Rob Noel, Managing Partner at Tinkers Lane Surgery wishes to communicate the following message to residents:-
RWB Surgeries are part of Bath, Swindon & Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BSW CCG) and share a Primary Care Network (PCN) with Purton, Malmesbury, Cricklade and Tolsey surgeries as a group.
They have been liaising with NHS for the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine since 21st December. I’m sure you have all read this vaccine is very difficult to maintain and all 975 doses have to be delivered in a short space of time (3.5 days after delivery), because of this, only one venue is allowed to deliver the vaccine to surgery patients in the group; Malmesbury Primary Care Centre (MPCC) will be our location.
Our surgeries hope to receive confirmation they will get their allocation of the vaccine by the 7th January (To be confirmed); the surgeries will then contact their over 80 year olds in order to book an appointment at Malmesbury Care Centre for the 10th/11th January (To be confirmed).
Out of the total allocation for the PCN of 975 vaccines in this first wave, New Court Surgery has been allocated 165 and Tinkers Lane has 190 to vaccinate the 80 + cohort of patients as directed by NHS England. Please don’t contact them, they will contact you. This first wave of 975 vaccines will not vaccinate all 80 + year olds in the RWB area, but it is anticipated that more vaccines will become available following this initial wave and as such, the remainder in this cohort will get vaccinated as soon as practicable.
Once the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine gets approved, it is the aim of the RWB surgeries to administer it to their patients locally at patients’ registered surgeries (Tinkers Lane and New Court) in the same way as the flu jab is normally delivered on an annual basis. However, this aim still has to be authorised by the BSW CCG/NHS England.
Please be patient and stay safe.