COVID Vaccination Clinics

New COVID symptoms

The newest Omicron variant of COVID-19 has symptoms very similar to one of the many cold virus also circulating at the moment.  Around 90% of people testing positive for Omicron report that the first symptom was a dry cough and scratchy throat.  Runny nose, congestion and fatigure are also reported.  

Therefore if you have any cold or virus symptoms, however mild, you should book a PCR test to check if this is attributable to COVID or simply a cold.  The lateral flow tests are useful to pick up around 50% of asymptomatic cases, but if you have symptoms, you should do a PCR test (book online or ring 119 to organise an appointment).  Our GPs will ask you to do this before coming in for any appointment if you have these symptoms. 

As widely reported, it seems the vaccine is less effective against the new strain and everyone is therefore urged to book a booster vaccination as soon as possible.  The current vaccines are around 75% effective once you have had the third booster vaccination.

 

Demonstrating your Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Status

Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status. 

 There are several ways you can prove your vaccination status for things like travel.

1. Download the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. The government recommends that people register with the app before booking international travel.  (NB Make sure you look for the "NHS App" not the "NHS COVID-19 app which was the one many of us downloaded last year for Test & Trace purposes.) 

If you are not already registered for the NHS App, you might find it helpful to view the following video, which talks through the process of registering for it – YouTube: Register with the NHS app: Quick guide

2. Call the NHS helpline on 119.  If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119  and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. The government expects the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

If you were vaccinated in England, and you think there is a mistake in your vaccination status (if for example one of your vaccinations is not showing up on the NHS app) there is a new task force set up to help you.  Please ring 119 to be referred to this service.

More information about how to you will be able to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status on the government website: www.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccination-status

 

The Atrium Health Centre appointments

Our nine mid-Dorset practices are again rallying around to add extra capacity to the national vaccination effort.  We are running clinics over the Christmas period at the Atrium, where the majority of our patients had their initial two vaccinations.  

 This time you can only book using the National Booking System (search online or telephone 119 to book), which will take the strain off the practice's creaking telephone systems at this very busy time.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

We have been asked to cancel routine work, where necessary, in order to provide staff for vaccination clinics but we will do our very best to avoid this if we can do both.  

Parking is available in the public car park immediately opposite the Atrium Health Centre, on Weymouth Avenue.