We are currently vaccinating any outstanding patients from cohorts 1-4, plus patients from cohort 6. Patients from cohort 5 should have been invited by letter for vaccination at a mass vaccination site.
Cohort 6 is a very large group and we are inviting patients in batches so as to avoid disappointment. The pace of vaccination is determined by our vaccine deliveries, but if deliveries continue we are optimistic that we will have vaccinated most if not all of the cohort by mid to late March.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR VISIT YOUR PRACTICE TO ENQUIRE ABOUT WHEN YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR VACCINATION UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY SMS, PHONE, OR LETTER, TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT. We know this is a very stressful time for you as you wait your turn, but it is around the corner. Please bear with us, be patient, and we will see you for your vaccination very soon!
Further information about who is included in Cohort 6 is provided below.
Cohort 6 includes ‘all individuals aged 16 years to 65 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality’.
This also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.
Each clinical condition within cohort 6 has been mapped to clinical codes available within patient medical records. This means that GP practices can quickly identify eligible patients and invite them to have their vaccination.
Cohort 6 Clinical risk groups who should receive COVID-19 immunisation are further defined in Green Book Chapter 14a and include:
- chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
- chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
- Down’s syndrome
- severe and profound learning disability
- solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
- people with specific cancers
- immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
- asplenia and splenic dysfunction
- morbid obesity
- severe mental illness
- Younger adults in long-stay in-patient, nursing and residential care settings
- Adult carers (those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.)
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Explainer information for patients about QCOVID
Why have I received this letter?
NHS England had used a risk assessment tool called QCOVID to calculate people’s risk of getting COVID. This is a complex tool that looks at a variety of different factors to assess peoples’ risk. Because you have received this letter, you are one of the patients identified by the tool as being at high risk if you were to get COVID. You can see all the information your GP received here.
What in my medical records has caused me to be added to this list?
Unfortunately, your GP surgery has no current way of replicating the analysis that has been done by NHS Digital and so we are unable to tell you why you have been added to this list. This situation may change over time, but we have no way of knowing when.
What should I do now? Should I go to work? Should I go out?
You should follow the advice detailed here. This will mean that you need to take extra measures above and beyond those which you probably have been taking. The guidance covers:
- Social activities
- Educational settings
- Accessing care and support
- Registering for additional support
You may be eligible for additional support and should be able to receive statutory sick pay for time off from work.
What about vaccination?
If you are under 65 you should be prioritised for vaccination ahead of others in cohort 6 which is people who are at risk because of a variety of medical conditions. If you are over 65 you will have already been in group 5, so this won’t affect the priority with which you’re given the vaccine.
What if I think they’ve added me incorrectly?
At the moment, the best way to review this is through discussion with your GP. Please bear in mind that GPs are incredibly busy at the moment vaccinating patients as well as trying to provide as normal a service to patients as possible. Because of this it may not be possible to immediately deal with enquiries about this and you may be asked to submit your details in an online form.
Do I have to follow this guidance?
Patients at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection are strongly encouraged to follow shielding guidance. However, this is advice, and not the law. Patients can choose whether or not they want to follow it.
Why am I only now being identified as high risk?
This tool has only just been approved for use in assessing patient’s risk of COVID 19. Until now we haven’t had sufficient scientific evidence to run population-based tools that can accurately assess people’s risk of developing COVID.
About the GP-led Covid Vaccination Programme
The GP-led part of the Covid Vaccination Programme is being delivered through 'Primary Care Networks' - these are groups of GP practices defined by the government. In the case of Ely, there is Ely North PCN (Cathedral Medical Centre, St George's, and St Mary's), and Ely South PCN (Staploe Medical Centre, Haddenham Surgery, and Burwell Surgery). The Ely North and Ely South PCNs are working together to deliver the vaccination programme as one.
We are contractually obliged to deliver the vaccines from Cathedral and Staploe practices only, but patients from any of the six practices mentioned above can receive their vaccination at either of those two sites. The clinics are staffed by staff from all six practices, plus our amazing army of volunteers.
We are working through the priority cohort lists as defined by the government - there is a strict legal obligation to adhere to these priorities and we are not permitted to vary from this. At the moment, that means patients who are over 80 years old and registered at any of the six practices listed are being vaccinated, alongside health, social care, and frontline healthworkers.
When you are eligible for a vaccination, we will contact you to book you in. If there are more options in terms of where you can be vaccinated, we will advise you at the time. We appreciate that everyone is keen to be vaccinated as soon as possible, but it would help us enormously if you can please be patient and wait for us to reach out to you.
Housebound patients and COVID vaccination – an update from Ely PCN (26 January 2021)
We are working with our local Practice teams, our CCG, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) to deliver COVID vaccinations for housebound people who cannot attend a vaccination centre.
There are important safety constraints around safe transport and delivery of Covid vaccine, which means home vaccination is a particular challenge. However, we are now able to deliver vaccines to eligible housebound people and have already made a good start. We are currently on track to ensure all patients within the priority groups will be vaccinated by the middle of February.
If you are housebound and expecting a Covid vaccination, you can expect a phone call from one of our team who will make arrangements with you.
We hope that you can appreciate the special challenges of community vaccination for housebound patients, and we thank you for bearing with us.
Further information on Covid-19 Vaccination Programme can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/