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Covid 19 vaccinations

The Meads Medical Centre working in collaboration with Mid Downs Surgery, Buxted Medical Centre, Bird in Eye Surgery, Heathfield Surgery and Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre (as part of the Greater Wealden Primary Care Network) have been approved to deliver the covid vaccine to eligible patients as part of the NHS' first phase of delivery. 

There are strict rules regarding when a person can be vaccinated and due to the nature of the vaccine and the logistical operation, the invitations to receive a vaccine may arrive at very short notice. 

For latest information about our covid vaccination programme please look at our Facebook page which contains up to date, timely information about the covid immunisation programme as well as other practice news.

The link to our Facebook page can be found here

https://www.facebook.com/MeadsMedCentre/

Arrangements at the Meads Medical Centre during covid clinics

Marshalls will be present in our car park and will direct patients to the surgery reception. All patients and any accompanying carers arriving at the surgery should adhere to 2m social distancing at all times.  Should the Meads car park be full on arrival the marshalls will direct cars to the overflow car parking arrangements at TR Fastenings, just across the road on the Bell Farm Industrial Estate. The location of TR fastenings will be very clear from the signage available.

Thank you to TR Fastenings on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate for their kindness in allowing our patients to park on their premises when attending the covid immunisation clinics. Patients choosing to park in TR Fastenings do so at entirely their own risk.

There are a limited number of disabled bays available in the Meads car park.

Whilst you are standing in the queue, if you are able you will be asked to remove any outdoor coats and cardigans in order to reduce contact time with the Clinician in one of the vaccination rooms. When you are at the front of the queue a marshall will advise which room you should go into where a Clinician will then ask you various questions about the covid vaccine in order to ascertain whether you are clinically suitable to receive it.

If you receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccination then once you have had your jab you will be asked to sit in our waiting room for fifteen minutes. It is possible that you will be asked to wait in our outside gazebo which whilst it does have heating and lighting can still be a little chilly. Please bring plenty of warm layers.

If you receive the Oxford vaccine current NHS guidance is that you will be able to leave immediately after you have received your vaccine however, you should not drive for fifteen minutes post your jab.

You will receive an immunisation card recording the vaccine that you have received. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Meads Medical Centre. 

If any of our patients are newly housebound and cannot come to a vaccination service, please telephone the surgery on 01825 766055 to let us know.

 

Update on the COVID-19 booster programme

Across Sussex the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We have been offering more than 80,000 appointments a week and in the last two weeks we have increased the number of available appointments by more than 10,000 a week. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.

We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.

All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with the Meads Medical Centre, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme in Sussex, including the vaccination services: COVID-19 vaccinations - Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)

 
  

Further information above vaccines currently being used for covid immunisations can be found at 

Covid 19 vaccination- a guide for adults

 

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