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Robin Orton
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Wells Park practice and Covid vaccinations

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Although I myself am still only on the remotest verge of middle age, I hope it won't be too long before I' m invited to have a Covid vaccination. Does anyone know whether the over-80s who are, like me, registered with the Wells Park practice have been invited to be vaccinated, and, if so, where? Jenner Centre? Nothing on the practice website, so far as I can see. I hope that when my time comes I'm not going to have to traipse off to the Excel centre in Docklands, which seems to be the nearest to us of the new vaccination hubs which have just been announced.
Parker1970
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I think it's going to depend on which actual vaccine they are going to issue... the PFizer one has to be stored at -72 degrees which not all GP surgeries could do.

My mum's neighbour who lives on Leigham Court Road in Streatham got sent to Kennington for her vaccination. So an 82 year old had to get two buses there and back... twice.. to get vaccinated.

I've told my mum who is 71 that if she gets the same place, I will drive her, wait in the nearest supermarket car park until she is done and pick her up again. I want her to get the vaccine but I certainly don't want her taking buses to do it.
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Good post Parker. We've had 9 months to prepare for this yet it has all the hallmarks of a last minute panic.

It was obvious that we would start with the frailest part of our population a good section who would need assistance to get to the centre and the remainder shouldn't be exposing themselves to public transport and preferably be able to get there by other means. That in practical terms means ensuring there is adequate parking nearby - even if they have to suspend parking for everybody else. (A ticket issued with the appointment you can put on the windscreen could make that enforceable)

Also many in Sydenham probably would prefer driving (or being driven) 45 minutes to Epsom to a 10 minute bus trip to a two hour queue in Forest Hill.

Things should progressively get easier as they work their way down the age range. But one should recall the constrained amount of vaccine available up to now (~300,000/week) should have given them room for manoeuvre with the 80+ in a system designed for 2 million+/week.

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Just received the newsletter from Wells Park Practice and it says they will start Covid vaccines on January 16th at the Sydenham Green practice - Holmshaw Close. Extract included below:

"We will start the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations to our patients from Saturday 16th January 2021. We will be working with a number of other local GP Practices to deliver the flu vaccination from Sydenham Green Group Practice on Holmshaw Close. Please help us and do not contact the Practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination – we will contact you. For further information please visit https://selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/c ... 19-vaccine

If you are in a priority group, you will receive an invitation to book an appointment. For most people this will be a text from the practice.

If you do not have a mobile phone, you will receive a letter from the practice. This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine. Please continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives. Help us control the virus and save lives.

Priority Cohort Sequence
 Older people’s care homes residents and staff
 People 80 years of age and over, and healthcare and social care workers
 People 75 years of age and over
 People 70 years of age and over
 People 65 years of age and over
 Adults under 65 years of age at high risk due to medical conditions
 Adults under 65 years of age at moderate risk due to medical conditions
 People 60 years of age and over
 People 55 years of age and over
 People 50 years of age and over
 Key workers and the rest of the population."
The Clown
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The cohort groupings shown here are slightly different to the Gov issued groupings.
Parker1970
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Re: Wells Park practice and Covid vaccinations

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An update to my earlier post. My mum who is 71 has got her appointment for tomorrow (Thurs 14th) for her first jab. At a surgery in Streatham so not far to go at all.

I'm surprised she got it early as I thought we were still in the 80/85 age group, but she is diabetic so that may have something to do with it. But either way, there is definitely more places available than just a couple of weeks ago when her neighbour had to get two buses for her jab.
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Careful Parker1970 - you are generating jab-envy here but good luck. I'm afraid 95% of the population will soon reckon they should be in the priority queue. But for those of us who used to take the 'non-speedy boarding' option with Easyjet are used to being a messed around upfront but get to the same destination anyway.

But I am working my way through my partners medical books to see if I can find some helpful symptoms that might elevate my status ... suggestions?

Stuart
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