We are working with our partners in the west of Gateshead to start vaccinating our patients against Covid-19. Please do not contact the surgery to request the vaccine – there is a programme to offer the vaccine to those most at risk and the supply of vaccine is limited. The practice have already started making contact with patients at higher risk of severe disease from Covid-19.
We are all wanting to do our part to help control the virus. Please continue to follow government advice on keeping everyone safe. To provide the vaccine we are having to release staff from their duties. We are trying our best to minimise the impact on our available appointments but please be patient with us.
Vaccination will start at Blaydon primary Care Centre. We have a Youtube video to show you what to expect when you turn up for your vaccine, please do not attend if you have symptoms of covid (persistent cough, fever, loss of sense of taste/smell) or if you are currently self isolating because you have had a positive test result.
There are a few reasons why you may not be suitable for the vaccine. This includes:
1) A history of a severe reaction or anaphylaxis to medicines.
2) Being pregnant or breastfeeding (you should also avoid becoming pregnant for 2 months after the vaccinations).
3) Under 16s.
You should also be cautious if you are on blood thinners such as warfarin, rivaroxaban, dabigatran, apixaban or tinzaparin as you may have a bigger bruise or bleed at the site of injection. Those with bleeding disorders should speak to their healthcare team before having the vaccine.
You should wait for 7 days after having any other vaccine before having the Covid-19 vaccine.
Serious reactions to the vaccine are rare. Just like any vaccine you may experience soreness or skin irritation at the injection site. You may also get side effects such as headache, fatigue, mild fever, muscle and joint aches. These will tend to be short lived. It is not a live vaccine and you cannot catch covid-19 from having the injection.
New national guidance is now aimed at giving more people a first vaccination. This means that if you have already had your first jab then you will not now receive your second jab at 3 weeks as first planned. Everyone will now get their second jab at 10-12 weeks. If you are affected then the practice will be getting in touch with you directly.