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Dispensary will be closed for staff training from 8am to 9am on the following dates:
17th March 2021, 14th April 2021, and 12th May 2021
The quantity of vaccines available to Ivy Court Surgery is currently around 150/week. This is considerably lower than previously.
This is due to an increasing focus on providing vaccines through the mass vaccination sites and thus we are receiving less vaccine stock. This is not under our control as a surgery.
The initial groups, groups 1 to 4, that is, the elderly, housebound, nursing home residents etc, were better suited to being provided with their vaccines by their local GP, and we have completed the overwhelming majority of this work for their first vaccinations.
We are still working through our cohorts of patients and are focusing on group 6 at present (16 to 65 year olds WITH qualifying medical conditions)
We are also vaccinating Group 5 (That is healthy adults between the age of 65 to 70) but this group should also be eligible for vaccination at a mass vaccination centre and may achieve their vaccination sooner via this route.
However, if you are over 60 OR in an at risk group you can book a vaccination online at:
For those able to travel to a mass vaccination centre we would recommend taking this option as your quickest and simplest route to vaccination.
It is likely the GP based vaccination service will continue to focus on the very elderly, the clinically vulnerable, and those with complex needs which make them unsuitable to be vaccinated at the mass vaccination centre. We will, of course be undertaking the re-call of all these patients for their second doses in the near future, so these groups will continue to be the focus of our work for some time yet.
Meanwhile the mass vaccination centre is likely to be the best and quickest route to a first dose of vaccine for most people, and they are currently offering booking to all those in groups 5 and 7.
Please watch the national website for updates on when mass vaccination booking is opened up to groups 8 and 9 (over age 55, and over 50 respectively).
We had a delivery of 600 vaccines this week and clinics are running every day, including the weekend. By the end of this week we would have completed the vast majority of our top 4 groups, ready next week to chase those who haven’t replied, and move onto our next group. If you or a relative are in the top 4 groups and are not in a nursing or residential home or housebound and can come to the surgery, we still have slots available for this Saturday, so please call the surgery to book in. If you could please call after 11am, this will allow the patients calling for urgent on the day requests the time to get through to the surgery.
Dispensary will be closing at 4pm on Friday 5th February 2021 in order to get everything ready to move in to the new Ivy Court. We will reopen in the new building on Monday 8th February at 8am.
Following the arrival of our first delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we have been vaccinating our over 80’s every day this week. By the end of this weekend we will have vaccinated the vast majority of our over 80’s (those that we have been able to contact, and who are able to travel to the Surgery). We are planning to start vaccinating our housebound over 80’s next week.
With our next delivery date confirmed, we are pre-emptively booking our next cohort of patients which is our over 75’s. As before, there is a large number of patients in this cohort and we ask that you please bear with us while we work through this list.