You will be contacted by the practice when you are eligible for the COVID vaccine. As this is such a rapidly changing situation you may only get 24 hours notice and no longer than 10 days.
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The current government plan is for the COVID vaccinations to be delivered at scale at central sites. A significant logisitical challenge is the fact the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at -70oC. We have been ordered by NHSE to deliver the vaccine in a group of 6 GP Practices that make up Winchester Rural North and East Primary Care Network. Therefore the vaccine will be delivered in the Holiday Inn, Winchester, SO21 1HZ. Currently the first wave of vaccines are being given people who are 80 years and older and front line NHS staff. Each delivery will contain 975 vaccines. As these will be equitably split between our 6 GP Practices that means only approximately 200 of our patients will be offered the vaccine each time.
The licencing of the Astra-Zeneca Vaccine is welcome news. This vaccine can be stored for longer at normal fridge temperatures. This has allowed us to start delivering the vaccine to our housebound patients over 80 and also all our care home residents. Each delivery comes with 400 doses of the vaccine and again this will need to split across the 6 GP practices that make up Winchester Rural North and East Primary Care Network.
With both vaccines - you will need 2 doses of the vaccine for the best immunity - however national guidance has increased the interval between the two doses. This will be at least 21 days but may be up to 12 weeks.
We will update you as soon as we know more.
Number of Stockbridge Patients to have received a COVID Vaccine
316 patients over the age of 80 have recevied the 1st dose of the Pfizer Vaccine up to 10th January.
All of our Nursing Home residents have received the 1st dose of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine up to 14th January.
Winchester Rural North and East Primary Care Network (made up of 6 GP Surgeries - Stockbridge, Gratton, Two Rivers, Alresford, West Meon and Watercress) have so far received 1,975 Pfizer vaccines and 400 Astra-Zeneca Vaccines to be shared between the patients of our 6 practices.
Education Events for patients with Diabetes
Please click on the below link for a range of online diabetes education sessions for patients in our area: