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.
We are in the process of delivering 1st vaccinations to priority groups:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers – 1st VACCINE COMPLETE
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers – 1st VACCINE COMPLETE
- all those 75 years of age and over – 1st VACCINE COMPLETE
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals – 1st VACCINE COMPLETE
- all those 65 years of age and over – TO BE GIVEN AT VACCINE CENTRES
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality – CURRENTLY VACCINATING
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
If you are in Cohort 5 you should have received a letter from the NHS asking you to book an appointment at a vaccine centre (our closest are Westpoint, Exeter and Taunton racecourse). You can book your appointment here. If you are unable tot get to these sites please contact the practice and we will arrange to vaccinate you.
We are now vaccinating Cohort 6. We have all your medical history on file and will work out if you are eligible – please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you.
We would be very grateful for your understanding during what is a very challenging time for Axminster Medical Practice. We are expecting to be extremely stretched for the next few months, 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
Is it safe?
The currently available vaccines have been given to millions of patients worldwide and are known to be safe.
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?
The order in which we must vaccinate our population is very specific and therefore we will be contacting patients individually to offer them an appointment when they become eligible. Please do not contact the surgery asking for the vaccination as we will be unable to facilitate this.
If you are aged 65 or over, have received a letter from the NHS stating that you are clinically extremely vulnerable, or are a frontline health or social care worker, you can book a vaccine online to be given at one of the vaccine centres.
When will I get my jab?
We have a limited supply of the vaccine and do not know when we will receive our next batch. Rest assured that we will be vaccinating patients as fast as we can, but please be patient and wait to be contacted.
How many doses are involved?
You need two injections spaced between 3-12 weeks apart to provide protection from COVID-19. It is essential that you return for the second jab.
Do I need to follow the rules once I have had a vaccination?
YES! At the moment you need to follow exactly the same rules as directed by the government whether you have had the vaccine or not. This includes isolation guidance if you develop COVID symptoms or are in contact with a symptomatic person.
Can I have the vaccination if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes, but please still tell us.
Can I choose which vaccine I receive?
No. It is essential that we vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. All authorised vaccines will be effective.
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.
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
To stay fit and healthy whilst at home, try the NHS Home workout videos.
Advice for Parents
Advice for patients with pre-existing conditions
- Macmillan – Cancer and coronavirus
- Asthma UK – What to do if you have asthma
- Blood Cancer UK – Information for people affected by blood cancer
- Diabetes UK – Coronavirus and diabetes
- Kidney Care UK – Guidance for patients with kidney disease
Support for the employed
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
- Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people
- How to get support for extremely critical vulnerable person
- Advice for people at higher risk – those who are 70 or older, are pregnant or have a condition that increases the risks from coronavirus.
- Pregnancy advice