Covid update from Colne Medical Centre 19/01/2021

We have put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the covid vaccine, hopefully, you will find the information useful.

Q: I have had a text from the practice to book the covid vaccine- what should I do?

A: The text message contains a link that you should click on, this takes you to a system to book your own appointment- reception staff do not have access to the booking system and cannot do this for you. If you have difficulties please ask a friend or family member to help. If you are unable to book this way please contact the surgery and ask reception to pass a message to the GP care advisor (please note this will be a longer process due to the volume of bookings being made).

Q: I’m 75, when will I get my vaccine?

A: Practices in North East Essex are still booking the over 80’s and housebound patients. As soon as we are ready to move on to the next group we will update our website and Facebook page.

If you have a mobile phone please make sure that we have your correct telephone number, you can update your details via the practice website administration office.

Vaccination invitations will be sent in bulk by SMS in the first instance, then patients will be contacted on landline numbers by central administrative staff.

Q: Why isn’t the practice giving vaccinations?

A: In our local area all practices have joined together to staff 3 central vaccination centres at Clacton, Harwich and Colchester, these are being staffed by nurses, GPs and administrators from all practices, 7 days a week.

If you are housebound please pass on your details and the practice can arrange for your vaccine to be given at home.

If you need transport to a vaccination site in Clacton, Harwich or Colchester please call the numbers below:

  • For all Harwich appointments, patients are to call 01255 552010
  • For all Clacton appointments, patients are to call 01255 436962

The only exception is patients in Thorpe travelling to Clacton have to call the Harwich number.

This is a free service for anyone with a bus pass and they have to have their appointment time ready when booking.

How many people have been vaccinated so far?

At the Colne Medical Centre, the total number of over 80s who are not housebound and are eligible for the vaccine is 716.

So far 294 patients have booked in for the vaccination, 100 patients have not responded to our message and 322 patients are being contacted manually be the central administration team who will make the booking for them.

Everyone involved in the vaccination clinics; Nurses, GPs, Health Care Assistants and administrators come from local practices are working tirelessly to ensure our local communities are vaccinated safely and as quickly as possible.

Please be patient, you will be contacted when your age group becomes eligible. For the latest Covid information for our area please check the practice website or our social media pages.

Thank you all for your continued support during these difficult times.

Colne Medical Centre