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Your essential guide to getting the vaccine up and running


Thousands of people across the UK already had their first Covid-19 shocks when NHS teams used the first 800,000 doses of the revolutionary vaccine. And with a million more here soon, the Jab campaign is quickly gaining traction.

It is crucial that the general practitioners' practices begin their work as vaccination centers, while ten other hospitals have opened stab clinics.

Batches of the vaccine are distributed based on the size of the local population

BULK VACCINATION CENTERS:

1. Edinburgh International Conference Center

2. Newcastle, Center for Life Science Park

3. Southern Trust – South Lake Recreation Center, Craigavon

4. Northern Trust – Seven Towers Leisure Center, Ballymena

5. Western Trust – Foyle Arena, Londonderry

6. Omagh Leisure Complex, Omagh

7. Lakeside Leisure Forum, Enniskillen

8. St. Helens, Totally Wicked Stadium

9. Manchester Tennis & Football Center

10. Derby Arena

11. Birmingham – Millennium Point and Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

12. Leicester Racecourse

13. Stevenage, Robertson House Conference Center

14. London Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Center

15. Epsom Racecourse, Surrey 16. Bristol, Ashton Gate Football Stadium

17. Exeter, Sandy Park Rugby Stadium

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR APPOINTMENT?

Does it matter which part of the country I live in?

The most vulnerable people are prioritized, regardless of whether they are in level 1, 2 or 3.

But there was an element of a "zip code lottery". The addition of ten more vaccination hospitals across England – on top of the 50 originally announced – was tacit approval from the NHS that certain areas, such as the virus blackspots of Manchester, Bradford and Medway in Kent, were not receiving their fair share.

Lots of the vaccine will be distributed according to the size of the local population so everyone should have equal access to the doses available. However, regional vaccination rates inevitably vary as hospitals go through their patient lists at different speeds.

How many people have had their first dose so far?

There have been "tens of thousands" so far, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday – but the exact number has not been disclosed.

ARE YOU CALLING SOMEONE TO GET THE JAB?

No. When it is your turn, the NHS will contact you by phone or in writing with an appointment, usually a few days later. It has been reported that people call their local hospital and get a sting the same day. This is highly recommended.

SHOULD YOU HAVE THE JAB IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIES?

Dr. June Raine, chief executive of the drug and health products regulator that approved the vaccine, said, “Anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) is a known, if very rare, side effect of any vaccine.

“Most people will not get anaphylaxis, and the benefits of protecting people from Covid-19 outweigh the risks.

"Anyone scheduled to receive their vaccine should go back to their appointment and discuss any questions or medical history of serious allergies with their health care professionals before they get the sting."

Margaret Keenan, 90, is the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine covid-19 at University Hospital in Coventry

Margaret Keenan, 90, is the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine covid-19 at University Hospital in Coventry

What if you are sick on the day of the vaccination?

Do not attend the appointment, but call the NHS on the number given and arrange a new day.

WHAT HAPPENS ONCE IN THE CLINIC?

Similar to any vaccination, you will be asked questions about your health. A first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine will then be injected into your upper arm. You will then have to wait 15 minutes before leaving the company so that staff can ensure that there are no adverse reactions.

DOES THE VACCINE PROVIDE PROTECTION JUST AFTER THE FIRST JAB?

No. Pfizer / BioNTech shock recipients begin building immunity 12 days after the first dose – but don't have full immunity until a week after the second dose – that is, 28 days after the first shock. You will most likely be given an appointment card with details of when to return 21 days later for your second booster dose, although paperwork procedures vary between areas. If you can't make the booster jab appointment, give me a call to rearrange it.

WHAT IF YOU REFUSE THE JAB – BUT YOU WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND?

You should call the team that offered you the original invite. You are welcome to make an appointment.

Can you pass the virus on to others even if you had the JAB?

That is a great unknown. Scientists are unsure whether the Pfizer vaccine elicits what is known as "sterilizing immunity" as studies have not tested this aspect. They just checked to see if it was preventing people from getting sick. Pfizer says that since the vaccine can protect against both severe and mild Covid illnesses well, it suggests that there is a chance to protect against infection as well. However, more test results are needed before we know for sure.

WHO WILL GET PRIORITY FOR JAB?

Only those in the first two groups of the priority list will get the sting this week. The focus is on people over 80 in the hospital or in their own four walls. In a week, the teams will also visit nursing homes in England.

1. Older adult care home residents (estimated 425,000) and their carers (up to 1.5 million)

2. Everyone aged 80 and over (3.3 million) and health and social workers on the front lines (1.5 million)

3. Everyone over 75 years of age (2.2 m)

4. Everyone over 70 years of age (3.3 m) and those who are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable

5. All persons aged 65 and over (3.4 m)

6. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions that are at greater risk of serious illness and death

7. Everyone over 60 years of age (3.7 m)

8. Everyone over 55 years of age (4.3 m)

9. Everyone over 50 years of age (4.7 m)

THE VULNERABLE Vaccines are also offered to people aged 16 and over who have the following conditions: blood cancer; Diabetes; Heart problem; Chest discomfort or difficulty breathing; Kidney disease; Liver disease; decreased immunity due to illness or treatment; with organ transplant; have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack; a neurological or muscle debilitating condition; severe or profound learning disabilities; Down syndrom; Problem with spleen or spleen removal; seriously overweight; severe mental illness.

NOW JABS AT GP SURGERY

Over 280 GP surgeries throughout England will act as a vaccination center in the coming days and is expected to receive more than one million additional doses of Pfizer's vaccine from the Belgian factory. These, in addition to the 800,000 already in the country, will allow the NHS to increase the number of appointments in the run-up to Christmas. The vaccination staff will work on Christmas Day. However, it seems that while nursing home residents are high on the priority list, they have to wait for the mobile vaccination teams to be ready to make home visits. However, health bosses hope that vaccinations in nursing homes will begin in the last few days before the festive break. The logistics are more difficult than general practices because the vaccine bottles are fragile and need to be kept at minus 70 ° C (minus 94 ° F) or below and the NHS wants to go step by step.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

While vaccination of those over 80 is "actively considered" in communities in Northern Ireland, according to the Stormont decentralized government, there are no immediate plans for primary care practices in Scotland, where the earliest introduction in the US is expected in New Years or Spring. The same is true in Wales.

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