The Covid-19 vaccine is now being rolled out across west Essex. Those who are most at risk from Covid-19 and the people that provide care to them are being prioritised first. Please do not contact us for your vaccine – wait to be called. In line with national guidance and to protect those who are the most at risk first, the vaccine is initially being offered in the community to people aged over 80. You will be contacted when it’s your turn for a vaccine. Even if you are fit and healthy, you are still at risk of getting Covid-19, being vaccinated can greatly reduce your risk of getting the virus so please do attend your appointment when called.
Current COVID vaccination information
Our group of West Essex Practices has set up a COVID vaccination site at St Margaret’s Hospital.
If you are in the first priority group you will be contacted by the surgery giving you the telephone number to call (8am-6pm) to book your 2 appointments, 21 days apart. The surgery CANNOT make these appointments. Please refer to www.nhs.uk for further information.
The surgery is now sending invitations to people to receive the approved COVID-19 vaccination in the first wave.
The vaccine will be available at local hubs and will be on a pre-booked appointment basis.
Messages will be sent to people who have been identified as eligible and they will be invited to attend two appointments – exactly 3 weeks apart.
- If you have a family member over 80, you can use the number provided to them, to book an appointment on their behalf. Lines are open 8am to 6pm - please book as soon as possible.
- Home visits and vaccinations in the community will be managed separately.
- People who have previously had an allergic reaction to a vaccine are advised not to book at this time.
- Vaccine availability is limited during this initial stage and we will be in touch as it rolls-out to wider groups.
Stellar Healthcare is arranging the appointments on our behalf so please do not contact the surgery to book your appointments.
We appreciate your patience as we manage the additional demand the vaccination programme presents.
If you have any questions about the vaccine please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults