Update on Covid-19 Vaccinations

Dear Patient,

Last week Leatside joined with eight other local GP surgeries to begin delivering the Covid-19 vaccination to our patients. With only ten days’ notice and rapidly developing guidance a huge amount of work was required to get this service live. It was an effort that required every member of our team to pull together. 

We are very grateful to the Diocese of Plymouth for supporting us by providing a site from which our nine GP practices can deliver the campaign, whilst enabling us to continue operating our usual services in practice. Across the three days we were able to provide the vaccine to over 1,000 individuals from Totnes, the South Hams and Teignbridge. Whilst we are delighted to have got the ball rolling this is just a start. The total patient population for the nine surgeries is approximately 75,000 and every individual is required to have two vaccines.

The scale of the campaign is like nothing we have previously experienced. To put this into context, each year at Leatside our flu programme delivers just over 3,000 jabs to our patients (this has already risen to closer to 4,000 a as a result of the age limit being lowered to 50) and these patients only require one jab. This is out of a patient population of 15,500.

As a result of this the vaccination programme will last for many months. It is inevitable that along with the ongoing impact of staff self-isolation, this additional workload will cause some disruption to our usual day to day services, both clinical and administrative. Whilst we will do everything we can to mitigate this we ask that you bear with us over the coming weeks and months.

Moving forward we will be contacting patients as and when we are able to offer them the vaccine. The timelines will depend on eligibility, clinical capacity and access to the vaccine. Below is the current priority list, identified by the government, which we will be following. Please do not contact the surgery to request a vaccination or query when you will become eligible. 

1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 - All those aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers
3 - All those aged 75 and over
4 - All those aged 70 and over, as well as clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 - All those aged 65 and over
- All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those aged 60 and over
- All those aged 55 and over
- All those aged 50 and over

If you are interested in getting an idea as to when you may become eligible then the following calculator can give a rough indication:

Vaccine Queue Calculator for the UK (omnicalculator.com)

Over the next few days we will be putting out a request for volunteers to help with the running of the clinics. We need the help of people to act as runners, car park marshals and in some instances as vaccinators as well. Please keep an eye out for this communication as it will contain the appropriate route through which those who are able can volunteer.

We I would like to thank all of our staff who have worked evenings and weekends to ensure that we were able to set up our services and for those volunteers who have already stepped up to help with the running of our Covid-10 vaccination programme.#

We wish all our patients a safe and happy Christmas and all the best for 2021.

Martin Randall
General Manager