Covid-19 vaccination information
IMPORTANT - Please do not call the practice or Sevenoaks Medical Centre with regard to the Covid Vaccination Programme. Our phone lines are under huge strain due to calls from patients asking about when they will be invited in for their Covid Vaccination. We WILL call you when it is time to be vaccinated.
UPDATE 30th JULY - WHERE CAN I GET MY COVID VACCINE?
UPDATE 17th JUNE
The update includes:
three walk-in clinics running this weekend in Canterbury and Ramsgate (please do share this)
Vaccine rolling out to everyone aged 18+
Second doses essential to protect against Delta variant
40+ encouraged to bring 2nd dose forward to eight weeks
Keep it or cancel it request.
Our latest figures, up to 13 June, show we are very close to two million vaccines having been given in Kent and Medway.
UPDATE - 14TH MAY
From today, the national booking system has been amended so it automatically recognizes if a person is under 40 and an algorithm will only offer YOU appointments at sites with Pfizer. Book online here, OR call 119 and it will give you options for the Pfizer vaccination:
UPDATE - 5TH MAY
VACCINATIONS FOR UNDER 50'S
All 8 practices in the Sevenoaks Primary Care Network have decided to focus on resuming normal services as quickly as possible for all of its patients. Therefore, we are NOT going to be delivering the vaccinations to the under 50's (Cohorts 10-12) Patients under 50 will be invited to booked for their vaccine at a Mass Vaccination Centre, this will NOT be delivered from Sevenoks Medical Centre or from the practices.
You will need to book your vaccination by calling 119.
UPDATE 20TH FEBRUARY
We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Across the 8 GP Practices who are member practices of the Sevenoaks Primary Care Network, we have vaccinated approximately 5,500 patients and front line healthcare professionals since the 7th of January 2021. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
Each GP practice are inviting in their own registered patients. As we do not have much notice before receiving the vaccines, it is likely that patients will be invited in by telephone. Please ensure the practice has your correct contact number. You can update the practice of this either via our practice website Contact the Practice section or by emailing the practice on firstname.lastname@example.org
If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?
If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call your GP practice on 01732454545 to cancel so that we can invite someone else.
How are you supporting patients with dementia or memory issues to get vaccinated?
Please ensure the practice holds up to date next of kin records for you so that we can contact the most appropriate person when calling to invite you in. . You can update the practice of this either via this website (update your details) or via email on email@example.com
Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?
We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. If that is not possible, information regarding patient transport options can be found via the following website links:
The contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the telephone is 0300 777 1200
Why is the vaccine not available from our own surgery?
Across the country GPs are working in groups of practices to provide the Covid-19 vaccine. We understand the people would like to get the vaccine from their own practice but unfortunately this is not possible at this time. If this changes we will update this information.
Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?
No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.
If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.
How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.
When will the second dose be given?
From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.