Thank you for contacting Federated4Health, the GP Federation in Haringey. We are working with GPs across Haringey to deliver a GP-led Covid19 vaccination programme from two main sites in Bounds Green and Lordship Lane.
This is in addition to local community pharmacies and Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Centre which eligible patients can book into direct via this link.
We understand that many patients have questions and concerns about the vaccine. You can find the answers to the most frequently asked questions below and in the links provided.
I would like to book my first vaccination
Please refer to the information contained in this link for information about booking your vaccine.
When can I have my second vaccination?
Second doses will be arranged no later than 12 weeks after the first dose and you will be contacted when it is your turn to book. Exceptions can be made for patients who are about to start or are receiving chemotherapy treatment. In this instance please contact your GP to arrange.
Which vaccines are you using?
There are two types of vaccine which have been approved for use in the UK. These are the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine (also known as the Oxford vaccine). We are standing by to introduce other vaccines, such as Moderna, as soon as they are approved for use in our vaccination centres.
Ramadan and Covid19
The British Islamic Medical Association has created a Covid19 Vaccine hub to provide advice and guidance during Ramadan and about the vaccine. Find all the information you need at their website.
Will vaccine supply be interrupted in April?
We have good availability at our confirmed clinics and are working to support GPs to book in eligible patients. The guidance remains that patients will receive their second dose within 12 weeks of the first and we will contact patients to invite them for their second doses according to that timeframe.
Are the vaccines safe?
All vaccines approved for use in the UK have been through a thorough, robust testing process by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
What do the vaccines contain?
They only contain what they need to help our bodies to produce an immune response immunity, to create the fighting cells and antibodies to protect us from the Coronavirus.
I’ve heard that the vaccine has unpleasant side effects.
As with any vaccine, it is normal to have very minor symptoms in the 24 hours after the vaccine. For example, some patients report a mild temperature or aches & pains. This is entirely normal and can be treated with paracetamol. You can find more details in this information leaflet produced by Public Health England.
Change of Course regarding the Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine (7th April 2021)
A review by the drugs regulator MHRA into reports of rare blood clots and lower platelets has resulted in the following conclusions:
- These side-effects are extremely rare and the vaccine’s effectiveness is proven – the benefits of taking the vaccine are still very favourable for the vast majority.
- Under-30s will be offered an alternative Covid jab to the AstraZeneca vaccine when they become eligible for their vaccine. This is because the risk to younger people from Covid itself is much lower than for older people.
- People outside of the 18-29 age bracket who have had their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should still get their second dose. Only those who suffered one of these rare blood clots after the first dose should not get vaccinated.
- People with blood disorders that leave them at risk of clotting should discuss the benefits and risks of vaccination with their doctor before going for a jab.
- Any under 30s with underlying health conditions who have been invited for their vaccine should follow their GP’s guidance in respect of the risk/benefit balance of the vaccines which are currently available.
- Read the official Government statement here.
- Guidance for patients from Public Health England.
I am taking other medication. Is it safe for me to have the vaccine?
When you are invited for your vaccination appointment, staff at the vaccination centre will explain the vaccination process to you and ask you about your medical history, for example about any medications you are taking or allergies that you might have. There are very few reasons you cannot receive a vaccination. This discussion is to make doubly sure that the vaccine is OK for you to receive on the day of your appointment. No one will be given a vaccine if it is unsafe for them.
Where can I find information about the vaccination programme in my own language or relevant to my own culture?
Please see below for links to helpful materials:
Dr Ikenna Uchenwoke, GP at Lawrence House Surgery in Tottenham, talks about why it is so important to get the vaccine when it is offered to you by the NHS. Watch video.
Bulgarian language video by experienced London GP video supporting Covid vaccination. Watch video.
Imam Ajmal Masroor talks about the importance of the vaccine. Watch video.
You can find videos in many different languages at this NHS website.
Where can I find more information about the vaccination programme in Haringey?
A more detailed set of FAQs for patients can be found on the website for the Clinical Commissioning Group for North Central London.