COVID-19 booster vaccination update
We want to thank all our patients for their support during the roll-out of the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and we are proud to have been a part of the world’s biggest vaccination programme – playing our full part in delivering some 40,000 doses locally.
You will be aware that people aged 50 or over, and some other cohorts, are being offered a booster COVID-19 vaccination this autumn and winter – where it has been at least six months since they had their second dose.
Unfortunately, due to work extreme pressures on our team, we are unable to offer the facility for patients to book appointments for a COVID-19 booster vaccine at Portchester Community Centre.
This has not been an easy decision for us, as we recognise that many of you prefer to attend our local site for a vaccination.
But this move allows our staff to focus all of their time on what you have told us is very important for you – dedicating our efforts to providing you, our patients, with clinically safe, timely medical appointments, together with continuity of care.
Although we cannot invite you to a vaccination at Portchester Community Centre, please be assured that there are still a number of options available for eligible patients to get their booster jab, and for other patients who are eligible for their primary course and have not yet had it.
You can book an appointment via the National Booking Service or call 119 to be seen at one of our mass vaccination centres in Hampshire. The closest two to Fareham are St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth, or Oakley Road, Southampton. There are also pharmacy sites available, the two closest to Fareham being Asda Fareham and Stubbington.
You can also check the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group website to see regular updates of the walk-in clinics available in the Fareham area, where you can drop into to get your booster jab. You are also able to attend any walk in clinic that is accessible to you.
Patients who are resident in care home settings do not need to book, because they will receive their booster vaccine directly from local primary care services, as was the case with first and second doses.
Patients who are otherwise ordinarily housebound but are able to attend outpatient appointments at hospital or other settings should make use of local and community transport services to access a vaccine at a site available through the National Booking Service.
The eligibility criteria for COVID vaccinations or booster doses is:
- Patients over 50 and those under 50 with an underlying health condition who have already had their primary course are eligible for a booster dose six months after their second dose.
- Patients identified as immunosuppressed are eligible for a third dose.
- Anyone over the age of 18 remains eligible for their first or second dose if they have not yet had it.
- 16/17 year olds are eligible for one dose. People with an underlying health condition in this group may require a second dose.
- All 12-15 year olds are eligible. It is expected that those with underlying health conditions are not vaccinated in a school setting as they will require two doses
We will be continuing to support you our patients by messaging and writing to you to when you become eligible for your third jab - and signposting you to places you can book.
Dr Ailsa Maguire and Partners.
COVID-19 1ST & 2ND VACCINATIONS - Thursday 30th September.
Please note that Fareham Fire Station are offering a walk in service from the age of 16 and above to get their first or second jab (if within the 8 week time frame).
Vaccination timings will be 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Thursday 30th September.