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5 on Friday: 19th November 2021

22nd November 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

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Welcome to 5 on Friday, our stakeholder bulletin for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.The bulletin will help you to keep up to speed with what is happening in the local NHS.  Please do share with your networks to help us reach as many people as possible.

Please give us feedback and tell us what you want to know more about. If you have any questions or would like to ask about a topic please email us at: PressOfficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk.

1. Over two thousand people vaccinated at King Power Stadium

More than two thousand people took up the call to ‘Get vaxxed – stay on track’ last weekend, at a series of Covid-19 vaccine clinics hosted at the King Power Stadium.

A total of 2,070 adults and children attended the clinics, which took place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 November, offering first, second and booster doses, as well as third primary doses for the those most at risk from Covid-19.

Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We were really pleased to see so many people come along for their jabs. This was the third time we’ve held vaccine clinics at King Power Stadium, and every time it proves more popular than before – we had just over a thousand people at our previous weekend of clinics in September, and this weekend we saw almost double that figure.

“It’s great to see the message is being heard by people in and around Leicester – that it’s really important that we all get vaxxed to stay on track with our lives. The best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 is to get the vaccine.”

For more information visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/you-got-the-king-power-over-two-thousand-people-vaccinated-at-king-power-stadium/

 

2. Where to get a vaccine this weekend 

If you’re eligible for a vaccine and have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 or due a second, third or booster dose, then you can get jabbed this weekend at several drop-in clinics.

Clinics are offering a range of doses (1st, 2nd, 3rd, booster), please check which doses each clinic is offering, as listed below, before going to get your vaccination.

Please note, 3rd doses are not the same as boosters. You will need to provide written confirmation/qualification to receive a 3rd dose. You can get your Booster dose if it is at least 6 months and 1 week since you had your second dose. Click to find out more information about the third dose and the booster vaccine.

All clinics offer Pfizer vaccine unless stated otherwise.

Tomorrow (Saturday 20th Novemeber)

  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 9.30am-12.30pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 9am-5.25pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 5 Fullhurst Ave, Leicester, LE3 1BL. 2pm-6pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Fosse Medical Centre, 9am-12pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-6pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd dose.
  • St Hilda’s Vaccination Centre, Ling Dale, East Goscote, LE7 3XW 9.30am-5.30pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd dose.
  • Belgrave Pharmacy, 9am-5pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or booster dose.

Sunday 21st November

  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 10am-1pm, Age 12-15 only.
  • Belgrave Pharmacy, 9am-5pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or booster dose.

People can attend a drop-in clinic even if they aren’t registered with a GP or they don’t have an NHS number.

For more information visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

 

3. Covid-19 vaccine eligability update

More people are now eligible for the booster vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that, in addition to those aged over 50 years and at higher risk from coronavirus, all adults aged 40 to 49 years should also be offered a booster dose, six months and one week after their second dose. We will be publicising clinics soon.

A further change announced by the JCVI this week is that all 16 to 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the vaccine, 12 weeks or more after the first vaccine dose. Up until now most young people in this age group were only offered a single dose.

There is a range of options available for getting the vaccine in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, including pre-booked appointments and walk-in clinics.

More information can be found at https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

 

4. Winter vaccinations 

The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) is urging eligible residents to book their flu vaccine appointment now and COVID-19 booster when it’s offered.

It’s easy to pass on COVID-19 or the flu virus without knowing, therefore it’s essential that those who are eligible protect themselves and their loved ones by taking the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 booster.

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Booster vaccinations are available for people most at risk from COVID-19, who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

This includes:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Nationally, posters and social media graphics have been produced in a range of languages to provide information about the vaccines. You can access these materials by visiting https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-information-in-different-languages-and-formats/. Please share these resources within your networks and communities.

To find out more about the flu vaccine visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/.

To find out more about the booster vaccine visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/llr-booster-vaccine/.

 

5. You and Your GP Practice – supporting you to look after minor ailments

 

Patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being supported to look after minor ailments themselves, as part of a new campaign developed by the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs.

The campaign, called ‘You and Your GP Practice’, is designed to help patients get the care they need as quickly as possible.

Initially the campaign will focus on self-care and features a series of seven animations advising people how to look after certain minor ailments and when to seek medical advice. The launch coincides with national Self-care Week which runs until 21st November 2021.

  • Blocked sinuses
  • Vomiting bug
  • Coughs
  • Colds and flu
  • Chest infection
  • Sore throat
  • Back pain

Treating minor conditions yourself, avoiding the need to attend a GP practice, is also known as self-care. It also encompasses self-management of long-term conditions and prevention of ill health.

survey of local patients carried out by the CCGs earlier this year, showed that people would like more support to look after their own health. This campaign has been developed to build patients’ knowledge and confidence to look after minor illnesses themselves.

If people are generally in good health, there is no reason why they can’t do this. In most cases the illness will get better by itself and so an appointment with their GP practice isn’t usually required.

People with long term conditions are generally advised to still contact their GP practice for advice if they develop a minor illness. This doesn’t need to be with a GP. There are a wide range of health professionals in practices nowadays such as advanced nurse practitioners, physician associates or clinical pharmacists, who are well qualified to advise patients and are often specialists in managing long term conditions. Your practice will be able to advise who will be best to see.

Patients can find out more information about the campaign, self-care and get advice about treating minor ailments by visiting www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/treating-minor-ailments.

People can also get fast and convenient advice at their local pharmacy. They are very knowledgeable about which medicines are best and whether they will conflict with any existing medication you are taking. If they think you need an appointment at your GP practice, they will tell you. Most people live near a pharmacy and they are often open in the evenings and weekends.

In the coming weeks, You and Your GP practice will be extended to cover more ailments and wider advice about using GP practices nowadays.

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