NHS South West London Covid-19 vaccination programme update

OVID-19 vaccine update 
 
 Matthew KershawSW London lead COVID-19 vaccination programmeChief Executive of Croydon Health ServicesPlaced Based Leader for Health, Croydon  Tonia MichaelidesSW London lead COVID-19 NHS staff testingExecutive Locality Director Kingston and Richmond
 This week marked the first step in the largest vaccination programme this country has ever seen. In south west London across two hospital hubs at Croydon and St George’s we began vaccinating local people over 80s, with Croydon resident and long-standing NHS volunteer George Dyer becoming one of the first in London to get the vaccine. Hundreds of other residents aged 80 and over have since followed in his footsteps, as well as care home workers and NHS staff at higher risk. A first wave of GP-led primary care networks across our six boroughs will begin vaccinations over the following week with more practices joining in on a phased basis during December and in the new year. 

In line with the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the phased vaccination programme will see patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, among the first to receive the life-saving jab. We have also been working with local authorities across south west London to invite and vaccinate care home staff at the two hubs. Any appointments not used for these groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from Covid-19.We are incredibly proud of the role that our health and care staff across south west London have played in caring for people throughout the pandemic and now vaccinating the most vulnerable people in our communities and ensuring the safety of our patients, our local people and our health and care professionals.

We are keen to continue to build confidence and optimism around the vaccine, but also to manage people’s expectations on when they might receive the vaccine. As you know, for most people aside from the over 80s and care home staff, this is likely to be after Christmas. Across south west London, NHS Trusts and GP practices are currently facing large volumes of people contacting them wanting to book their Covid vaccination, so we would appreciate your support in helping us to manage these expectations locally. See below some messages and materials which you can use and share with your local residents and community networks.
 The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It will give you the best protection against coronavirusThe vaccine is one part of our defence – we still need to continue with ‘hands, face, space’.The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.Attached are key messages and Q&A taken from some of the various NHS England national materials and put into one document. There are many national materials now coming but we think the four leaflets attached might be the most useful to share currently. They are in Q&A format so will help with discussions you may be having, lots of useful answers in here. We will of course continue to let you know as and when these messages need to change as the vaccine rollout progresses and new vaccines come available subject to Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approval. List of leaflets attached: 

Why do I have to wait for my COVID-19 vaccine  leaflet
What to expect after my COVID-19 vaccination  leaflet
COVID-19 vaccination guide for adults leaflet
COVID-19 vaccination guide for healthcare workers leaflet 
2. Key information for patients about the coronavirus vaccine:

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. We will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. Please wait to be contacted. At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:
·         some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks·         people who work in care homes·         health care workers at high risk The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible. The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Meanwhile, we must all continue to adhere to stick to the local tier restriction rules and remember hands, face, space. For more information visit the NHS England website
Helpful sources of information NHSE publications –  Home – Health Publications

PHE resources centre – Resources – Coronavirus Resource centre

Gov.uk Immunisation centre – Covid-19 Vaccination Programme 

Engagement with communities going forward We are planning to engage with our different community groups and our heath and care staff to discuss any concerns or questions people may have about the Covid vaccine in each borough. We will be seeking the support and advice of our comms and engagement groups at borough level, including local authority colleagues, Healthwatch and the voluntary sector to do this. We know from our recent experiences around engagement for the flu vaccine that local conversations with trusted clinicians, community leaders and influencers can help address any concerns in the best way.
 Yours sincerely, Matthew Kershaw

SW London lead COVID-19 vaccination programmeChief Executive of Croydon Health ServicesPlaced Based Leader for Health, Croydon

Tonia Michaelides
SW London lead COVID-19 NHS staff testingExecutive Locality Director Kingston and Richmond   

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