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
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.
Once inside the surgery your temperature will be taken using an ear thermometer and you will then be asked your name and invited to join our queue. It is unusual for the queue to take longer than a few minutes. 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.
There are many people to vaccinate and the vaccination campaign is likely to take a period of months. We will be running day to day GP services alongside our covid immunisation clinics.
The priority list for Phase 1 as advised by NHS England is as follows:
||Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
||All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
||All those 75 years of age and over
||All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
||All those 65 years of age and over
||Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (see clinical conditions below) [footnote 1]
||All those 60 years of age and over
||All those 55 years of age and over
||All those 50 years of age and over
For phase 2
After groups 1 to 9 in Phase 1, people aged 40 to 49 years are at highest risk of hospitalisation, with the risk reducing the younger you are.
Prioritisation will therefore continue in the following order:
- all those aged 40 to 49 years
- all those aged 30 to 39 years
- all those aged 18 to 29 years.
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.
Further information about who is eligible to receive a covid vaccine and in which order of priority can be found at the below web link:
Priority groups for covid vaccination
We will be sure to make efforts to contact each eligible patient when their cohort is due to be vaccinated. If you are 'cohort' is open and you haven't yet been invited for a vaccine at the surgery please telephone us on 01825 766055 to get booked in.
Further information above vaccines currently being used for covid immunisations can be found at
Covid 19 vaccination- a guide for adults