Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme (13th December 2021)
Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
You can book your booster from three months after your second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from two months.
We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
If you are yet to have your first or second dose of the vaccination then please do come forward and have these.
In terms of any planned appointments with Lockswood Surgery, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
We urge you keep our phone lines free for patients to call with non-vaccination healthcare needs. The NHS will share details on other ways to access booster appointments across our communities as soon as possible.
See more about the vaccination programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including the vaccination services: www.hampshiresouthamptonandisleofwightccg.nhs.uk
Our COVID clinics are fully booked, please call 119 to book your COVID booster
Covid Vaccine Update 1st December 2021
We are aware of the new guidance surrounding the covid booster programme. When we have the final instruction from NHS England, we will communicate this to you all through our website and social media channels.
Please do not inquire at reception about your covid booster as they will not be able to help.
Calling the surgery is blocking the lines so our patients who require medical attention cannot get through.
We are very aware of how important this booster is to you all please bear with us we are working to help you.
COVID Vaccine Booster Appointment Booking
Please call Lockswood Surgery if you have not yet received a text and if you meet the criteria to book your COVID Booster
Please can you pass this information onto relatives and neighbours who may be hard of hearing or would rather come to the surgery to book their COVID Vaccine Booster.
Those eligible for the booster vaccine are:
- Anyone aged 50 or over
- Heath and social care workers
- Those aged 16-49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID
- Adult carers
- Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
Booster vaccine can only be given 6 months after your 2nd dose. The clinics will be held a Brooklane Surgery, SO31 7DQ on 6th, 7th November therefore you will need to have had your 2nd dose of the COVID vaccine on or before the 6th May 2021
NHS Covid Pass
People in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.
If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic venues and events.
If you’re aged 16 or over you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to.
A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:
- the NHS App which you can download from app stores
- the NHS website
- 119 - by requesting a paper letter
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 5 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.
2 March 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination programme
Our practice is currently supporting the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
This means that at certain times, part of our premises may be used for vaccine clinics or some of our team will be involved in running vaccine clinics.
So, if you are asked to attend a face-to-face appointment, this may be at a different location to the one you normally attend or you may see someone different to usual.
The NHS is vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most.
A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to roll out in full.
No two practices are the same so some might be going at slightly different pace than others. This is nothing to worry about – it may be because of size, or the number of patients they have in different age groups or with different underlying health conditions.
So please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it, and don’t worry if your friends, or neighbour or relatives may have had a vaccination already, while you are waiting to be called.
We are working through an agreed process as best we can and as fast and as fairly as possible. You may be frustrated that you haven’t heard from us yet, but please be patient.
We are also doing everything we can to ensure that we do this safely, and keeping wastage to an absolute minimum.
These are challenging times for everybody but we do ask that you to treat your doctors and everyone at the practice politely and with respect. Please act reasonably.
As a practice we are working hard to support you, your family and friends’ with your health and care needs. We remain grateful for all the support we have received from our patients but please do dear in mind the unique circumstances we are having to work in at the moment
In summary, the NHS is currently vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most. A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to complete. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
Please don’t call us before you are invited. In the meantime, you can ask a question and get information about the Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 Vaccination online here https://www.southamptoncityccg.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccineupdate
As you will probably know, we are currently working hard to give the Covid-19 vaccination to all eligible patients. Please do not contact us about getting vaccinated – everyone will be invited in due course, and we will not leave anybody out.
We have been made aware that some fraudsters may have been using the pandemic to target people, sending false messages which pretend to offer appointments. In these false messages, people may be asked to provide their bank details to verify their identity.
Please note - no part of the NHS will ever ask for your bank details. If you receive a message which appears to be from the NHS but which asks for financial information, it will be a hoax.
More information and advice can be found here. https://cfa.nhs.uk/resources/downloads/fraud-awareness/covid-19/COVID-19_SMS_and_Text_Message_Scams.pdf
We will be in touch with all eligible patients about getting the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as we can. In the meantime, please remember do keep doing the basics to help protect yourself and those around you – wash your hands, cover your face, give others space.
If you are a patient facing frontline health and social care worker and have not yet had the COVID-19 vaccination please contact the surgery via our email address
FGCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org with the below information.
- Date of Birth
- Occupation with a description
- Employer and their contact details
- Contact number
We currently do not have any COVID-19 vaccine clinic running but once we have appointments available we will contact you to book an appointment
We are all excited to hear about the progress of the rolling out of the Covid vaccine and look forward to this improving the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the continued confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- The vaccines are being rolled out in a very strict order
- Please do not contact the surgery nor the hospital to seek a vaccine
- We will contact you when the NHS has informed us that you are eligible
- We are still open if you have any medical concerns and will offer advice via the telephone whenever we can to prevent you leaving home unnecessarily
- With the current rapid increase in Covid-19 cases it is even more important to
- wash your hands
- wear a face mask as advised
- keep 2 metres apart
Thank you for your patience