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).