COVID-19 vaccine now being rolled out
SSP Health practice staff are beginning to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to people this week - but please don't contact us about it.
The Government has said that, like flu, the most vulnerable people will be offered the vaccination first, with larger numbers of people being offered it later in the new year when more vaccine is expected to be available.
Our practices will contact patients individually to arrange vaccination appointments - two will be needed. Please do not contact your surgery inquiring about an appointment ahead of us contacting you.
Any Coronavirus vaccine that is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.
Detailed information from the NHS on the vaccine is available to read by clicking here
In the meantime, we are encouraging patients who are eligible for a free flu vaccination to have it as soon as possible as there needs to be a short gap between the flu vaccination and COVID vaccination.
Also please abide by social distancing and handwashing guidelines and any Government restrictions in your local area.
For more information on the vaccine, click here.