Read the latest information about how the Coronavirus vaccine will be made available in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
It was announced on 2nd December 2020 that the Government has accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Coronavirus vaccine for use. The Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has also now been authorised for use and began to be made available in the UK from Monday 4th January 2021.
The vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the upper arm. Two doses of the vaccine are required for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines; this will range between three and twelve weeks apart to achieve enhanced protection against coronavirus.
Patients will be contacted to book their vaccination when their turn comes and will be advised where to go. Patients are asked not to contact their GP practice or the hospital enquiring about the vaccine.
Vaccines in hospitals
On Saturday 12th December 2020 the first vaccines began to be delivered to patients and health and social care staff in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland via a Hospital Hub at Leicester’s General Hospital. A second Hospital Hub has now opened at Glenfield Hospital. Immediate priority is being given to patients aged over 80 who are already attending hospital as an outpatient or being discharged home after a hospital stay, along with NHS and care home staff considered to be at the greatest risk from the disease.
Vaccines in GP practices
All local GP practices in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are now covered by a vaccination service. Some vaccinations are taking place in GP practices and others are at community vaccination centres, for example in council buildings.
Vaccinations are administered by groups of GP practices, known as primary care networks, with one practice generally providing vaccines on behalf of all practices in the group.
Find out where vaccinations are taking place for your GP practice:
Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff are working alongside GPs to vaccinate patients in order of priority.
The priority groups have been determined at national level by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations. The first four groups on the JCVI priority list are:
We are currently prioritising those in groups 1 and 2 but will quickly move to the other groups.