IMPORTANT COVID VACCINE INFORMATION
Flu and Covid-19 booster jabs are now being offered in The Neaman
Flu and Covid-19 booster jabs are now being offered to most adults and children to make sure they are protected against these viruses as we head into winter.
There could be a significant flu surge this winter happening at the same time as rising Covid-19 cases. Colder weather makes it easier for the virus to spread, and darker nights mean spending more time with friends and family indoors where it is less well ventilated. We also expect that many people will have lower protection against the flu virus due to having reduced contact with others last winter.
Who is eligible?
A free Covid-19 booster is available for:
- All adults aged 50 years and over
- Women or people who are pregnant
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- Persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers
- Persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group
A free flu jab is available for:
- All adults aged 50 years and over
- Women or people who are pregnant (see Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy)
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Those aged 6 months to 65 years in at-risk groups, including people with the following health conditions:
- Respiratory (lung) diseases, including asthma
- Heart disease, kidney disease or liver disease
- Neurological (brain or nerve) conditions including learning disabilities
- Diabetes (see short film of a woman with Type 1 diabetes talking about why she gets the flu vaccine)
- A severely weakened immune system (immunosuppression), a missing spleen, sickle cell anaemia or coeliac disease
- All children aged 2 to 10 years on 31 August 2022 (see Nasal Flu vaccine)
- Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9 – any remaining vaccine will be offered to children in years 10 and 11, subject to vaccine availability (see Nasal Flu vaccine)
A text will be sent out with a link, please follow & book an appointment. We will be coadministering the Covid Jab With The Flu Jab. If there are no slots available, new slots will be released every Friday. If any issues do occur please contact the practice and we will assist you accordingly.
So please Do Not Book a flu jab appointment via this text, Please contact the practice for a flu jab separately.
Frequently Asked Questions for Housebound Patients
How will I get my Booster Vaccination?
In City and Hackney we have a Primary Care Network roving team who have agreed to deliver Covid booster vaccinations to housebound patients. Together these providers will cover all of our housebound patients within City and Hackney. All housebound patients registered in at the Neaman practice will be offered the vaccination in your home.
Housebound patients will be contacted by a team City and Hacnkney Roving team to arrange their vaccination. They will generally contact you by a phone call.
During these appointments you will so be able to receive your Flu vaccination also.
When will I get my vaccination?
Booster vaccinations of our housebound patients are currently underway. If you need to have a booster vaccination in your home, please wait to hear from the Roving Team. Please note the Neaman Practice do not facilitate these appointments.
If you are unsure if you are on our list, please call reception and speak to Jahara our receptionist
I have become housebound since I got my last covid dose, what should I do to get my Booster Vaccine?
If you have become housebound since you received your second dose you should let your GP know. Your GP will be able to make a note on your patient record to say you are now housebound. We will then know to contact you to offer you a booster vaccination within your home.
Covid Community Treatment for Covid-19 patient who are Highly Vulnerable
A new Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unit Centre is now provided by Barts Health providing community treatment to a cohort of patients with Covid-19. Barts Health NHS Trust will be offering neutralising monoclonal antibody (nMAb) treatment to people with Covid-19 at Mile End Hospital
Q: What is neutralising monoclonal antibody (nMAb) treatment?
A: Neutralizing monoclonal antibody treatment (nMAb) is a drug used to treat Covid19. It working by stopping Covid-19 virus particles from entering the respiratory system.
Data has shown that nMAb may help people recover faster from Covid-19, and reduce the likelihood of a person needing to be admitted to hospital with the virus.
Q: Who is eligible to have this treatment?
A: The nMAb treatment will be offered to patients who:
- are 18 years of age and above and
- are confirmed as Covid-19 positive on a PCR test and
- have onset of symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 7 days AND
- considered part of the ‘highest’ risk group including people with:
- Down’s syndrome
- A rare condition affecting the brain or nerves (including multiple sclerosis, motor neurons disease, Huntington’s disease or myasthenia gravis)
- Sickle cell disease
- Certain types of cancer
- HIV or AIDS
- A severe liver condition (such as cirrhosis)
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5
- Had an organ, bone marrow of stem cell transplant recently
- A condition or treatment that makes someone more likely to gene infections
- Had chemotherapy grade B and C in the last 12 months
- Had radiotherapy in the last 6 months
Patients are not eligible for nMAb treatment in the community if they meet any of the following:
- Require hospitalization for Covid-19
- Require supplemental oxygen
- Are a child weighing less than 40kg
- Are a child aged under 12 years
Q: How will patients know they are eligible for the treatment? / How will patients who are eligible be contacted to book their appointment?
A: Patients who may be eligible for nMAb treatment will be sent a letter by the NHS informing them that this is the case. They will also be sent a PCR to their home to have on-hand should they develop symptoms.
If these people develop symptoms, they should do a PCR test. If it comes back as positive, they will be contacted either by the 111 service to let them know they may be eligible to receive the nMAb treatment.
Their information will then be securely passed on to a team of medical professionals who will assess if nMAb treatment is suitable for them. This assessment will include: a review of their medical history and an assessment of their suitability for nMAb treatment.
If a patient who is eligible for nMAb treatment lives in north east London and falls within the area of the North East London (NEL) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), they will be referred to the Bart’s Health NHS Trust Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unit (CMDU) at Beaumont House in Mile End.
Accepted referrals will be booked into clinic for their treatment, with transport provided by the service to and from the appointment.
If you think you may meet the eligibility criteria for treatment but have not been contacted by treatment centre or 111, please contact your GP to refer you if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Q: How long does it take to have the treatment?
A: Neutralising monoclonal antibody treatment (nMAb) lasts for up to two hours. The infusion takes between 30 minutes and one hour, followed by one hour of observation.
Q: How often do I have to have it?
A: You only have to have nMAb treatment once, when you have been diagnosed with Covid-19. You should have the treatment within 72 hours of a positive PCR test.
Vaccination Update – from the City & Hackney Office of the PCNs
Please find the latests updates for the Covid Vaccination Updates
https://shoreditchparkandcitypcn.gpweb.org.uk/ (Hoxton Surgery)
There is now a service for our patients to book an appointment with the COVID Hotline to code in their vaccinations, therefore providing eligibility for the Covid Pass:
Any patients that have had the Covid vaccitions taken outside the country, will not be able to be provided with a covid pass. However you will be able to access the verification of your injecion through our Patient Acess app Patient Access - GP appointments & prescriptions online or the NHS app NHS App - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
If you need to self-isolate and need an isolation note for your employers, please follow the link:
https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/. (%20https:/111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/. ) We will NOT be providing sick notes for isolating.
You can register for the NHS APP https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/) via your APP store and order your repeat prescription.
As ever we will continue to provide as much information as we can, as soon as we can via our website and text message service.
Thank you again for your support in these unprecedented times and we wish all of our patients well.
Kind regards,Mercedes O'Garro ( Practice Manager)