National invite letters start to be sent to those Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in West Sussex
From today, people aged 18 and over in the clinically extremely vulnerable priority group will start to receive letters from the national booking service inviting them to book a vaccination appointment.
People in this priority group are those in the Shielded Patient List and includes those who are undergoing cancer treatment, people who have severe respiratory conditions and those who are at risk of severe infection due to immunodeficiency.
The letters make it clear that people have a choice of where to get vaccinated and can choose to wait for their GP led vaccination services to make contact directly, if they haven’t already, or book into a vaccination centre or community pharmacy via the national website or phone number.
If people in the eligible groups want to receive the vaccination at your GP led vaccination service, you do not need to do anything; you will remain on the list for the GP led vaccination service and they will contact you as soon as an appointment is available. Please do not call your GP practice or any local venues which are being used for the vaccination service on specific days; you will be contacted directly in the next two weeks.
Mythbuster: I am going to miss out on a vaccination appointment at my GP led vaccination service because I have turned down an invite at the large vaccination centre
We want to reassure everyone in the eligible groups for the COVID-19 vaccination (those who are 70 and over, and those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) that the letters they are receiving from the national vaccination booking service provide additional ways for people to receive the vaccine, but does not replace the service being offered from their GP led service.
You will remain on the list for your GP led vaccination service until you have had a vaccination wherever that may take place. Please be assured that making a decision not to follow the options provided in the national letter or speaking to the national booking system and saying no to what they have offered does not change or affect your place on that GP led service list, and you will be contacted by them as soon as an appointment is available.
You will only come off the list and not be contacted by your GP led service if you receive your vaccination.
You do not need to contact your GP practice to check as many individual practices are working with a support team to arrange the appointments and so they won’t have the detail of the actual appointments – you will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available.
What to do after your vaccination
We have received a number of enquiries about what people should be doing after their vaccination.
It is really important that everyone still continues to follow the government guidelines and take the simple steps to keep you and others safe.
This short film is a helpful reminder:
Remember Hands Face Space, even if you have been vaccinated
Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, stakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.