How do I get my coronavirus vaccination?

How do I get my coronavirus vaccination?

When it is your turn to be vaccinated, you will be notified that you are within the current priority group. This will be either by a call, text message, or a letter from your GP (or one of their representatives), or the national NHS booking service (NBS).  This invitation will include all the information you need to book an appointment, including your NHS number.

People who are eligible within the current priority groups can choose make an appointment at either of our large vaccination sites (at Boston’s PRSA, or Lincolnshire Showground) as soon as their group is announced by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. Please do not attempt to book an appointment in advance of your eligibility, the NBS is linked to individual patient records in order to ensure appointments are only accessible by eligible people, and we also have checks in place at the centres to do the same. Anyone ineligible will not be given a vaccine.

Please remember it will take time for us to vaccinate everyone as they become eligible. We have followed the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination Immunisation (JVCI), around priority groups and are delivering the vaccine in this order to ensure we protect the most vulnerable first.  We are continuing to work to this guidance and are making great progress throughout Lincolnshire. 

We are currently vaccinating groups 1-9 of the JCVI priority order below

1.     Residents in a care home for older adults and their care workers
2.     All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3.     All those 75 years of age and over
4.     All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5.     All those 65 years of age and over.
6.     All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at              higher risk of serious disease and mortality. Also to include unpaid carers.
7.     All those 60 years of age and over
8.     All those 55 years of age and over
9.     All those 50 years of age and over

The JCVI has advised that once these groups are complete, the second phase of vaccination will be age-based, starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order. We will invite Lincolnshire’s population in as soon as this phase commences:

10.    All those aged 40 to 49 years

11.     All those aged 30 to 39 years

12.    All those aged 18 to 29 years

More information on the priority groups, the rationale behind them and who is in them can be found here

Remember – you do not need to do anything until you are notified that it is your turn to make the appointment for your vaccine. 

Where will I receive my vaccination?

Local vaccination services

These are locally situated primary care-led services, based in places such as GP practices, local authority sourced buildings or other local facilities.

You will have your vaccine at a local vaccination site if you make your appointment when you are invited by your GP or their representatives. The invitation will not always come directly from your GP. This is because Local Vaccination Services are being managed by local Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

Further information about PCNs can be found here www.lpcna.nhs.uk

 

Local vaccination services are currently at the following locations:

·       Louth Community Hospital

·       Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham

·       Waddington Branch Surgery, South Lincoln

·       St Marys Medical Practice, Stamford

·       Franklin Hall, Spilsby

·       Sidings Medical Practice, Boston

·       Rustons Sports and Social Club, Lincoln

·       Portland Medical Practice, Lincoln

·       The Storehouse, Skegness

·       Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln

·       Springfields, Spalding

·       John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough

·       Marisco Medical Practice, Mablethorpe

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Large vaccination centres

The NHS has also established vaccination centres, where large numbers of people are able to go and get a jab.  These have been set up at venues which offer the physical space to deal with large numbers of people while maintaining social distancing.

You will have your vaccine at a Large Vaccination Centre if you make your appointment at one of them through the national booking service (online or via 119) when you receive a letter or are notified of your eligibility.

In Lincolnshire, there are two Large Vaccination Centres:

Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln

Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston

Pharmacy vaccination sites

These are additional, community based services, run by pharmacies.

You will have your vaccine at a pharmacy vaccination centre if you make your appointment at one of them through the national booking service (online or via 119) when you receive a letter or are notified of your eligibility.

In Lincolnshire, there is one pharmacy vaccination site:

  • Marisco Pharmacy, Mablethorpe

Hospital hubs

Our Hospital Hubs have focused upon vaccinating health and social care, as well as other eligible frontline staff in the county.

You will have your vaccine at a Hospital Hub if you are notified by your employer of the invite to book an appointment.

Hospital hubs are currently at:

·       Lincoln County Hospital

·       Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

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Travelling to your appointment

Before you make your vaccination appointment, think about how you’ll get there. We realise travel may be difficult for some residents and we are working with our Lincolnshire County Council colleagues to ensure there is support in place. For more information on the options available to you if you anticipate difficulty travelling to your appointment, please see our link to the latest transport hub advice:

Travelling to a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre – Lincolnshire CCG

You can also find out more about the Voluntary Car Schemes, on the LCC transport page.

 

What about those in my community who can’t get to any of those places?

This is where Lincolnshire’s Inclusion & Health Equality Vaccination Team helps out.

What is it?

The inclusion & health equality vaccination team provides support to Lincolnshire’s COVID-19 vaccination programme with the aim of achieving as high an uptake as possible amongst all communities. In practice this can mean enhanced and bespoke communications and awareness raising and the related, responsive and appropriate vaccination delivery by the PCNs, both locally and countywide. For example, tailoring a service for a large group of people, such as our traveller community in the county, or ensuring that an individual who is unable to access a vaccination centre receives a necessary and appropriate bespoke service, such as vaccination in their home.

How does it operate?

To achieve this, the inclusion & health equality vaccination team works with the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) who are responsible for delivering the programme in each locality, supporting them whenever a particular need arises.

The inclusion & health equality vaccination team does not directly deliver the vaccination programme, but provides a co-ordination function working with the Health Inequality, Equality & Diversity and Communication & Engagement Leads, together with the PCN’s and Neighbourhood Team Leads, plus with existing networks across the Lincolnshire system to connect with those who hold trusted relationships with their communities. The collective understanding of specific community and individual needs, together with specialist knowledge and established relationships ensure that the COVID-19 vaccination is available to everyone in the county in an accessible, equitable and appropriate way.

What has the team done so far?

The team have got off to a great start. All eligible residents in Lincolnshire’s older adult care homes have been offered the vaccination and PCN’s have also completed the offer of vaccinations to all eligible patients who are identified on their GP practice lists as being housebound.

There are also some great examples of how through working collaboratively we are ensuring equity of access for our clinically extremely vulnerable population. Recent links with a Renal Matron in the county have enabled a bespoke approach to be adopted in each locality by the PCNs providing timely access to vaccinations for dialysis patients. Similarly, we are currently working collectively with district, health and third sector colleagues to co-ordinate provision of vaccines for rough sleepers and the homeless community.

How can I get in touch with the team?

The inclusion & health equality vaccination team can only respond to requests from the PCNs. Individuals cannot request support directly. Should anyone have a specific requirement to support them receiving their vaccine, this should be discussed with their GP who, if appropriate, will contact the inclusion & health equality vaccination team on their behalf.

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