20 September 2021
Individuals aged 12 and over with severe immunosuppression are now recommended to receive a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Check out advice issued by JCVI on third dose vaccination if you feel you are severely immunosuppressed as you may now be eligible for an extra dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in light of the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The advice recommends that a third dose is given for individuals aged 12 and over with immunosuppression and you you might be eligible within this category regarding your current health condition. This is being advised as a precautionary measure to increase your immunity level and provide a better vaccine response, based on studies and experience with other vaccines. It is part of your primary course of vaccination and is separate to a booster vaccination, which you will likely become eligible for in six months’ time, pending further advice. We recommend you contact your [GP / Consultant] to discuss the optimal timing to receive your vaccination, which must be at least 8 weeks after your second dose. For more information about the coronavirus vaccine, visit the PHA website. Please note, if you are aged between70-79 years of age, you will also be eligible to receive the non-live shingles vaccine Shingrix® as you are unable to receive the live vaccine Zostavax®. It is recommended that you also take up this offer when invited to receive the Shingrix® vaccine by your GP in due course.
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Regional Vaccination Centres. The following groups of patients can now book a Covid-19 vaccine appointment at a Regional Trust Centre or Pharmacy: Patients aged 21+. To make an appointment: visit the online regional centre portal: https://vaccinations.covid-19.hscni.net/booking / or telephone 0300 200 7813. The phone line is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Covid Vaccination information for N Ireland. The information includes details of community transport schemes that can be accessed for those who may need assistance to travel to a vaccine centre
First doses for unvaccinated adults who are aged 40 years or over are to be booked at Community pharmacies or the SSE Arena vaccination centres who should continue to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to unvaccinated individuals aged 40 years and over, unless otherwise contraindicated.
Because of ongoing covid vaccine shortages in deliveries to General Practices, we are still only able to offer 2nd vaccines to those who had their 1st vaccine with us. Only if supplies increase would we be able to recommence 1st vaccines again.
Pregnant patients due a 1st Covid vaccine within a Priority Group are being called now to attend a Regional Centre with exception of patients who already had a 2nd covid vaccine already arranged at the Practice.
COVID-19 - GENERAL INFORMATION/GUIDANCE/LINKS
Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of COVID-19 is now eligible for testing. Testing is offered through the National Testing Programme and symptomatic members of the public can book their own test via this weblink: www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
People booking a test can chose to be tested at a drive through test centres the nearest being at University of Ulster or SSE Arena in Belfast – these centres are operating as part of the National Testing Programme. Symptomatic members of the public can also book a test via the above weblink to order a postal self-test kit which will be dispatched to their home. The results of testing undertaken through the National Testing Programme are emailed or texted directly to the person who has been tested.
The NI Contact Tracing Service located in the Public Health Agency will be in touch with all cases of COVID-19. The symptomatic individual will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people they have been in direct contact with, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. People identified as close contacts will be informed that they have been in contact with a case and they will be advised of what actions they need to take.
All information discussed with the Contact Tracing Service will be handled with appropriate privacy and confidentiality safeguards.
The telephone number used by the service currently comes up as a ‘withheld number’ on receiving telephones but it is anticipated that there will be an update in due course advising that calls from this number will have an identifier.
We would once again like to thank you for your support in these unprecedented times, and to call on you to support the ‘Test, Trace and Protect’ Strategy which is of crucial importance as we move into the next phase of tackling COVID-19.
Covid-19 vaccine - a guide for people with a learning disability.
Covid-19 vaccines and fertility
HSCB is maintaining a FAQ for the public regarding the GP COVID-19 vaccine rollout and you may find this helpful where you have questions. The link Q&A Coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination-programme/.
The PHA also have some helpful FAQs for the public at Public Health Agency Q&A Covid-19-coronavirus NI programme . We are aware of some scam emails/texts/calls about COVID-19 vaccinations and the PHA FAQ provides advice.
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