COVID-19 FAQs

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Which vaccine will I get

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have now been approved for use, we are being sent both types of vaccine but do not have control over which type we are sent each week.

Who will get the vaccine

The vaccine will be offered to those at greatest risk from COVID19 first, starting with priority group 1 of this ladder. As more supplies of the vaccine become available we will work down the ladder. People will be invited for a vaccine when it is their turn. Please don’t contact use, we will contact you.

Where and when can I get a vaccine?

When your cohort is called we will invite you to the Yeadon COVID vaccine service run from Yeadon Health Centre. We set this up with other local practices who are members of the Yeadon Primary Care Network. The speed at which we can offer vaccination appointments is dependent on the supply of the vaccine, but we are ensuring any vaccine delivered is given to patients immediately.

Or you can use one of the vaccination centres in Leeds, see this link to book https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination

I have a letter from the NHS saying I can book for a covid vaccination should I trust it.

You can either get a vaccine through the service we are running from Yeadon Health Centre or you can attend one of the vaccinations centres in Leeds at Elland Road football stadium or at a couple of pharmacies in the city. There is further advice on recognising a trust worthy invite on this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/how-you-will-be-contacted/

We do not have control over the amount of vaccine we get each week and so are unable to dictate the pace at which we invite people for vaccine. If you are keen to get on with having a vaccine and are in one of the eligible cohorts then use this link to book with one of the vaccination centres in Leeds https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

When will I be getting an appointment for my second injection

We receive a weekly delivery of vaccine; the type of vaccine, the amount of vaccine we get and the day on which it is delivered varies week to week. This means we send out the invites on a weekly basis – one week in advance. We have been assured that we will be sent 2nd dose vaccines 11 weeks after we gave you the first dose. As soon as we get confirmation of delivery we will be organising appointments with you.

I think that I am clinically vulnerable and should have a vaccine soon

There are 2 cohorts of clinically vulnerable patients. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding through the pandemic – these people were in cohort 4 and the vast majority we have already vaccinated.

The second group are (slightly confusingly) called the clinically vulnerable group and are in cohort 6. We are now starting to invite this group. The guidance on people in this group is set out below. The pace at which we can invite people is dictated by delivery of the vaccine. The amount of vaccine is determined centrally and we receive 1 week notice; of the type, quantity and date of delivery.

People in cohort 6:

Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group which includes:

Chronic respiratory disease (not people with mild asthma see below)

Chronic heart disease and vascular disease

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic liver disease

Chronic neurological disease, including severe or profound learning disability

Diabetes mellitus

Immunosuppression

Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen

Morbid obesity BMI >40

Severe mental illness

Younger adults in long-stay in-patient, nursing and residential care settings

Note: people with mild asthma are not classed for vaccination purposes as having a chronic respiratory disease – only people with asthma and the following circumstances will go in cohort 6

• anyone who has ever had an emergency asthma admission or;

• those who have an asthma diagnosis and have had 3 prescriptions for oral steroids over a 3-month period (each prescription must fall within separate individual month windows), as an indication of repeated or continuous oral steroids.

If you have mild asthma you will be called up in accordance with your age cohort.

Adult carers

Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable