We excited to announce the vaccines is underway! If you are over 80, shielding, or health workers and care workers, you are first in line. The government has secured 800,000 doses of this vaccine in the first place. However, they have placed orders for 40 million doses in total. They are allowing 20 million people to have two doses for full immunity.
What is the roll out plan for vaccines?
We think the vaccine’s speedy rollout is critical in reducing the pandemic’s death toll and relieving pressure on the NHS. The plan will be to offering vaccines to over 15 million people by mid-February and millions more by spring. It is hoped that by autumn, the rest of the adult population will be vaccinated.
How will people be vaccinated?
People will be vaccinated at:
GP practices and community pharmacies,
Mass vaccination sites across.
How is the vaccine given?
You will receive your Covid19 injection in your upper arm in 2 doses, and the 2nd dose will come 3 to 12 weeks after the 1st dose.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you adequate protection from coronavirus. But you need to have two doses of the vaccine to provide you with longer-lasting protection.
There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.
This means it is important to:
- continue to follow social distancing guidance
- if you can, wear a face mask or shield in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have to meet stringent safety standards set out by the Independent Medicines and Healthcare products and Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The COVID-19 vaccine approval must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international safety standards.
There are other vaccines on the way but these will need to have thorough testing to ensure they are safe and effective.
You can find out more about the approved vaccines in the UK by visiting the gov.uk website
Vaccines for Health and Social Care staff
Here at Premier Community, we are pleased to say we have obtained access to vaccines for our staff at two locations – Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Kingsmill Hospital. However, slots at both of these locations are limited. We hope to find out more information about both Derbyshire District Council and Nottinghamshire District Councils block roll out the scheme soon
We have communicated directly to our care staff about booking appointment slots at both of these locations, if you haven’t received this information, please contact your Registered Manager.
The vaccine is not mandatory; it is your choice. However, Premier Community are strongly encouraging you to take up this opportunity.
You can find more information about the vaccine for Health and Social Care Staff on the gov.uk website
If you want more information about anything we do at Premier Community, you can give us a call or email us by heading over to our contact page