COVID-19 Autumn Booster
Swineshead Medical Group have agreed to administer the Covid-19 Autumn Booster vaccinations in Practice.
The following people are eligible for an autumn Covid booster:
- Residents in care homes for older adults
- All adults aged 65 years and over
- People aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
- frontline health and social care workers.
- People aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression,
- People aged 16 to 64 years who are carers
We have been instructed by NHS England that we must administer the vaccinations to our care homes first and then all other patients.
We have sent text messages out to patients who are entitled to the Autumn Covid Booster and asked them to use the link to book directly in to the practice Covid vaccination clinics.
If you can not use the link please contact reception who will book you an appointment.
COVID-19 treatments for people at higher risk of severe outcomes
Individuals who are at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 may be eligible for COVID-19 treatments if they become unwell.
Most eligible individuals should have received a ‘pre-notification’ letter or email (to the contact details specified in their GP record) to alert them that they have a condition, or are on a specific treatment, that may make them eligible should they have symptoms of and test positive for COVID-19.
If you test positive you should call '111' who will inform the CMDC at Lincoln County Hospital who will arrange a telephone consultation and if appropriate Antivirals to be prescribed. A electronic prescription will be sent to your local pharmacy. If you are very poorly the CMDC may arrange an Admission to hospital.
If you contact the GP practice we will refer you to the CMDC as we cannot prescribe the antivirals.
Lateral Flow tests should have been sent directly to individuals if they have been identified by the NHS as being in this group, to enable faster treatment of COVID-19 if they develop symptoms. More tests can be ordered from GOV.UK if required. In residential settings, the existing stock of LFD tests can also be used. Each test kit will have an information leaflet enclosed which details how these kits should be stored and provides full testing and reporting instructions.
When reporting their result, it is important to provide the individual’s NHS number and the postcode that is recorded with their GP, so that they can be identified as eligible for treatment. A phone number should also be provided so that they, or care staff, can be contacted.