Essex House Surgery

Station Road, Barnes , London, SW13 0LW

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Covid-19 Vaccination

Essex House Surgery has been approved as the vaccination centre for Barnes, Sheen and half of Kew.

Individual GP practices will be responsible for inviting their own patients to attend Essex House for vaccination, under guidance from Public Health England and NHS England.

We will contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

The Practice staff do not have the ability to prioritise individual patients and will be guided by NHS England on who we can invite and when.

This priority list is as follows:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers. No other occupations are included in this category.
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals- Those that received a shielding letter.
    •  People with the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable:
      • solid organ transplant recipients
      • people with specific cancers:
        • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
        • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
        • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
        • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
        • people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
        • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
      • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
      • people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
      • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
      • problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
      • adults with Down’s syndrome
      • adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
      • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (those that normally receive the flu vaccine)
      • This also includes 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
      • Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive
        pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and asthma that requires a regular/continuous inhaled steroid (preventer inhaler- not the blue salbutamol only).
      • 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
      •  Diabetes
      •  Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
      • People with specific cancers
      •  Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
      •  Splenic dysfunction
      • Morbid obesity
      • Severe mental illness
  1. all those 60 years of age and over
  2. all those 55 years of age and over
  3. all those 50 years of age and over

Please read Public Health’s information leaflet on Why you have to wait for the Covid-19 vaccination

Covid vaccinations – change to timing of 2nd dose

Why has the time between getting a first and second dose of the vaccination changed?

The NHS is following new guidance from the Government’s expert advisors which says that prioritising a first dose of the Covid vaccination for as many people as possible will save more lives.

This is because even with just one dose the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been estimated to offer 89% effectiveness from two weeks after it is given and the Oxford/AstraZeneca has been estimated to offer 74% effectiveness from two weeks after it is given.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van Tam, has said: “The evidence clearly shows vaccinated individuals get almost complete protection after the first dose. Simply put, every time we vaccinate someone a second time, we are not vaccinating someone else for the first time. It means we are missing an opportunity to greatly reduce the chances of the most vulnerable people getting severely ill from Covid-19. If a family has two elderly grandparents and there are two vaccines available, it is better to give both 89 per cent than to give one 95 per cent protection with two quick doses, and the other grandparent no protection at all.”

To protect as many people in at-risk groups as quickly as possible, booster doses will now be delivered within 12 weeks of the first dose.

Will I be contacted when it is time to have my 2nd dose?

Patients still need to receive their second vaccine, and we will contact you when it is time for your second dose. It is important that you attend your second appointment when you have been contacted. We do not yet know when teh delivery for these vaccines will arrive. This is not in our control.

If you are a health or social care worker that received your first dose at Essex House, please continue to check our website for dates of booster dose clinics. When these are announced, please call Essex House to make an appointment.

Proof of vaccination

Details on your Covid-19 vaccination is automatically sent to your GP practice, there can be a delay in this putting this information onto your Medical notes, since practices are extremely busy at this time. Please do not contact Essex House Surgery regarding proof of vaccination. Vaccination cards are not being issued as these are not patient specific and therefore cannot be used as proof of vaccination.

For Health and Social care workers; NHS trusts can access this information via NIMS/NOMS as was entered into the National database (Pinnacle) at the time of vaccination. They do not require any further evidence from Essex House Surgery.

What to expect when you attend Essex House for the Covid-19 vaccination

Patients will be invited to make an appointment when they are eligible to receive the vaccination. Until you have been invited, please do not contact the Surgery.

Please wear a face covering when attending for the Covid-19 vaccination.

When you arrive, you will be asked to join the queue down the ramp at the front of the building.

When you reach the front door, your name will be taken and you will be shown inside to a nurse vaccination station.

A nurse or clinical volunteer will take your name and date of birth again. You will receive your vaccination. You will be asked to leave the building via the one-way system into the observation area where you may be asked to wait for 15 minutes, depending on the vaccination you received.

Please do not attend if:

  • You currently have Covid-19 or have had Covid-19 in the past 28 days
  • You have had a fever for any reason in the previous 48 hours.
  • You have received ANY vaccination in the past 7 days

For more information on what to expect following receiving the vaccination please read the PHE Information sheet.

Side effects

What are the side effects?
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.

Although you may get some protection from the first dose, having the second dose will give you the best protection against the virus.

Very common side effects include:
• having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine.
• feeling tired
• headache
• general aches, or mild flu-like symptoms

Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection.

An uncommon side effect is swelling of the glands. You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help make you feel better.

These symptoms normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, contact the Surgery. If you do seek advice from a doctor or nurse, make sure you tell them about your vaccination so that they can assess you properly.

You can also report suspected side effects of vaccines and medicines through the Yellow Card scheme.
You can do this online by visiting the Coronavirus Yellow Card or by downloading the Yellow Card app.

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00 until 12:00
    13:00 until 18:30
  • Tuesday
    08:00 until 12:00
    13:00 until 18:30
  • Wednesday
    08:00 until 12:00
    13:00 until 18:30
  • Thursday
    08:00 until 12:00
    13:00 until 18:30
  • Friday
    08:00 until 12:00
    13:00 until 18:00
  • Saturday
  • Sunday