COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update

Victoria Park Health Centre and De Montfort Surgery working together as Leicester City and University PCN (Primary Care Network) have successfully vaccinated a large number of our patients within cohorts 1 to 5. We have also administered vaccinations to residents and staff of all of our associated care homes.

We are now inviting our patients within cohort 6, patients aged 16 to 69 that have underlying health conditions.

Our vaccination schedule is solely dependant upon the delivery of vaccination stock in to us. We will shortly starting to contact you if you are within this group of patients to book in for a vaccination appointment. Please DO NOT contact the surgery to book – we will contact you when it’s your time.

If you would like more information on the vaccinations that we are currently administering to our patients, please click the relevant vaccination below:

Reasons you cannot have or may need to delay having the vaccination:

  1. You have a high temperature or a fever – If you find you are experiencing this prior to a booked vaccination appointment please contact you surgery to re-schedule your vaccination for another day.
  2. You have had another vaccination within the last 7 days
  3. You have EVER had a severe anaphylactic / allergic reaction (Guidance on this has recently been subject to changes)
  4. Are taking warfarin and your INR reading is above 4. If you are taking warfarin please bring your yellow book when you come for your vaccination.
  5. You have had a POSITIVE COVID-19 test result within the last 4 weeks.
  6. Are pregnant, unless you have a serious health condition that puts you at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection. For the COVID-19 vaccination guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding click here and read the guidance below.

Second COVID-19 Vaccination Dose Delayed

You may have heard about the constant changing to the vaccination plans within the news and social media. If you would like to know about why the vaccination plan has changed please find further information on this here.

Why work as a PCN – why not as individual surgeries?

The reasoning behind this is that the first vaccine (Pfizer) to be delivered is likely to be one with 975 doses which need to be delivered in 5 days – (195 vials each containing 5 doses). This will come with a diluent and the required needles and syringes. Once diluted the vaccine must be used within 6 hours. 

It is unlikely a single practice would have sufficient numbers or clinical capacity to deliver this individually. In addition, the package of 195 vials cannot be divided at practice level and shared with other practices due to the regulations related to the distribution of medications.

The National Priority Vaccination List
  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. Cohort 6 also includes unpaid carers.
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over

More detailed information can be found here.

Vaccinations will only be given to patients with a booked appointment – Please do not attend if you do not have an appointment booked.

Getting the Vaccination

Preparing for the Vaccination

  • Go to the toilet at home before you leave the house
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Wear a short sleeve top for easy access to the vaccination site on your upper arm
  • Wear a coat as you may have to queue for a short while outside the building before entering for the vaccination
  • Bring an umbrella as it may be raining
  • Attend alone wherever possible

Where do I go to get my vaccination?

Our vaccination site is based at The Kube, Oadby Race Course, Leicester. You should receive an SMS reminder the day before as normal of the location. If your vaccination is going to be at another site then we will let you know with sufficient notice.

Attending for the Vaccination and what to expect

  1. Upon arriving at the test site you will be screened for any current infection. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked a series of questions
  2. When it is your turn you will enter the building, where a receptionist will record you as arrived
  3. You will be taken to a vaccination station where the vaccination will be administered
  4. Depending on the vaccination administered to you, you may be asked to take a seat in the post vaccination waiting area for 15 minutes before returning to your normal daily life

Side effects

Most of the side effects are mild and are similar to any other vaccination and should last no longer than a week. These include:

  • tenderness in the arm from the administration of the vaccine
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy

If you are experiencing any of these side effects treat yourself as you would with any other vaccination with painkillers like paracetamol.

If they persist or get worse including a high temperature you may have an infection.

If you are concerned please call 111 for advice.

For more information please download the leaflet using the link below

For further information on the COVID 19 vaccination visit the NHS website