Covid 19 Vaccines - Important Information
We are delighted to inform you that we have received confirmation of approval of our Sevenoaks vaccination site with our first delivery scheduled for Thursday the 7th of January 2021. Covid-19 vaccinations for our patients are being provided from Sevenoaks Medical Centre, Beadle House, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2JD. There will be home visits for housebound patients.
We are inviting patients based on the national priority list. Please be patient and wait to be contacted about when the vaccine is available for you.
The first delivery of vaccines will be rolled out in keeping with national recommendations for Priority Groups 1 and 2.
The Joint Committee of Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) updated their advice on the 30th of December 2020 and advised that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be focussing on the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems. The priority groups 1 and 2 are:
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
We are very excited to get this programme off the ground and thank you for your patience.
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccines. Our phone lines are very busy and we would appreciate your support to keep phone lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters. The vaccination programme will take several months to work through everyone, so it could be some time before you are contacted.
Information regarding patient transport options can be found via the following website links:
If you have questions about the vaccine please read the information below.
Why is the vaccine not available from our own surgery?
Across the country GPs are working in groups of practices to provide the Covid-19 vaccine. We understand the people would like to get the vaccine from their own practice but unfortunately this is not possible at this time. If this changes we will update this information.
Should I come for a vaccine if I have symptoms of Covid-19?
No. If you or someone in your immediate household has symptoms of the virus it is essential that you self-isolate and book a test. Your vaccine can be re-arranged after your self-isolation.
If I’ve had Covid-19 do I need the vaccines?
Yes, getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.
How soon after having Covid-19 can I have the vaccine?
It is recommended that people wait 4 weeks after recovering from Covid-19 or from being tested positive but not experiencing symptoms. We will rearrange invitations if you are in this situation when first invited to have the vaccine.
When will the second dose be given?
From 30 December the national guidance changed and second doses will now be scheduled for 10-12 weeks after the first dose.
Can I pay for the vaccines privately?
No, all Covid-19 vaccines are being provided free by the NHS. If you see any offers to get the vaccine privately it will be a scam and you must not contact them.
Find out more: For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine
Published: Jan 11, 2021