Transition to localised vaccination sites
It is important that residents are offered vaccination as close to home as possible and that this service is run alongside regular health care services. North West London Clinical Commissioning Group (NWL CCG) have therefore closed several Covid-19 vaccination sites and are focussing on increasing the number of community sites in our boroughs.
There are now 26 Primary Care Network (PCN) sites and 84 pharmacies across the eight boroughs to provide localised vaccinations, making it easier for residents to get their vaccine. This is a large increase in the number of both PCN and especially pharmacy sites. Nearly 1/3 of all the pharmacies approved to provide Covid vaccinations in London are within North West (NW) London. They will gradually start administering over the coming weeks with all be operational by Monday 11 October 2021.
- Large vaccination sites are still open in Wembley, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Ealing.
- All sites will continue to provide 1st and 2nd doses as well as booster doses.
In addition, a NW London vaccination team has been created that is available to support local community vaccination sites through going into schools, care homes, vaccinating the house bound and supporting pop up vaccination services.
- GP practices have been asked to invite all those aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed for their Covid vaccine. For some this will be a third dose, for others in the lower age cohorts this may be their first. Please note this is not a ‘booster’. NW London have provided the necessary search criteria to all practices and urged GPs to contact patients as soon as possible.
- There must be at least eight weeks since a previous Covid vaccination.
- They recognise some patients are known to a hospital and may not be flagged on GP systems. They have therefore asked Trusts to work to identify those they think would fall into the category of requiring a 3rd dose and contact those patients directly.
12-15 year olds:
- The government announced that the vaccine is now being offered to all 12-15 year olds. The NHS will be delivering the vaccination through schools and by the end of next week we expect to have contacted all schools with eligible aged children to arrange a date to vaccinate their students.
- Information will be provided to parents and students via the schools to enable them to make an informed decision about taking up the vaccine.
- Arrangements for children who are home educated are in the process of being worked out.
- Prior to vaccination, appropriate consent must be obtained. For 12-15 year olds, this would initially be parental consent however a child can give their own consent where they have been assessed as competent to consent to vaccination (this is known as Gillick competent).
- Consent forms and guidance leaflets are available here.
- NW London will be developing local assets to encourage young people to take up the vaccine including videos, webinars and social media activity.
- The government has announced that booster vaccines will be made available to the same priority groups as previously (JCVI 1-9). This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
- There will be flexibility in the programme, allowing all those eligible to receive their booster from six months after their second doses. This approach will allow more vulnerable people to be given their boosters quicker.
- The national booking system will be live from Monday 20 September and in NW London booster vaccines will be offered from 22 September. Eligible residents will either be contacted by their GP to book into a clinic or receive a letter asking them to book through the national booking service to be vaccinated at a pharmacy or vaccination centre convenient to them.
- The main booster vaccine that will be offered is Pfizer regardless of the initial type of vaccine residents received. The exception is for those with allergies to Pfizer and alternatives will be organised on an individual basis.
- The flu vaccine programme has now begun through GP surgeries, pharmacies and schools.
- Residents may be offered their flu vaccine at the same time as their Covid booster or have both vaccinations separately.
- The national campaign this year encourages the public to “Boost your immunity” by getting their flu jab and their Covid booster.
- Public Health England will release downloadable campaign resources next week for public use. NW London flu materials are available on the NHS website here for any flu promotion work taking place ahead of the national campaign launch.
- Campaign materials to encourage health and social care workers to take up the flu vaccine are available here.
- In NW London the winter plan, shared with NHS and local authority partners, supports the national campaign but looks at where localised materials are needed for example addressing concerns or being available in specific languages.