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Covid-19 Vaccination Invitation

 

Covid-19 Vaccination Invitation

Please read below for information about the Cheltenham's Vaccination Programme, taking place at the fire station, including the booking service.

Your GP Practice is working as part of the Cheltenham Vaccination Programme.  Following NHS England instruction, we invite patients to receive the Covid-19 vaccination by cohort.  We can only vaccinate people in the cohorts we have been directed to contact.

You will have, or will receive, a text invitation to book your Covid-19 vaccination by following a link in a text message. 

The amount of vaccine that is delivered varies each week as stocks are shared, and we are told how many appointments we can offer a week in advance. Currently we are only able to book first appointments for this reason, and will invite you after 10 weeks to book your second appointment.

To manage the volume of weekly bookings that need to be made at short notice, we are use the AccuRx booking system in combination with staff telephoning from the booking offices. 

 

Be Confident Your Text Invitation From Us is Legitimate 

 

There are a lot of scam messages going around, and this page seeks to reassure you that the text you receive from us is legitimate.

Your GP Practice will not send you the booking invitation directly, and you should not contact your Practice to ask about your vaccination.   A contact address for the booking office will be included in the invitation, and you will see your GP Practice's name at the bottom.

Your Invitation from AccuRX

Please click the link above to read about AccuRx, the company supporting our textual invitation service.

 

Demo Video of Booking

Dr Shanker Vijay demonstrates the AccuBook experience received by patients when booking / cancelling / rearranging / declining an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination.

Below is a screenshot from his video showing what the link in the text message you receive will look like.

Demo Pic

 

If you do not have a smartphone

 

The booking teams will have your home number and your address. They will try to contact you by telephone if your text message link is not actioned, on both mobile and house phone. If they cannot reach you, they will write you a letter with instructions on how to contact the booking office directly to book an appointment.

 

 

The 3 Cheltenham PCNs are working together in the 

Cheltenham Vaccination Programme.

 

The Practices included in this local joint programme are listed below.

Central PCN Peripheral PCN St Pauls PCN
Berkeley Place Surgery Cleevelands Medical Centre Corinthian Surgery
Crescent Bakery Surgery The Leckhampton Surgery Portland Practice
Overton Park Surgery Sixways Clinic Royal Well Surgery
Royal Cresent Surgery Stoke Road Surgery St Catherine's Surgery
Underwood Surgery Winchcombe Medical Centre St George's Surgery

Yorkleigh Surgery

Mythe Medical Practice
West Cheltenham Medical*

 * joined from TWNs PCN for Covid Vaccination Programme, only.

The above practices collectively staff the vaccination clinics held at the Fire Station on Keynsham Road.  The privately operated Lido car park is directly opposite, and charges for parking.  

There are two booking offices working together to book patients into the clinics at the fire station, contacting patients by letter and/or telephone based on the invitation group NHS England has directed us to invite.  

AccuRx invites patients directly to book their vaccination. There is further information about the AccuRx booking method on this page. 

The booking offices will use AccuRx to invite patients who are confident to book their vaccination using a texted link; and contact patients by phone and letter if there is no mobile number recorded, or they simply do not respond.  Every effort is made to ensure that all patients are invited to receive their vaccination.

 

The Cheltenham Vaccination Programme is locally organised. 

 

It is not associated with the National Immunisation Programme.

NHS England has sent letters out inviting you to book an appointment at a mass vaccination centre.  Our vaccination programme is separate from these centres, and our booking offices cannot book an appointment at a mass vaccination centre.

It is not associated with the Community Pharmacy Vaccination Programme.

These clinics are currently operated by Badhams Pharmacy.  Badhams cannot book into our clinics, and we cannot book into theirs.  Boots are also offering vaccinations.

 

UK Covid-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan

 

We will invite patients to be vaccinated according to the groups we are instructed to prioritize.  

You can read about the Vaccine Delivery Plan in detail by following this link to the Government information page.

Gloucestershire is recognised as being at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccination response.  On 15th January, PM Boris Johnson praised Gloucestershire, and Cheltenham in particular, for vaccinating over 90% of the over-80s in the county.

You can read latest announcements about local progress in the News section of the Gloucestershire CCG website.

As of week beginning 29th March, we are vaccinating anyone over the age of 50, anyone with underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, carers and healthcare workers.  We have slowly begun to invite 40-50 year olds to fill the clinics and ensure that there are no wasted vaccines.

 

Remember: The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.

The NHS will never ask for:

  • your bank account or card details
  • your pin or banking password
  • copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

  

COVID-19 vaccine and blood clotting

 

Please see this leaflet regarding the covid-19 vaccine and blood clotting. Released by Public Health England 08/04/2021.

 

Vaccine Choice

We continue to follow guidance and instruction from Public Health England on the vaccine to use for specific cohorts of the population.  

The trial data and safety profile has been ratified by the MHRA , the EMA (European Medicines Agency) and by WHO (World Health Organisation). If you do not wish to receive the vaccine offered to you then that is your personal choice and right, but we cannot offer a vaccine choice that goes against PHE clinical guidance. If you are unhappy with this and wish to complain, please contact PALS.