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Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put an increased demand on primary care services in Wakefield. As a result of this, and in line with this week’s government’s guidelines about staying at home to stop the spread of the virus, patients should not attend their GP surgery without an appointment and should make contact by telephone - but only when necessary.

If you do have a confirmed face-to-face appointment with a clinician, you may be asked to see them at a neighbouring GP practice to the one you would usually attend. This is because some practices will be closed or reorganising themselves to effectively cope with increased demand and suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. These changes will begin to take effect from Tuesday 31 March.

The location at which you will be seen will always be communicated to you by your clinical team who you will always be able to contact via your usual GP practice number. As you will be able to appreciate, this is an unprecedented time so your cooperation, understanding and patience are greatly appreciated.

Please continue to keep up to date with the latest advice around coronavirus on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Please click this link to see a Covid-19 update from the practice

Covid-19 Vaccination Update

Although there is not an approved vaccine for COVID-19 yet, a lot of work is taking place to make sure the NHS is ready to offer these to people as soon as a vaccine passes all the strict safety checks and is approved. 

When will a vaccine be available?

At the moment, we do not have any information about when a vaccine will be ready. The NHS will not offer COVID-19 vaccinations until it is safe to do so and a vaccine is proved to be both safe and effective.

Where can I get a vaccine?

Vaccines will be offered from a number of different locations to make sure everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one. These locations are still being decided and we will share these details with patients as soon as we know.

Who will get a vaccine?

The vaccine will be offered to those most at risk from COVID-19 first, starting with older people living in care homes and those over 80 years old. This is based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations which is available here. Currently, it advises that it should then be offered to people with high or medium risk clinical conditions and those aged between 50 and 80, and then to the rest of the population over the age of 18. This will be done in a phased approach and full details of when and where will be shared once a vaccine is confirmed.

Further information

We will contact patients to invite them to book their vaccination when the vaccine becomes available and they become eligible.  In the meantime, please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine as it may stop someone who needs urgent medical help getting through to us.

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