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: 07 May 2021
Next week (w/c May 10th) we will be running 4 days of PfizerBioNtech clinics, for first doses or second doses for those who received their first dose on 24th/25th February.
We are now inviting cohort 10 – everyone aged over 40. Our priority is to avoid vaccine wastage, so we will keep inviting people by decreasing age until these clinics are filled. If you receive an SMS invitation from us to book an appointment please do so as soon as you can to secure your place.
If you cannot see suitable clinics please keep checking – new clinics are added when we are notified of vaccine deliveries.
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 on this can be found on our website here.
The government recommends that second doses are given between 77-84 days after the first dose. For the AstraZeneca vaccine, the minimum recommended interval between the first and second doses is 8 weeks – this is because there is some evidence that the vaccine is more effective after at least an 8 week interval. An interval of 28 days may be observed when rapid protection is required (for example for those about to start chemotherapy).
For the PfizerBioNtech vaccine the interval recommended by the government is 77-84 days. The minimum interval is 21 days.
For both vaccines if an interval longer than the recommended interval (84 days) is left between doses, the second dose should still be given . The course does not need to be restarted.
What happens if I can’t attend my second vaccine appointment?
Most people have been given a date for their second vaccination. If the date you have is unsuitable, you can change it no sooner than 3 weeks before because the booking system does not allow earlier changes.
We have limited supplies of vaccine, especially Pfizer BioNtech, and doses are allocated for people are due at 11 weeks, so please keep the appointment if you can.
Those people who do not have a date for their second vaccination will be sent an SMS invitation to book , normally 1-2 weeks before it is due.
COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
Those who are currently pregnant are invited for vaccination at the same time as their age group. It is now recommended that pregnant women receiving the first dose of vaccination should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine because there is more experience of these vaccines in pregnancy. Women who have already had a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine are advised to complete with the same vaccine (so she should have a second dose of Astra Zeneca 10-12 weeks after the first dose.)
If a woman finds out she is pregnant after she has started a course of vaccine, she may complete vaccination during pregnancy using the same vaccine product (unless contra-indicated). Alternatively, vaccination should be offered as soon as possible after pregnancy.
You can access more information including a decision aid with these two guides:
I am pregnant and have been offered a COVID-19 vaccination. What are my options?
COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.