Information received over the New Year’s weekend indicates we are likely to get our first supply of COVID-19 vaccine sometime next week. As we don’t yet have further details and there is a short lifespan to the vaccine once delivered, we are working on outline plans to deliver the vaccine as soon as it is received.
Patients will be contacted in the order prioritised by the government and given a specific day/time to attend for vaccination. We regret we are currently unable to administer the vaccine from our usual surgery buildings as the need for mass vaccination and social distancing requirements prohibit this. Vaccination rates will unfortunately be slower than those of our recent seasonal flu campaign due to the nature of the vaccine and anticipated patient queries; we will ensure that those vaccinated are given written post-vaccination information and there are already some leaflets available on our website for reference.
Please note that the current government guidance states that we are to maintain our usual surgery services whilst delivering the COVID vaccination programme, 7 days a week for 12 hours a day. This will place enormous strain on the teams at all 3 of the Leighton Buzzard practices who are themselves experiencing staff shortages due to illness or self-isolation relating to increasing COVID rates. We anticipate that, at least initially, services will have to be scaled back until we have a clearer picture of vaccine deliveries; please bear with us whilst we establish this new campaign.