COVID19 VACCINE INFORMATION

As a group of 9 practices that make up the Medway Rainham Primary Care Network, we will be one of the first in Medway to start the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme from next Tuesday onwards.
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People will be invited for vaccination based on a nationally set priority list.  The elderly and most at risk from Covid-19 will be vaccinated first.   You can read about the prioritisation here.  This is the 1st phase and ONLY for the patients aged 80 and over.   
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We are sure that you can appreciate and understand that this has not been an easy programme to develop and one we have had to develop very quickly as it has been passed down to us by the higher powers.
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We will aim not to disrupt normal Primary Care Services to deliver this programme but if there are some issues or appointment rescheduling, we require your understanding whilst we do what we can under very challenging circumstances.
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Practice Nurses will be at the frontline giving the vaccinations so it is very possible some of their pre-booked appointments may need to be altered.   Due to strict criteria and safety one site has been designated to deliver the vaccines and that is the Parkwood Health Centre and we can only deliver a set amount of vaccines per practice on set days.  So please be aware the area around Parkwood Green maybe very busy on those days.
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Those eligible in the first phase will be contacted shortly with further instructions and maybe even last minute, so please work with us as we aim to deliver this crucial programme to tackle the pandemic that is affecting us all.
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PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY!  We will contact you by telephone in the first instance.


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The 9 practices that make up our Medway Rainham Primary Care Network are:-

  • Orchard Family Practice (Red Suite)
  • Church View (Yellow Suite)
  • Thames Avenue Surgery
  • Maidstone Road Surgery
  • Wigmore Medical Centre
  • Eastcourt Lane
  • Waltham Road Medical Centre
  • Parkwood Family Practice (Dr Selvan)
  • Parkwood Health Centre (Dr Shah)
and together our Practices serve over 45,000 patients.

The first batch of vaccines will be given by Medway Rainham Primary Care Network from Tuesday 15th December 2020 to Friday 18th December 2020.    The Thames Avenue Surgery Team will be at Parkwood Health Centre to meet you.


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More about the vaccines

Everyone will need two doses given 21-28 days apart.  When you have your first vaccine you will be given a record card with details of when the next dose is due and the type of vaccine given.  Please keep this record card safe and bring it to your appointment for the second dose.    

What if I have symptoms of Covid-19 when I get invited for the vaccines?

If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus, it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test.  Your invitation for the vaccines can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.

If i've had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?

The national body which has approved the vaccine have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven't.

Can I pay for the vaccines privately?

No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS.  If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately, it will be a scam and you must not contact them.

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Post Vaccination Advice

Covid-19 Vaccination - A Guide for Adults

This information leaflet will be available on the day to take home.

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Please help protect yourself, friends and loved ones by getting vaccinated when you are invited.

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For more information about the Covid19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway, please visit:-

http://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine

For national information about the vaccine, visit:-

 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/



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