COVID-19 UPDATE: 26th October 2021

SUSPECTED COVID?

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital in person. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

 

COVID-19 3rd Dose/Booster Vaccinations

As you will be aware, a national Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination booster programme is now underway across the UK. We are also able to offer first and second dose vaccinations to those that still require them.

We are working with challenging vaccine and stock constraints and consequently have to prioritise patients based on nationally defined criteria.

Patients will only be eligible for booster vaccination if it has been at least 6 months since they completed the initial course.

Patients are then being prioritised on the basis of age and clinical risk. We are committed to offering all eligible patients a vaccination and will be doing to as soon as is possible.

All patients should be reassured that we will contact you directly as soon as we are able to offer you an appointment.

The booster programme is going to take months not weeks to complete and we would ask for your patience during these challenging times.

Your usual GP and the Department of Health recommend that you have this vaccination when offered as it will provide the best protection again a new and unpredictable virus.

We would consequently strongly advise that you book an appointment for vaccination when invited to do so. Appointments will be bookable via the telephone and patients will need to contact their registered surgery to make an appointment when prompted to do so.

Our phone lines are extremely busy. Please only contact us after 11am Tuesday to Friday

 We have taken steps to ensure that we will be able to vaccinate the Whitstable population in a safe and socially distanced manner.

accination will be provided exclusively via outdoor Drive-Thru clinics at the Estuary View Medical Centre. We apologise but we are not able to offer appointments at an alternative location.

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE VACCINE

If you are going to book a vaccination with us please read important instructions below so that you are prepared for your appointment.

 

Drive Thru Appointment

For your drive thru appointment you will need to attend the Estuary View Medical Centre site and may share a vehicle with other members of your household or bubble who are eligible for vaccination. Someone will need to drive you to this appointment wherever possible as you will not be able to drive for 15 minutes after vaccination.

On entrance to the business park you will need to follow road markings for ‘Q’. Staff and volunteers will be on-hand to direct you appropriately to ensure traffic flows smoothly.

Prior to entering the bay, please ensure that coats and jumpers are off and that your sleeve nearest the car window is rolled up. You must also please wear a mask.

DO NOT attend a Coronavirus vaccination appointment if:

  • You have new symptoms of a cough
  • You have a fever/high temperature
  • You have a change or loss of taste and/or smell
  • You have new symptoms of shortness of breath
  • You have been confirmed as covid positive in the last 28 days
 

Wish to decline the Coronavirus Vaccination or Booster Vaccination?

If you wish to decline the Coronavirus vaccination you must let us know in order to avoid further unnecessary reminders.

In order to decline, please let us know using our secure online contact form.

Thank you for taking the time to read this document and for your support and understanding at this unprecedented time.

 

Published: Oct 26, 2021