Please be aware that the Covid Vaccinations are not going to being given out at Copsewood Medical Centre.
They will be given at the following address:
Coventry & North Warwickshire Sports Club
Please wait to be contacted.
We will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine.
Please do not contact the practice before because this puts pressure on our telephone answering and our services. We will be following the National Guidance on the order of the vaccinations based on the groups vulnerable to the virus.
Who can get the vaccine?
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:
- People aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
- People who work in care homes & health care workers at high risk. The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on the latest advice from the JVCI – (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) Gov.UK website.
Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination are as follows:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over & frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality *See notes below
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
*Persons with underlying health conditions
There is good evidence that certain underlying health conditions increase the risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.
When compared to persons without underlying health conditions, the absolute increased risk in those with underlying health conditions is considered generally to be lower than the increased risk in persons over the age of 65 years with the exception of the clinically extremely vulnerable. The committee’s advice is to offer vaccination to those aged 65 years and over followed by those in clinical risk groups aged 16 years and over. The main risk groups identified by the committee are set out below:
- Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
- Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
- Down’s syndrome
- Severe and profound learning disability
- Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
- People with specific cancers
- Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
- Asplenia and splenic dysfunction
- Morbid obesity
- Severe mental illness
Other groups at higher risk, including those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, should also be offered vaccination alongside these groups.
Advice if you are of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding
You should wait to have the COVID-19 vaccine:
- if you’re pregnant – you should wait until you’ve had your baby unless you meet the criteria listed below
- if you’re breastfeeding – you should wait until you’ve stopped breastfeeding
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you should wait for 2 months after having the 2nd dose before getting pregnant.
The JCVI confirms that although the available data do not indicate any safety concern or harm to pregnancy, there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy.
However, the JCVI now advises that if a pregnant woman meets the definition of being clinically extremely vulnerable, then she should discuss the options of COVID-19 vaccination with her obstetrician and/or doctor. This is because their underlying condition may put them at very high risk of experiencing serious complications of COVID-19. The most likely relevant groups of pregnant women are:
- Solid organ transplant recipients
- Those with severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
- Those who have homozygous sickle cell disease
- Those receiving immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- Those receiving dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
- Those with significant congenital or acquired heart disease
Additionally, pregnant women who are frontline health or social care workers, including carers in a residential home, can also discuss the option of vaccination. This is because the risk of exposure to COVID-19 may be higher, even if they have a lower risk of experiencing complications if they are otherwise well.
How the vaccine will be given
The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. The same way a flu vaccination is given.
COVID-19 vaccine side effects
Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
- a sore arm where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.
It’s very rare for anyone to have a serious reaction to the vaccine (anaphylaxis). If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes.
Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.