Covid Vaccine Roll Out Has Begun

8 January 2021

The LOC has started sharing the data provided with the relevant CCG’s. The vaccine coordinators may get in touch directly on the numbers provided or via the practice. Phone calls are usually from a withheld number.

Some CCG areas are only offering the vaccine to those who work within an optical practice within their area footprint. If you are offered a vaccine by more than one CCG just explain you have already started the program.

Vaccines may become available at short notice (2-4hours) & can be at any time Monday to Saturday 08:0019.30 (some CCG’s may also be working on Sundays).  Staff from the vaccination site will contact staff when vaccinations become available. The location of these sites is very variable depending on CCG.  For example; Northumberland is working from GP practices but Newcastle has only 1 or 2 vaccination centres include the Racecourse for all Health & Social Care staff.

We would advise locum staff to ask one of their practices, for the purposes of this process, if they can identify themselves with the practice. If by the end of January any locums still have difficulty accessing the vaccine please contact the LOC.

Please make sure you have your NHS number to hand when the vaccine coordinator contacts you.

Further advice regarding the Covid Vaccine, including advice for pregnant women can be found HERE


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