COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination programme

The Government has asked the NHS to be ready to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination programme so that it is set to mobilise and start offering vaccinations as soon as one becomes available. 

While it isn’t yet certain when COVID-19 vaccine will be available, we are working hard and busy preparing to ensure we are ready to offer it when it is.   

NHS planning is based on the latest information on the vaccine development including which groups will be the priority to get vaccinated early in the programme. This might mean that smaller numbers of people – who have been prioritised as the most vulnerable – will be vaccinated first, with larger number of eligible people being offered later in the new year, dependent on COVID-19 vaccine availability. The NHS will follow clinical guidance by Department of Health and Social Care and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on the prioritised people eligible for COVID-19 vaccine and therefore plan for vaccine rollout accordingly.   

Plans will be finalised when we have certainty on when and what vaccines will be approved and available for use. Further details and timeframes will be shared shortly. 

In the meantime, we are encouraging people to have their flu vaccination as soon as possible in preparation for this winter. As well as protecting yourself against the flu virus, you are also protecting family and friends.

Who will get the vaccine?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have recently published interim  updated advice on the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccine, advising that vaccines should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 and health and social workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.

We will continue to update this information as more information becomes available.

COVID-19 APP

The NHS COVID-19 App is the simplest way to help protect those we love from coronavirus. It achieves this through six core functions:

• Alert: When users first download the app they will be asked to input the first half of their postcode. This allows them to see the level of risk associated with their area, to help them decide how to manage their interactions
• Symptom checker: If people feel unwell they can use the symptom checker to see if symptoms could be related to coronavirus
• Test: If, based on information from the symptom checker, it appears a user may have coronavirus, they will be taken to a website where they could book a test
• Trace: The app uses low level Bluetooth technology to keep a log of how long users are at close proximity to each other (which is measured based on the strength of the signal). If a person who presented symptoms comes back with a positive test – the app will ask their permission to notify other phones who have been identified as being at close proximity to theirs. Those users will then receive an annonymised exposure alert with advice on what to do next
o Note: The app does not have access to phone contacts or any other personal information held on users’ phones. This includes names. contacts, email addresses or phone numbers
• Check-in: The app allows you to record when you visit a venue by “checking-in” when you arrive, using the venue’s QR code which should be displayed at the enterance
• Isolate: If a user tests positive, they will be given advice on next steps and guidance on self-isolation timelines

 
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