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Update 6th May 2021

45,930 patients in Weymouth & Portland have received their first vaccine and 22,850 patients have received both vaccines!

We are running 2nd dose Pfizer clinics at Weymouth Hospital Wednesday 5th May - Friday 14th May This is for patients who received 1st dose Pfizer with us between 15th - 28th Feb.

We will also be holding a 2nd dose AZ clinic on Sunday 16th May at Weymouth Pavilion for patients who received a 1st dose vaccine with us on 23rd & 24th February 2021.

We are currently in the process of inviting patients in via text and phone calls. We are working through these bookings as quickly as possible - please try not to call your GP to ask when you are due to have 2nd vaccine unless you believe it has been more than 12 weeks since your first vaccine.  

Please be aware that if you have been invited for the vaccine we would urge you to book your appointment as soon as possible. There has been reduced supply for 1st dose vaccine throughout April but we are keen to vaccinate those most at risk (Groups 1-9 as identified by JCVI) without delay. For the foreseeable future AstraZeneca is the only vaccine that will now be offered in Primary Care. We cannot offer an alternative vaccine at this time. We are holding a 1st dose AZ clinic on Saturday 22nd May 2021 - please call your GP surgery if you are eligible and would like to book an appointment.

IMPORTANT: Many will have heard the recent news about the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine. There have been reports of an extremely rare possible side effect occurring in about 4 people per million doses given, who have developed an unusual form of thrombosis (clot) involving the brain veins. It is very unusual and needs to be balanced against the benefits of the vaccine reducing Covid infections in those vaccinated (reducing short and long-term consequences) as well as reducing community spread. As a result of national recommendations, the Weymouth & Portland Covid Vaccination Service will take the following approach:

  • We continue to strongly recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine in the age groups already invited
  • We will offer an alternative vaccine to AstraZeneca to patients under 30 coming for their first vaccination
  • It is recommended that nearly all people under 30 who have already had one dose of AstraZeneca vaccine should go ahead with their next dose of the same vaccine
  • A very small number (of any age) with a history of some particular clotting disorders may need to discuss whether to go ahead with the AstraZeneca vaccine with a GP

The vaccination campaign is well underway in Weymouth and Portland through our local vaccination site which is run by all practices in Weymouth and Portland working together. Currently we are operating 2 vaccination sites - one at Weymouth Hospital and one at Weymouth Pavilion.

Locally, patients in the following groups are currently eligible to receive their vaccination at one of our Weymouth sites:

  • All those 40 years of age and over 
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 
  • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which puts them at higher risk (including all those on the learning disability register and household contacts of immunosuppressed patients)

Eligible patients will be invited to attend when it is their turn, usually via a link in a text message or a telephone call from your GP surgery or our central covid admin team. If you are in one of the above groups and have not yet been contacted then please phone your usual GP surgery as they will be able to book your appointment for you.

Running alongside our local service is the National Booking Service. This is accessed via calling 119 or clicking here. You may be invited to use the national booking service via letter or a text from 'NHSvaccine' before you hear from your GP surgery. Please be aware you will not be able to book an appointment at Weymouth Hospital or the Pavilion via this route. All patients currently aged 45 or over can book their appointment at a mass vaccination centre. One of the nearest sites available to book this way is Day Lewis Pharmacy in Chickerell.

We are also currently vaccinating our housebound patients - the majority of those in the eligible groups have been vaccinated.  We will continue to offer home visits to those who need one – please contact your usual GP surgery should you need this to be arranged.

Please note this vaccine is FREE!  You will never be asked to pay for it.

Two Harbours healthcare is a not for profit organisation led by local General Practices in Weymouth and Portland. Our goal is to work more closely together (and with stakeholders) to share expertise, resources and provide services for the NHS.

Many exciting new projects are in development such as community based clinics for COPD, diabetes and paediatrics:  We continue to collaborate with other providers, developing services such as the Leg Club, central visiting service and frailty hub

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