15th December 2021
Please do not call the practice with general queries about Covid-19 vaccination.
The booster vaccination programme is now aiming to offer appointments to all adults aged 18 and over by 31 December 2021. Local vaccination teams are working to rapidly increase the availability of appointments.
The national booking system has opened for over 30s today and will open for 18-29-year-olds on Wednesday, 15 December. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly. The time between your second dose and a booster must be at least three months. You can book using the national booking service by calling 119 or at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
The national booking service will only show clinics that have appointments available when you visit the site/call 119; but clinics regularly add more dates.
For a full list of all vaccination sites in Kent and Medway, visit https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-dwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccinehealth/coronavirus/covid19vaccine
Covid vaccination boosters
Covid boosters are to be offered to patients aged over 50, frontline health and social care workers and those who are in an at-risk group.
You can book your appointment using the National Booking System or by calling 119. Vaccines will be carried out at SAGA Westwood cross.
You cannot book your appointment unless it is six months since your second dose. If you are having trouble booking we can do it for you, but only if you are eligible (six months since your 2nd dose) so please do not call us before this time.
If you are unable to attend SAGA we will be running a clinic here in Sandwich later in year, date to be confirmed depending on demand.
Patients who had their 1st vaccination at Dover Health Centre or Folkestone
If you had your first covid vaccination at either Dover health centre or Folkestone, and you have not got an appointment for your 2nd, you can do this online using the national booking service or by calling 119. (21st June 2021)
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated agains COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
- the NHS App which you can download from app stores
- the NHS website
- 119 - by requesting a paper letter
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have ahd your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact us unless you have been advised to do so by the 119 service.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating our COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.
Patients who received their FIRST Pfizer vaccination in Broadstairs on 3rd February 2021
The date for this clinic has now been confirmed for Wednesday 21st April at the Saga centre in Westwood Cross. Please expect a phone call from us over the next few days to book your appointment. (12th April 2021)
Patients who received their FIRST Pfizer vaccination in Broadstairs on 3rd February 2021
SECOND vaccinations will be offered at the Saga call centre site in Ramsgate during the week commencing 19th April (exact date to be confirmed). You will be contacted over the next two weeks by the practice to book your appointment. Please wait to be called. (7th April 2021)
Cohorts 1 - 9 ( patients aged over 50 or with underlying health conditions)
If you fall into any of the above categories and have not had your first vaccination, please give the surgery a call to arrange an appointment. We will either book you an appointment locally, or add you to our list for when the next clinic is available. (30th March 2021)
National shortage of vaccines and second vaccinations
You will have heard on the news that there is a national shortage of vaccines and some of the large vaccination sites are closing temporarily. All of our patients over the age of 50 and in a clincal risk group have been invited for vaccination and had the opportunity to attend. This will not affect any patients who are waiting for their second vaccination. A large majority of our patients have already had theirs, the rest will be contacted shortly when we are notified about availability of the Pfizer vaccine. If you have not heard by the Monday of your 11th week, please give us a call. If you had your first vaccination at Dover health centre, you will receive a text message with a link to book your appointment. If you are unable to book via this link, please ring either Dover Health Centre on 07375 595978 or Folkestone Civic Centre on 07956 364442, if you attended here for your first vaccination. (30th March 2021).
We are receiving a number of calls regarding second vaccinations. As per government guidelines this will be at 11 - 12 weeks after your first one. There is no need to call us, we will contact you once clinics and vaccines are available (16th March 2021)
Covid vaccinations for patients aged 16 - 64 with an underlying health condition
We are in the process of inviting this group of patients. You will either receive a link to book at Dover Health Centre, or a call from us to book your vaccination here. We will invite everyone as soon as possible. This is dependant on availability of vaccine, so please bear with us. (2nd March 2021)
Covid vaccinations for patients over 65 (15th February 2021)
We will be running a clinic at the practice next Saturday 27th February. This is strictly by appointment only. Please call us if you are in this age group. Alternatively you can contact the National Booking System or call NHS 119 for an appointment at one of the mass vaccination sites
Covid vaccinations for patients over 70 or on the shielding list (15th February 2021)
We will be running a clinic at the practice this Saturday 20th February. If you are in this cohort and you have not yet had your vaccine, please call us for an appointment. You must have an appointment to attend this clinic.
Covid vaccinations for patients over 70 or on the shielding patient list (8th February 2021)
We are waiting on a date for delivery of vaccine and will contact you with an appointment when this is confirmed. If you are in the above cohort of patients and would prefer not to wait, please contact the national booking system or call 119 for an appointment. National Booking System
Second Vaccinations (1st February)
You will be contacted with an appointment for your second vaccination when this is due - 12 weeks after the first. You do not need to contact us - we will contact you.
Covid Vaccinations for Patients Over 70
We are waiting on confirmation of delivery of vaccines and will be contact this cohort of patients within the next few days. Please bear with us and expect a call.
Dear Sandwich Patients
The Partners would like to respond to media comments and patient queries about the vaccine.
We acknowledge we are writing to you at a time of stress and uncertainty with regards to the Covid Vaccination Programme locally which we are aware has received national media attention. There has been some local delay as the vaccine has to be delivered by a group of surgeries known as a Primary Care Network (PCN). The Deal and Sandwich PCN decided (in November 2020) they did not have adequate medical staff to deliver the vaccine and maintain usual medical services. Sandwich Medical Practice agreed with this decision and The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group awarded the contract (to deliver the vaccine) to Channel Health Alliance. Some delay followed in locating a suitable vaccination site in Dover for CHA which went live last Wednesday 13th January 2021. While Sandwich Medical Practice was not able to deliver the vaccine locally our medical and clerical staff have fully supported the effort by volunteering their time and resources to mobilise the service in Dover.
In at attempt to address this delay, with immediate effect, it has now been decided the vaccine for Sandwich patients above the age of 80 will be delivered in Broadstairs. This is not a Surgery level decision; but will enable the Sandwich population to catch up quickly with vaccinations.
To solve the local issue, for Sandwich patients, our preferred option was to deliver the vaccine in Sandwich from our Surgery and we have offered to do so with immediate effect. We have been advised, by the commissioners and NHS England, this is not currently an option. Vaccination Programmes on this unprecedented scale are complex and there are strict rules the Surgery needs to adhere to.
On a more positive note the Broadstairs site has a high capacity for patients (St Peter's Church Community Hall Hopeville Avenue, Broadstairs CT10 2TR).
We can confirm that all registered patients over the age of 80 will be offered a vaccine appointment in Broadstairs for next Wednesday 27th of January. We will call you to offer an appointment in the coming days.
If you have already received an appointment to attend Dover Health Centre, please keep this appointment.
Since we are not able to deliver the vaccine from Sandwich, Doctors and staff rom the Sandwich Medical Practice will volunteer their time to support the process next Wednesday in Broadstairs.
With kind regards
Sandwich Medical Practice Partners
Can we please ask patients not to call the practice about Covid vaccinations. We cannot tell you any more than the information already available on our website. Our phone lines are becoming blocked with patient specific queries we are unable to answer. We understand your frustration, but respectfully request that you wait to be contacted, as the programme progresses through the priority groups over the course of the next few months. Please be patient.
Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from Dover Health Centre by Channel Health Alliance from 14th January 2021. Channel Health Alliance is a collaborative federation of 28 GP practices within South Kent Coast CCG.
There will be home visits for housebound patients. Patients are being invited based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
You do not need to contact the surgery. You will receive a letter, text or phone call from Channel Health Alliance (CHA) about getting the Covid-19 vaccine in due course. Please DO NOT contact them directly as they will be unable to help with your queries.
Our phone lines are very busy; please help us to keep lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.
If you have questions about the vaccine please read the information below.
Why is the vaccine not available from our own surgery?
Across the country GPs are working in groups of practices to provide the Covid-19 vaccine. We understand that people would like to get the vaccine from their own practice but unfortunately this is not possible at this time. If this changes we will update this information.
Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?
No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.
If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.
How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.
When will the second dose be given?
From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.
Find out more: For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine