Do you want to get your COVID vaccine? Are you 50 or over and live in Hackney or the City of London? Please click here for more information
Is the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
We are aware that patients maybe be worried about some of the safety reports that have recently been publicised around the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine use has been stopped in some European countries. This is because of a small number of blood clots that have been reported in some people who recently had the vaccine.
Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been given across the UK. The number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not more than what would have occurred naturally in the groups that have been vaccinated.
The medicines regulator (responsible for decisions on the use of medicines) for the EU have said that there is nothing to suggest that this vaccine causes blood clots.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating these reports, but has also said that there is no evidence that the clots reported were caused by the vaccine. The WHO have also asked that countries do not stop the vaccination programme with AstraZeneca Vaccine.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for the UK (MHRA) are responsible for making sure all medicines used in the UK are safe. The MHRA have said that the vaccine is safe to give to people. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
Unless you are aged 70 and over and have not been contacted about having your first vaccine, please DO NOT contact your GP for a COVID-19 vaccine.
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating people who experts have agreed will benefit the most. We will let you know when it is your turn. Please see here for advice.
If you are aged 80 and over, and have not been contacted about a first vaccination please let us know. If you are aged 80 and over and housebound we have had to wait until we had the right vaccine, the right procedures and processes, so we have only recently started visiting homes - however there is no harm in ringing us to check we have you on our list.
There is comprehensive information, guidance, and answers to questions at COVID-19 Vaccination programme | East London Health & Care Partnership (eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk)
Getting the help you need
The NHS in London is very busy as coronavirus infection rates continue to be high, but we’ll help you get urgent care when you need it.
Most consultations are over the phone and via video. This is for everyone's safety. We will assess your situation and invite you into the practice if needed.
We can arrange same-day appointments if you need urgent care but please don't visit without an appointment. Appointments will be held in the best way to keep you safe from Covid.
You can also contact 111, day or night, for other urgent health advice - including if you have concerns about your Covid-19 symptoms.
Please remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies.
Please help reduce infections, protect the NHS and keep each other safe by following the latest rules.