Covid-19 Vaccination programme
Covid-19 BOOSTER clinic Saturday 25 September 2021 9am to 1pm
This is a walk-in clinic, so no need to book an appointment. We will have plenty of vaccinators on duty, so queueing should not be an issue.
Open to patients of Stansted, Elsenham, John Tasker House, Angel Lane and Eden Surgeries
We are running our 1st Covid-19 booster clinic this Saturday. All booster doses are Pfizer.
Only those who have received their 2nd dose more than 6 months ago may attend, and we will be contacting those patients who fall into this category who is registered with Stansted, Elsenham, John Tasker House, Angel Lane or Eden Surgery.
At this moment we cannot offer booster vaccinations to anyone from other surgeries, but we hope to be able to do so shortly
In order to minimise the impact on the people of Stansted, and to reduce the likeliness of queueing, please attend the clinic as follows:
|Surname starts with||Attend between|
|A B C D E||9AM TO 10PM|
|F G H I J K||10AM TO 11AM|
|L M N O P Q||11AM TO 12PM|
|R S T U W X Y Z||12AM TO 1PM|
Please note that the guidance around the minimum of 6 months between dose 2 and booster is very strict. We will not be delivering any booster vaccinations earlier.
Archived updates below
VACCINATION CLINIC Saturday 31 July 2021 – 9am to 12pm
Patients from all surgeries are welcome.
We will be able to offer some early second doses. This is because we have a large supply of Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine that will expire next week, and we do not want to discard perfectly good vaccine.
The guidance state that 2nd doses should be given at 8 weeks, but we do not have enough patients at week 8 to use up all the vaccine we have. Patients who wish to wait until week 8, are welcome to do so. We will continue to receive vaccine in the weeks to come.
We are happy to offer a vaccination to anyone from 5 weeks since 1st dose.
How to book:
- Please go to our Facebook page, and use the “Book Now” button. This method has the least impact on our daily work at the surgery. We will not be confirming appointments. We will only come back to you if your booking is NOT SUCCESSFUL.
- Book online via Patient Access (if you are a Stansted Surgery patient)
- Call us on 01279 818057 or 01279 818056 daily between 11am and 3pm. Please do not leave answerphone messages.
It is very likely that there will be some queueing at this Saturday’s clinic. We are hoping to line up as many vaccinators as we can, but we will need your patience and cooperation please.
I am sure you have all heard the news that some Covid-19 vaccinations will soon be available.
I am not circulating this information to start a debate about vaccinations – having a vaccination is a personal choice which everyone is free to make for themselves.
We do not yet have a lot of specific information. All we know, is that we have to be ready to potentially start vaccinating from December 1st.
We have to work as a Primary Care Network (PCN) to deliver this programme, so Stansted, Elsenham, John Tasker House, Angel Lane and Eden Surgeries will be working together.
Between our 5 surgeries, we look after 50 000 patients. Each PCN have to nominate a lead surgery, and Stansted Surgery is the lead surgery for our PCN. This makes sense, as we are already the lead practice for our PCN for finance and management (with Elsenham), and our Dr Henderson is the Clinical Director of our PCN.
Our PCN is working hard on coming up with the best solution to delivering the programme to our patients. We are exploring all options. We may start the programme by using Stansted Surgery premises, but may have to find a bigger central location to deliver the wider programme. Our PCN have an excellent working relationship, and I am sure we will be successful in delivering this programme.
We have access to some limited additional funding to hopefully recruit some additional short term clinical and support staff to help us with this huge programme – however, we will still have to divert our own GPs, nurses, healthcare assistants, pharmacists, paramedics and physician associates to complete this programme.
It will be tough, but we are keen to get started, and know that we can count on your understanding and support in the months to come.
Why is this programme different to the annual seasonal flu campaign?
While we still have no specifics about the characteristics of these new vaccinations, we do know that they won’t initially be delivered to us in single, pre-filled doses, as they do for flu vaccinations. Each vaccination has to be reconstituted and individually drawn up – which slows the process down. Each patient will have to have 2 doses – currently we do not know how much time there needs to be between the two vaccinations.
Clinics will still have to be held on a socially distanced basis, and patients driving themselves to their appointment, have to wait 15 minutes post vaccination before they can leave the surgery/vaccination site. So logistically – a bit of a nightmare!
Why work as a PCN – why not as individual surgeries?
The reasoning behind this is that the first vaccine (Pfizer) to be delivered is likely to be one with 975 doses which need to be delivered in 5 days – (195 vials each containing 5 doses). This will come with a diluent and the required needles and syringes. Once diluted the vaccine must be used within 6 hours.
It is unlikely a single practice would have sufficient numbers or clinical capacity to deliver this individually. In addition the package of 195 vials cannot be divided at practice level and shared with other practices due to the regulations related to the distribution of medications. This is also why you will have heard about us having to deliver the programme 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm – including bank holidays, Christmas day, Boxing Day ect. If we got 975 doses delivered on a Friday, we can’t just put it in the fridge to start using on the next Monday, as the vaccine has to be used up in 5 days.
At this stage, we do not know if we will have any control or choice over our delivery schedule.
The vaccine will be in short supply and we must try and keep wastage to a minimum.
As the programme progresses, and more vaccine becomes available, we may be able to adjust how we deliver the programme
Which patients will practices need to vaccinate?
This is still not fully clear. The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations has recommended the following order:
- older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers
- all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over
- all those 65 years of age and over
- high-risk adults under 65 years of age
- moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
- rest of the population (priority to be determined) but current vaccines only for those aged 18 and over.
However, this is not confirmed – this will depend on the characteristics of the vaccines being administered. It is unlikely that surgeries will have any control over this part of the programme
We will do our best to keep you informed – this programme is bound to be subject to many changes…