COVID VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS
Venue and important Information:
- Venue address: Saxonbury House Surgery, Croft Road, Crowborough, TN6 1DL
- Do not book an appointment if you have had/will have had any other vaccination (other than the 'flu jab) in the 7 days before your Covid-19 vaccination
- Do not book an appointment if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 28 days (or in the last 12 weeks if you are less than 18 years old and not in an 'at risk' group)
- Please DO NOT arrive early for your appointment, arrive at your given time or you may have to queue
- Park in Waitrose Car Park (FREE)
- On the day of your appointment please ensure you are well hydrated (i.e. drink plenty of fluids) and have had a recent snack as this will reduce the possibility of feeling light-headed or feeling faint after your vaccination
- Wear short sleeves so the vaccinators can access your arm easily. Have an emergency contact number with you
- Please do not contact the Surgery as the phone lines are already busy dealing with medical issues.
Please do not contact the Surgery as the phone lines are already busy dealing with medical issues.
A Guide to the Spring Booster COVID-19 Vaccination Programme:
People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those aged 12 years or over with weakened immune systems will soon be offered a spring booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Appointments will be available from the National Booking Service shortly.
Who is being offered a spring booster?
COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.
Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose.
This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19. Bookings will need to be made via the National Booking Service.
All children aged 5-11 years of age will be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination from 1st April 2022.
They must be 12 weeks after any recent Covid-19 infection before receiving the vaccine. Appointments will be bookable via the National Booking Service nearer the time. For more information on vaccinations for this age group, please see:
Anyone 12 years or older may book a vaccination appointment via the National Booking System.
1st and 2nd doses for people aged 12 years old and over
boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old
spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system
additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over
Appointments are available to pre-book online at the following website, or by calling 119:
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY as we will not be able to book the appointment for you and will be dealing with our normal GP-related work.
Immunosuppressed patients requiring a 3rd dose or subsequent booster dose:
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED PATIENT AT SAXONBURY HOUSE MEDICAL GROUP WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR ELIGIBILITY OR REASON FOR YOUR INVITATION TO RECEIVE A 3RD DOSE. Please ask your own GP surgery or your Hospital team if you have any questions about your eligibility for or timing of a 3rd dose/subsequent booster dose. You are able to book your appointment online but you must bring the relevant letter/text message received to invite you for your 3rd dose or subsequent booster.
If you have been identified as being immunosuppressed around the time of your first or second (or both) COVID-19 vaccine doses you will be contacted directly to arrange a 3rd dose and subsequently a booster dose. The JCVI have advised that you should receive a third vaccine dose, which forms part of your primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations, and subsequently a booster dose after a further 3 months after your 3rd dose.
This 3rd dose needs to be given at least 8 weeks after the 2nd dose. You will receive the either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine unless you have any contraindications to these vaccines (which can be discussed with the vaccinating team on the day of the appointment).
If there is any current or planned immunosuppressive treatment then where possible, the third primary dose should be delayed until 2 weeks after the period of immunosuppression, or between doses of treatment. You may wish to speak to your Hospital team to determine the best timing of your 3rd dose and booster dose where applicable.
If you have already been contacted by the NHS to book your Booster appointment (if you are 3 months or more since your 2nd dose), please proceed to book this as a Booster dose as this will be subsequently recorded as your 3rd dose. You will be able to see available vaccination appointments at Saxonbury House Medical Group if you book online- go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/ or call 119.
Second dose appointments:
All second doses should be given at least 8 weeks apart unless there is a clinical reason for it to be given any earlier. i.e. prior to chemotherapy / widespread radiotherapy / immunosuppressive treatment or organ transplant.
• This site follows the current national guidance on dosing intervals for second doses which states that second doses must be given at least eight weeks apart from the first dose.
• We are aware that there are mixed messages in the mainstream media about this which is causing some confusion for individuals, however having your second dose at least eight weeks after the first will give you the best possible protection.
• The manufacturer recommended dose intervals were based on data at the time of the clinical trials; Public Health England and JCVI now have real world data from the billions of vaccinations given worldwide that show a longer dosing interval between first and second doses offers individuals even more protection. This is especially important in the context of rising case rates and the delta variant.
• Therefore, we won’t be giving you your second dose any earlier than 8 weeks unless there is a clinical reason to do so.
• It is still really important for you to have a second dose so that you can get the best possible protection, so please come back at 8 weeks. You can book an appointment in advance through the National Booking System.
Eligible children and young people in specific groups:
Children and young people in specific groups are eligible for Covid-19 vaccination.
Please click on the link below for further information for anyone aged 12 years or older:
- FOR 5-11 YEAR OLDS IN AN AT RISK GROUP, OR IS A HOUSEHOLD CONTACT OF SOMEONE WHO IS SEVERELY IMMUNOSUPPRESSED:
- The JCVI has reviewed extensive clinical evidence for the safety of giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people in the eligible groups and have determined it to be safe and effective. The JCVI has determined that the benefit of vaccinating children in these groups outweighs the risks.
The JCVI advice is as follows:
‘Following extensive assessment of the risks and benefits of vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds, including analysis of clinical trial results and real-world international data, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its advice for this age group. Children aged 5 to 11, who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed, should be offered a primary course of vaccination. Primary course vaccination for these children should be with 2 x 10-microgram doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (a third of the adult dose), with an interval of 8 weeks between the first and second doses.’