Primary Care Network Statement Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations

Covid-19 Vaccinations for patients registered at:

  • Attleborough Surgeries
  • Old Mill Surgery, Poringland
  • Heathgate Medical Practice, Poringland
  • Chet Valley Medical Practice, Loddon
  • Church Hill Surgery, Pulham Market
  • Diss, The Lawns Surgery
  • Diss, Parish Fields Surgery
  • Harleston Medical Practice
  • Long Stratton Medical Partnership

GP surgeries have been asked to support NHS England to deliver the largest vaccination programme the country has seen in a number of years and we are all supporting the national campaign.

Unlike other vaccination programmes, such as flu, we are unable to provide vaccination from each Practice, with NHS England asking groups of Practices to come together and provide vaccination from a central location to that grouping of Practices.

In our group of Practices, the vaccination centre will be in Poringland and we are currently establishing our centre in line with NHS and Care Quality Commission(CQC) standards to ensure safe vaccination.

Vaccine supply will be limited in the first instance and there are characteristics of the vaccine that mean we are restricted in the number of patients we can vaccinate safely in a day.

For example, all patients vaccinated are required to remain under observation in the centre for15 minutes after receiving their vaccination and of course we need to also respect social distancing guidelines during this time.

The Government has announced the priority groups for vaccination and we are starting with invitations to those patients. Those in eligible groups will receive a call from one of our booking team, which we are hoping will start the week commencing Monday 11th January.

Please do not call your surgery, we will contact you. This will keep surgery telephone lines free for other patient need.