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Chapel Lane Surgery is located on Chapel Lane in Formby and covers patients in Formby, Freshfield, Hightown and Ince Blundell.

The surgery is managed as a non-limited partnership between the doctors within the practice. The Partners are Dr J Proctor, Dr Callow, Mrs Katie White and Dr E H Ball

 

COVID-19 VACCINES

Update 11th January

Vaccine intervals and protection from Covid

• It takes 2 weeks to have an effective immune response after a single dose of the vaccine

• Patients can be confident that both vaccines give effective protection against covid-19 and severe disease from two weeks after a single dose, but it is not 100% so care and caution will still be needed especially for patients who are immune-suppressed

• Those who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine seem to have 90% protection two weeks after the first dose, but we don’t know how long it lasts

• Those who receive the Oxford-AZ vaccine seem to have 70% protection after the first dose, but we know that this will last for at least 12 weeks until the second dose

• The 12-week booster is crucial for more enduring protection in both vaccinations 

Update 10th January

The first Covid vaccination clinics started at the Sandbrook Road Ainsdale centre for health and well being last Friday.

More vaccines are expected this week and we will be contacting and inviting our over 80 year old patients in the next few days 

Once again please don’t call the surgery about this. 

We will contact those who are to be vaccinated either by letter, phone call or SMS text message.

Update 6th Jan 2021

We have just learned the government has decided to send ‘push’ deliveries to the Vaccination hubs

In effect we are just told we are getting them

Our next delivery is due on Tuesday 12th Jan, with 975 Pfizer and 300 AZ vaccines 

We are told delivery times can be up until 630pm so we will run sessions from Wednesday through Friday at the Centre next week

Focus will still be on vaccinating those in Care homes likely using the Oxford AZ vaccine

Care home staff can come to the centre for the Pfizer vaccine

The next AZ vaccines will then be used to make a a start with our housebound patients and both vaccines will be used for those over 80 years old 

It is likely that we will now be receiving deliveries on a weekly if not twice weekly basis as the government pushes on to see delivery of the first

dose to as many eligible individuals as possible initially prioritised over delivery of a second vaccine dose.

This should maximise the short-term impact of the programme hoping to vaccinate 13m people by the end of February

The second dose of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine may be given between 3 to 12 weeks following the first dose.

The second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may be given between 4 to 12 weeks following the first dose.

JCVI advises that the second vaccine dose should be with the same vaccine as for the first dose. Switching between vaccines or missing the

second dose is not advised as this may possibly affect the duration of protection.

Patients aged 80+ years are the next priority group after care homes.

Please don’t call the surgery about this. 

We will contact you when we are in a position to invite you to be vaccinated.

We will contact patients either by letter, phone call or SMS when we are able to invite you in for your vaccination.

There are car park facilities, & signs/marshalls will be available to help you navigate around the site.  

Please arrive as close as possible to your appointment time & please wear a face covering.  If necessary, you may bring one other person with you as a chaperone.  Please do not attend if you are unwell on the day or following isolation rules.

You may be required to remain on-site for 15 minutes post-vaccination & a second dose of vaccine will be required; within 12 weeks 

We are  pleased to be taking part in this programme, which should help us move on from the pandemic and hopefully to a more normal life.  

To allow us to prioritise vaccination efforts we will need to supply staff as vaccinators so less urgent activity at the Surgery will be postponed. We know you will understand and support us in this important work.

 

Update 5th Jan 2021

The national COVID vaccination programme is being delivered via GP Hubs.

We are part of the Ainsdale Birkdale & Formby hub comprising all the surgeries in these areas. 

The vaccinations will be delivered from a single location in the Ainsdale and Birkdale area which has been designated as the Ainsdale Centre for Health and Well-Being on Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) about who is most at risk from Coronavirus.  

When each delivery of vaccine is received, it will be shared out fairly between practices in Ainsdale, Birkdale and Formby. 

The Ainsdale, Birkdale and Formby vaccination delivery hub is expecting to get a delivery of 1375 vaccines on Friday 8th January. 

This will include both types of vaccine currently approved - Pfizer and Astra Zeneca (Oxford)

We currently anticipate that these vaccines will be deployed in line with the government  priority listing which means the vaccination effort will be focussed on  patients in care homes care home staff and some over 80’s 

More vaccine will be delivered in the future but we don’t have any specific dates for this at the  moment. 

Patients aged 80+ years are the next priority group after care homes.

Please don’t call the surgery about this. 

We will contact you when we are in a position to invite you to be vaccinated.

We will contact patients either by letter, phone call or SMS when we are able to invite you in for your vaccination.

There are car park facilities, & signs/marshalls will be available to help you navigate around the site.  

Please arrive as close as possible to your appointment time & please wear a face covering.  If necessary, you may bring one other person with you as a chaperone.  Please do not attend if you are unwell on the day or following isolation rules.

You may be required to remain on-site for 15 minutes post-vaccination & a second dose of vaccine will be required; within 12 weeks 

We are  pleased to be taking part in this programme, which should help us move on from the pandemic and hopefully to a more normal life.  

To allow us to prioritise vaccination efforts we will need to supply staff as vaccinators so less urgent activity at the Surgery will be postponed. We know you will understand and support us in this important work.

 

 

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