Hadleigh & Boxford Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Covid-19 – Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

With so many mixed messages in the media and via word of mouth about the Covid-19 vaccinations, it’s no wonder there are just as many queries about it too.

To help dispel the many uncertainties and rumours, the practice and the PPG have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and also provided the answers:

  • I have had a text from Hadleigh GP. Is it from the practice? Yes. The text will contain your name and will be from one of the Hadleigh GPs.
  • When are you moving to my Priority Group? It is not possible to tell you very far in advance. The practice is told by NHS England when they will receive the vaccine, the number of doses and which Priority Group (PG) they should be calling.
  • I am a key worker so should I be getting the vaccine? The practice is following the government PG guidelines. Unless you are NHS and Social Care Worker, key workers are not currently included in any PG.
  • How come my neighbour has been vaccinated and they are younger than me? This may be due to them being an NHS or Social Care Worker or they have an underlying health condition.
  • When are you booking the second jab? The practice will be told when they will be getting the booster vaccines and when we can start calling patients to have their second jab. Rest assured the practice will call you.
  • Can I book for a jab? You cannot book for a vaccination unless the practice has invited you to do so.
  • My friend lives in another area and there they are calling patients aged 50. How come? We are aware that some areas are vaccinating patients in other PGs. Our practice is moving through the groups (cohorts) as quickly as they can when they receive the vaccine. This is controlled by NHS England not the practice.
  • I care for my children; does this make me eligible as a carer? No. You are eligible if you are an unpaid carer of adults, receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Cohort details: sneevaccine.org.uk/what-you-need-to-know/who-is-beingoffered-the-vaccine-first.

PPG: 01473 827091 / hadleighboxfordppg@gmail.com.

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