COVID-19 Information

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It is critical that all individuals take up their offer of the vaccine without delay, in order to ensure both that they are protected and that we prevent hospitalisations, deaths and continue to protect the NHS.

Western Vale Family Practice have completed our allocated vaccinations. 


Cardiff and Vale UHB are holding walk ins for first and second* doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Bayside MVC Toys r Us Cardiff Bay) and Holm View Leisure Centre (Barry).

You can attend either site between 8.30am and 7.30pm, Monday - Sunday.

You can walk in if:
💉 You have not had your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, are aged 16 and over and live or work in Cardiff and the Vale
💉 You are due your *second dose of Oxford AstraZeneca and it has been at least 8 weeks since your first dose

*Please note they are unable to offer second dose walk ins for Pfizer so you will be contacted directly.

 

If you are age 16+ and would like to arrange your first vaccine, you can also  contact the Mass Vaccination Centre:

Booster Vaccines

The Practice will not be participating in the Booster campaign and eligble patients will be contacted and invited directly by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

 The JCVI has issued interim advice about a COVID-19 booster programme starting in the autumn of 2021. Welsh Government have accepted that advice and information on the details of the programme implementation will be updated when it becomes available.  

Stage 1. The following persons should be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine and the annual influenza vaccine as soon as possible from September 2021: 

  • adults aged 16 years and over who are immunosuppressed 

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults 

  • all adults aged 70 years or over 

  • adults aged 16 years and over who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable 

  • frontline health and social care workers 

    Stage 2. The following persons should be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as practicable after stage 1, all adults aged 50 years and over 

  • adults aged 16 to 49 years who are in an influenza or COVID-19 at-risk group. (Refer to the Green Book table 3 for details of at-risk groups) 

  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals 

As most younger adults will only receive their second COVID-19 vaccine dose in late summer, the benefits of booster vaccination in this group will be considered at a later time when more information is available. The initial objective for winter 2021 to 2022 is for persons in booster stages 1 and 2 to receive their influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in good time. 

The interim advice can be found at this link:  

JCVI interim advice: potential COVID-19 booster vaccine programme winter 2021 to 2022 

Covid Pass & Astra Zeneca Vaccination Information

 

Covid Pass

Vaccine passports for travel and other purposes can only be gained through the NHS website.

Please do not contact the surgery as we can not provide you with the necessary certification. 

The Welsh Vaccine Certification Service will be able to offer advice if you have any problems accessing your pass - they can be contacted by telephoning 0300 303 5667

 

Concerns regarding Oxford Astra Zeneca risk if you have had a previous or family history of blood clots

The evidence at present is that there is no increased risk of blood clots unless you have one of the following specific medical condition:

1. cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

2. acquired or hereditary thrombophilia

3. heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

4. antiphospholipid syndrome

A family history of blood clots or other blood clots you have suffered, do not appear to increase your risk. It is recommended you have the vaccination due to the risks and consequences of catching COVID-19.

If you have one of the above medical conditions and you wish to discuss your vaccination options please make an appointment to speak to a doctor by telephone prior to your vaccination.

 

What should I look out for after vaccination?

Although serious side effects are very rare, if you experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should seek medical advice urgently.

• a new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse

• a headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over or

• an unusual headache that may be accompanied by: – blurred vision, nausea and vomiting – diffculty with your speech – weakness, drowsiness or seizures

• new, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding

• shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

 

QUERIES

 

If you would like further information regarding the mass vaccination programme see:

Programme Information - Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (nhs.wales)

Or, contact the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board COVID Vaccination queries line - 029 21 841234 or email cvuhb.massimms@wales.nhs.uk 

Please do not call the surgery, in order for us to keep our lines free for urgent healthcare problems.

 

 

Advice & Information

Face Coverings

It is still compulsory for people over  the age of 11 to wear a face covering in some public indoor spaces for example Health & Social Care facilities and on public transport.

There are exemptions for people who cannot wear face coverings for health or medical reasons, similar to those for public transport.

You do not require a letter from the surgery to be exempt, and you can download a letter or card to your mobile phone on the government site - click on the link below:

Face covering exemption letter

Welsh Government website

Includes frequently asked questions.

Testing

Testing is not available at the surgery and can only be accessed via Test, Trace & Protect. Click here to access testing or phone 119.

 

Symptoms

If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should:

  • If you have symptoms you will be advised to apply for a covid test or ring 119
  • Only call 111 or the Practice if the symptom checker advises you to.
  • If your symptoms do not improve after 7 days, or your symptoms deteriorate, please telephone the Practice during opening hours or CAV 24/7 0300 10 20 247 when we are closed.
  • Contact 999 for all Medical Emergencies.

Please do not attend your GP surgery, community pharmacy, or A&E department if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, to stop the spread of infection.

Please be aware that all household members must self isolate while awaiting test results - see Self Isolation

Self Isolation & Treating Symptoms (Adult)

Self Isolation & Treating Symptoms (Child)

 

Recovering from Covid

Whether you are recovering from COVID-19 after spending time in hospital or being isolated at home, or if you have been unable to access care and support for your health condition during lockdown, the following information gives guidance on how you can manage your recovery, understand and identify the side-effects, and know when you should access further support.

See https://keepingmewell.com/home-2/covid-19-and-me/

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government guidance website.