event following administration.
How many doses of the vaccine will be required and when?
You are required to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 21 days apart. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of vaccine.
I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?
The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu?
No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu. If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and patients from flu this winter.
Dispensary during the COVID Pandemic:
When collecting medication from the surgery, please use the dispensary windows at each site. Please only use this for medication collection and queries. If you are attending an appointment or need to drop off a sample, please ring the doorbell/intercom for reception or approach the reception window at Birstwith surgery (by the car park).
For patients who would normally collect a paper prescription from Pateley Brdige Surgery: Unless you tell us otherwise we will assume you are happy for scripts to go directly to the nearest chemist if you are a non-dispensing patient. This is to minimise footfall in the surgery and reduce the risk to patients and staff. Please let us know if you would prefer to continue to pick up your script from reception.
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus you are advised to stay home for 10 days.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal duties.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. Alternatively, please call 111.
NHS North Yorkshire CCG Update
We have been working hard across North Yorkshire and York to redesign how we provide primary care services to our patients as we work through the COVID-19 outbreak.We are putting in place a new approach and you will see changes if you access services from your GP.
Click on the link below to download more information:
The COVID pandemic situation continues to require ongoing changes to the way we provide care in Nidderdale as per notices and messages over recent months. Things are changing so quickly that a general update would be rapidly out of date, so national resources are a better bet (NHS website or NHS 111).
However - a few important comments at this difficult time: firstly please be assured we have no intention of closing! Even if we get down to a very small number of staff able to come to work, we intend to keep open at least one of our sites.
Secondly, now several months into the pandemic, patients are understandably frustrated, fed up or confused. Please see our Pandemic Update Page and FAQs above.
Dr John Hain - Managing Partner
To request medical certification from absence of work related to the Covid-19 pandemic - please click on the link below:
Primary Eyecare - Covid 19 Telephone Assessment Service - Minor Eye Conditions
- Do you have a new eye problem?
- Are you registered with a Local GP practice?
- Do you think you need advice or an appointment with a professional?
Please contact their Telephone Assessment Service on 0800 368 5152 where a clinician will be able to advise whether a face to face appointment is absolutely necessary. Should you need to be seen face to face, they will arrange wherever possible for you to be seen in your usual practice.