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
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.
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)
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
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
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
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