Coronavirus: Vaccination Clinic Information

 

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Important - Vaccine Information

Before attending for your vaccination, you are asked to read the government provided patient information in the following two links:

 

Wednesday 16th June 2021

This clinic is for pre-booked patients to receive their 2nd AstraZeneca vaccination.

The weather is forecast to be sunny and fairly hot with a gentle breeze. Please read the parking update below. We will try all we can to minimise outdoor queues but please come prepared for unexpected weather.

We will also be collecting for "The Cowshed at number 17", Bridport Health and Wellbeing Champions' allotment space behind the medical centre - all donations welcome, look out for the blue buckets!

Second vaccinations

Patients who are due their next vaccine (11-12 weeks after their first), who have not been contacted, may contact the booking call centre on 01308 808714 where a member of the team will be available to assist. PLEASE do not call the surgery as this will block our lines. 

Alternatively, you can wait until you are contacted by our Primary Care Network booking team. 

 

Logistics

The large number of vaccinations (up to 2,400 per day) being given poses a huge logistical challenge both within the medical centre and also with car parking at the medical centre and traffic in the surrounding roads.

On clinic days, the team will do their best to keep things moving but request that if possible you please avoid West Allington and West Road as queueing traffic is expected.

 

Parking

Parking in the field behind the medical centre will only be possible if the weather conditions are favourable, please do not rely on it being available.

Parking at the medical centre is extremely limited and will be STRICTLY allocated to BLUE BADGE holders.

Please either park in Bridport and walk to the clinic or ask a member of your COVID “bubble” to drop you off/pick you up.

 

 

Arrival

Those attending should please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to their appointment time.

The vaccinating teams and marshals will do everything they can to minimise wait times, but queues do sometimes build up outside; even if a dry day is forecast, be prepared and wear suitable clothing and footwear to protect against cold and wet weather.

We now have a proven system that avoids the build-up of queues, but it only takes one or two small glitches for queues to quickly start building. For this reason, please follow the instructions given by the marshals, many of whom are giving their time freely so we can all be protected.

With no queues, for those dropping off and picking up patients, the estimated time from drop-off to pick-up will be around 20-35 minutes (this varies depending on the vaccine given).

 

Vaccine Administration

We receive stock of both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and may be vaccinating using either vaccine during any session. The clinicians check the suitability of the vaccine being offered to you as part of the consent process.

We cannot offer patients a choice as to which vaccine they will receive. Each manufacturer provides specific guidelines for storing and administering their vaccine. Mixing the vaccines given in a clinic introduces an unnecessary risk, slows down the vaccination process and would significantly reduce the number of doses we could give.

You will not be offered a vaccine if it is unsuitable due to specific health conditions. Food allergies (and anaphylaxis caused by food) alone are not a contraindication for receiving either of these vaccines. Both vaccines have excellent efficacy and safety data.

Please do not request a specific vaccine, or indeed get angry with our staff, when the vaccine you are being offered is not your preferred choice. This only serves to cause confusion and delay in our incredibly busy clinic. Refusing a suitable vaccine also results in potential wastage and an appointment lost for someone still waiting to be invited.

The most important thing we can all do is to receive an approved vaccine. 

In the meantime, our telephone lines continue to be extremely busy, and your help in not contacting the practice with vaccination questions is appreciated.

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