Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
- Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)
- People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
- People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
- People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting (EXTERNAL LINK)
Click here for a website page which contains information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Hertfordshire and west Essex (Harlow, Epping and Uttlesford). This website page will be updated every week over the coming months. It also includes links to book your vaccinations if you are currently eligible.
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