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Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 vaccination for 18-29 year olds

Anyone aged 18 and over can now register for their first COVID-19 vaccination through the NHS Scotland online self-referral service.

If you have not yet been vaccinated please take up this opportunity

The registration service is available until 4 June 2021. Vaccination appointments will start from mid-June.

Once you have submitted your details, you'll receive a text or email confirming that you’ve registered successfully.

You’ll then receive a second text or email with your appointment details nearer the time of the appointment. This is based on the availability of vaccine supplies and staff.

If you're aged 30 and over you will not be able to self-register as these appointments are currently being processed. You'll receive your blue envelope in the post.

 

A service that allows people travelling abroad to access a record of their vaccination status has been launched.  This is an interim solution if you are travelling in next 21 days.

A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from NHS Inform (https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status) or, for people not online, they can requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline: 0808 196 8565.

Staff who received their COVID-19 vaccination via one of our staff vaccination clinics, and those who had their vaccination at their GP practice, should use the “recover username” function to gain access to their vaccine status.   Please note that you should not request your vaccine status information from your GP.

 

Information (from 26 April) on how to order or collect Lateral Flow Tests is on the Scottish Government’s website.  Alternatively a test can be booked/arranged at the asymptomatic test facilities across NHSGGC

Please read the information below regarding the arrangements for the vaccine rollout and how to contact the NHS GG&C if you have missed or not received your invite.

NHS Inform Scotland                                    www.nhsinform.scot

The order in which the Government has instructed patients to be vaccinated 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
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  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
  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

 

Patients with a NHS HUB appointment seeking to reschedule their appointment Advise patient to contact National Vaccination Helpline   to reschedule Tel: 0800 030 8013

 

Patients with NHS HUB appointment seeking transport support Advise patient to contact National Vaccination Helpline        Tel: 0800 030 8013 where they will be directed to Traveline/MyBus as appropriate.

Where Traveline/MyBus is not viable option, the National Helpline will transfer patient to appropriate local contact  for follow-up/ local solution

Patients with a NHS HUB who require a language interpreter Advise patient that telephone interpreting service is available at all vaccination clinics, therefore no requirement to organise in advance of appointment
Patients with a NHS HUB who require a BSL interpreter If a face to face BSL interpreter is required (some patients prefer to use BSL app) advise patient (or their advocate) to contact National Vaccination Helpline Tel: 0800 030 8013 in advance of appointment. National Helpline will then advise NHSGGC Contact Centre to arrange BSL interpreter.
Patients over 40 years of age   who have not received their first dose of vaccine If a patient is within the above cohorts and has not received their first dose of vaccination  advise patient to complete NHS Inform online Missing Appointment  Form https://invitations.vacs.nhs.scot/ to provide contact details

 

Alternatively, seek assistance from the National Helpline tel: 0800 030 8013

 

Patients aged 29-30 years of age Patients in 30-39 age cohort should receive ServiceNow Appointment for first dose by end June

 

Patients aged 18-29 year olds Those aged 18 to 29 years old on (and including) 17 May 2021 are currently being invited to register for their first dose of coronavirus vaccine The registration service is available for 2 weeks, from 24 May until 11th June 2021. Vaccination appointments will start from mid-June.

To register complete online registration form Under 30s COVID-19 registration service - Home page (nhs.scot)

Or alternatively contact national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013

Those who do not self-register will receive a ServiceNow invitation via post

Those in at risk populations who are housebound who have received a NHS HUB appointment Advise patient to contact National Vaccination Helpline        Tel: 0800 030 8013 and request a home visit.

 

The National helpline will then pass patients contact details to NHSGGC local contact centre who will liaise with patient / HSCP housebound contact to confirm housebound status and arrange home visit as appropriate.

Those in at risk population who have not received a NHS HUB appointment by end of March

 

 

If a patient is in at risk group and has not received a NHS HUB appointment advise patient to complete NHS Inform online Missing Appointment Form https://invitations.vacs.nhs.scot/ to provide contact details.

Alternatively, seek assistance from the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013

 

Queries about Carers   (Cohort 6)
Unpaid carers – in receipt of carers allowance Individuals in receipt of carers allowance will receive a NHS HUB appointment by end of March if they have not – follow missed appointment process.
Unpaid carers – not in receipt of carers allowance   including young carers Unpaid carers not in receipt of carers allowance, will be able to self-refer for the COVID-19 vaccine if they are not contacted by phone or letter.  Individuals must be registered with a GP to access this service.

To register online for a coronavirus vaccination as an unpaid carer visit https://register.vacs.nhs.scot/

Alternatively, register by telephone via the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013, please select option 3, Register as an Unpaid Carer.

Queries about patients NOT in GP cohorts  - age 50 – 64 years of age (cohorts  7, 8 & 9)  
When will those aged 50-64 years age receive a NHS HUB appointment? The timetable is based on vaccine supply, the aim is to complete by the middle of April
Queries about other specific groups
Specific groups

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Form available to refer people who require accelerated vaccination. Further information will follow

·      Prisons - vaccinations will commence week beginning 1st March

·      Asylum seekers - meeting held and plans developing

·      HIV - HIV service commencing vaccinations from 15th March.

·      Pregnancy - by exception, counselling system in place

·      Private hospital mental health inpatients – plans in place

·      MOD personnel living at Faslane – plan in place

·      Homeless / Addiction service – to be supported with vaccine in mid April

When will patients in non GP cohorts receive their ServiceNow second vaccination appointment? Following updated JCVI guidance, as outlined in CMO letter dated 18th May 2021, second doses of all vaccines should be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for all priority groups, with priority given to those areas where the B.1.617.2 variant is of the highest threat.

If patient has not received an appointment to attend their second  attend their second dose vaccination 10 weeks after their first dose, advise patient to contact National Helpline on 0800 030 8013 if they have not received an appointment letter for their second vaccination

 

Where the 12 week period is missed for any reason (for example a scheduled patient is unable to attend due to self-isolation) the second dose should be given as soon as possible and you do not have to restart the course.

Video links for information on Covid-19 (in various languages)

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Video links for information on the Covid-19 vaccination

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The NEW Protect Scotland app is available - help keep the nation safe during the Coronavirus pandemic with track and protect. Download now for free at the Apple Store or Android Store.

The latest patient informaton on the vaccine - www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater) and/or change in sense of smell or taste.

If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature and/or change in sense of smell or taste in the last 7 days then please self isolate at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Anyone who lives with you must also isolate but for 14 days. If they develop symptoms then they must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

Iyou have Covid-19 symptoms contact NHS Inform or phone 0800 028 2816 to book a test.

Phone 111 if your symptoms:
• have not improved after 10 days
• are severe or you have shortness of breath
• worsen during home isolation

You should also phone 111 if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:
• are 70 years old or over
• have underlying poor health
• have heart or lung problems
• have a weakened immune system, including cancer
• have diabetes

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Isolation note

Online Isolation notes are now available, if you need a note for your employer. Follow the instructions and download & print the note or have it emailed to you or your employer.

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including advice for those who have been added to the shielding group, at risk patients (would receive the flu vaccine), social distancing and stay at home advice.

More information

 

Wearing a mask/face covering in public

If you require further information on wearing a mask or face covering on public transport or for exemption cards please visit Asthma UK or First Glasgow .