Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-Out - Priority Groups Information (updated 09/03/2021)

(reported 8th March 2021)

To date 34% of the population have been vaccinated across the Cardiff and Vale Health Board Area. (nearly 139000 people!). 

As the roll-out gains pace it is important for all patients to understand how the different groups are being processed and how you, as the patient, will be vaccinated. 

The first 4 priority groups have been completed. Across the region groups 5 & 6 are being completed. 

To help our patients here at North Cardiff medical Centre here is a list of the remaining priority groups and how you will receive your vaccine. 

 

Priority Group 5 (ages 65 - 69)

This group is currently being completed at GP Practices.

(please keep an eye on our website and/or Facebook for up-to-date information regarding appointment availability)

 

Priority Group 6 (age 16-64 with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers) 

Underlying health conditions: This group are currently being
contacted by the Health Board to attend a Mass Vaccination Centre.
These appointments will be automatically scheduled and you will
receive a letter in the post.
Please be patient while we work through this group.
We will communicate further guidance in the next few weeks on
how to register if you believe you have not been invited and fall
within the guidance.


Unpaid Carers: unpaid carers we are aware of are currently being
invited to a Mass Vaccination Centre. We have now launched an
online form here for people to complete if they feel they fall
under this cohort. Once the form is completed you will be offered
an appointment at an MVC or a community pharmacy. If you require
assistance in completing the form please call 01446 729592 if you
live in the Vale, or 029 2087 1071 if you live in Cardiff.
ng Disabilities: Those identified will be contacted between 22 March
and 12 April and will be visited at home by our Mobile Vaccination
Team.

 

Priority Group 7 (age 60-64)

This group will be contacted by the Health Board to attend a Mass Vaccination Centre.


Please be patient and you will receive an appointment letter in the post.

 

Priority Group 8 (age 55-59)

The Health Board will communicate where this group will be invited in due course once they have made their way through the majority of groups 5-7.

Please be patient and you will be contacted directly.

 

Priority Group 9 (50-54) 

The Health Board will communicate where this group will be invited in due course once they have made their way through the majority of groups 5-7.

Please be patient and you will be contacted directly.

 

Priority Group 10 (Rest of Population)

The Health Board will communicate where this group will be invited in due course once they have made their way through the majority of groups 5-7.

Please be patient and you will be contacted directly.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme - FAQ's

 

Why do I have to wait for my vaccine?

Those people most at risk from the complications of Covid-19 are being offered the vaccine first. When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.

 

Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?

The priority groups of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine are agreed at a UK level by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The priorities are based on individual’s risk of serious illness and mortality, and also the need to protect the health and social care services. The single greatest risk of illness and mortality from Covid-19 is increasing age, and there is also importance in protecting people who are vulnerable due to underlying health conditions. This is the list of priority groups that the JCVI has agreed:

 

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

 

How is it decided who will receive the vaccines first?

 

Delivering a mass vaccination programme at such a large scale is an enormous challenge, and requires a great deal of preparation and coordination to ensure it can be done safely. It is simply not possible to vaccinate everyone who is eligible for it at the same time, and therefore we have to sequence the invitations in accordance with the priority groups that are set nationally.

 

How is the programme being delivered?

 

Initial supplies of the vaccine are currently limited so we are prioritising according to need, and rolling out the programme in a way that maintains the efficacy of the vaccine. The initial vaccine we are using is being supplied to us in small amounts to begin with, which will scale up in the next few weeks. We will contact you to invite you for the vaccine. Please be patient & wait to

be contacted. Please do not contact us about your eligibility/vaccine.

 

 

Can I pay for a Covid-19 vaccine privately?

 

No, the Covid-19 vaccination is only available for free through the NHS to eligible groups.

 

How can I find out more?

For further information about the vaccine and the roll-out of the programme in Wales, including what to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination, please visit the Public Health Wales site where you will find a FAQ section as well as lots of helpful information: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/

 

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COVID-19 - Symptoms

If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should:

  • use the NHS Direct Wales online symptom checker 

www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/COVID19 

Only call 111 or the Practice, if the symptom checker advises you to. 

  • if you have symptoms you will be advised to apply for a covid test 
  • only call 111 or the Practice, if the symptom checker advises you to
  • If your symptoms do not improve after 7 days, or your symptoms deteriorate, please telephone the Practice during opening hours or CAV 24/7 0300 10 20 247 when we are closed.
  • Contact 999 for all Medical Emergencies.

Please do not attend your GP surgery, community pharmacy, or A&E department if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus to stop the spread of infection.

Please be aware that all household members must self isolate while awaiting test results see Self Isolation

Self Isolation & Treating Symptoms (Adult)

Self Isolation & Treating Symptoms (Child)

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Help & Advice

Please click on the links below for the most up to date information:

Vaccination

 

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) is working closely with a range of internal and external partners to develop plans so that they are ready and prepared to deliver the vaccine to the general public.

Certain groups of people will be prioritised to receive the vaccination by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) at a UK level. Health and social care workers have been identified as one of the early recipients of the vaccine through this prioritisation process.

It is important to note that the vaccine will not be mandatory and people will be able to choose whether they take up the vaccine or not.

For information and advice about Covid-19 please visit these websites for further information:

Public Health Wales latest Covid-19 information and guidance

Welsh Government latest information

 

Face Coverings

It is compulsory for people over  the age of 11 to wear a face covering in public indoor spaces. There are exemptions for people who cannot wear face coverings for health or medical reasons, similar to those for public transport. You do not require a letter from the surgery to be exempt and you can download a letter or card to your mobile phone on the government site, click on the link below:

Face covering exemption letter

Welsh Government 

Includes information on local lockdowns, working, education and frequently asked questions.

Testing

Testing is not available at the surgery and can only be accessed via Test, Trace & Protect. Click here to access testing or phone 119.

Apply for a Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Test Online

The Welsh Government have now created an on-line system for patients and key workers to be able to get tested for Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

If you have one of the following symptoms:

  • A new continuous cough.
  • A fever.
  • Loss of taste and/or smell.

You will need to take the test within the first 5 days of having symptoms. The test only tells you if you currently have the virus and does not tell you if you have already had it. 

Click here or visit https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test to apply.