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Latest update on Covid-19 vaccinations

31 Dec 2020

Details of how GP practices in Liverpool are starting to vaccinate priority patients.

Groups of GP practices in Liverpool are beginning to invite people aged over 80 to have the Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine – this brief update explains more about how the process works.

You don’t need to contact your GP practice or another NHS organisation to ask for your vaccination – or to request one for a member of your family – you will be invited when it is time for you to be vaccinated, either with a letter or a phone call.

The city’s GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice, and you might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself – you will be told where to attend when you are invited in. When you have had your vaccination you will be told when you will need to go back for your second dose.

Not all areas of the city have started vaccinating yet, so don’t be worried if you or a family member is over 80 but hasn’t heard anything so far. You might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that doesn’t mean that you are a lower priority. GPs and other practice staff are working hard to vaccinate as many people in this group as quickly as possible, and during January many more people will be invited in, but it is only the start of the vaccination programme and it will take some time to work through everyone.   

For further information about the Covid-19 vaccine, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

You can also find general information about the Covid-19 vaccine here: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.

 

57 Comment(s) for Latest update on Covid-19 vaccinations

  • By Darren Simpson on 1/23/2021 11:59:48 PM

    Hi There, i was hoping to find out who to contact to register our organisation for COVID vaccine for frontline workers. we are working with vulnerable users as frontline service. thanks in advance.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/25/2021 2:51:50 PM
    Hi Darren, You don't need to register for the covid vaccine as an organisation or individual. If you are currently eligible through your employer, you will be informed of how to access a vaccine. Please note that at present vaccines are just being offered to the government's first four priority groups: over 80s, then over 70s, plus care home residents/staff, and health & social care staff. So at the moment, unless your service users fall into one of these age categories/groups, they wont be currently eligible. You can find out more about the order of patient prioritisation from the following government link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020


  • By Jessica Anderson on 1/21/2021 2:12:41 PM

    Hello, I am in phase one group vulnerable and also my son. My GP is contacting all other GP's within practice to get advice on me having Pfizer as I have 14 sensitivities and allergies to drugs, one was breathing and rash, no anaphylaxis. But have reacted to previous vacs and had to have steroids each time. I have requested steroids in advance for the covid vac. Right now GP has said do not have it until he gets more info back. My question is, if I cannot have Pfizer then maybe I can have Oxford at some point, but how would I know when it is avail and how to get it? A complex problem which you may not be able to answer. Thank you for your time

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/22/2021 10:22:28 AM
    Hi Jessica, Yes that does sound complex! Our advice would always be to follow the advice of your GP as they are aware of your full medical history, and in this case it sounds as if he has been very thorough in seeking further medical opinions from colleagues too. Regarding the possibility of having the Oxford vaccine instead, again we would encourage you to discuss this with your GP first and/or any other specialists involved in your care.


  • By Kerrie Hoy on 1/20/2021 6:53:41 PM

    Thank you for your response. Yes she has had a letter through and I attempted to ring for advice on 119, they advised I speak to GP has they did not know what to advise. I spoke to GP after initial call who stated she should receive it in a hospital setting but this could take months? When I asked how we would know he stated to just keep phoning. Her doctors aren't the easiest to get in touch with (took us 3 days and then an hour and a half just to request a prescription) so she is worrying about it alot. Thanks

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/21/2021 12:02:19 PM
    Hi Kerrie, Okay. We will speak with colleagues about this query, and try to get some further advice back to you shortly on what is best to do.


  • By Kerrie on 1/19/2021 9:09:54 PM

    My grandmother is 80 years old, she has received her letter for vaccination, however she has previous history of anaphylaxis from penicillin. I have spoke to call handler from 119 and her GP and I am unable to find resolution as to what she should do, or whether she will still be getting the vaccine. Noone is providing concise answers! How do I find out what will happen. She has underlying health conditions also

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/20/2021 11:18:14 AM
    Hi Kerrie, Anyone with a history of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food should not receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, however they may still be able to receive the Oxford version. Everyone will be fully screened for potential allergic reactions before being vaccinated. Has she actually received her invitation yet? If not, she should inform staff of this when they get in touch to book the appointment with her and they will advise her further on this.


  • By Raymond Griffiths on 1/18/2021 6:25:27 PM

    Hi I have had a kidney transplant currently I only have 14% function left and I am also immunosuppressive will I still be able to get the vaccine....

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/21/2021 12:19:44 PM
    Hi Raymond, Just to add, the current guidance is that if you are immunosuppressed that you should talk to your GP before you are given the vaccine. They are best positioned to advise you because they know your full medical history.

    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/19/2021 9:13:50 AM
    Hi Raymond, although those with kidney disease or kidney transplants weren't included in clinical trials, it is thought the benefit of vaccinating against COVID-19 vastly outweighs any potential risks. However you will receive more advice once we start vaccinating your group. For the time being, the national kidney federation has some information for kidney patients about the vaccine: https://www.kidney.org.uk/news/coronavirus-latest-information-and-advice


  • By Carole McKenna on 1/17/2021 11:29:26 AM

    Thank you for your reply to my previous email. My mum has now has her first vaccine so anyone who is also anxious might be be reassured by that.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/18/2021 12:56:05 PM
    That's great to hear Carole. Thanks for sharing that. More and more people should start to be covered quite quickly now as the infrastructure around vaccination continues to increase.


  • By Fran on 1/16/2021 10:19:01 PM

    Hi. My elderly clinically vulnerable mum received her letter. On attempting to book a vaccine there were no local options iin Liverpool - not one anywhere in the ciity. She can't travel far. How is it that no Liverpool options appear for her when we type in her postcode? Can we type in a random postcode in Liverpool instead - to see if a local city based centre actually exists?

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/18/2021 1:02:40 PM
    Hi Fran, It sounds like she has received an invitation letter from a regional vaccination centre, run by NHS England. These are opening in order to try to help increase vaccination capacity further and provide more patient choice. But we recognise that travelling further to receive the vaccine isn’t always an appropriate option for everyone. The advice is that if you get an invite to one of these sites but don’t want to take up the offer, you can ignore the letter and you will still be invited to a local centre in Liverpool instead.


  • By ian Obrien on 1/16/2021 12:07:22 PM

    My Dad is 87 and just received his vaccination appointment. When we tried to book him in for the vaccine, the Medical centres were in St Helens, Blackburn, Manchester and Stoke and West Yorkshire. He`s in a Wheelchair and it is hard for him to travel. He lives in Walton, Liverpool. Why are they sending people over 80 out of there own city.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/18/2021 1:08:19 PM
    Hi Ian, Yes. NHS England have sent out letters inviting people to attend a regional vaccination centre, which are opening around the country to help increase vaccination capacity further and provide more patient choice. But we know that travelling further to receive the vaccine isn’t always an appropriate option for older patients. Our advice is that if you get an invite to one of these sites but don’t want to take up the offer, you can ignore the letter and will still be invited to a local centre in Liverpool in due course instead.


  • By Julia Knight on 1/14/2021 3:47:54 PM

    My mum is 83 with heart condition at woolton medical centre quarry street. Has had no contact re vaccine.she is very anxious as we lost my dad to covid in october. She thinks invite might be lost in post. Is there any way to check if and when an invite has been sent. She cant get through to gp ?

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/15/2021 10:12:14 AM
    Hi Julia, We understand these concerns but lots of people over 80 still haven't been contacted just yet - practices are trying to get through patients as quickly as possible, but it will take some time to reach everyone - especially in areas of the city where there are higher numbers of older residents. But we will get to everyone in the coming week - so please bare with us. Also, please don't worry about invite letters being lost or calls being missed. The NHS will keep contacting individuals until they get through. No one will be missed.


  • By Lisa kipling on 1/13/2021 7:51:32 PM

    Hi My father who is 80 has not yet been contacted to go for his vaccine .yet in other parts of Liverpool people in their 70s we know are receiving their vaccines . Surely this is not fair and shouldn’t depend on what part of Liverpool you live in . This is not sticking to the government guidelines .

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/14/2021 11:08:55 AM
    Hi Lisa, the current guidance is to vaccinate all over 80s first before moving onto to other age groups. We are still working to get all over 80s in Liverpool vaccinated in the next few weeks, but we are dependant on supplies. The Pfizer vaccine is very volatile and must be used quickly once it's out of storage. This means that some vaccination centres and GP practices have given the vaccine to under 80s who could attend at short notice to prevent vaccines from going to waste.


  • By audrey on 1/13/2021 1:47:04 PM

    Hi Will front line health care workers be able to get vaccine from GP thank you

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/13/2021 2:15:02 PM
    GP staff will be, but other health staff will be vaccinated via their own employer/Trusts


  • By Maria McBride on 1/12/2021 1:48:30 PM

    Has the roll out of the vaccine started in South Liverpool yet? I haven't heard of anyone getting a call.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/13/2021 9:39:27 AM
    Hi Maria. Yes, large parts of both the North and South of the city have already been covered. The remaining vaccination sites are all going live this week, which means any areas that have not been covered yet, will be within the coming days and weeks. Our teams are all working really hard to get to patients in every area as quickly as possible - but it wasn't possible to vaccinate every part of the city at the same time (supplies were very limited to start with). Also, some parts of the city have a much higher population of elderly residents than others, which means some areas will just take longer to get through.


  • By Hannah Law on 1/12/2021 1:41:03 AM

    How much notice to attend will the invitation letters give- within days,a week,fortnight?Will a specific time slot be allocated,or is it necessary to make an appointment?If so,can this be done online?Thank you.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/12/2021 10:38:45 AM
    Practices will give as much notice as possible - and will offer a range of appointment slots to fit around your availability


  • By Carole McKenna on 1/11/2021 10:31:12 PM

    Why has my 91 year old mother heard nothing about getting the vaccine but 70 year olds are getting it and they don’t have any underlying health conditions. Her surgery is Childwall five ways but there doesn’t seem to be anyone getting vaccinated from there at the Valley health medical which is the vaccination centre allotted to her. Liverpool had a lower percentage of over 80s than many parts of the country who have completed their over 80 population. What is actually going on.Do we need to make a request under the freedom of information act or are you going to tell people what is actually going on and when they can expect to have the vaccine if they are in priority group 1 in Liverpool. Is it incompetence or is wrongful prioritising on purpose due to discrimination on behalf of those making the appointments.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/12/2021 11:01:01 AM
    Hi Carole, thanks for enquiry. All practices in Liverpool are following the national government guidelines around prioritisation groups, starting with vaccinating the over 80s first. But it was not possible for every practice to start vaccinating patients at the same time due to limited vaccine supply. Also, because the Covid-19 vaccines needs to be used within a very short period of time, there might be a small number of occasions when health professionals or others are invited to have the vaccination at short notice to avoid any going to waste - however the first option is always to identify those in the first priority groups. Practice staff have been working extremely hard to get to as many patients as possible as quickly as possible, and by the end of this week we expect all of our vaccination sites to be up & running across the city which will enable us to vaccinate people more quickly over the coming weeks.


  • By Jackie Jones on 1/11/2021 2:27:34 PM

    Can you advise when West Derby Medical Centre will start contacting the over 80s my mum is 84 and has still not heard anything, yet when I have rand the practise I am being told they are not responsible for contacting people for the vaccine, so who is responsible and how is this being done? As with other comments above I am aware of people under 80 in North Liverpool Vauxhall,Clubmoor area who have received their vaccine so all of the GPs are obliviously not following the protocol and this should be easy to check by seeing who under 80 has received the Vaccine as this will be on their records.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/12/2021 10:35:02 AM
    Primary Care Networks are responsible for the delivery of the vaccine, which are groups of GP practices working together in an area. This means it may be another local practice rather than your own that is delivering the vaccines, but we are expecting all of the vaccination sites across the city to be up before the end of this week, which means that everyone who is over 80 will be contacted very soon. All of our practices are following the national guidelines about vaccinating the over 80s first, but because the Covid-19 vaccines needs to be used within a very short period of time, there might be a small number of occasions when health professionals or others are invited to have the vaccination at short notice, to avoid any going to waste. However the first option is always to identify those in the first priority groups.


  • By paul denny on 1/10/2021 6:25:49 PM

    I am a registered nurse working full time but willing to assist with the administration of covid vacines on a voluntary basis in between shifts Let me know if you require me to do so

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/12/2021 10:53:06 AM
    Thank you for the kind offer - if you can email us at communications@liverpoolccg.nhs.uk we will flag this to colleagues involved in staffing.


  • By P Smith on 1/9/2021 5:13:20 PM

    I would like to know how people in my age bracket (70) are getting the vaccine, whilst people I know who are 86 have heard nothing either you do in a fair way or make it a free for all ......There is little trust in this government his isn’t helping

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/12/2021 10:47:09 AM
    All practices in Liverpool have been asked to follow the national government guidelines around priority groups, and at a present should just be vaccinating over 80s. It's hard to comment on specific cases where this process may not have been followed without all of the details. But because the Covid-19 vaccines needs to be used within a very short period of time, there might be a small number of occasions when health professionals or others are invited to have the vaccination at short notice, to avoid any going to waste. However the first option is always to identify those in the first priority groups.


  • By Linda kennedy on 1/9/2021 12:55:46 PM

    I wonder if you can explain why some people in the under 60’s age bracket are being invited for their vaccinations and my husband who is 74 and myself who is classed as clinically vulnerable have yet to be invited for the vaccine. I was under the impression that at present it was still over 80 and residents of nursing and care homes that were to be vaccinated first. I will not mention the surgery these patients are registered with but have seen the text they have received asking them to book their appointment.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/12/2021 10:50:45 AM
    All practices in Liverpool are following the national government guidelines around priority groups, with the over 80s first. It's hard to comment on specific cases where this process may not have been followed, but because the Covid-19 vaccines needs to be used within a very short period of time, there might be a small number of occasions when health professionals or others are invited to have the vaccination at short notice, to avoid any going to waste. However the first option is always to identify those in the first priority groups.


  • By David Williamson on 1/7/2021 2:35:23 PM

    I contacted Rocky Lane Medical Centre where my GP practices. I enquired about the criteria for the Covid vaccine and when they would begin rolling it out. I was informed that Rocky Lane did not have the facilities or capacity to administer vaccines. Can you explain why a relatively modern medical centre does not have the facilities nor capacity.? I am aware that the vaccine may not be given at a particular location or your own GPs practice. However I would like to know who decides whether a modern medical centre with numerous rooms is considered unsuitable to give out vaccines. Regards David Williamson.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/7/2021 5:23:48 PM
    Hi David. These decisions were made by Primary Care Networks in conversation with individual practices; it's not about how modern or suitable buildings/locations are, but rather which practices had the rooms/staff to spare to administer vaccines without interfering with existing patient appointments/care.


  • By Amy Connolly on 1/6/2021 3:37:42 PM

    Can you please advise how dental professionals who are primary care frontline staff will be able to get their vaccine as I'm aware that GP primary care have started to get their staff vaccinated already. Thanks

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/6/2021 5:08:23 PM
    Hi Amy, It's a good question and not something we would oversee as CCGs don't commission dental care, NHS England do. However it looks like the GDC have published links to government guidance on this here: https://www.gdc-uk.org/information-standards-guidance/covid-19/covid-19-latest-information/covid-19-latest-guidance-for-england


  • By Caroline Doyle on 1/6/2021 1:39:25 PM

    My mother is 87yrs with underlying health conditions and my mother in law is 88yrs Neither have had an appointment yet for a vaccine so it is upsetting to hear that Tom Jones at 80yrs has already had his vaccination in December and that people in their 70s living locally have already had theirs. How will they hear about their vaccination appointments? My mother is hard of hearing and may not hear a phone call and at the moment her post is infrequent (on monday she received a letter from December 11th!) I have asked the GP surgery to take my contact details and phone or text me the appt, but they said they dont send the appt, so although they put my contact details on their notes they were not sure that this would happen. Who do I contact to ensure I am contacted about my mums appt so that she does not miss it? Given that my mum is 87 with underlying health conditions, why have people much younger than her already had the vaccine? Are the post office able to identify that the letters sent out are for vaccine appt so that they can prioritise above junk mail etc? Is there a shortage of the vaccine or of people to give it? If there is a shortage of staff to give the vaccine, have recently retired drs and nurses been contacted about returming to work to support this? I realise that this is a huge task but just finding the lack of information frustrating.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/6/2021 4:59:31 PM
    Hi Caroline, we understand your frustrations. Our practices are working through patient lists of all those aged 80+ locally as quickly as possible, but we can only vaccinate as quickly as supplies are delivered to our practices. However we do expect more and more of the vaccine to become available in the coming days. It's also worth explaining that the vaccines aren't being offered by starting with the oldest over 80s and working down to the youngest, but practice by practice. This is simply because of the difficult logistics around transporting/storing/administering the vaccines. In answer to your question about your mum - your practice should record this request on your mum's patient record. They may not be administering the vaccine on their site, but the Primary Care Network they are part of will use these patient records when making phone calls to invite patients to attend - so we would hope this will get factored in for all patients with communications difficulties. Finally, whilst appreciate the point you are trying to make about TJ, this isn't something for us to comment on (he's not a patient in Liverpool and we can't discuss an individuals care anyway). The fact is that all over 80s are eligible for the vaccine - and will be contacted & offered one soon, if they haven't been already.


  • By ELIZABETH POWNALL on 1/6/2021 1:34:37 PM

    Subject to your reple. Please make sure the hubs who are vaccinating in Liverpool are aware you are stating over 80s only as in my neighbourhood app community there are 70s who have already had it. I understand the wait for vaccines and patience but trust in guidelines and procedures will disintegrate if your information and what is actually happening are disparate.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/12/2021 11:05:07 AM
    All practices in Liverpool are following the national government guidelines around prioritisation groups, starting with vaccinating the over 80s first. But it was not possible for every practice to start vaccinating patients at exactly the same time. Also, because the Covid-19 vaccines needs to be used within a very short period of time, there might be a small number of occasions when health professionals or others are invited to have the vaccination at short notice to avoid any going to waste - however the first option is always to identify those in the first priority groups.


  • By ELIZABETH POWNALL on 1/5/2021 5:23:15 PM

    Mum is 87 with underlying conditions not heard a thing yet now i know of 79 year olds being invited surely over 80s should get their first dose before over 70s. All seems very random at moment. I know its a big logistical problem but why publish guidance that does not appear ti be followed. Then we have celebrities like Tom Jones at 80 telling us he has had his. Its very demoralising.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/5/2021 7:58:47 PM
    Hi Elizabeth, we want to reassure you that it's only those aged 80+ who are being invited to receive vaccines from their GPs at the moment. Practices are working really hard to get patients vaccinated as quickly as possible, but it will take some time to get through everyone in this age category because vaccine supplies are limited. We're asking people to be patient and bare with us, as more and more supplies will become available over the coming days and weeks.


  • By Karen Garcia on 1/5/2021 4:11:15 PM

    My father is 86 years of age is classed as high risk and vulnerable so falls into the priority group for his Covid vaccine. I have been unable to gain any information from his GP surgery only to be informed that the nurse responsible will contact at some point as it is only care home residents being vaccinated at present. As a nurse myself I am aware of the pressures at the moment but am struggling to understand how in Kent where I reside they have been able to vaccinate the high risk over 80s but in Liverpool they are not able to ? I would like to be given a time frame as to when over 80s will be vaccinated and how many have been vaccinated in Liverpool to date. Further can you inform me whom is responsible for deciding who and when patients are or are not vaccinated ?

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/5/2021 7:49:42 PM
    Hi Karen, we understand your frustrations but want to reassure you that practices in Liverpool are getting vaccines out as quickly as possible. Decisions about who is eligible for a vaccine have been set by national government, and individual practices are now steadily working through all the over 80s in their patient lists, but it will take some time to get through everyone. Regardless of where you live in the country, the pace is constrained by the current availability of vaccine supplies, but we do expect more and more to become available over the coming days & weeks. Your father will be contacted as part of this first wave of vaccination (like all over 80s), but I'm sure you can appreciate that it's impossible for us to give everyone exact dates at this stage.


  • By Annmarie Kirk on 1/4/2021 4:47:02 PM

    Why is my mums surgery telling over 80s that the CCG is advising them not to complete first dose of covid vaccine? And to make appointments now only for second dose?

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/5/2021 3:07:43 PM
    Hi Annmarie, local practices are providing vaccines for all patients who are 80+ as quickly as possible - both those who have already had a first dose, and those who haven't yet. But some of these timescales depend on when/where vaccines are delivered. We expect more and more to become available over the coming days & weeks.


  • By Steve Kirk on 1/4/2021 4:30:08 PM

    My family's Practice has just advised that appointments are now only being made for the second dose. Where does this leave those who haven't yet had the first? It contradicts everything we hear from the PM and Sage. Does anybody really know what's supposed to happen?

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/5/2021 1:47:07 PM
    Hi Steve, thanks for your query. Local practices are working to vaccinate everyone over 80+ as quickly as possible; both for those who have had a dose already, and those who haven't yet. But some of this is dependent on where & how fast vaccines are delivered to vaccine sites. Obviously we can only vaccinate patients as fast as vaccines become available.


  • By Maurice Prendergast on 1/1/2021 8:20:34 AM

    Over 80 listed as elderly vulnerable living alone and in isolation supported by shopping deliveries and well meaning neighbours and family FaceTime calls. I am very fortunate but finding the waiting for a call to be vaccinated very unsettling. The pressure cap was released with the prospect of the availability of a vaccine to the over eighties . But now I’m in Limbo with no direction. My General Practice simply states in a recording that they are not conducting vaccinations.

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    By NHS Liverpool CCG (Administrator) on 1/4/2021 10:52:43 AM
    Hi Maurice, We understand that this is a worrying time for those like yourself who are eligible, and now eagerly awaiting vaccination. But rollout will take some time, so please bare with us. Also, please don't be alarmed that your practice says that it's not giving out vaccinations directly - the vaccination programme is being delivered from a small number of hub sites across the city rather than from every GP practice due to logistics/space.


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