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5 on Friday – 21 May 2021

21st May 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

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. COVID-19 vaccination update  

People aged 34 and over and those who will turn 34 before 1 July 2021 can now book in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Eligible people should receive a text message asking them to book through the national booking service website, by calling 119, or by booking via swiftqueue, details for how to book a vaccination through swiftqueue can be found here: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/. Alternatively you can wait to be invited by your GP; you don’t need to contact them they will contact you when it is your turn.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have advised that those aged 39 and under should have the Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine. Please be aware that local appointment slots may be limited at the moment but as additional supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are delivered locally availability will increase.

Please do not contact your GP to ask for an appointment, they will invite you when it is your turn.

All vaccination clinics in LLR are open to the following eligible groups:

  • Anyone aged 34 and over or anyone who will turn 34 before 1 July 2021
  • Anyone at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Anyone who has a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • Anyone that has a learning disability
  • Anyone that is a carer

To find out more about the vaccination programme in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and how to book an appointment visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

2. Surge vaccinations 

This Wednesday the Secretary of State announced that Leicester is one of seven areas around the country that will be speeding up its COVID-19 vaccinations following a rise in cases of what is known as the Indian variant of Coronavirus.

We’re rapidly developing plans to increase existing vaccination capacity in the city as well as exploring the potential for further in-reach to areas with lower than expected uptake among eligible populations. We are also working closely with the local authority to repurpose testing sites into vaccine sites.

We expect this additional activity to commence in the coming days and more information will be provided once arrangements are confirmed.

For more information visit: https://bit.ly/3hOs21b

3. Drop-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics

Residents in areas of Leicester city and Coalville are being invited to attend new Covid-19 drop-in vaccination clinics.

The first clinic is being held on Tuesday 25th May 2021, between 10am and 4pm, at the Market Hall Car Park, Coalville. This clinic is for Coalville residents who are eligible to receive the vaccine.

This will be followed by a two-day clinic at Merridale Medical Centre, Leicester. The clinics will be held on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th May 2021 between 8am and 6:30pm and is for Rowley Fields, West End, City Centre North and South residents who are eligible for the vaccine.

Our teams will be available onsite during the clinics to provide information about the vaccine, to answer questions and offer general support if anyone is unsure about the vaccination process.

For further information about each of the drop-in clinics visit:

 

4. COVID-19 vaccine second doses 

Following updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the Government have announced that appointments for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people aged over 50, who have not yet received their second dose.

This is to ensure the most vulnerable people across the UK have the strongest possible protection from the virus and any variants at the earliest opportunity.

People should continue to attend their second dose appointment, and nobody needs to contact the NHS. The NHS will let those who should bring their appointment forward know, when they are able to do so. Those aged under 50 will continue to get their first dose, with their second dose at 12 weeks, as has been the deployment strategy so far.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/most-vulnerable-offered-second-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine-earlier-to-help-protect-against-variants

5. COVID-19 Rapid Lateral Flow Test at home tutorial

If you’re unsure how to carry out a COVID-19 Rapid Lateral Flow Test at home, watch our video from TV’s Dr Amir Khan:

Watch how to take a rapid lateral flow test at home

For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/how-to-do-a-test-at-home-or-at-a-test-site/

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