Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect you from coronavirus.
Following extensive safety trials and authorisation by the independent regulator, effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available for free in the UK. The vaccination programme is well underway in Surrey Heartlands. Primary care, hospital and community teams are working with our county and borough councils and a wide range of other community partners and are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in NHS history.
To inform the implementation of this programme, an pdf Equality Impact Assessment (726 KB) (EIA) was carried out in December 2020. As with all EIAs, the risks and issues identified and the mitigations and actions implemented have been and will remain under constant review through our Equalities and Engagement Sub-Group. The aim is to ensure equity of access to the Covid-19 vaccines for every person living in Surrey Heartlands.
An independent group of experts (Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation) has recommended that the NHS offers first vaccines to those at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and of suffering serious complications or dying from the virus.
Read the latest guidance on priority groups on GOV.UK
- Vaccination Centres in Surrey Heartlands
- Vaccination Programme Updates
- Frequently Asked Questions
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme phase 3 outline
Phase 3 of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, primarily focused on the delivery of a booster vaccine, is due to begin in September 2021, with the aim to maximise protection in those who are most vulnerable to serious Covid-19 ahead of the winter months. Influenza (flu) vaccines are also delivered in the autumn months. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have considered this and state that where possible, a synergistic approach to the delivery of Covid-19 and influenza vaccination could support the delivery and maximise uptake of both vaccines.
The latest guidance details the groups eligible for booster vaccination in phase 3 (priority groups 1 to 9), which alongside those most vulnerable to serious Covid-19 includes all adults over 50 and frontline health and social care staff.
Important to note within phase 3 of the programme is the offer of a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 12-15 year olds, and the continuation of an evergreen offer to those who are eligible but are yet to take up a first or second dose of the vaccine.
Please note there are currently some gaps in the guidance and information on phase 3, and some of the details around delivery are still being planned.
Videos to explain about the Vaccination Programme in Surrey Heartlands