Covid-19 Vaccination Information Updated 28th June 2021

Who’s Being Vaccinated Here

  • Northway surgery is delivering the vaccinations to patients registered at the 8 GP surgeries within the group’s PCN cluster (Northway, Ridgeway, Woodsetton, Coseley, Bath Street, Lower Gornal, The Greens and Castle Meadows).
  • Northway was selected as the most suitable delivery venue for because of the availability of rooms within the building and accessible car parking.
  • Each of the surgeries are telephoning their eligible patients (see below) to arrange appointment times for them to attend at Northway Surgery. There is not a specific day for each surgery – patients are allocated to an available appointment slot when they are called.
  • NHS Mass Vaccination Sites may also contact eligible patients whose medical records show they have not yet received the COVID vaccination. Patients do not have to go to these centres for vaccination if they do not wish to travel – they can wait for their GP surgery to call them to arrange for their vaccination at Northway, if this is what they would prefer.
  • Many GP surgeries have opted out of delivering Phase 2 vaccinations, but Northway Medical Centre has elected to continue to deliver the programme for its PCN cluster of 8 surgeries as detailed above.

Logistics & Supply Information

  • The supply of vaccines is not controlled by the surgery – it’s a “Push” model whereby we are informed a few days beforehand of when to expect our next consignment of what type and how many doses: based on that information we set up clinics and start phoning patients to offer appointments.
  • Northway was one of the first GP surgeries in Dudley to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine: with just a few days’ notice the first delivery arrived on 14th December 2020 and just under 1000 patients received jabs in that first week. Further deliveries of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine have continued to be received on a regular basis, together with supplies of the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine. No Moderna vaccine has as yet been supplied.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is delivered in boxes of 975 doses which must be kept at a specific temperature. Once the box is opened, all 975 doses need to be used within a 3½ day timescale. The Astra Zeneca vaccine is delivered in vials which provide around 10 doses and it doesn’t need to stored at specific cold temperature.
  • Throughout Phase 1 (December to April) patients who attended the surgery for their first vaccination were given either vaccine, according to the supplies available: the vaccines are equally as effective, and both require two doses – the same vaccine type will be administered for each of the two doses (this is recorded on the patient’s record).
  • Patients aged under 40 called for vaccination during Phase 2 (starting May 2021) are being vaccinated with Pfizer, if this is suitable for them, in accordance with latest NHS guidance. Whilst there is only an extremely low risk of blood clots related to the AstraZeneca vaccine in younger patients, Pfizer is being more routinely offered to those age groups to allay any concerns and to ensure that the vaccination programme continues to have a high take up across all ages.
  • Patients aged 18-30 are now being invited to attend for vaccination, as well as any other patients who for whatever reason are yet to receive their first vaccination.

Second Doses

  • In accordance with the recent NHS guidance, patients receiving their first dose of the vaccine in 2021 will receive their second dose within 12 weeks. Since May 2021, many patients are now being called for their second vaccination after 8 weeks in order to accelerate the number of people protected at maximum strength as quickly as possible.
  • Those patients who have received their first vaccination at Northway will be contacted by their GP surgery to arrange an appointment for their second dose of the vaccine certainly within the 12 week agreed timescale – but now most likely within 8 weeks of their first jab.

The Nationally Agreed Order Of Priority For Vaccination

Phase 1 – first dose by mid April 2021

1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers.
2. All those 80 years of age and over, plus frontline health and social care workers.
3. All those 75 years of age and older.
4. All those 70 years of age and older, plus clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
5. All those 65 years of age and older, plus patients with Learning Disabilities, plus carers of elderly or disabled patients.
6. All individuals aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions.
7. All those 60 years of age and older.
8. All those 55 years of age and older.
9. All those 50 years of age and over.

Phase 2 – first vaccination dose roll-out from April 2021

10. All those aged 40-49.
11. All those aged 30-39.
12. All those aged 18-29.

All patients in any of the above categories should now have been offered a first vaccination appointment – either by their GP surgery or by the NHS mass vaccination service, with a second vaccination appointment within a maximum of 12 weeks of their first jab. Those aged 30-18 are currently being invited to attend and clinics are being held on evenings and weekends to help provide as much opportunity as possible to people to be able to attend.

In the same way as Phase 1 was deployed, patients should wait to be contacted – either by their GP surgery or via a mass vaccination centre, to arrange an appointment. Alternatively patients can book an appointment via www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

In Summary

The following groups of patients should have by now been invited to attend for at least their first vaccination and many will have already received a second vaccination:

  • All patients aged 18 and over, all patients who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and all patients aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions
  • Patients with Learning Disabilities (all ages)
  • Carers of patients (all ages) – those who are eligible for carers allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of Covid-19 mortally and therefore clinically vulnerable, can ask for vaccination. (Please contact your surgery to request an appointment).
  • Household members of immuno-suppressed patients (all ages) – please contact your surgery to ask for an appointment.
  • Care home patients and staff have been vaccinated by other NHS staff – we have been required to supply an appropriate share of the vaccines to that programme.

Some patients’ will now receive their 2nd dose of the vaccination within 8 weeks of their first vaccination (instead of within 12 weeks). Your GP and the NHS will be in touch with you to make any changes needed to your appointment. Please don’t contact the surgery to enquire about this – please wait for us to contact you.

Unless you have been asked to do so, please do not telephone the surgery to make general enquiries about vaccinations as this blocks the telephone lines and prevents patients from being able to contact the surgery for everyday medical advice and assistance.

You may be interested to note that Northway Medical Practice website now provides a means for patients to contact the surgery through an online enquiry form, see: Reception & Enquiries “Ask a receptionist a question”.