Advice for the public
As a precautionary measure anyone that develops symptoms after vaccination is advised to seek prompt medical advice, such as:
• shortness of breath, chest or persistent abdominal pain, leg swelling; • blurred vision, confusion or seizures; • unexplained pin-prick rash or bruising beyond the injection site.
new onset of severe or persistent headache that does not respond to simple painkillers starting four days or more after vaccination should speak to their doctor.
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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 40+ / Carers / Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV).
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.
The online platform is the primary source to book an appointment and should be used in the first instance. A telephone booking system is also available should you not have access to the online portal. Anyone attending a vaccination centre can be assured that social distancing and other Covid safety rules are strictly applied. People must get their first and second doses from the same provider – they must not try to “mix and match” between GPs and vaccination centre.
Meadowbridge Surgery have started to invite the Clinically Vulnerable Group (those normally invited for flu vaccine) in priority order of the list below. The number of invites will depend entirely on vaccine supplies to the practice which are allocated on a quota basis. Clinics to administer the 2nd Covid Vaccine will commence mid March.
- Other Lung conditions such as emphysema/bronchitis etc.
- Splenic issues or conditions that means high risk of getting infection.
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Conditions affecting the brain or nerves - Parkinsons, Motor Neurone Disease, Epilepsy MS or cerebral palsy etc.
- Pregnant - needs a Risk Assessment first with GP to assess if needs vaccinated. A guide to Covid 19 Vaccination for women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Carers on the Practice Register.
Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) from COVID-19
Covid guidance letters were sent to some patients Jan/Feb 2021. This recent guidance applied to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals only. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance. They should instead follow the general advice and regulations set out in the national lockdown guidance that came into effect on 5 January 2021
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.
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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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