COVID-19 Vaccination Update – 15th January 2021
Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from Meopham Medical Centre. There will be home visits for housebound patients.
Please read the questions and answers below about our local vaccination service.
Our phone lines are very busy so please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
Which priority group are you currently inviting?
As of Saturday 23rd January 2021 we will be inviting:
- All those 75 years of age and over
How do you prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?
LMN Primary Care Network, consisting of Meopham Medical Centre and Jubilee Medical Group (New Ash Green and Longfield Medical Practices), will be amalgamating our patients together, to ensure that everyone is contacted equally. We will be contacting those “most at risk” in the current cohort first among the three practices then working our way down the list alphabetically.
How are you contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
Going forward, everyone that has given us a mobile number will receive a text message linked to a survey asking if you wish to have the vaccine or not. If you respond with a yes, when we reach the cohort you are placed in, you will receive another text message linked to a survey to book yourself in an appointment. You may be offered a drive through option or a walk through depending what is available on that date. Upon booking that appointment, please accept that as confirmation of your booking.
For those that don’t have mobile phone numbers, we will contact you via your land line to book you into an available appointment slot. We will try contacting you up to three times across a course of a few days. If we are unable to contact you on the third attempt we will send you a letter asking you to get in touch with us.
If we do not hold any form of phone number, we will be sending out letters requesting you get in touch to update your details.
If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?
If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call 01474 814811 to cancel your appointment.
How are you supporting patients with dementia to get vaccinated?
We are extremely lucky in our PCN that we have ongoing contact with patients next of kin’s and implement operational care plans for our dementia patients. We will be using these care plans to get in contact with our dementia patients to ensure that they do have their vaccines, and will be in contact with their next of kin’s in due course to organise this.
Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?
We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative.
Thank you - Jubilee Medical Group
Published: Jan 15, 2021