The local COVID 19 vaccination process is continuing at pace with over 6000 people having already been vaccinated at the Saxonbury surgery in Crowborough. This means that local patients over age 70 and those who are shielders (priority risk group 4) are now being invited for their first vaccination.
Our practice is working full on to contact our patients as their turn arises to ensure you all receive your vaccinations as soon as possible. For this reason please avoid making enquiries about COVID vaccination appointments unless you think you have been missed . Only contact the surgery if you are in a priority risk group above the group which we are currently working through (currently this would apply to patients in groups 1 to 3) .
Please remember the Government has set out a strict order of priority in which vaccinations are to be administered. As a reminder these are set out below :-
Priority Risk Groups
- Residents in a care home for older adults & staff working in care homes for older adults.
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers.
- All those 75 years of age and over.
- All those 70 years of age and over and all clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (shielders) (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age ).
- All those 65 years of age and over.
- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group, but not classified as “shielders”.
- All those 60 years of age and over.
- All those 55 years of age and over.
- All those 50 years of age and over.
Our practice, in conjunction with Saxonbury, is now working through Priority Group 4.
In addition to our local vaccination programme, the NHS is now writing to patients, in Risk Group Priority order, giving them the option to make an appointment at one of the Mass Vaccination Centres which are located further afield. Clearly, this may not be easy for many given travel considerations. Please be aware that you do not have to attend a Mass Vaccination Centre. You will still have the option to have your vaccination at the Saxonbury surgery. We will still be telephoning our patients to invite them to Saxonbury surgery.
Some of you have asked about dates for the second vaccinations. Saxonbury cannot give you your second date at present as they will not have full details of the availability of the vaccines so far in advance. We are confident that as current vaccine supply levels continue you will be offered your second dose within 3 months of your first dose. You may get this information if you attend a Mass Vaccination Centre.
We previously asked for volunteers to assist in the management and control of patients at Saxonbury during the vaccinations. Both surgeries have been delighted with the response and offer you their heartfelt thanks.
In the meantime please continue to be careful and maintain all the social distancing rules.
NHSE have given GP practices a list of priorities for the Vaccination and full details are available at: