Vaccinating

Greenwich Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Greenwich Health and the entire NHS in south east London is working hard to vaccinate those most at-risk from COVID-19.

 

We are supporting the following GP practices in Greenwich with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout:

  • Greenwich West PCN

    Blackheath PMS (Woodlands Surgery)

    Burney Street PMS

    Plumbridge Medical Centre

    Primecare PMS (South Street)

    Greenwich Peninsula Practice

  • Eltham Health PCN

    Eltham Medical Practice

    Eltham Palace Surgery

    Everest Healthcare (Sherard Road)

    Elmstead Medical Centre

    New Eltham Medical

  • Riverview Health PCN

    Conway PMS

    Ferryview Health Centre (Valentine PMS)

    Gallions Reach Health Centre (Thamesmead Medical Associates)

    Royal Arsenal Medical Centre

    St Marks PMS

    Thamesmead Health Centre (AT Medics)

    The Trinity Medical Centre

ESTIMATED 2ND VACCINATION DATES

 1st Vaccination: Jan 18-24 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Apr 5-11 2021

1st Vaccination: Jan 25-31 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Apr 12-18 2021

1st Vaccination:  Feb 1-7 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Apr 19-25 2021

1st Vaccination: Feb 8-14 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Apr 26 - May 2 2021

1st Vaccination:  Feb 15-21 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: May 3-9 2021

1st Vaccination:  Feb 22-28 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: May 10-16 2021

1st Vaccination:  Mar 1-7 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: May 17-23 2021

1st Vaccination: Mar 8-14 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: May 24-30 2021

1st Vaccination:  Mar 15 -21 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: May 31 - Jun 6 2021

1st Vaccination: Mar 22-28 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Jun 7-13 2021

1st Vaccination:  Mar 29 - Apr 4 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Jun 14-20 2021

1st Vaccination:  Apr 5-11 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Jun 21-27 2021

1st Vaccination:  Apr 12-18 2021, 2nd vaccination is due: Jun 28 - Jul 4 2021

We will be in contact with you the week before your second vaccination due date. If you do not hear from us, please call:

Currently we are vaccinating the following priority groups:

Priority Group 5 - All those 65 years of age

Priority Group 6 - Clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) ages 16 to 65 years

If you are in Priority Groups 1- 6 and have not been invited for your vaccine, please call us immediately at 020 4542 8288.

Please do not contact your GP practice unless you are in Priority Groups 1-6.

Received your 1st vaccine dose from the Greenwich Health clinic?

If you attended the Greenwich Health clinic for your first vaccine you will receive an invite for the second vaccine after 12 weeks.

There is no need to contact your practice.

 

Invites will typically be sent 1 week in advance of your second vaccine being due - please do not call prior to this.

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Explainer: Priority groups for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The order in which people will be offered a vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – see an explainer video here.

Click below to download the visual graphic listing the top 10 priority groups of Phase 1.

We are currently vaccinating Priority Group 1-7.

Visit NHS.UK for a definition of who is included in the clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) and clinically vulnerable (moderate risk) groups.

Learn More Below About The Vaccine & All Of The Latest Up-To-Date Information. 

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

Our FAQs provide the latest information as of 01/03/2021. This FAQ section contains our most frequently asked questions.

 

For a more detailed list of questions and answers, please visit our partners at the South East London Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't everyone get a COVID-19 vaccine now?


The order in which people will be offered a vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK.

Some south east London GPs are reporting that patients have already been asking for the COVID-19 vaccine and are then confused and disappointed when turned away.
We’re keen to highlight one particular leaflet which explains the current eligibility and availability criteria – see here.




What is Long-COVID?


For some people, COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘long-COVID’.

How long it takes to recover from coronavirus is different for everybody. Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks. However, for some people, symptoms can last longer.

The chances of having long-term symptoms does not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first get coronavirus. People who had mild symptoms at first can still have long-term problems.

Symptoms of long-COVID

There are a variety of long-COVID symptoms you can have after a coronavirus infection including:

• extreme tiredness (fatigue)
• shortness of breath
• chest pain or tightness
• problems with memory and concentration (brain fog)
• difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
• heart palpitations
• dizziness
• pins and needles
• joint pain
• depression and anxiety
• tinnitus, earaches
• feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
• a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
• rashes

If you’re worried about symptoms 4 weeks or more after having coronavirus contact your GP.




Advice if you’re of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding


There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, but more evidence is needed before you can be routinely offered the vaccine.

The vaccine should only be considered for use in pregnancy when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks for the mother and baby.

Women should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with your healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances. Women who are breastfeeding can also be given the vaccine.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding.




How is the COVID-19 vaccines is given?


The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It is given as two doses with the second dose of the vaccine given up to 12 weeks after the first dose.




Why are you postponing second doses?


The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks – 89% for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 74% for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.

Getting both doses remains important so we would urge you to return for it at the right time.




How safe are the COVID-19 vaccines?


The vaccines have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna. All of these have approved for use in the UK and have met the strict current standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world.

Other vaccines are being developed but they will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people around the world have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK
Read about the approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK
Read about the approved Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK




Effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines


The MHRA have said these vaccines are highly effective, but to get the best protection people need to come back for the second dose – this is really important.

To ensure as many people are vaccinated as quickly as possible with the first dose, and get at least a good level of immunity, the Department for Health and Social Care now advise that the second dose of the vaccines should be scheduled up to 12 weeks after the first.

Full protection kicks in around a week or two after the second dose, which is why it’s also important that when you do get invited, you act on that and get yourself booked in as soon as possible.

Like any other vaccine, there is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have had a vaccine.

Therefore, it is still important to:
continue to follow social distancing guidance
• wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.




COVID-19 vaccine side effects


Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

– a sore arm where the needle went in
– feeling tired
– a headache
– feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call NHS 111.

It is very rare for anyone to have a serious reaction to the vaccine (anaphylaxis). If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes of receiving the vaccine where trained clinical professionals are on hand to attend to you immediately.

Anyone with a previous history of extreme allergic reactions will be issued the vaccine in a high controlled environment such as a hospital site. If you have a history of anaphylaxis reactions to vaccines or medicine please discuss this with your GP when they contact you for your vaccine appointment and they may refer you to a more appropriate site.

More information on possible side effects can be found at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine




COVID-19 vaccine ingredients


Both the two currently rolled out COVID-19 vaccines do not contain foetal, animal products, mercury or egg, and are therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. All ingredients are published in healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.

The British Islamic Medical Association have produced a helpful guide for the Muslim community which can be found at www.britishima.org/pfizer-biontech-covid19-vaccine




What are the next steps?


As more vaccines become available, more sites will open and the NHS will be able to offer the vaccines to more groups of people and in more ways, but this will be a marathon over the coming months, not a sprint:

We will keep expanding the programme as we get more vaccines.
– To ensure we are able to go as fast as supply allows, we have been recruiting and training more vaccinators and support staff from across the NHS and outside of it and SEL are getting a tremendous response for roles advertised.

– All of these will be trained, assessed, and supervised, just like regular NHS vaccinators.
The public are vital to really help the NHS deliver this effectively to those who need it most. Our asks are:

1. The NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward so please don’t seek a vaccine before then, it adds pressure to an already pressurised system if you do.
2. Please act on the invitation when it arrives and make sure to attend your appointments when they are made.





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