COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Please help protect yourself, friends and loved ones by getting vaccinated.
You will be contacted when you can have the vaccine
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep phone lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
Who will get the vaccine first?
We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you. There will be home visits for housebound patients. You can read about the prioritisation at here.
Where can I get the vaccine?
Covid-19 vaccinations are being provided through a range of local NHS services. We will be working together with other local surgeries (Abbey Court Medical Centre, Clanricarde Medical Centre, Lonsdale Medical Centre, Rustall Medical Centre, St Andrew's Medical Centre, Speldhurst & Greggswood Medical Group, Kingswood Surgery, Grosvenor & St James Medical Centre) and vaccines for our patients will be given at Abbey Court Medical Centre, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9TF from 15th December 2020. From 14th January 2021, the vaccination clinic will move to Tunbridge Wells Masonic Centre, St John's Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9UY.
Which priority group are we currently inviting?
We are currently not inviting any cohorts. If you are from cohorts 1-9 and you have not been vaccinated with the first dose, please contact the National Booking System or call 119. Please do not call the surgery.
How do we prioritise who is invited first from people in each priority group?
The list is generated based on our internal patient id and staff follow thorugh this list when contacting patients.
How are we contacting people to invite them for a vaccine?
We will be contacting our own patients via phone call. Occassionally patients might receive a call from the vaccination clinic in case if there are left over doses that needs administration at a short notice.
If I cannot attend an appointment what should I do?
If you have received and accepted an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccine we would strongly encourage you to prioritise coming to the appointment. If for unavoidable reasons you cannot make it please call 01892825488 to cancel so that we can invite someone else.
Is there transport available for getting to the vaccine clinic?
We would ask that anyone who does not have their own transport tries to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. If that is not possible.
The vaccination clinic is accesible for wheelchair users.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical Commisioning Group answers some of the questions here.
Second doses: Frequently asked questions - This cover location, interval, consent, data and supply.
Patient safety - Covid Cons
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
For more details on the article please click here.
The BBC Asian Network has created some great content on vaccines scams and made it available on social media; containing videos in Urdu, Sylheti, Punjabi, Tamil and Gujarati. You can also find these on the BBC News Website.
More about the vaccines
Everyone will need two doses given 11 weeks apart. When you have your first vaccine you may be given a record card with details of when the next dose is due and the type of vaccine given. If you are given a record card please keep this safe and bring it to your appointment for the second dose. If you are not given a card your details will have been recorded electronically on your patient notes.
Easy read information on vaccination for people with learning disabilities
Mencap have produced this easy read information
Consent Form for vaccination
Covid vaccine video from NHS England and NHS Improvement. This short film describes what a vaccine is, how vaccines are made, why you should get a vaccine, whether a vaccine may make you ill and how to decide whether to have a vaccine.
What if I have symptoms of Covid-19 when I get invited for the vaccines?
If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your invitation for the vaccines can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.
If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
The national body which has approved the vaccine have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.
Ramadan and Covid Vaccination
Please visit British Islamic Medical association for details on vaccinations including if one could have the vaccine during Ramadan period.
Other Information on vaccines
AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots: latest information - Press Release 7th April 2021
Find out more on vaccination programme
For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine
For national information about the vaccine visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Updated: April 09, 2021
Published: Dec 8, 2020