Following the announcement that the Oxford University/ AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been approved, the NHS in Lincolnshire is pleased to be working with colleagues across the county to ensure increased availability of the Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest opportunity. We are delighted that once again Lincolnshire is amongst the first in the country to be offering this vaccination, as we were with the Pfizer vaccine through both the county’s hospital hub and Primary Care Networks.
We will be starting to vaccinate NHS staff based as the site from Tuesday 5th January at Pilgrim Hospital Boston (PGME) using the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and will be increasing the number of first doses of Pfizer-Biotech vaccine at Lincoln County Hospital (Social Club), also from Tuesday. More information on this will follow rapidly, but all of this will be on a pre-booking basis, which we shall detail in communications later today.
The updated national guidance regarding scheduling of the second appointment, in order to protect the greatest number of at risk people overall in the shortest possible time, is also being implemented. The Chief Medical Officers’ advice, along with a statement from the JCVI, is attached, and we are required to implement this for all staff and patients across the county.
We are pleased that this allows us to offer protection through vaccination to all frontline health and care staff much sooner than previously anticipated. In the short term, it means that we must alter some pre-existing staff second dose appointments. WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW, 5th JANUARY 2021, we will be rescheduling all NHS staff who were due to receive a second dose in the next couple of weeks into a slot 8 weeks later.
THERE IS NO NEED TO CONTACT US. We shall be attempting contact with all staff and patients directly today who are booked in tomorrow and for the next few days. We are also communicating through this letter and via your management line. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND A PRE-EXISTING SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENT FROM TUESDAY 5TH JANUARY AS WE WILL BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A SECOND DOSE AT THAT POINT.