COVID VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS
We will make clinics available via the National Booking Service as soon there is the required vaccine available. This depends upon vaccine delivery/availability which we can not control but please rest assured that as soon as vaccine is available we will make clinics available to book into.
Venue and important Information:
- Venue address: Saxonbury House Surgery, Croft Road, Crowborough, TN6 1DL
- Do not book an appointment if you have had/will have had any other vaccination in the 7 days before your Covid-19 vaccination
- Do not book an appointment if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 28 days
- Please DO NOT arrive early for your appointment, arrive at your given time or you may have to queue
- Park in Waitrose Car Park (FREE)
- On the day of your appointment please ensure you are well hydrated (i.e. drink plenty of fluids) and have had a recent snack as this will reduce the possibility of feeling light-headed or feeling faint after your vaccination
- Wear short sleeves so the vaccinators can access your arm easily. Have an emergency contact number with you
- Please do not contact the Surgery as the phone lines are already busy dealing with medical issues.
Please do not contact the Surgery as the phone lines are already busy dealing with medical issues.
Booster dose appointments:
Booster doses may be given from 6 months (182 days) after the second dose.
Appointments will only be bookable via the National Booking Service, once you have received an invitation to book via letter or text message from the NHS. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY as we will not be able to book the appointment for you and will be dealing with our normal GP-related work.
Please book via the following link, or by calling 119. You will need your 10-digit NHS number.
Immunosuppressed patients requiring a 3rd dose:
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED PATIENT AT SAXONBURY HOUSE MEDICAL GROUP WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR ELIGIBILITY OR REASON FOR YOUR INVITATION TO RECEIVE A 3RD DOSE. We have received relevant patient contact details from your registered GP surgery to invite you for a 3rd dose, so please ask your own GP surgery if you have any questions about your eligibility for or timing of a 3rd dose.
If you have been identified as being immunosuppressed around the time of your first or second (or both) COVID-19 vaccine doses you will be contacted directly to arrange a 3rd dose. The JCVI have advised that you should receive a third vaccine dose, which forms part of your primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations. This IS NOT the Booster dose, and the timing of your Booster will guided by further advice from JCVI in due course, however at the time of writing this information is not yet available.
This 3rd dose needs to be given at least 8 weeks after the 2nd dose. You will receive the Pfizer vaccine unless you have any contraindications to this (which can be discussed with the vaccinating team on the day of the appointment).
If there is any current or planned immunosuppressive treatment then where possible, the third primary dose should be delayed until 2 weeks after the period of immunosuppression, or between doses of treatment. You may wish to speak to your Hospital team to determine the best timing of your 3rd dose where applicable.
If you have already been contacted by the NHS to book your Booster appointment (if you are 6 months or more since your 2nd dose), please proceed to book this as a Booster dose as this will be subsequently recorded as your 3rd dose. You will be able to see available vaccination appointments at Saxonbury House Medical Group if you book online- go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/ or call 119.
Second dose appointments:
All second doses should be given at least 8 weeks apart unless there is a clinical reason for it to be given any earlier. i.e. prior to chemotherapy / widespread radiotherapy / immunosuppressive treatment or organ transplant.
• This site follows the current national guidance on dosing intervals for second doses which states that second doses must be given at least eight weeks apart from the first dose.
• We are aware that there are mixed messages in the mainstream media about this which is causing some confusion for individuals, however having your second dose at least eight weeks after the first will give you the best possible protection from the delta variant.
• The manufacturer recommended dose intervals were based on data at the time of the clinical trials; Public Health England and JCVI now have real world data from the billions of vaccinations given worldwide that show a longer dosing interval between first and second doses offers individuals even more protection. This is especially important in the context of rising case rates and the delta variant.
• Therefore, we won’t be giving you your second dose any earlier than 8 weeks unless there is a clinical reason to do so.
• It is still really important for you to have a second dose so that you can get the best possible protection, so please come back at 8 weeks. You can book an appointment in advance through the National Booking System.
Eligible children and young people in specific groups:
Children and young people in specific groups are eligible for Covid19 vaccination, following advice from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation). Please click on the link below for further information.
- The groups that are eligible for the vaccination are:
- 16 & 17-year-olds;
- 12-15-year olds ‘at risk’ with the underlying health conditions specified below:
- severe neuro-disabilities,
- Down’s Syndrome,
- underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register
- Children aged 12 years and older who are household contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed (this is in addition to 16-17 year olds in this group, who became eligible earlier in the year).
- These groups have been selected based on a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.
- If your child is aged 12 to 15 and is in one of the eligible groups, you will be contacted by early September to invite you to book appointments for them for the vaccination.
- If you are 16 years or older you will be invited directly to book your appointments via the national booking service at the appropriate time.
- Why is the NHS only vaccinating some children and young people against COVID-19, and not all?
- The NHS vaccinates in line with guidance from the independent JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), which provides expert advice on vaccinations to UK health departments. The JCVI recommends that only certain groups of children and young people are vaccinated because of a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.
- My child is in one of the eligible groups. How do I arrange his/her vaccination?
- The NHS is aiming to offer vaccination to all children and young people in the eligible groups by the start of the autumn term in September. If your child is in one of the new groups recommended for vaccination by the JCVI, you will be contacted by the NHS before then to arrange for your child’s vaccinations.
- If you are within 3 months of turning 18, you will be invited directly to book your appointments via the national booking service at the appropriate time.
- If you are aged 16 years to 17 years and 9 months you will be contacted to book your appointment.
- How do I know the vaccine is safe for my child?
- The JCVI has reviewed extensive clinical evidence for the safety of giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people in the eligible groups and have determined it to be safe and effective. The JCVI has determined that the benefit of vaccinating children in these groups outweighs the risks.
- My child is not in one of the eligible groups. When will they be able to be vaccinated?
- There are no current plans to vaccinate children and young people outside of the eligible groups. However, the JCVI is continually reviewing evidence on this matter and will advise the Government if it decides that a change of approach is required.