Covid-19 Boosters

The Crown Medical Centre is not offering booster/third vaccinations. These vaccinations are being offered by the Somerset Covid Vaccinations Team. We hope that we have answered your question below but if not please ring the surgery and speak to the Covid Admin Team.

Who is currently eligible to receive a booster vaccine?

Booster vaccines are available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of the vaccine at least 6 months ago.

This includes:

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People who live and work in care homes
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • People aged 16 and over who are a main Carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

I haven’t had my booster, but I had my second dose more than 6 months ago. What should I do?

If you had your second dose 6 months ago and are eligible for your booster, please go to the National Booking Service website or call 119.  They can tell you where slots are available to book at a vaccination centre in Somerset. This could be at one of our larger vaccination sites, or at some GPs and community pharmacies.

If I am housebound, how do I get a booster vaccine?

The Vaccination Team have started visiting people who are housebound to offer them their Covid booster vaccine. If you or your relative are able to get to a vaccination centre, you can book an appointment through the National Booking Website and the team can come out to vaccinate you in the car if that’s easier. If you can’t leave your home, one of the team will be in touch to book a visit in the coming weeks.

I have had my first or second vaccinations outside of England and am unable to book my booster through NBS. What should I do?

Currently, vaccines administered overseas can’t be recorded on the UK National Immunisation Management system (NIMS), (the system used to show your vaccination status in the NHS App). This includes vaccines received in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. This means, the ability to show any “overseas” vaccination certificate / request a vaccination passport isn’t currently available via the NHS. This issue is being considered at a national level and an update is expected shortly.  In the meantime, any queries regarding this issue need to be directed to NHS 119 or to NHS App support, rather than to your GP. (https://www.nhs.uk/contact-us/nhs-app-contact-us)

I am eligible for my booster, but when I called 119, I was told to contact my GP. My GP has said they are not part of the Somerset Covid Vaccination Programme and are unable to help. What should I do?

If you are eligible for a booster vaccination and you are more than 5 months from your second dose, please go to the National Booking Service website to book for booster vaccine or call 119. If your GP practice is not part of the programme, they will be unable to help with this. 

The NHS app isn’t showing the correct information for my vaccines. Who should I contact?

If your vaccination record is wrong or incomplete, you need to call NHS 119 and ask them to raise a query through the Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS). You should receive a call back within 5 working days.  Your GP can’t alter the information held about your vaccine status, so please do not contact them about this.

Booster Vaccinations and NHS App

Please note that your Covid booster vaccine record will not show on your NHS app. GP practices have no control over NHS app and are not able to change this. If you have access to your online record you may be able to see your Covid booster vaccination record under Immunisations and sometimes under Medications but this is for your reference only and, to our understanding, cannot be used for travel purposes.

I went to the same place I had my first vaccinations, but it’s no longer open for Covid vaccinations. How can I find out where to go for any future vaccinations?

The best place to go to find out what’s available and where is the National Booking Service website as this is kept up to date and includes information on how to book an appointment.  Some vaccination sites in Somerset have changed from earlier in the vaccination programme.

 

 

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