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When might I expect my COVID-19 vaccination appointment letter?
Why has my friend been allocated an appointment before me?
What should I do when I receive the letter and can't attend my appointment or my appointment letter is late?
Will the main NHS Grampian switchboard be able to direct my call to the booking number or make my COVID-19 vaccination appointment?
Should I contact my local GP practice for my appointment?
After my COVID-19 vaccine will I still have to follow the government rules?
F – Face coverings in enclosed spaces. Shops, public transport or anywhere else inside that physical distancing might be more difficult.
A – Avoid all crowded places. Indoors and outdoors.
C – Clean your hands and hard surfaces regularly.
T – Two metre distancing remains the overall advice.
S – Self isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19
For further information on Covid-19 Symptoms and what to do visit- Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-help guide | NHS inform
Where will my appointment be?
Can I just turn up at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to get my jab?
I have mobility issues; will I be able to access the clinic?
Will it be safe to go to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic?
Should I wear a face covering?
I'm clinically vulnerable and I don't feel safe going for my appointment
How should I travel to my appointment – under increased restrictions?
If you want to find out about public transport go to the Traveline Scotland website on www.travelinescotland.com or call them on 0871 200 2233. You can check the latest Stagecoach timetables at www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/covid-temporary-timetables
If you are struggling to work out how to get to your appointment you can call THInC on 01467 536111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice
If you are driving to the appointment, you will have to wait 15 minutes after you have had your vaccination before you can drive.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
Is there car parking available at clinic locations?
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
When will I be vaccinated?
How will I be contacted about my appointment?
Will I have to pay for my vaccination?
COVID-19 vaccine fraud prevention
Can I request a specific vaccine?
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and risk of blood clots
It must be stressed that this condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. It must also be stressed that the JCVI, the MHRA and the European Medicines Agency have all concluded the benefits of vaccination continue to significantly outweigh the risks.
The JCVI now advise it is preferable for people under 30 to have a vaccine other than AZ. Individuals can still choose to have the AZ vaccine after consideration of the risks and benefits. The JCVI also state that, if you have already had your first dose of AZ without suffering any serious side effects, you should complete the course, regardless of your age.
How is the vaccine given?
What happens if I miss the second dose?
Will I receive the same vaccine for my second dose as I get for my first dose?
How do I arrange a second dose in Grampian if I received my first dose somewhere else?
- Aberdeen City – 0800 030 4713
- Aberdeenshire – 0330 128 9919
- Moray – 0345 337 9899
What if I’m ill when I’m due to receive my vaccination?
Please contact the telephone number provided in your appointment letter to rearrange your appointment if any of the following apply: –
- you have had COVID-19 infection less than 4 weeks prior to your appointment
- you are participating in a clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine
- you have had any other vaccination in the 7 days before your appointment,
- you have been advised to self-isolate or if you are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test.
The purpose of your appointment is to attend for a COVID-19 vaccination. Please do not ask the vaccinators about other health concerns.
For further information on COVID-19 symptoms and how to book a test visit NHS Inform Coronavirus (COVID-19): General advice | NHS inform
I’ve already had COVID-19, do I need to get vaccinated?
If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 – even if you have no symptoms – you should wait until four weeks after the date you were tested to get the vaccine. If your appointment falls in the isolation period, then follow the instructions on your appointment letter to rearrange.
Can the COVID-19 vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines or medication?
If you are taking specific medication and would like to understand if you can have a vaccine while taking it, please contact the National Vaccine Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am–8pm, 7 days a week). Please note this is a general information line and it will not be possible to book or change your vaccination appointments via this helpline.
Are there any reasons why I should not get vaccinated?
The vaccine should not be given to:
- People who have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of this COVID-19 vaccine
- Those who have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to any of the ingredients of the vaccine.
The vaccinator will check that it is safe for you to have the vaccine at your appointment. If you are unsure about anything, or have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call 0800 030 8013 (available 8am–8pm, 7 days a week). Please note this is a general information line and it will not be possible to book or change your vaccination appointments via this helpline.
If you are currently involved in or previously took part in a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial
If you are part of a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, or took part previously please speak to the Trial Clinical Lead and ask if you still require a COVID-19 vaccination.
If you are informed that you do not require to have the vaccine, please cancel your appointment.
Are there any side effects to the vaccine?
- tenderness, swelling and/or redness at the injection site
- headache, muscle ache
- feeling tired
- fever (temperature above 37.8°C).
A less common side effect is swelling of the glands. This starts a few days after the vaccine and may last for up to two weeks. This is to be expected and is a sign of the immune system responding to the vaccine.
If you feel uncomfortable, take Paracetamol. Make sure you take Paracetamol as directed on the label or leaflet.
It is important to get two doses of the vaccine, even if you have mild side effects after the first dose.
Fever after vaccination
You do not need to self-isolate or book a COVID-19 test unless you have other COVID-19 symptoms or:
- you have been told by NHS Test and Protect that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- you live with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19
- you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19.
If the fever starts more than 48 hours after the vaccination or lasts longer than 48 hours, you should self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. This can be done at NHS Inform.
Should I tell someone if I’m having side effects?
You can also call the Yellow Card hotline on 0800 731 6789. This hotline is available Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm.
If you have any concerns about your health please contact your GP, or NHS 24 on 111.
Can I catch COVID-19 from the Vaccine?
Pregnancy, breastfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccine
Pregnant women who commenced vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccine, however, are advised to complete with the same vaccine. Clinicians (such as obstetricians, mid-wives, GPs or other healthcare professionals authorised to offer COVID-19 vaccination) should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with the woman, who should be told about the limited evidence of safety for the vaccine in pregnancy.
For the latest guidance on pregnancy, breastfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccine visit:
COVID-19 vaccination and bleeding disorders
NHS Grampian advise not to phone you GP, but instead read the following carefully.
Patients who are prescribed blood thinning medication including warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, rivarovxaban, edoxaban and apixiban should not be concerned about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and should attend their appointment to receive this important immunisation.
There is no need to contact your general practice for advice regarding blood thinning medication prior to attending for COVID-19 immunisation.
Vaccinators will ask a question related to this prior to administering an injection.
Patients on blood thinning medication may bruise more readily, the vaccinator will simply apply pressure after immunisation to the injection site for a bit longer than average. Reassuringly, the needle the COVID-19 vaccine is given with is very small and causes minimal trauma.
If the individual receives medication/treatment to reduce bleeding, for example treatment for haemophilia, intramuscular vaccination can be scheduled shortly after such medication/treatment is administered.
Please call the number on your letter to rearrange your appointment if required.
As an unpaid carer, how do I register for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Carers who receive relevant benefits (Carer’s Allowance, Young Carer Grant or Child Winter Heating Payment) will be in our system and will receive a letter with details of their appointment. But all unpaid carers are being encouraged to self-register – when they do, they will be advised if they are already scheduled for an appointment so there is no duplication.
The online carers’ registration portal is now closed, but individuals can still call the national helpline (0800 030 3018) to register for an appointment as an unpaid carer.
- Voluntary Sector organisations which have support to offer, but are not already involved at a local level, can do so through the British Red Cross. Please complete the questionnaire and return to COVID_19ResponseScotland@redcross.org.uk
For individuals wishing to volunteer
- You can volunteer your time and skills to support local needs:
- Contact and register with your local volunteer centre or search for opportunities through Volunteer Scotland
- Register to be a Community Reserve Volunteer through the British Red Cross, or go directly to the volunteer responder organisations that interests you and match your skills and experience.
- You can also volunteer to respond and provide help and assistance in the local community in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak at Register as a volunteer (office.com)
- While not every volunteer may be called upon to support the vaccination activities, there are plenty of local activities which will benefit from your help.
Your local NHS health board will be in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible.
It's important not to contact the NHS or your GP practice for a vaccination before then.
The public have an important part to play:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
- When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments; and
- Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
You will be contacted when it is your turn to get the vaccine.
If you have received an appointment for vaccination and need to make any changes please call the number noted in the appointment letter.
National Coronavirus Helpline
NHS Inform have set up a free helpline, 0800 030 8013, to help with any general advice on coronavirus or the coronavirus vaccine.
The helpline is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm each day.
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