People who are most at risk of complications from COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first.
The vaccination programme is being managed by the NHS - you do not need to take any action.
Updated: 14 April 2021
The Rutland Vaccination Centre at Catmose has now delivered almost 21,000 vaccine doses, which includes 16,500 first doses and 4,500 second doses. Due to limitations of vaccine supply, the centre will mainly be delivering second doses during April. All those from cohorts 1-9 (People aged over 50, health and care workers and clinically vulnerable) have been invited for vaccination.
From 12 April 2021 the A6003 between Uppingham and Oakham will be closed at the railway bridge at Manton.
Patients travelling from the south will need to allow extra time for the diversion.
More information can be found on the Rutland County Council website here.
The national aim is for all people over 50 to be vaccinated by mid April
Second vaccinations are normally 11-12 weeks after the first dose for either vaccine. We are now offering second vaccinations to all those who received their first jab in January. Patients will receive an SMS text message on their mobile phone, inviting them to book an appointment for a second vaccination. Those without a mobile phone will receive a letter or telephone call. W
People attending for their first vaccination from 1st April may be given the date for their second jab. Those who have not yet received a date from first vaccinations given in March will normally receive an invitation one week before it is due. Second vaccinations cannot be given before 10 weeks after the first, unless there are exceptional clinical reasons.
What happens if I can’t attend my second vaccine appointment?
If you cannot attend a clinic between 11-12 weeks after your first jab, you can still have your second vaccination after 12 weeks and it will still be effective. We are sent vaccine for second doses based on the date of your first dose so please attend if you can for your allocated session. For the Pfizer vaccine especially, our next delivery may not be for several weeks so please don’t miss your slot because it will delay your vaccination.
Household contacts of people who have reduced immunity
People who live with patients who have severely reduced immune response are now eligible for Covid vaccination.
This includes people who are receiving chemotherapy or immunosuppressive medication, people who take steroid tablets and people who have a history of blood cancers. Patients with those conditions should have received a letter or email asking them to identify their household members who wish to be vaccinated. We can offer vaccination to those who are registered with one of the four the Rutland GP practices.
If you are living with someone who is undergoing chemotherapy and have not received an email, please contact Rutland PCN by emailing: email@example.com.
Second vaccination for those who had their first jab in Rutland
There is no shortage of vaccine for second doses for those who received their first dose at the Rutland Covid Vaccination Programme and you will receive an invitation, normally by SMS. You can expect your second vaccination about 11 weeks after your first jab.
We are told the day of delivery of vaccine about a week before it arrives. We normally use all the vaccine within 48 hours of delivery. For this reason we can’t give a precise date and time for your second vaccination until we know the day that the vaccine will be delivered to us.
Second vaccination for those who had their first jab at a mass site
We cannot normally provide your second vaccination if you chose a different site for your first, because we are allocated doses for the people that we vaccinated first time around.
National Booking Service
People over 50 may receive letters, or SMS messages inviting them to book at the mass vaccination sites in Leicester. This system does not allow booking at the Rutland site but we are normally inviting people about a week later. The mass vaccination sites will also be operating with reduced supply and prioritising second doses from April.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations and the Rutland vaccination programme, please visit: www.rutlandhealth.co.uk.
For the latest updates on the AstraZeneca Vaccine rollout in Rutland, please see the Rutland Primary Care Network website here.
For the latest news on the link between AstraZeneca and blood clots see the government website
National Booking Service
People over 50 may receive letters, or SMS messages inviting them to book at the mass vaccination sites in Leicester. This system does not allow booking at the Rutland site but we are normally inviting people about a week later. The mass vaccination sites will also be operating with reduced supply and prioritising second doses from April. It is confusing that there is a separate system, but it is not in our control – the letters are sent by the NHS. Calling 119 will allow you to book at a national site if you are eligible and have received a letter, but not in Rutland.
The booking process
- Click on the link of your preferred vaccination site
- Enter the pin: CovidVL19
- Register as a new user – Please ensure you enter your NHS number (if you do not know this, click here to find it).
- Pick the patient option on the formand fill in your details
- Choose a date and time for your initial vaccination. The system will automatically generate a second slot.
- Check your inbox and junk mail for an email that confirms your booking. You will also receive a text reminder if you filled in the contact number field
- Photo ID and proof of eligibility (a current shielding letter) will need to be provided on arrival for clinically extremely vulnerable patients. Those aged 70+ will need to provide Photo ID only.
To date, Rutland has received deliveries of both the Pfizer BioNtech and Astra Zeneca (Oxford) vaccines.
Information about both vaccines can be found on the NHS website.
The Rutland Primary Care Network brings together four GP practices based in Rutland. Read more about their work.
National Priority List
The Government has been very clear about the priority groups for vaccination and the order in which they will receive the jab.
The national priority list which we must follow is as follows:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. Cohort 6 also includes unpaid carers.
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
More information about prioritisation can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Phase 2 of the vaccination programme
The vaccine is now being offered to people at lower risk from the complications of COVID-19. You are still at risk of catching the infection and passing it on to others. For further information see the governments website
Rutland Vaccination Centre
Our offices are being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre for people who have been given an appointment to receive the vaccine.
Vaccinations are managed by the NHS. The NHS will contact you and let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine.
Travelling to the Rutland vaccination centre
The best way to travel to the vaccination is by private car.
If you have a vaccination appointment, you can park for free in the car park outside the Council offices during your appointment.
If do not have access to private transport, you can use these travel options:
The bus stops outside our offices and Rutland County Museum are not currently in use.
The nearest bus stops to access the centre are at Crown Walk and the Market Place.
Check your bus service operator's website for the most up-to-date timetable information:
Anyone without internet access can call us to check journey details:
Call: 01572 758138 or 01572 720923
Voluntary Action Rutland Car Scheme
Voluntary Action Rutland offers a transport scheme for elderly, disabled and vulnerable people in Rutland who have difficulty travelling independently.
This is a door-to-door service where volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to pick up passengers and return them home.
Find out more about this scheme
Good neighbour car schemes
There are smaller community car schemes that offer a service similar to that provided by Voluntary Action Rutland:
A number of local taxi operators are available to book a journey with:
If none of the transport options listed are suitable for your needs and you need help with travel to your vaccination appointment, contact our adult social care team:
Call: 01572 758341
Safer Travel Guidance
For all journeys not involving private car use, make sure you've read and understood the latest government guidance on safer travel which includes the use of face coverings and other safety measures.
COVID-19 vaccination guides and information leaflets
The Government has produced a series of guidebooks and informative leaflets on COVID-19 vaccination, which are available to download from their site, using the links below.
These guides can be viewed in your browser by selecting the HTML option, or you can download the booklet style PDF, these can also be printed if you wish to share the information with people in your family, business or health and social care group.