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Flu & COVID-19 Vaccination Info

Flu appointments are now available to book:

If you are over 50yrs old or have any of the following conditions then you are eligible to receive the flu vaccine.

Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Heart Disease, Chronic Neurological Disease, Stroke, Immunosuppression, Adults BMI >40, Carers, Household contacts of Immunosuppressed, Pregnant.

The clinics will be held at the surgery and will be by pre-booked appointments only.

Please contact the surgery on 028 9443 2202 and speak to a receptionist to book an appointment.

When attending your appointment you must:

  1. Arrive at your specific appointment time only
  2. Wear a face covering
  3. Wear suitable clothing e.g. short sleeved top as you will receive the vaccine in your arm.
  4. If you are having any COVID symptoms please DO NOT attend the surgery.

 

COVID-19 BOOSTERS NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK

We are currently offering the Covid-19 Vaccine Booster.  We are using the Pfizer booster or Moderna booster.  Unfortunately we cannot offer a choice, it depends on availability of vaccine. We are very confident in the efficacy of both and happy to provide these for our patients.

Please call the surgery to book your appointment if you are over 50 years old or fall into one of the categories listed in table 3 below.

COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME FOR TEMPLEPATRICK SURGERY

Priority Group Risk Group
1

Residents in a care home for older adults

Staff working in care home for older adults

2 All those 80 years of age and over
3 All those 75 years of age and over
4

All those 70 years of age and over

Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 Adults aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group (Table 3)
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over

TABLE 3

Chronic respiratory disease

Individuals with a severe lung condition, including those with asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).

Chronic heart disease and vascular disease

Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease. This includes individuals with atrial fibrillation, peripheral vascular disease or a history of venous thromboembolism.

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation.

Chronic liver disease

Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis.

Chronic neurological disease

Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers). This includes individuals with cerebral palsy, severe or profound learning disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological disability.

Diabetes mellitus

Any diabetes, including diet-controlled diabetes.

Immunosuppression

 

Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, patients undergoing radical radiotherapy, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients, HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system (e.g. IRAK-4, NEMO, complement disorder, SCID).

Individuals who are receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy including, but not limited to, anti-TNF, alemtuzumab, ofatumumab, rituximab, patients receiving protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors, and individuals treated with steroid sparing agents such as cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil.

Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day (any age).

Anyone with a history of haematological malignancy, including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma and those with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments.

Some immunosuppressed patients may have a suboptimal immunological response to the vaccine.

Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen

 

This also includes conditions that may lead to splenic dysfunction, such as homozygous sickle cell disease, thalassemia major and coeliac syndrome.

Morbid obesity

Adults with a Body Mass Index ≥40 kg/m².

Severe mental illness

Individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment

Adult carers

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

Younger adults in

long-stay nursing

and residential care

settings

Many younger adults in residential care settings will be eligible for vaccination because they fall into one of the clinical risk groups above (for example learning disabilities). Given the likely high risk of exposure in these settings, where a high proportion of the population would be considered eligible, vaccination of the whole resident population is recommended.

Younger residents in care homes for the elderly will be at high risk of exposure, and although they may be at lower risk of mortality than older residents should not be excluded from vaccination programmes (see priority 1 above).

For consideration of children under 16 see below.

 COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Questions & Answers

For common questions and answers please click on the link below:

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/northern-ireland-covid-19-vaccination-programme/covid-19-vaccination-programme

Coronavirus

Isolate your household
Stay at home

If you or anyone in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough - even if it's mild

  • Everyone in your house must stay at home*
  • DO NOT go to your GP, hospital or pharmacy
  • You can ring NHS 111 for information or advice and they will help you decide if you need to contact your GP.

    Calling your GP is only necessary if you have:
    • An existing health condition
    • problems with your immune system
    • very serious symptoms
  • Protect older people and those with existing health conditions by avoiding contact.

*Find out how to isolate at home at www.pha.site/coronavirus

If it is a medical emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and information the operator of your symptoms. 

stay alert control the virus save lives

From the 10th August 2020 NI executive announced that the use of face coverings in certain indoor settings will be mandatory. 

At Templepatrick Surgery we would greatly appreciate your co-operation when entering the surgery to please wear a face covering.

If you feel you require and exemption card for this new guidance please click on the link below:

Face covering exemption

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