If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) – the advice is to stay at home for 10 days. All members of this household should remain at home for 10 days.

If you think you have symptoms, please do not attend your hospital appointment until you are advised it is safe to do so. Please contact us to rearrange your appointment, or to re-organise treatment and tests.

The latest information on the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can be found here.

If you are over 75 you can now book your vaccination appointment at the King's Mill Hospital Hub here or you can call 0115 883 4640. Please do not call the main hospital number to book an appointment.

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Covid – 19 Vaccination information

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:14 PM

Covid – 19 Vaccination information

In line with the JCVI guidance, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Vaccination Hub is now providing Covid-19 vaccinations for people over the age of 75, whilst continuing to also provide protection for frontline health and care workers. If you are over 75 you can now book your appointment here.

For all the latest information about the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination in our area please visit the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group website here.

Our King’s Mill Hospital site is one of the 50 hospital hubs that is taking part in the national vaccination programme and we continue to vaccinate over 80s and health care workers against Covid-19.

We would like to remind colleagues, patients and visitors that you will be contacted if you need to come to hospital for a vaccine. Please do not contact us.

If you do not receive a letter asking you to book a slot for a vaccination then we are unable to offer you a vaccination at this time. More slots and more options to receive your vaccination will become available as the national programme rolls out.

If you have been invited for a vaccine click here for directions to the vaccination centre.

How can you help?

The public have an important part to play to help with the roll out of the vaccination programme:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • please don’t come onto site in the hope of receiving a vaccination. We cannot help you unless you have an invitation to receive a vaccine and a booked appointment;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
  • please come alone to your vaccination appointment unless you require a carer.

Please also continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives. It is still important that we wash our hands regularly, keep on social distancing and wear face masks where required.

What should I do if , my family, my friends or I are in the priority groups but have not been contacted by the NHS?

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS, please be assured that we are contacting people in priority order and you will be contacted when appropriate to make an appointment. Please do not contact us before you have received a letter about making an appointment for the vaccine.

How will patients be invited for a vaccination?

When it is the right time you will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be in the form of a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information you need, including your NHS number. 

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking you not to contact us to get an appointment until you get their letter. We will not be able to offer a vaccination unless you have been invited to make an appointment.

If I have already had Covid should I get vaccinated?  

Yes, if you are in a priority group and have been invited for a vaccination. The MHRA have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t. 

Who is vaccinating care home residents and staff?

This group are a high priority and so as soon as it is possible for them to do so, GPs and local primary care networks will begin vaccinating care home residents. This is likely to begin before Christmas.

In the first instance we will be working to vaccinate as many care home staff as safely as possible in hospital hubs in the immediate days and weeks, including bringing in staff.

Taking the vaccine into the community and into care homes will come over the following weeks.

Is the NHS confident the vaccine is safe? 

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  

The MHRA, the official UK regulator, has said this vaccine is safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.  

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products.

There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.     

How effective is the vaccine? How long does it take to work?

The MHRA has said this vaccine is highly effective, but to get full protection people need to come back for the second dose – this is really important. 

Full protection kicks in around a week or two after that second dose, which is why it’s also important that when you do get invited, you act on that and get yourself booked in as soon as possible.

Chief Nurse, Julie Hogg said: “I am pleased that King’s Mill Hospital has been selected as a hospital hub for the Covid-19 vaccination programme. 

"We are working with our regional partners to ensure we can vaccinate those with most need as outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

“These vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people – they have been tested on tens of thousands of people and assessed by experts. We have processes in place to ensure that they are being delivered safely.”

As well as people aged over 80, healthcare workers who are most vulnerable or who look after the most vulnerable patients will also be receiving the vaccine as a priority. All those vaccinated will need a booster vaccine 28 days later.

Patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be among the first to receive the vaccine.

We will start to see the first local vaccination services shortly, led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists. As we head towards the end of the year we will increasingly deliver vaccines at much smaller scale, like in care homes, and at much larger scale too, through vaccination centres.

Chief Nurse, Julie Hogg added: "I would like to remind people that they should not come to the hospital for a vaccine, and that we will contact people to arrange an appointment when they need to attend. 

"Vaccination is only one step in the fight against Covid-19 and we all still need to remain vigilant and follow the local Covid alert level restrictions."

What should I do if I have anaphylaxis allergic reactions, can I have the vaccine?

If you have a history of onset-anaphylaxis or an unexplained anaphylaxis reaction you should not be vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. You can have the AstraZeneca vaccine instead (if not otherwise contradicted by a medical professional).

What do I do if I have an itchy skin reaction/hives after having my first dose of the vaccine?

If you have had a localised itchy skin reaction (without systemic symptoms) to the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, you should receive the second dose of the vaccine with a prolonged observation (30 minutes instead of 15 minutes) in a setting where there are full resuscitation facilities (for example a hospital). If you have had this kind of reaction you are advised to have your second vaccination at a hospital hub.

More information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine roll out in Nottinghamshire can be found here