Covid-19 vaccination programme – what you need to know

Latest update 8 February 2021: Patients 70+ and clinically extremely vulnerable

Very good progress has been made across Surrey to vaccinate people aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (clinically extremely vulnerable patients would have received a shielding letter from the government or their GP).

To help as many people as possible within these groups get vaccinated, we would like to ask anyone who fits the criteria but has not yet been invited to make their vaccination appointment, to contact the NHS as soon as possible.

You can do this online through the national booking service or by calling 119 free of charge, anytime between 07:00am and 11:00pm seven days a week. This provides access to the large vaccination sites, like the one at Epsom Racecourse:

Alternatively, you can also phone the practice and we can book you a vaccination at one of our GP led vaccination sites:

What you need to know

Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus.

Following extensive safety trials and authorisation by the independent regulator (the MHRA), effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available for free in the UK. The vaccination programme has already started in Surrey Heartlands and we are working hard to reach everyone who is eligible as quickly as vaccine supplies allow.

An independent group of experts (Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that the NHS first offers vaccines to those at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and of suffering serious complications or dying from the virus. Read the latest guidance on priority groups on GOV.UK: Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

How you will get your vaccine

GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice, and you might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself. You will be told where to attend when you are invited. When you have had your vaccination you will be told when you will need to go back for your second dose.

You might also be invited directly by NHS England (via letter) to book an appointment at our larger site at Epsom Racecourse (or other larger venues). If you don’t want to attend one of these larger venues that’s fine, you can contact the practice and we can book you into one of the GP-led    sites instead.

More information available

More information and the answers to many common questions can be found at: Covid-19 Vaccination Services in Surrey.

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, you can email the local NHS directly at: syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net.

We all have an important part to play to help the NHS:

  • Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you.
  • When you are contacted, please attend your appointments.

In the meantime, we cannot let down our guard. Please follow the rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.