I: Vaccination invitation letter
7 Mass Vaccination Centres opened across the country this week. Birmingham has a centre at Millenium Point in Digbeth.
People aged 80+ should receive a letter inviting them to book an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccination. The letter may come from their GP or the National Booking System.
Birmingham & Solihull CCG have created a website to provide information and answer questions –
We have taken information from various local Public Health and NHS sources and put key points here:
- You can choose whether to have your vaccination at Millenium Point or your GP surgery
- The Government has ordered 3 vaccines: Pfizer, AstroZeneca (‘Oxford’ vaccine), and Moderna
- You cannot choose which vaccine you get
- Vaccination is not compulsory but the NHS and Public Health bodies encourage you to have it
All vaccines work by introducing genetic material from the virus into your body. Your body’s immune system learns to recognise the genetic code and develops antibodies. If you catch the virus, your antibodies will fight it. If you catch the virus naturally you could become extremely ill, you could even die or be left with long term effects. The vaccine protects you from this. Covid-19 will be defeated by more people having the jab as fewer people will become ill with the virus.
- The vaccine will help prevent illness but it is not known whether it prevents transmission
- This means that even after having your jab, you must continue to observe Hands ● Face ● Space
- In order to be offered the vaccine, you must be registered with a GP
- When you go for your vaccine, you must take your vaccination letter – you will need your NHS number
- The Mass Vaccination Centre states that people must not take anyone with them except carers if they’re needed for medical reasons. Interpreters are provided at the centres
- You will be required to say ‘I consent to the vaccination’
- Even if you had Covid, you should still have the jab as it is not yet known how long naturally acquired antibodies last
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It has been confirmed that carers will be given priority for the vaccine. If they are under 65, they will be in Priority Group 6 which includes people aged 16-64yrs with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. If they are 65+, they will be given high priority.
The carer must either be receiving Carers Allowance or be the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer contracted COVID ie the same reason carers are entitled to a free annual flu jab.
Carers who are not receiving Carers Allowance should inform their GPs that they are caring for somebody so they have access to free jabs.
The Government is aiming for the top 4 priority groups to receive their first dose by mid-February; the second dose should be given around 12 weeks later. The whole adult population (18+) should have been offered the jab by Autumn this year.
All vaccinations are done by appointment only. Do not call your GP to book – you will receive a letter when it is your turn.
II: Covid test centre – Chinatown
We have worked with Southside District and Birmingham Public Health to bring a mobile testing unit to Chinatown. Details on the flyer.
The Government has confirmed stated that the new requirement for travellers arriving in the UK to have had negative test result within 72 hours of travelling starts on Friday 15th January. Monday 18th January.
IV: Daily cases
Check the number of cases in your local area here: http://ukcovid19.nw.r.appspot.com/
The growth rate in Birmingham is currently 2.3
- 您可以选择在Millenium Point接种中心进行疫苗接种，或是在您家庭医生诊所接种。
- 您不可以自己选择接种哪一种疫苗 。
- 这意味着在接种完新冠疫苗以后，您仍然需要继续保持 勤洗手 ● 戴口罩 ● 保持社交距离
- 接种疫苗前您，您将被要求说出 “我同意接种新冠疫苗”。