COVID-19 vaccination programme Rutland – patient update 17 June 2021

The national plans for vaccination change frequently. This is the best information that we have at the moment but may be altered.

We have now delivered 37558 vaccinations at the Rutland County Council site, which includes 20908 first vaccinations and 16650 second vaccinations.

BOOK YOUR VACCINE NOW!

We know that Covid vaccination gives some protection against the serious effects of the Delta variant, which is increasing across the UK. Rutland Health will be coming to the end of Phase 2 (all adults over 18) of the vaccination programme at Rutland County Council in the next few weeks, so there are several reasons to get your first appointment booked before the end of June.

If you are a patient of one of the four Rutland GP practices you can book at the Rutland Covid Vaccination Centre by

  1. Using the link that should have been sent to your mobile phone as a text message (SMS). (preferred)
  2. Emailing [email protected] giving your name, date of birth and mobile phone number, and NHS number if possible.
  3. Phoning your GP Surgery between 2pm and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Reserve list

There are sometimes additional doses of vaccine available at the end of a clinic – we have never wasted vaccine. If you are registered with one of the 4 Rutland GP practices and would like to be on a reserve list and are able to come at short notice for your first or second vaccination, please email [email protected] giving your name, availability and mobile phone number. You will need to be available to respond to a phone call (from a private number) normally after 4pm, and come at short notice the same day, on, Tuesday June 22nd (Pfizer), Wednesday June 23rd (Pfizer) or Thursday June 24th (AstraZeneca).

Vaccine passports

Your GP practice cannot provide evidence of Covid vaccination.

You can see your vaccination information on the NHS app here, or apply for a paper record from the national system by following this link.

The information for the vaccine passport is received from the National Immunisation Monitoring System NOT your GP practice, so if you have received a vaccination from any site other than the Rutland Covid Vaccination Centre, and the information is not correct, your practice cannot correct it for you even if the details of your vaccination are added to your GP record.

Further information about vaccine passports is available here

First vaccinations
  • People aged 18- 40 will be offered the PfizerBioNtech vaccine. Information about the vaccine is available here.
  • Invitations to book at the Rutland Vaccination Centre are sent by SMS. The national booking service does not allow you to book at the Rutland site.
  • If you are pregnant you can still be vaccinated. More information is available here.
  • If you are pregnant there is a doctor available at the site who can discuss vaccination with you. More information is available here.
  • Please do not bring children to the vaccination centre. Children are not allowed into the clinical area where you will receive vaccination. If you have no alternative but to bring your child, they will be asked to wait in the waiting area under your supervision – this is not suitable for small children unless they are restrained in a buggy. It can be distressing for your child so please book an appointment at a time when you can arrange childcare instead.
Second vaccinations

You are not fully protected until you have received both vaccinations. You should normally receive the same vaccine for both jabs. This includes pregnant women.

Your second vaccination is due 8 weeks after your first. You will be sent a booking link in good time to give you a choice of clinics – you cannot have your 2nd vaccination less than 4 weeks after the first so will be turned away if you book an appointment too early.

Covid vaccination in pregnancy

Those who are currently pregnant are invited for vaccination at the same time as their age group. It is now recommended that pregnant women receiving the first dose of vaccination should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine because there is more experience of these vaccines in pregnancy. Women who have already had a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine are advised to complete with the same vaccine.

If a woman finds out she is pregnant after she has started a course of vaccine, she may complete vaccination during pregnancy using the same vaccine product (unless contra-indicated). Alternatively, vaccination should be offered as soon as possible after pregnancy.

You can access more information including a decision aid with these two guides:
I am pregnant and have been offered a COVID-19 vaccination. What are my options?
COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

National Booking Service

You may also receive an invitation to book at the mass vaccination sites in Leicester. This system does not allow booking at the Rutland site but we are normally inviting people about a week later. The mass vaccination sites will also be operating with reduced supply and prioritising second doses from April. It is confusing that there is a separate system, but it is not in our control – the letters are sent by the NHS. Calling 119 will allow you to book at a national site if you are eligible and have received a letter, but not in Rutland.

Moderna Vaccine

We have not been notified of any deliveries of Moderna vaccine to local vaccination sites.

How to get vaccinated

There are two systems. For the Rutland Covid Vaccination Centre, you will receive a SMS message or phone call to invite you to book an appointment. The SMS provides a link to a booking system called AccuRx which looks like this. Please respond to the link to let us know if you do not want to have a vaccination In Rutland or have booked in Leicester.

Rutland Covid Vaccination Centre is at:
Council Offices, Catmose House, Catmos Road, Oakham, LE15 6HP 

You can click here for a guide on how to use the automated system, for both smart phones and older phones alike.

For a video explaining the booking process, click here.

If you are aged over 60 and have not yet received your first vaccination, please contact us by emailing [email protected].

You may also receive a letter from the national NHS which invites you to book a vaccination at a mass vaccination site in Leicester using the national booking system or calling 119. The national link provided and 119 does not allow you to book at the Rutland Covid Vaccination centre, so if you would like to have your vaccination locally please wait to be invited, which is normally the same or following week that you receive the national letter.

Vaccine information

More information about the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine can be found here.

More information about the Astra Zeneca vaccine can be found here.

More information for women of childbearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding click here.

For information on what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination click here.

Avoid scams

There are unfortunately a number of scams circulating about the COVID Vaccination Programme. Our automated system looks like this: SMS Instructions.

The NHS will never ask for payment or bank details. More details on COVID Vaccine scams can be found here.

All vaccinations will be given only by prior appointment – no walk in.

You cannot have a vaccination if you:

  1. have a high temperature or fever
  2. Had another vaccination within 7 days.
  3. Have ever had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any of the components of the vaccine or to multiple medications. (this guidance has  changed)
  4. Are taking warfarin and your INR reading is above 4. If you are taking warfarin please bring your yellow book when you come for your vaccination.
  5. Have had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 4 weeks.
What happens on the day?

The vaccination centre will be Council Offices, Catmose House, Catmos Road, Oakham, LE15 6HP not your GP surgery. There is adequate free marshalled parking at the site and wheelchair access. There are no toilet facilities available at the site. The nearest toilets are at Church Street, Oakham.

  1. Wear a face covering.
  2. Maintain strict safe social distancing of 2m.
  3. Make sure you are wearing a short sleeve top under your coat as injections will not be given in a private room. You will also need a warm coat.
  4. All queuing will be outside, don’t forget your umbrella and a warm coat. Queues should be short because we have booked appointment times.
  5. Your temperature will be checked before you enter the building.
  6. The vaccinator will ask you some questions.
  7. The vaccinator will give you an injection into your upper arm.
  8. If you have received the PfizerBioNtech Vaccine you will be observed for 15 minutes before you are permitted to leave after the vaccination. If you have received the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine you will be able to return to your car but if you are driving yourself, you must not drive for 15 minutes.
Volunteers

Rutland Health PCN is extremely grateful to the volunteers that are supporting us. If you would like to help with the vaccination programme, to find out more, or register please visit www.valonline.org.uk or call 0116 257 5050.
We have some volunteers helping with marshalling the car park, checking patients in, booking appointments, and data entry , as well as some retired clinical staff who help with the vaccinations after training and accreditation.

FAQs

Information about the Council Offices in Oakham:

  • The full address is – Council Offices, Catmose House, Catmos Road, Oakham, LE15 6HP.
  • There is free parking on-site
  • There will be Marshalls on site to help direct cars and people on the day.
  • There will be on-site reception for booking people in.
  • There will be clear signs and Marshalls on hand who will show you where to go to have your vaccination and how to exit the building.
  • The building has wheelchair access and exit.
  • There will be experienced trained healthcare professionals from local practices in Rutland on-site supervised by a GP who will look after you from start to finish. In the unlikely event of an allergic reaction there will be anaphylaxis kits and a defibrillator available.
  • We will maintain social distancing and ensure you receive your vaccine safely and swiftly.
  • Please arrive promptly at your appointment time to prevent delays. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.

What shall I do if I cannot attend my booked appointment on the day?

If you are unwell you should not come to the vaccination centre. There are no telephones at the vaccination centre. Please do not telephone the council customer services as they have no access to the vaccination centre If you miss your appointment you will be contacted, and if you were unwell or could not attend, you will be rebooked or added to a waiting list to be contacted when you have recovered.

Will the vaccine have side effects?

  • Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them.
  • Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.
  • Although you may get some protection from the first dose, having the second dose will give you the best protection against the virus.
  • Very common side effects include:
    • Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
    • Tiredness
    • Headache
    • General aches, or mild flu like symptoms
    • Fever. Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection. You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help you feel better. Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week.

If you have a severe headache that persists for more than 4 days after the vaccination please contact your surgery or NHS111.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

We cannot offer you a choice of vaccine because we receive intermittent limited supplies and we are instructed who to give them to.

I have had the flu vaccine; do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?

  • The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19
  • As you are eligible for both vaccines you can have both but should be separated by at least a week.

Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No this is not possible symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.

Can I transmit or pass on the COVID-19 infection to anyone after I had the vaccine?

  • The vaccine will not give you COVID-19 infection
  • We do not know yet if the vaccine will stop you catching the virus and passing it on.
  • What we do know is that if you did catch the virus, the vaccine will protect you and significantly lower the chance of you becoming unwell with it.

 Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain animal products or gluten?

The vaccine is Animal free, Gluten free, Potassium free and Sodium freeAm I safe once I have had the vaccination? Your body’s defence against the COVID-19 virus will gradually increase over the next few weeks, and will be boosted by your 2nd dose at 12 weeks. It is essential that you continue to be careful by washing your hands frequently, wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth, and maintaining social distancing, until you are fully protected.

More information

Please take the time to download and look through our COVID-19 Vaccination – A Guide for Adults leaflet by clicking on the image below.