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Covid-19 vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11

Children aged 5 to 11 who are clinically extremely vulnerable or household contacts of people who are severely immunosuppressed are being offered two doses of a paediatric version of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) Covid-19 vaccine. Parents and carers of children in this position have been contacted by their consultant, GP or national letter with information about how to book a vaccination at a dedicated clinic. Full details of eligibility can be found in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation guidance here in table 4.

It has been announced that from April, all children aged 5 to 11 will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine. In our area, children in this age group will be invited to have their vaccine in a dedicated clinic outside school hours, they will not be vaccinated through the school immunisation programme. Our local NHS vaccination programme will provide more information on how to book an appointment, nearer the time at www.grabajab.net.

Prostate cancer risk checker

It’s the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have symptoms.

Prostate cancer is not always life-threatening. But when it is, the earlier you catch it the more likely it is to be cured.

You can check your risk level for prostate cancer through the Prostate Cancer UK Risk Checker.

If you’re a trans woman or non-binary, your risk may be different – read the information for trans or non-binary people in the Prostate Cancer UK Trans Women and Prostate Guide.

Covid-19 Update

In light of the urgent need to deliver Covid booster vaccines to prevent the spread of the Omicron Variant we will be following government advice to focus on urgent care only in the practice for the next few weeks.

We will be focusing our efforts on supporting the delivery of the booster vaccines in the inner city.

We would like to ask you to help us by holding off contacting us about any routine matters until the New Year. We remain open and will have a duty team available every day to speak to anyone with a health issue that cannot wait and will continue to see you in person when required.

Our eConsult service continues to be available but will be closed over the Christmas and New year period.

If you have any queries regarding covid vaccine and boosters, please refer to www.nhs.uk where you will receive the most up to date information.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Flu Vaccination Update

We are able to vaccinate all adults eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine, as well as children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019 and children who are at a higher risk from flu because of an underlying medical condition, such as severe asthma or a weakened immune system. We are not able to vaccinate the remaining school-aged children in the area, as they will be vaccinated at their school before the end of January.

Our flu vaccine clinics are arranged around deliveries, which are phased throughout the flu season. At the moment the practice does not have any vaccine available, but we are expecting a delivery in the coming weeks. Once clinics are arranged, eligible people will be contacted by the practice to book an appointment. Please do not call about general flu vaccine appointments in the meantime.

If you do not wish to wait for us to contact you, many local community pharmacies are also able to offer the flu vaccine and, if you’re pregnant, you can contact your local maternity service.

There is enough flu vaccine for all eligible people to be vaccinated.

Data Opt Outs

Your data matters to us at Montpelier Health.

In a letter to all GPs, 19 July 2021, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jo Churchill set out a new process for commencing data collection, moving away from a previously fixed date of 1 September.

  • Your GP holds your health record, for use by us and other parts of the NHS for your direct care.
  • NHS Digital also uses some of this data for research, planning, and improving the NHS for everyone.

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