Astra-Zeneca (AZ) Vaccine and risk of blood clot
The latest information from the MHRA (Medicines Health Regulatory Authority) and JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations) advises patients under the age of 30 to have an alternative vaccine to the AZ vaccine. For patients older than 30 the advice is that the benefit of the vaccine out-weighs the potential risk of the vaccine. Anybody who has already had their 1st dose of the AZ vaccine and did not suffer a blood clot should have their second dose when invited. As of 31st March there have been no reports of blood clots following a second dose of the AZ vaccine. Currently patients who have had a 1st dose of the AZ vaccine cannot request an alternative vaccine for their 2nd dose.
There is increasing evidence there may be a link between the AZ vaccine and a very rare but serious side effect of blood clots.
The risk of developing a blood clot from the AZ vaccine is currently estimated to be: 0.0004% (4 in 1 million)
This new information may cause concern for those expecting to get the AZ vaccine.
However to put this in context the risk of developing a blood clot if you are hospitalised with active COVID infection is estimated to be 14%.
The risk of dying from a lighting bolt is 0.0007%. This is an equivalent risk to that of developing a blood clot from the AZ vaccine.
If you are 4 or more days after your AZ vaccine and you develop chest pains, shortness of breath, unilateral leg swelling or redness, severe headache, blurred vision or new bruising over your skin please contact the surgery.
Aged over 50 and not yet received your 1st dose of the COVID vaccine?
Please could anyone who is 50 years old or above who has not yet been invited for their 1st dose of the COVID vaccine contact us by calling reception and we can arrange a vaccine appointment for you.
Please can anyone who has received a text invitation from us but has booked at a different vaccination centre let us know by following the online link in the text.
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.
Click Here for more information about the COVID Vaccine
The current government plan is for the COVID vaccinations to be delivered at scale at central sites. 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 COVID vaccine will be delivered from the Holiday Inn, Winchester, SO21 1HZ.
Click on this link to see the priority groups. Each delivery of Pfizer vaccine 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.
We are now inviting patients who are aged 55 and over for their COVID vaccinations. If you have a mobile number you will receive an invitation to book online. If you have already booked at another centre please decline the invitation sent by the surgery – this helps to keep our records up to date and stops us sending you reminders.
If you do not have a mobile telephone number you can call us to book but please call at one of our quieter times – Tuesday-Thursday between 10.30am-12.45pm or after 2pm.
The licencing of the Astra-Zeneca 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. 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 likely be 11 to 12 weeks.
We will update you as soon as we know more.
Second COVID vaccinations
Please do not call about your second vaccination until 11 weeks after your first vaccination. We are inviting patients and you will hear from us.
Number of Stockbridge Patients to have received a COVID Vaccine
As of 25th March 2021: 4,387 patients have received the 1st dose of the COVID Vaccine and 329 patients have received their 2nd dose (Pfizer or Astra-Zeneca).
This equates to 88% of our Group 1 to Group 9 patients which includes our patients over 50 years old, all our Nursing Home patients and Nursing Home staff, Frontline health and social workers and patients on the clinically extremely vulnerable list.
Education Events for patients with Diabetes
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