Federated4Health is the GP Federation in Haringey. We are working with GPs across Haringey to deliver the 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.
Why is it important to have the vaccine?
It is really important that we all have the vaccine when we are invited for our appointments. It protects us from catching the virus and reduces our risk of being seriously ill if we do catch coronavirus.
By having the vaccine we are all playing our part in staying safe, protecting our loved ones and helping life to get back to normal more quickly.
Evidence released in January this year shows a marked reduction in infection rates and hospitalisations in patients who have received vaccination. There is no doubt that vaccination programmes are the solution to the Covid pandemic.
Am I eligible to be vaccinated?
At present, we are inviting people from the following priority groups (in line with national guidance) to receive their first vaccination dose:
- You can get a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re aged 16 or over.
- Younger teenagers aged 12-15 with specific health conditions may also be able to receive their first vaccine. Visit the NHS pages for latest guidance.
- people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
- The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
When will healthy 12-15 year olds be eligible?
Following advice from the JCVI and UK Chief Medical Officers, the NHS will offer those 12-15 year olds not covered by previous advice with a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The NHS, working with school immunisation teams, will offer a first dose of vaccine to 12-15 year olds from next week, the week commencing 20 September. More information will be available soon.
I had my 2nd vaccine more than 6 months ago. Am I still protected?
Patients can be reassured that they still have protection from their first and second jabs. The government has announced the intention to offer booster vaccines (a third jab) to some groups in order to maintain a high level of protection in more vulnerable adults throughout winter, the time when the NHS finds itself pressurised and respiratory viruses spread easily.
Can I have a third dose or booster vaccine?
The government recently announced that booster vaccines would be offered to people over 50, care home residents, health and social care workers, and those aged 16 to 49 years with severely weakened immune systems or with underlying health conditions. Booster jabs should take place no sooner than 6 months after the administration of a second dose and roll out will begin as soon as operationally possible (September 2021). Those who had their vaccinations early in phase 1 will be the first in line. More information will be available soon on how and when patients will be invited for their booster jabs.
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?
On 14th May the government announced that remaining 2nd doses to the 50+ age group & those who are vulnerable will be accelerated so that 1st & 2nd doses are 8 weeks apart. It was also announced that eligible patients who have not yet had 1st dose will be prioritised.
You will be contacted, generally by phone call or by text, when it is your turn to book. Exceptions can be made for patients who are about to start or are receiving chemotherapy treatment or who are immunocompromised. In this instance please contact your GP to arrange.
Are there any walk in clinics operating in Haringey?
We have arranged a number of pop up and walk in clinics to allow members of our community who find it difficult to access standard clinics to be vaccinated. These have included specialist clinics for homeless people and a number of pop up clinics in churches, mosques and community centres.
Please visit the Haringey Council Covid19 Vaccination page for the current list of walk-in clinics.
I want to travel abroad. What do I need to know?
Visit the .GOV website for the latest guidance on international travel.
How can I get proof that I have had the vaccine before I travel to a different country?
You can now show your COVID-19 vaccination status as proof of your status when travelling abroad. Find out how at the .GOV website.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
AstraZeneca Vaccines and NHS COVID Pass
The Government has confirmed that no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK and that all AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The NHS COVID Pass is the digital version of individuals’ proof of COVID-19 vaccine status, which has been available for international travel since May. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the Government is confident that travel will not be affected. The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU.
Information for patients about how to get an online or paper version of the NHS COVID Pass is on the NHS website.
Which vaccines are you using?
There are three 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) and Moderna vaccine. In Haringey we are supplied with Pfizer and AstraZeneca and standing by to introduce other vaccines, such as Moderna, as soon as they are approved for use in our vaccination centres.
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).
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.
Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: Reports of extremely rare blood clots
A review by the drugs regulator MHRA into reports of rare blood clots has concluded that 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-40s will be offered an alternative Covid jab to the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is because the risk to younger people from Covid itself is much lower than for older people.
Worried about the vaccine? Read Public Health England’s information leaflet
Advice if feeling unwell after vaccination
It is normal to have minor symptoms in the 24 hours after receiving the vaccine, the vast majority of which can be treated with paracetamol. Extremely rare symptoms are listed below. Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around four days to four weeks after being vaccinated:
- a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
- a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
- a headache that’s unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
- a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
- shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting on GOV.UK
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?
More information about the vaccination programme: Haringey Council Website
A more detailed set of FAQs for patients can be found on the website for the Clinical Commissioning Group for North Central London.