Important Covid 19 Vaccination Update
Please be aware - if you are in cohort 5 you will have received a national letters inviting you to use the National Booking Service to have the vaccine at either a vaccination centre or a community pharmacy. You do need to contact the Surgery regarding this booking.
We are focusing on cohort 6, as instructed, and have already vaccinated a third of our patients in this group. We ask that you do not call us to chase your vaccine, as this causes huge pressure on our already busy phone lines. Be rest assured, when we are ready to vaccinate you, you will be contacted with a link to book via SMS or we will call you.
Please also note, if you are booked for a covid vaccine with us but you cannot attend, please do let us know. We have experienced a few patients who did not notify us of their cancelation which places pressure on staff to book at the last minute to avoid vaccine wastage.
We are preparing for our next clinic and awaiting further information for when our next delivery will be.
Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates.
We are currently vaccinating patients who fall into Cohort 6 which means patients who are aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions as indicated by the JCVI guidance.
Patients who are in cohort 5 (65-69) will receive national letters inviting you to use the National Booking Service to have your vaccination at either a mass vaccination centre or pharmacy.
Please remember that these cohorts have been set nationally and not by us - we are following guidance as set out by NHS England and our CCG.
There are approx 3500 patients in cohort 6 so bear with us whilst we concentrate on vaccinating this next group of patients. Please do not call the practice regarding vaccines - we will contact you as soon as we have an appointment available for you.
Whether you have had the vaccine or not we always recommend you continue with "hands, face space" - wash your hands regularly, wear a mask where possible, keep 2 metres apart.
Thank you for your continued help and support, we are extremely touched and proud to see so many positive comments regarding the vaccination clinics at St Stephens Health Centre and will continue the hard work for as long as we need to, to ensure our patients are safe
As you are aware we are currently finishing the vaccination of our patients who are in Cohorts 1-4 and have a remaining 6% of patients to complete.
We have so far vaccinated over 4,000 patients and Health and Social Care Workers during our clinics at St Stephens Health Centre.
We are ready to start our next cohort – Cohort 5 ‘65-year-olds and over’ and are awaiting confirmation from our CCG before commencing.
We are providing Covid-19 vaccinations at St Stephens Health Centre for all AMP patients.
We are currently provided home visits for those patients who are medically housebound.
We are also inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters
We are currently inviting the few remaining patients from cohorts 1-4, which includes the following:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
Patients in these cohorts have been contacted in several ways including via phone calls, SMS, email and via post. If you cannot attend we recommend you call the COVID vaccine phone number you would have been given when booking your original appointment.
If you have questions about the vaccine please read the information below.
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 1012 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.
Find out more
For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please click here