NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Vaccine programme update

In December last year, we began rolling out the vaccination programme with the

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reaching patients 80 years of age and above, as well as frontline

health and social care staff, based on the JCVI guidance for priority groups. According to

government published figures, across the UK 944,539 people received the vaccine

between 8 December and 27 December.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has gained further momentum with the news that

the Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has been authorised for use. The first

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccinations started to be delivered to sites across Hampshire and

the Isle of Wight this week. Before the vaccine can be distributed, each batch needs to be

checked and approved. As soon as this happens the NHS can deliver.

Prioritisation of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) have said that, ‘Prioritising the first doses of

vaccine for as many people as possible on the priority list will protect the greatest number

of at risk people overall in the shortest possible time’.

National policy has been amended in light of this meaning that second doses of both

vaccines will be administered towards the end of the recommended vaccine dosing

schedule of 12 weeks. This will maximise the number of people getting vaccinated and

therefore receiving protection in the next 12 weeks maximising the impact of the vaccine

programme in its primary aims of reducing mortality and hospitalisations and protecting the

NHS and equivalent health services.

Two doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus.

Local delivery of the vaccination programme

The NHS has planned extensively to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our

history, providing three different delivery methods:

1. Hospital Hubs – focus on NHS Trust and social care staff

2. Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs working together as Primary Care

Networks (PCNs)

3. Vaccination Centres – large sites based within local communities and convenient

for transport networks.

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, five hospital hubs, 36 Local Vaccine Services and

one Vaccine Centre (currently focussing on health and social care staff) have gone live. A

further one hospital hub, three Local Vaccine Services and three Vaccine Centres will go

live over the next 2-3 weeks.

Local centres

Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester Hospital Hub

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Andover War Memorial Hospital (due to go live shortly)

Basingstoke Fire Station - due to go live shortly)

Vaccination Centres

Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke

The Lights, Andover Local Vaccine Service

Winchester Holiday Inn

Effectiveness of the vaccines

People cannot choose which vaccine they receive. All available vaccines have to be

approved by passing the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) tests on

safety and efficacy. So, people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it will be

highly effective and protect them from coronavirus.

Reaching friends and family of the over 80 population

We want to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. The NHS has a

clear vaccine delivery plan and the vaccine is being rolled out as quickly as doses can be

supplied and quality checked, with over a million people already vaccinated right across

the UK.

Groups of GP practices are working together as Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to deliver

the vaccine to their registered populations at Local Vaccination Services. This means that

some residents in the priority groups may find that friends and family have been

vaccinated before them. They should not worry or assume they have been missed. We will

reach everyone as soon as we can.

Residents will be contacted directly with an invitation for their vaccination, and all those

vaccinated will need a booster jab within 12 weeks.

Understandably many people are keen to get vaccinated, and some people are frustrated

not to have been invited for the jab yet. However some GP surgeries are being inundated

by calls from family members asking when they will get the vaccine. We are urging

members of the public not to contact their practice about vaccination as practices are

being hindered from making outgoing calls, booking appointments, or taking calls from

those who need urgent care.

Your support in reiterating these key messages with your local population will be most


 Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you

When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments

 Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

Vaccinating care homes

We have been doing everything we can to ensure care homes in England are getting the

support they need to tackle COVID-19. In terms of vaccination, we are working hard to

vaccinate all care home residents and workers as quickly and safely as possible.

All care homes have received regular written and verbal briefings over the past five weeks

in order to prepare for vaccine administration. This includes sessions by safeguarding

leads on consent, capacity, best interests decision-making and Lasting Power of Attorney

as well as clinical and administrative information of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and more

latterly the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Further sessions have been delivered to care

staff to support confidence in the vaccination process and ensure informed choice with the

aim of achieving the desired high level of coverage in the care home workforce.

The Public Health England (PHE) leaflets to support the vaccination programme and

inform residents and staff have been electronically distributed, including:

 Guide for older adults

 What to expect after vaccination

 Guide for social care workers – for social care staff

 Guide to COVID-19 vaccination for women of childbearing age, who are pregnant or

currently breastfeeding.

Three separate forms covering residents with the capacity to consent, relative’s views (for

residents who lack the capacity to consent) and Lasting Power of Attorney have also been

made available to homes in order to support early discussions.

Homes have been requested to make preparations to support the safe delivery of the

vaccination process, including setting up spaces that:

 Enable privacy for clinical assessment, seeking consent, and managing

circumstances where people lack mental capacity

 Preparation of vaccines close to where residents will be vaccinated to minimise risk

of deterioration when transported following reconstitution/drawn up

 Support patient flow around the care home to enable social distancing for residents

and minimising delay between vaccinations

 Enable the agreed arrangements for 15 minutes post-vaccination observation.

Keep abreast of vaccination updates

We will continue to provide regular updates on progress with the roll out of the COVID-19

vaccination programme.

 For more information on the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

 Figures on vaccination uptake for the UK will be published on a weekly basis on

the PHE coronavirus data dashboard

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