COVID Vaccination Clinics
Our final clinic at the Atrium Health Centre (Weymouth Avenue in Dorchester) is on Thursday 23rd September for anyone due for their second vaccination, and for our 16 and 17 year olds having their first vaccination.
After that date we will be standing the Atrium down and anyone still needing a vaccination will have to book it through the National Booking System (online or by ringing 119) and have it at a pharmacy or mass vaccination centre.
We are incredibly grateful to the staff and volunteer marshalls who have kept the clinics running at the Atrium Health Centre in Dorchester for more than six months. We started in freezing temperatures in mid January and our marshalls outside now bask in the lovely summer sunshine whilst greeting and guiding patients to their appointments. The Atrium Health Centre staff also deserve a huge thank you for accommodating the clinics and patients from nine mid-Dorset practices whilst still running their normal GP services.
Boosters: the local provision of appointments for booster vaccinations is still being worked out so please wait for further announcements.
New COVID symptoms
The Delta variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, is currently responsible for around 90% of new COVID cases in the UK. It is significantly more easily transmitted than the original strain and cases of hospitalisation - including in younger patients - are rising.
The symptoms of the new strain are most commonly a headache, sore throat and runny nose. Fever remains a common symptom but loss of smell is no longer in the top 10 reported symptoms. The risk is therefore that you might feel off colour but dismiss it as a seasonal cold, and carry on socialising without realising that you could be spreading the virus. So if you have symptoms of headache, sore throat, runny nose, chills, fever or muscle aches, please stay at home and take a test. Lateral Flow test kits are free from pharmacies. If you test positive you should then confirm it with a PCR test - call 119 or go to the www.gov.uk website for more information.
The good news is that vaccinations appear to be effective against the new strain. Of 33,000 cases in England up to 7th June, nearly 60% (19573) were in unvaccinated individuals. Only around 5% (1785) were in fully vaccinated people, with the remaining cases being in those who had received one dose of the vaccine, or whose vaccination status was unclear.
Demonstrating your Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Status
Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status.
There are several ways you can prove your vaccination status for things like travel.
1. Download the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. The government recommends that people register with the app before booking international travel. (NB Make sure you look for the "NHS App" not the "NHS COVID-19 app which was the one many of us downloaded last year for Test & Trace purposes.)
If you are not already registered for the NHS App, you might find it helpful to view the following video, which talks through the process of registering for it – YouTube: Register with the NHS app: Quick guide
2. Call the NHS helpline on 119. If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. The government expects the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
More information about how to you will be able to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status on the government website: www.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccination-status