PFIZER BIONTECH VACCINE UPDATE 15/12/20
Information for patients invited to attend Bankfield Surgery for their Coronavirus Vaccination only
Information regarding attending Bankfield Surgery for your Coronavirus Vaccination.
We are delighted to be able to offer your coronavirus vaccination which should give you protection from Coronavirus.
We are able to offer the vaccination to people over 80, working from the eldest, downwards. YOU WILL HEAR FROM YOUR SURGERY WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN. Social care and frontline health workers will be a priority too.
When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please could we kindly ask you not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine or to ask for an appointment, as you will not be able to get one until you receive an invitation.
If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives
Supplies of the vaccine are currently limited, therefore it is crucial that you attend your appointment.
Please let us know ASAP if you can’t come so that someone else can benefit from the appointment.
The vaccination site is : Bankfield surgery
15, Huddersfield Road,
Note: Enter the clinic from the Rear entrance which will be clearly signposted.
This site covers patients from Station Road Surgery, Brig Royd Surgery, Stainland Road Medical Centre and Bankfield surgery. The service has been set up by a collaboration between the teams from all 4 surgeries and will be staffed by their administration staff and clinicians along with other trained additional staff, as required.
The vaccine is difficult to transport. Therefore regretfully, we are currently unable to offer home visits to administer it. In view of this, we have made special arrangements to assist you to attend (see below). The clinic fulfils Coronavirus safety requirements including social distancing.
Currently, we do not know when we will receive another delivery date to start further courses of vaccine.
- Transport – we would ask that a family member or friend bring you, if this is possible.
However, if you are unable to transport yourself we hope to offer a free taxi service (to take you home, as well as to, the appointment). Details will be posted on our website as soon as we can.
Be sure to wear a face covering, sanitise your hands and travel with windows open in the taxi.
- Parking is available on site, however, consider being dropped off at the entrance and collected later. Parking wardens will be able to help.
Additionally, the lower part of Timber Street car park will be reserved for clinic use. There are pedestrian crossing points from the surgery.
- Bring a face covering and be sure that you are not suffering from Coronavirus symptoms (persistent fever or cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell).
- Be aware that there is a 15 minute observation period after the vaccination – particularly if you are making arrangements for being picked up.
- Wheelchairs – are available in clinic to assist you from your car/taxi and through the clinic, if you need this. Arrive 5 minutes early and ask your driver to enter the clinic to collect a wheelchair and further assistance if you require.
- Once in the surgery we ask you to be sure that your outerwear is removed. Please wear suitable clothing with easy access to your upper arm. The vaccination will be administered just like a flu jab.
- The vaccination is expected to be similar to flu vaccination with the possibility of a mild soreness around the injection site, and /or the development of a temporary fatigue or temperature (as the immune response develops) several hours later.
- It is fine to attend for your appointment if you have a minor illness – so long as you aren’t suffering from a high temperature or feel generally unwell or poorly. Contact us ASAP if so, so that we can offer the vaccination to someone else. If you need medical advice our staff will be able to help you in the usual way.
- Please read the Patient Information Leaflet ‘Coronavirus vaccination for adults’ (on your surgery website) before coming. We shall ask you if you have done this in order to gain, and record, your informed consent. Additionally, there is other information regarding the vaccination, on the website. Please ask a family member to print out or show you these leaflets on their computer, tablet or laptop if you are unable. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on the post at this time of year to send everything out to you in time.
- Mobile phone numbers. These are crucial in case we need to contact you quickly. Please provide us with a family member’s mobile phone number if you, and they, are happy to do this. Text messaging is instant and is ideal in the event that arrangements change, which they might.
For example, we are reliant on the vaccine being delivered the day before clinic. It is an unstable vaccine and will only stay fresh for a few days, therefore we cannot pre-order it and store it for long periods. There have been reports of missed deliveries resulting in last minute appointment alterations. Whilst this is regretful, these things are out of our hands and are understandable given the particular specifications needed for this vaccine.
Therefore, please bear with us!
You will need a 2nd vaccination between 3 & 12 weeks later, to finish the course to ensure your full immune response. It is therefore, VERY important to attend for this.
Both appointments will be made at the initial booking. Contact your surgery if this hasn’t happened.
We look forward to welcoming you on the day.
The doctors, nurses, managers and staff of:
Calder and Ryburn Primary Care Network,
(Station Road Surgery, Brig Royd Surgery, Stainland Road Medical Centre, Bankfield Surgery, Elland)
- Please read the leaflets below for information about what to expect after your vaccine and other useful information.
Covid 19 vaccination: a Guide for Adults leaflet:
What to Expect after my Covid vaccination leaflet:
Covid vaccination: A guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
Regulation 174 authorization and detailed information for vaccine recipients: