Vaccine update: All the changes announced yesterday and when they will go into effect

Yesterday (29th November), changes to the covid-19 vaccine programme were announced in light of the new Omicron variant.

Please note that the changes have not come into effect yet. We are expecting updates on how this will be rolled out in the next two weeks and will of course share new information with you as we get it.

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If you have covid symptoms, please get a PCR test before visiting JHP

At a time when covid infection rates are still very high, we are working hard to manage the risk to patients and our staff. We thank you for your patience in helping us do this.

If you or someone you live with has covid symptoms – cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell – you must get a PCR test as soon as possible before you come to the practice. Please do not rely on lateral flow tests as they are not sensitive enough if you have symptoms.

You can book a free PCR test here.

We are seeing increases in cases even in people who have been double vaccinated. Being vaccinated reduces your chance of getting covid and being seriously ill, but it does not mean you cannot get covid or pass it on to others.

If your PCR test comes back as positive and you do have covid, you can still be seen at the practice.

We would ask patients who do test positive but still need medical help for another issue to send us a request via Salvie. You can discuss your need with a Doctor, and decide if a face-to-face consultation is needed.

If you do need to be seen in person, we will arrange an appointment with you. When visiting the practice you may be asked to wait outside – this is to help reduce the risk to other patients and staff.

Lastly, a reminder that the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance still applies in medical settings. All staff and visitors to the practice should wear a mask or face covering, practice social distance and regularly use hand sanitiser.

Thanks again for your cooperation.