COVID-19

For the latest up to date COVID-19 Guidance please visit the gov.uk website by clicking on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination Program please visit the NHS website by clicking on the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

COVID-19 Vaccination Update Programme:

Vaccination walk-in clinics

Information about vaccination walk-in clinics operating in Kent and Medway is now available on the Kent and Medway CCG website. It is updated regularly.
People who wish to use these clinics do not need an appointment and they are open to everyone over 18. Both first and second doses are available unless stated.

Acceleration of Second Doses for all Cohorts

From Monday 5th July second does vaccinations will be brought forward from 12 to eight weeks for the remaining people in all cohorts.

Demonstrating your COVID vaccination status with NHS COVID Pass

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website 
  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

GP practices are not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact your practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

Second doses

Patients should attend the same vaccination site for their first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccination. However, if a patient books a second dose at a local vaccination site, and they had their first at a large vaccination site, there is no automatic cancellation of their appointment with the large site. Patients need to cancel their appointment on the national booking system so their slot can be offered to another person.

You can arrange or cancel an appointment on the national booking system by calling 119 or by clicking on the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

From Monday 21st June all COVID vaccinations at Dover Health Centre and Folkestone Folca

Vaccination Centre will only be bookable via the National Booking System online by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by telephoning 119.

Patients will be able to book their 1st and 2nd vaccinations at the same time.

Patients who have already had their 1st vaccination will need to book their 2nd vaccination 8 -12 weeks from when they had their first. They will not receive a text message reminder.

For further information and guidance please click on the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Please do not telephone the surgery to book a vaccination.

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..

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 visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine