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COVID-19

If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it visit NHS 111 online coronavirus service for advice.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

We have offered all eligible patients their booster vaccination. We are now running occasional small clinics at Axminster Medical Practice but if you need your primary vaccinations or booster we recommend you book at a vaccination centre.

You can often walk-in at Greendale Industrial Park vaccination centre from 9am-7pm if you are eligible for vaccination or book online here.

We would be very grateful for your understanding during what is a very challenging time for Axminster Medical Practice. We continue to be extremely stretched, as a large proportion of our admin and clinical staff are involved in vaccine delivery. We are still open and available for those who need us, but please follow the usual advice to seek help appropriately from the right source at the right time.

If you have a mild or self-limiting condition, please consider finding advice online (https://www.nhs.uk is very useful for this) or speaking to a pharmacist. This will allow those patients with more serious symptoms to speak to their GP faster. Please, if you have concerning symptoms, do not delay contacting us – we really need to hear from you so that we can help you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE

How do I prove my vaccine status?

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

Unfortunately we are not able to provide technical support for the NHS app. Please access support via the NHS app support team.

If you do not have access to a smartphone you can call the NHS COVID-19 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. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Is the vaccine safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

They can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them.

Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.

But hasn’t it been rushed through?

It normally takes several years to develop a vaccine. Scientists have had to work collaboratively and rapidly to achieve the same amount of progress in a few months in order to make a safe and effective vaccine available as soon as possible. Although clinical trials have been carried out more rapidly than they have for other vaccines, this has been achieved by conducting some of the steps in parallel rather than sequentially and vaccine safety has not been compromised. The vaccine trials have been subject to all of the usual strict trial and regulatory requirements.

How do I book my COVID vaccination?

If you are aged 16 or over you can attend one of the vaccine centres.

Can I have the vaccination if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, but please still tell us. We actively recommend getting vaccinated if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

No. It is essential that we vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. We will choose an appropriate vaccine for you.

Should I have the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?

Yes. At the moment we do not have enough evidence to show that having COVID-19 gives you lasting immunity from re-infection, you should have the vaccination anyway. You can have your vaccination 28 days after your positive test for COVID-19 as long as you are recovered.

COVID Support

Well-being while staying at home

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit NHS Every Mind Matters for advice, practice advice and support groups.

If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it’s important to get support.

Get urgent support now from Every Mind Matters

Keeping Active

To stay fit and healthy whilst at home, try the NHS Home workout videos.

Advice for Parents

Advice for patients with pre-existing conditions

Support for the employed

Isolation Notes are available online from NHS 111, if you are self-isolating and need a note for your employer.

Support for self-employed

Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Advice for Vulnerable Patients

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