Vaccination Programs

Shingles Vaccination program

Please find below more information from Public Health England/NHS England regarding Shingles vaccination program

Shingles Vaccination programme eligibility:-

COVID Vaccination program

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Important information about COVID VACCINATION PROGRAM

(21st December 2020 Update)



The COVID VACCINATION PROGRAM (CVP) will be delivered to our patients in partnership with a group of neighbouring Practices, covering an area within our Primary Care Network footprints


The first wave of GP-led vaccinations has commenced, with more GP groups coming online throughout December and beyond. This is intended to sit alongside the programme being rolled out through hospital hubs. The Practice is working through a list to make sure the most vulnerable are invited first as per NHS England guidance.


We expect vaccine availability to be limited to begin with, meaning only small numbers of vaccine may be given in December and most vaccinations taking place in early 2021, giving practices more time to prepare.

Community Staff will play a major role in this service, and will support the Program.



What the COVID Vaccination Program involves

Based on the information currently known to us, the vaccines that are ready and those that are being developed require two doses per patient, with a 21-28 day gap between doses.



Eligible patients will be confirmed soon, but are expected to be in line with the latest Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommendations.


Similar to the flu groups, they include:

-all over the age of 50

-those at high risk

-care home residents and staff

-all health and care workers


The high priority groups will be vaccinated first, and as the vaccine becomes more available, practices will be able to provide this to increasing numbers.




COVID Vaccination Clinics


Due to the logistics of delivery and characteristics of the vaccines, the service needs to be delivered at scale and on one site. The current model for delivery is through groups of Practices working together along with Community Staff, with Richardson Hospital, being the designated site for our patient population.

When invited, please arrive at Richardson Hospital, Barnard Castle, DL12 8HT the Victoria Road entrance 10 minutes prior to your appointment. Please telephone the Practice if you are unable to attend.

As vaccines become more widely available it is possible that more than one site could be possible.

The Practice is working very hard in the background to offer vaccinations collaboratively at short notice, so that the vaccine is delivered within its short shelf-life and while also making sure our patients receive it as soon as possible. Specifics around delivery of the service will depend on matching patient demand and vaccine availability.

Appointment management

The GP Practice will contact patients to book an appropriate time. Patient will be contacted to book their first and second appointment allowing for the appropriate gap between doses. Patients will need to receive the second dose from the same provider.

As mentioned before, due to logistics of delivery and the characteristics of the vaccine, the Practice will only be given a short timescales to contact patients and book appointments into these vaccination clinics. The Practice understands this may not always suit the patients, but due to the importance of this vaccine, we request higher compliance from patients. The dates of the Clinic will be released soon. Please continue to keep yourself updated via our website.

Receiving the vaccine

A registered healthcare professional will carry out the clinical assessment and consent. Wear loose clothing to allow quick access for vaccination in your left arm. Please note, the latest information on the vaccines require that patients do need to be observed following administration of the vaccine. There is a self-timed 15 minute wait onsite after receiving the vaccine and patients are also required not drive for 15 minutes after vaccination.


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Pinfold Medical Practice

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