As groups of GP practices in Liverpool continue the roll-out of Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccinations for priority groups, the local NHS is sharing further details of the how the process will work for the city’s residents.
People don’t need to contact their GP practice or any other NHS organisation to ask for a vaccination – or to request one for a family member – they will be invited when it is time to be vaccinated, either with a letter or a phone call.
Liverpool’s GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so people might not be contacted by their usual practice, and might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself – they will be told where to attend when they are invited in.
When people have had their vaccination they will be told when they will need to go back for a second dose. The latest evidence suggests the first dose of the vaccine provides significant levels of protection, so the advice about when the second dose is needed has changed to say it needs to be done within 12 weeks. This will also help make sure as many people can have the vaccine as possible. However, anyone who already has an appointment to get a second dose should still attend, unless they are told not to.
Not all areas of Liverpool have started vaccinating yet as this is happening in phases, so people shouldn’t be worried if they – or a family member – are aged over 80 but haven’t heard anything so far. Because the number of people in each age group will vary between areas, in some parts of Liverpool it might take more time to reach everyone than in others.
GPs and other practice staff are working to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible, and during January many more people over 80 will be invited in, but it is only the start of the vaccination programme and it will take time to get to everyone.
Dr Fiona Lemmens, a local GP and Chair of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“We know that this is a really worrying time, and it’s completely understandable that people want to get their Covid-19 vaccination quickly.
“The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most. At the moment, in line with national guidance, we are focussing on people aged over 80, and care home patients and staff, but as more vaccine becomes available, it will also be offered to other people at risk as soon as is possible.
“You might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, however not all groups of GP practices could start vaccinating at the same time so not everyone has been contacted yet, but we will get to you.”
Dr Ayo Adebanjo, a GP at Valley Medical Centre in Childwall, said:
“If you are registered with a GP practice in Liverpool you will be invited for a vaccination as soon as we are ready to offer it to you – you don’t need to contact us before this, as we won’t be able to vaccinate you any sooner.
“It’s also really important to remember that even when you’ve had the vaccine you still need to follow the national lockdown rules – there is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus, even if you have the vaccine.
“This also means it is important to continue to follow social distancing guidance and if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people.”
It has also been reported that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the Covid-19 vaccination. The public are being reminded that:
If people receive a call they believe to be fraudulent, they should hang up. If they believe they have been the victim of fraud or identity theft they should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if they are worried that someone has or might come to their house, they should report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
For further information about the Covid-19 vaccine, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
The South Liverpool area appears to be lagging behind in dispensing vaccine to the over 80’s priority group. Liverpool City seems to be slower in general and lacking access to big venues. Family members in Huyton, Wigan, Sefton and Ormskirk all done and dusted. Wigan Authority have now started to call over 75’s. Your comments would be appreciated. EL
I appreciate and am thankful for the effort involved in a roll out like this but the like of transparency and information is causing huge anxiety. My parents, aged 84 and 83, come under the SWAGGA PCN , apparently the biggest in Liverpool and with a large proportion of over 80s. Despite this I understand there is just one hub for jabs which only began vaccinating on the 10th January. My parents, and many others, have yet to hear anything. Younger age groups are now receiving their jabs with the over 80s supposedly still being prioritised. Could you tell me how that can be the case when there is a problem with supplies and yet younger age groups are eligible? Prioritising over 80s would surely mean ALL supplies going to them?
I am a pharmacist working in the Wirral waiting to be vaccinated. Our local PCN is vaccinating out of clatterbridge which is difficult for me to get to. As I live in Liverpool and have a GP surgery in Liverpool would I be able to get vaccinated through my GP practice ?
Can you please explain what is happening. My mother is 83, is registered at Old Swan Health Centre and is considered as clinically vulnerable. She has not heard from her practice. Today I spent one hour on hold before giving up. She has received a letter from NHS and I have followed the online booking process but every centre being offered is outside of Liverpool. Even the practice's own postcode offers Whiston as the nearest centre, run by a pharmacy. What is going on? My mother can't get a vaccine offer from her own GP practice but she could go to pharmacy or mass vaccine centres in Whiston, Widnes, St Helens, Manchester, Macclesfield, Telford and Birmingham. Has Liverpool been forgotten?
Thank you for your response. Can i ask is it possible for you to check that my mum is on a list to be vaccinated as she is very angry to hear that over 70s are now being invited when she still at 83 has not been invited ?
Thank you for eventually answering my question. If you are working through this alphabetically you have missed my Mum. We are not trying to queue jump here and are not so stupid as to think everyone will be done at the same time. We just know that NHS admin often make mistakes and it would appear that one has been made here. How do we ensure that my Mum is put on the list, please? Her GP surgery is not taking responsibility for the vaccine and has referred us to this CCG page.
My mum is 83 woolton medical pratice no contact re vaccine. Anxious as we lost my dad to covid in october. Why is there no way to check when she and others will receive vaccine ? Cant speak to gp and your advice is to just wait. These are older citizens who have a right to know when they will receive this thank you
You HAVE NOT answered my question. My question is how are you choosing which person over 80 is vaccinated next? Do you have a computerised random name generator? Do you pull names out of a hat? Does someone pick names from a huge spreadsheet? Perhaps you don’t know? We made a mistake in thinking you would be doing something logical - perhaps calling people in age or alphabetical or NHS numerological order. Without knowing how you are doing this and being surrounded by over 80s who have been vaccinated, my Mum seems to something of an outlier here.
You have not answered my question, I’m afraid. I asked how the over 80 age group was being prioritised because it seems at the very least to be random and potentially shambolic. Are names just being drawn out of a hat? How do I find out if my Mum’s name is in that hat? Based on what I know of individuals who have been vaccinated (in terms of age, surname, address, GP surgery) it seems as if there is no method, which is very dangerous.
I would appreciate a response to my query submitted earlier today. Based on comments made by others I am considering taking my Mum to one of the hubs for leftover vaccine as I have no confidence that she will be called. I suspect she has been overlooked.
Further to my concern re vaccine being used for none priority people if you e mail me I can actually provide evidence and names. I can confirm all 4 people were not care/ nhs staff . Age range 20+ x 2 and 75 x 2 . I have heard of others too so please don’t dismiss my comments , investigate and respond
registered nurse desperate to protect my clients and myself via the vaccine. told my surgery in writing , response SILENCE
My Mum is 93 and has not been vaccinated, yet people of 80 in her road and nearby, including patients at the same GP surgery have been vaccinated. I think we all know that those over 80 are the priority group, but how are those within that group being prioritised? Is it youngest first, or alphabetically, or based on medical vulnerability? To an observer, it would appear that the over 80s are being called in a random manner, and this does not fill us with confidence. Can you enlighten us as to the process, please? A vague “ you will be called when it is your turn” is not good enough. My Mum is keen to be vaccinated. After all, it symbolises the beginning of a return to normal life.
Whilst I appreciate unused vaccine may have to be used quickly to avoid waste I am concerned you do not appear to have a reserve priority list of people willing to attend at short notice. Surely each practice can submit priority patients willing to be contacted last minute. It is unprofessional and unfair that the management of this process appears to be staff contacting friends and family of any age to come on down to get vaccine. I know of several people who have taken the opportunity. Also how can you justify Childwall hub inviting 75year olds for vaccination when the biggest network of practices SWAGGER are struggling to get vaccine supplies commensurate with the large volume of elderly and extremely clinically vulnerable patients. As a retired NHS manager I am frustrated by the lack of strategy and operational management. Appreciate this is a logistical nightmare but please consider reviewing processes.
i find it stunningly bad as a registered nurse myself working in a care home and wanting to protect my clients and myself that i have not been offered the vaccine to date .I have spelt out in written form the above mentioned to my surgery practice manager with nil response to date. It is stunning beyond belief that ever time I step out of my home I am dicing with potential death in order to care for others
due to royal mail difficulties etc, and letters for corvid vaccinations are delayed for many days,. could this lead to people being overlooked or assumed to have not turned up.
Thanks for responding to my query , however you haven’t answered my question . Could I please have some indication of the timetable of your planned roll out order especially for my parents practice . My father is shielding he is 84 my mother is 82 . Appreciate it’s hard trying to facilitate this but tbh I’m surprised given their age snd they are shielding that they have heard nothing .
Please check what is happening at Valley medical centre. My mother is 91 has heard nothing. She is not a patient at that surgery but has been told by her own surgery that Valley is where she will be vaccinated and surprisingly itwas suggested that Valley may be prioritising their own patients first. Surely that cant be fair and may not be right but we are fearing that Valley are not aware they are supposed to be vaccinating patients at Childwall Fiveways as well as their own. Please confirm you have checked and tell us who to contact if we think someone has been forgotten. There was a mix up with communications over her flu jab last year so it wouldn't surprise us.
Could you please publish your roll out plan across Liverpool . My parents are both in their 80s registered with a Fulwood Green practice in South Liverpool . Some indication of where this practice is in the roll out phase would alleviate some of their and mine anxiety Thank you
My partner is type 1 diabetic and has been told hes got to wait 6 months for his vaccine
I have been invited for vaccine next week (via text but it not does not appear to be a scam and the link let me book without asking for any details except date of birth) my question is I am only priority 6, why have i been asked so soon and should i still go? I don't want to take a more vulnerable person or care workers place.
People are worried and concerned about how and when they will be contacted with their invitation to attend for vaccine. Would be possible for GP surgeries provide (on their websites for e.g.) how they will be getting in touch. The lack of information about the rollout is adding to the anxiety people are feeling. Especially when we are hearing or know of individuals have received the vaccination but are not within the priority groups.
Thanks for the information this is very helpful