COVID-19 vaccination programme Rutland – patient update 25 August 2021

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

Rutland Health PCN has now finished Phase 2 of the vaccination programme. Since December 2020 we have delivered 44500 Covid vaccinations, which includes just under 23000 first vaccinations and nearly 22000 second vaccinations. There are no more clinics planned, but the CCG are working on their plan to continue vaccinations at another Rutland site in the very near future.
Our heartfelt thanks to all the staff, retired clinicians and volunteers who have worked so hard to support the vaccination programme over the last few months.

First and second vaccinations (after 56 days).

If you need your first vaccination please ring the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland booking centre 0116 497 5700 or if you are over 18 you can use the national booking service here, or call 119.

Clinic information for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is available here.

Second vaccinations

If you are due your second vaccination (56 days or more after your first) you can book using the numbers above. You may also receive an SMS from a system called swift queue with a booking link.

The JCVI recommendation is for 16/17 year olds to receive a single vaccination.

Clinic Availability

For our clinic availability please go here.

Vaccinations for young people aged 12-15

Young people aged 12 to 15 years with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, AND household contacts of individuals who are immunosuppressed are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Dedicated clinics are being held at Loughborough Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary from 23 August to 30 August. To make an appointment, please call: 0116 497 5700.

Please read the important government information available here.

Booster programme (phase 3)

The details of the booster programme have not yet been published. We are expecting the CCG to provide vaccination sites in Rutland to support the booster programme. Booking will be arranged centrally and not via your GP surgery.

Information from LLR CCG for people who have received AZ vaccine batch number 4120Z001

Is my vaccine Covishield?
No Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK. All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS Covid Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the Government is confident travel will not be affected.

What is the NHS Covid Pass?
The NHS COVID Pass is a new product name which refers to the digital version of individuals’ proof of Covid-19 vaccine status which has been available for international travel since May.
This can be accessed via the existing NHS App, the downloadable version accessed through NHS.net and the letter which can be requested by calling 119 in England. A paper-based solution is available now for those living in Scotland, Wales and from July in Northern Ireland.
This is not to be confused with the NHS Covid-19 App.

Is the vaccine I was given affected?
All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS Covid Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the Government is confident travel will not be affected.

The batch number I have is the same as those listed in the press
All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS Covid Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the Government is confident travel will not be affected.
All vaccine doses administered in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections by the medicine’s regulator MHRA.

What is the EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate?
This is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU.

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. This also applies to vaccines administered overseas or as part of a trial.

Further information about vaccine passports is available here

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

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.