Covid Booster and Flu Clinics
Updated: 1st December 2021
The Swan Practice is coming to the end of its involvement in the COVID Booster campaign. The last clinic will be held at Buckingham Community Centre on 21st December 2021.
Invites are continually being sent to all eligible patients as we put on clinics. We are still inviting those who had their 2nd dose 6 months ago.
We are aware that the guidance has changed and that you can have your booster much sooner, however we only have limited capacity in our clinics and we will fill them as we move down the priority cohorts and age ranges.
If you do not wish to have the COVID Booster, please decline via the text we send which will stop the reminders being sent to you by the NHS.
We appreciate that there will still be a number of patients requiring their booster vaccines and that some of you may be disappointed that you are unable to have this with us. We apologise for this, but hope you can appreciate that we have to balance the impact these clinics have on our workforce and appointment availability as we enter the winter months.
COVID vaccine appointments will continue to be available at alternative sites and we are expecting capacity to increase locally. You can access these via the online booking service: Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or if you are unable to access online by calling 119.
For patients with missing vaccine records (e.g. you have had 2 doses but your record only shows 1 and therefore you are not showing as eligible for your booster vaccine) please contact the NHS Vaccine Resolution Service via 119 and they will be able to assist you. Unfortunately, the surgery is not able to help with these queries.
If you have had your vaccines abroad 119 will not be able to help you. You will also not be able to get an NHS COVID Pass - please email the details of your 1st and 2nd vaccine from the country you were vaccinated, we can then create a GP letter for you to use as proof. If you have had your vaccines done in Europe you can apply for a EU Covid Pass.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have helped out in a variety of ways and made the vaccine clinics possible.
We are still offering flu vaccines to eligible patients at the booster clinics. We are also offering flu vaccine sessions on Saturdays for adults and children. Please call to book these so you are fully covered this winter.
If you would prefer, you can book a flu vaccine via a local pharmacy. Again if you do not wish to have the flu vaccine please decline via the text so we don’t keep asking you!
Updated: 29th September 2021
We will soon be contacting you by text message or phone call to invite eligible patients for their COVID boosters. We will offer flu vaccines at the same time to those who have not already had one.
Eligible patients are:
* All patient aged 50 and over
* All those living in residential care homes for older adults
* All front-line health & social care workers
* All patients aged 16-49 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
* Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
We will be calculating 6 months from your 2nd dose and inviting you to book into the next clinic. Please do not try to book into clinic before 6 months post 2nd dose. You will be turned away.
There is a small cohort of immunocompromised patients who will need a 3rd dose:
This includes those who had or have:
- blood cancers (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
- lowered immunity due to treatment (such as steroid medication, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- lowered immunity due to inherited disorders of the immune system
- an organ or bone marrow transplant
- diseases that affect the immune system such as poorly controlled HIV
- other diseases or treatments as advised by your specialist
Consultants will be informing us of these patients and they will get booked into the booster clinics. If you believe you fall into the category of immunocompromised patients, as listed above, please email email@example.com.
As previously mentioned the booster vaccine will be Pfizer. There are now only a very small number of patients who are unable to have this vaccine. We will make alternative arrangements for these patients.
Children’s Flu Vaccine Clinics
Updated: 6th September 2021
We are happy to be able to start booking the children’s flu vaccine clinics, as we have now received stock of the nasal vaccine.
We can take bookings for these clinics for children aged 2 and 3 and so if your child was born on or between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2019 – we can offer a nasal flu vaccine.
Additionally please book an appointment if your child falls into one of the at risk groups as detailed in the article via the web link below aged up to 17 at the time of vaccination. This is for children who are under 18 (not 18) and in an at-risk group only.
Our clinics will be running from this Saturday and on most weekday mornings – please ring for an appointment and you will be advised which site to attend. These will be given in The Swan surgery premises not at the community centre.
As you will be aware the adult flu vaccine stocks are delayed and we do not as yet have a date for these clinics, we are also still awaiting guidance on COVID Boosters.
Covid-19 Booster Vaccination
Updated: 3rd September 2021
We are aware of the recent media messages around a booster programme for COVID vaccines. The link below gives more information on the relevant cohorts, HOWEVER, we have not as yet received full guidance and we are still planning for delivery of this programme when more information is available. This is likely to be October onwards. Please be assured we will communicate with you and invite patients appropriately when the time comes.
We feel we are well practised and ready to mobilise at short notice, when the vaccine and guidance lands!
Covid-19 Vaccination Update
Updated: 20th August 2021
COVID Vaccines for young people aged 12-15 years
The guidance has now been updated and recommends that certain young people aged 12-15 years are offered COVID vaccinations. These conditions are:
- Types of immune deficiency and / or on drugs that suppress the immune system
- Those children living with family members who are immunosuppressed
- Those with significant learning disabilities
- Those with epilepsy or a severe neuro-disabilities
- Those with Downs Syndrome
If you believe your child is in the cohort as described please check the guidance and if you need to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The numbers for the 12-15 year old cohort are very small across Bucks and so there are only a few clinics running – details are below..
You will need the NHS number and Date of Birth and the reason the child is eligible.
Please email email@example.com and we can send you a text / letter with this information.
Clinics requiring you to telephone to make an appointment:
Water Eaton Health Centre, Milton Keynes MK2 3HN Telephone 01908 752958
Westcroft Health Centre, Milton Keynes MK4 4EN Telephone 01908 866668
COVID Vaccines for young people age 16-17
JCVI has updated it’s guidance and now recommends that young people age 16-17 should be offered 1 dose of COVID vaccination. The letters have been posted centrally and detail how to book the vaccine.
COVID Booster Programme & Season Influenza
We plan to provide the COVID Booster and the influenza vaccines together this autumn. There is still uncertainty around
- Type of vaccine that is being recommended
- Eligible cohorts – we think they will be similar to the flu cohorts
- Delivery dates for both vaccines - we expect this to be late September
- Co-administration - can they be given together – awaiting JCVI decision
We will aim to work collaboratively with Jardines Pharmacy and we are discussing models of delivery with them, sharing workforce and making the clinics efficient for our population, whilst still sustaining a GP service over what is expected to be a pressured winter.
There will be more information and invitations sent out soon – please do not call us regarding this – we will not be able to book until we have more information.
8th July 2021
The Government has confirmed that no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK and that all AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The NHS COVID Pass is the digital version of individuals’ proof of COVID-19 vaccine status, which has been available for international travel since May. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the Government is confident that travel will not be affected. The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU.
For any enquiries about COVID vaccination certification, we are unable to issue these at the practice.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions. Alternatively if you already have Patient Access this information is available there too.
The NHSapp can be downloaded from;
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine; the letter may take up to 5 days to reach you.
If you have had a vaccine outside of England (including; Wales, Scotland or Ireland) your vaccines will not currently appear on the NHS App Covid passport as they do not transfer to NIMS (the National Immunisation Management System). In this instance, please supply us with the details of your vaccinations so we can update your records here with us. We will then be able to provide you with a letter confirming your vaccination status for the purpose of travel if needed.