Hadleigh & Boxford Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Covid-19 Vaccination Update
The vaccination programme continues apace at Hadleigh Health Centre with at least one session most weeks and more if the vaccine is available. Pfizer and AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines have been given on different occasions with Pfizer requiring a 15-minute rest after the jab.
The practice’s achievement for first vaccines within cohorts one
to five is most impressive, with well over 95 percent completed in those age groups. Second booster jabs of both types of vaccine have already begun.
During the continuous five days in April, 2,400 jabs were given with a weekday average of 390, rising to 585 per day at the weekend. On several occasions there were as many as seven ‘jabbers’ injecting patients with admin personnel keeping the records.
In May, cohorts four and five will be invited for their booster, i.e. all those 70 years and over, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals and all those 65 years and older. As always, this is subject to the availability of the vaccine.
PPG members and other volunteers have enjoyed manning the car park throughout the sessions, which have sometimes started at 8am. As the cohorts are getting younger and sometimes the weather is better, more people are walking to the centre. This makes a huge difference to the logistics in the two car parks.
Occasionally there is a queue outside the practice due to patients arriving exceptionally early, strict social distancing in the waiting room, medics replacing their vaccines or the odd IT hiccup. On the whole, people are very patient, understanding and good-humored.
Following NHS England’s guidelines, the practice is working steadily through the various age groups or cohorts. Much admin time has been devoted to reaching members of each group if their first attempt to offer an appointment was unsuccessful. There’s no need to call the practice to find out when it is your turn as patients will automatically be contacted.
From time-to-time various Covid related rumours circulate via social media and word of mouth. To check their validity, visit any of the online addresses below. Please do not call the practice as this seriously impedes their ability to book appointments for their other services.
PPG Chair Jan Devey: 01473 827091
Cohort Details: www.sneevaccine.org.uk
Email: [email protected]