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OXFORD ASTRA-ZENECA SAFETYCOVID VACCINE INFORMATION

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine update – a special message from Swansea Bay Health Board Medical Director

“The UK’s Medicine Healthcare and Regulatory Products Agency (MHRA) has put out new advice following the possibility of a very rare blood clot being linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

“According to the MHRA, the risk of this side effect is very small - about four in one million - to those who receive the vaccine.

“More than 20 million doses of this vaccine have been given in the UK so far, with 79 reported cases of these unusual blood clots – which is an occurrence of 0.000395%.

“While you may be concerned about what you are hearing in the news, the MHRA has made clear that the benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risks, and this type of “course correction” is common in vaccination schemes.

“But patient and product information will be updated to make sure everyone is aware of this very rare side effect along with other potential side effects.

“Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the developments were out of ‘utmost caution’ and has advised:

  • Anyone aged 18-29 should be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • Pregnant women should discuss having this vaccine with their health care professional.
  • Anyone who has already received a first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca should have their 2nd dose as planned.

“The Committee of Human Medicines has also said that people with a history of blood disorders that increase the risk of blood clotting should only have the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab where benefits outweigh potential risks.

“Covid-19 vaccination has proven to be highly effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalisation. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has already saved thousands of lives.

“The Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and NHS Wales are working with other agencies to continually monitor vaccine safety, and are keeping this issue under close review. In Wales, people’s safety will always come first and we will only use vaccines where it is safe to do so and the benefits continue to outweigh the risks.

“Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against COVID-19 – it is important that when people are called forward, they should get their jab.

“We’ll keep you updated on any changes as we update our plans in Swansea Bay to reflect this new advice - but at this stage we don’t see any delay to the rollout of our vaccine programme.”

- Dr Richard Evans, Executive Medical Director, Swansea Bay University Health Board

 

We have received a number of communications from patients in respect of the COVID-19 vaccination. Our doctors and nurses do not decide who gets the vaccine first. Decisions over priority groups are taken by the UK and Welsh governments based on the recommendations of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). As you can appreciate this is a great task especially when we are being faced with limited supplies from central government. We are inviting those patients in order of age 7 risk category so please be patient as we make our way through our lists, you will be contacted by a member of the team. We are trying our best to get through them as quickly and safely as possible but having to work within limitations. Updated timetable below on schedule of vaccination program.

Covid vaccination timetable – second doses. Here’s an updated timetable for second dose vaccinations in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. (Please note all dates are estimated based on current information on vaccine supply and are subject to change if supply quantities or delivery dates change.)

Pfzer-BioNTech

  • If you had your first dose week beginning January 18th, your second dose should take place week beginning March 1st or March 8th.
  • First dose week beginning January 25th, your second dose should take place week beginning March 8th or 15th.
  • First dose week beginning February 1st, your second dose should take place week beginning March 15th or March 22nd.
  • First dose week beginning February 8th, your second dose should take place week beginning March 22nd.

Oxford-AstraZeneca

  • The second doses for those living in care homes are taking place.
  • The second doses for everyone else will be 11 weeks from the first dose, beginning on March 22nd.

Mumbles Medical is following Welsh Government and Health Board guidance we have completed the 2nd doses for our Care Home patients, and are currently inviting patients over 80 for their 2nd dose. Please be patient and wait to be called by the practice.

Click links below for latest Swansea Bay Health Board Newsletter where there is information on the roll out of the vaccination program. Including the latest newsletter dated 8th April.

Vaccination newsletter 9th February 2021 - Swansea Bay University Health Board (nhs.wales)

Vaccination newsletter 16th February 2021 - Swansea Bay University Health Board

Vaccination newsletter 23rd February 2021 - Swansea Bay University Health Board

Vaccination newsletter 2nd March 2021 - Swansea Bay University Health Board

Vaccination newsletter 10th March - Swansea Bay University Health Board

Vaccination newsletter 17th March 2021 - Swansea Bay University Health Board

Vaccination newsletter 24th March 2021 - Swansea Bay University Health Board 

Vaccination newsletter 31st March 2021 - Swansea Bay University Health Board

Thank you.

NEW GP PARTNER

We are pleased to inform you that Dr Michael Bull, who has been working with us as a locum GP, has now joined the practice as a “GP Partner” from 1st January 2021.

Dr Bull was born and raised in Swansea. He studied at kings College London and has specialist interests in Care of the Elderly, Immunology and Acute Medicine.

We congratulate Dr Bull on becoming a GP partner at Mumbles Medical Practice.

 

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