Stokewood is working together with Twyford, Bishops Waltham and Wickham surgeries to deliver this vaccine. We are using Colden Common Surgery, Spring Lane, Colden Common. We have completed over 50,000 vaccinations at this site and along with this, we have vaccinated patients and staff at all the care homes in our catchment area, a large number of care home and frontline workers and now working through the housebound patients.
If you have missed your vaccination or are new to the area and need your 2nd dose, please contact the surgery.
Covid boosters will be offered to patients aged 50 and over and in the clinically vulnerable groups. A gap of at least 6 months is needed between the 2nd vaccination and the booster. Boosters will be given from our Colden Common Covid vaccination centre and patients will be contacted when its time to book.
We have been advised the vaccination is a half dose of the Pfizer vaccination given previously. We have no further information at present. The booster vaccination programme is estimated to commence in early October but we are still awaiting confirmation of the delivery dates for the vaccine.
Our understanding at present is that healthcare workers and carers will not be offered a booster unless they are over 50 or in a clinically vulnerable group for health reasons, rather than occupational reasons. If this changes will be in contact with patients about booking.
Requests for Letters for Schools
We understand that there is a considerable amount of anxiety amongst parents about their children returning to school during Covid 19. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a letter stating that your child does not need to attend school during Covid 19. Our advice is that all children should attend school in line with the advice given on the gov.uk site (please search for 'gov.uk guidance for full opening of schools' and see the 'Attendance' section). Please note that this advice applies to all children including those that may be in the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable groups. Should you consider that your child's school has not made adequate provision for prevention of transmission of Covid 19 as described in this document you should discuss this with the school.
The web address for this link is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools#attendance
Letters for Employers
Employees should liaise with their employer regarding safety measures in place for their return from shielding - we are unable to provide letters or certificates in support. Please go to directgov.co.uk for the most up to date advice.