A quick guide on how to register for an NHS app is available here
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet, available to download here. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your 2 dose course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
For more information on this, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine update – 9th May 2021
In addition to the guidance in the update below on the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have now issued advice on the use of the COVID-19 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40. Click here to read
The JCVI has advised a preference for adults aged 30 to 39 without underlying health conditions to receive an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine (where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated)
The booking system used to offer patients an appointment at Holme Valley Memorial Hospital will not permit these patients to book into an AstraZeneca clinic. If you are under the age of 40 when you receive an invite from us please be assured this will be for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.
Delays to COVID vaccination supply
It was announced on 20th April that unfortunately West Yorkshire will not be receiving any 1st dose vaccine now until week commencing 10th May. This means that 14,000 doses that were expected in Kirklees have been postponed, and practices have been asked to cancel any appointments for 1st vaccinations before this date.
From 10th May, the vaccine is likely to be Pfizer, or Moderna. Astra Zeneca supplies have reduced and will be prioritised for 2nd dose vaccines.
If you have a 1st dose vaccine booked between the 20th April and the 10th May, you will receive a cancellation either by text or a call if we do not have your mobile number. We will be in touch once we can rebook your appointment.
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clotting
New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
- Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination.
- People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
- People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
- People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting
COVID VACCINATIONS AT HVMH
The NHS is now offering vaccinations to people in Kirklees who are most at risk from Covid-19.
Our practice is busy contacting eligible patients as supplies are made available. It is likely take several weeks before we contact everyone, so please be patient.
Vaccinations are currently being offered in line with national priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
When it is your turn, you will receive;
- A SMS text or a call from your practice when a vaccine is available for you. The text will include a link so you can book the appointment yourself on an online booking system.
- You may receive a letter from the Government inviting you to a mass vaccination site (you can choose to attend this or wait for your GP surgery to contact you)
The practice is using a system called Accurx to make bookings via SMS. When you are invited for a vaccine, please act straight away. We know people are eager to get protected but please wait for the practice to contact you. You will not be able to get a vaccination until you receive an invitation.
We are currently receiving a large number of enquiries about the COVID-19 vaccination. Before you contact the practice, please check the NHS website or look at these frequently asked questions where you may find the answer to your question.
COVID-19 infection rates remain high and local health services are incredibly busy. The best thing we can all do to protect ourselves our families and our community is to remember – Hands, Face, Space.
Holme Valley Memorial Hospital Vaccination site
Practices in the Holme and Colne Valley are working together as ‘The Valleys Primary Care Network’. The Valleys Primary Care Network was one of the first areas in the country to launch COVID-19 vaccinations, with the first appointments offered on the 22nd December. Vaccinations have taken place at Holme Valley Memorial Hospital as soon as vaccinations have arrived.
A special thank you to the hard working volunteers, coordinated by Holmfirth Tech and Holmfirth Rotary club, who have ensured the safe flow of patients on the day.
Up to the end of January, we have vaccinated 4830 patients. We have focussed vaccinations on people over the age of 80, those who are housebound and those living in a care home, as instructed by NHS England and the JCVI.
Please click here for a useful blog from a Cheshire GP about the vaccination campaign with answers to common questions.
Priority Group 6 – aged 16 – 64 with underlying health conditions
We are now working through priority group 6 which is anyone aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, and unpaid carers.
This is different to clinically extremely vulnerable- these people are likely to have been shielding throughout Covid and will have already been invited for their vaccination.
Approximately 10% of people within the Valleys will fall within the priority group 6 category. It is important to remember that not everyone who is usually invited for the annual flu vaccination will be in priority group 6.
Those eligible are (click for more info) ;
- chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
- chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
- Down’s syndrome
- severe and profound learning disability
- solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
- people with specific cancers
- immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
- morbid obesity
- severe mental illness
All GP surgeries continue to be busy responding to urgent health needs and vaccinating so please try not to call regarding queries over when you will receive your vaccine. If you think you need to update your practice about your eligibility for a vaccination you can write to them or complete an e-consult (the link for which can be found on your GP practice website)
If you are a carer but not sure if you are recognised as one by your GP you can also register for the vaccine by contacting Carers Count on 0300 012 0231 on Monday to Friday, 9:30am-2:30pm, or by email at: email@example.com
Your GP surgery will be in touch via text or phone as soon as they are able to book you an appointment at Holme Valley Memorial Hospital. You also have the choice to book your vaccination at other sites such as Honley Village Hall or Huddersfield Football Stadium if you are aged over 60 years at https://www.nhs.uk/
Vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Anyone who offers a vaccination privately or for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the police online or by calling 112.
The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
We will share further information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are three things people can do to help:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you when it’s the right time to you to have yours;
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives
Have a read of the Covid-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
You may also find the following leaflets useful;
Privacy Notice for National COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Programmes
NHS England has established a centralised service for the management of both the COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccination programmes. This service is supported by a central system, the Immunisation Management System. When you attend for your Covid-19 vaccination a record will be made that you have been vaccinated and when. Normally, vaccinations are undertaken in GP settings. However, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine is being undertaken in a variety of care settings. NHS England is responsible for processing your personal data for the purposes of the national vaccination programme. To find out more, you can access the NHS England privacy notice at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/privacy-notice/.