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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

I am happy to say that the arrangements for vaccination against Covid-19 appear to be well organised and efficient. My GP practice telephoned me on Thursday 14th at 3pm to ask whether I would like to be vaccinated. I agreed at once and agreed that Sunday 17th would be OK for me. Two minutes later a text arrived saying an appointment had been made for 13.45 on Sunday 17th at Lordship Lane Primary Care Centre.

I went there today and found a very well organised set up. I was given a numbered ticket on entry. At least three receptionists were signing people in to a well spaced out waiting area.  By 13.45 I was sitting, waiting for my number to be called.  Within ten minutes I was in one of the four vaccination rooms. The deed was done and I was asked to wait 15 minutes before leaving (to be sure of no adverse reaction). There were none although my arm is now slightly sore.  I was given a card with details of the vaccine and date and I was told that in about six weeks, I would be called by telephone for a second jab.

All the patients arriving were at least 75 (like me) and many were a lot older. Some walked only with difficulty, some came as couples, some needed a carer, some had poor eyesight, some spoke poor English, some were flustered. The great thing about the set up was that it had the space and people to ensure that none of the delays and hesitations that come with this territory, caused the pace of vaccinations to run slow. It had clearly been designed by people who knew exactly how to handle such a diverse bunch of people and the whole thing ran like sensitive clockwork.

In my case, it also relied on a GP practice with up to date records and which made the effort to telephone. The government website talks about receiving a letter and making your own booking online.Perhaps that would work too, but it is good to know that GPs don’t have to rely on snail mail. Knowing that priority was being given to over 80s and then to 75s, I would probably have nudged my GP next week if I had heard nothing. Happy to say that no nudge was needed. I left home at 13.15 and would have been back home by 14.30 if I hadn’t popped into a shop on the way. This a case for congratulations to all those involved.

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Had mine at Lordship Lane site today. Very busy, but very well organised, with lovely staff.

It was the Pfizer jab, and they couldn't tell me when the 2nd one might be.

They said the plan had been that it would be in 12 weeks' time, but that there were lots of discusssions going on.

I would get a text message about it.

I hope it ends up being much sooner than 12 weeks Peter

Got my second jab today!!!

Great news, Michael!

Did you get a choice of dates, or a fixed appointment?

My 12 weeks are up soonish...

I was given a choice.  Only 7 weeks since my first one so I thought it must be a special deal but when I was talking to others in the queue they were 6-8 weeks after their first injection.  I’m under City and Hackney so don’t know if that’s moving faster.

I'm volunteering at the John Scott now - a fellow volunteer got offered hers about 7-8 weeks after her first too.

It was John Scott who did my vaccinations.  Such a lovely bunch of volunteers - thank you Sarah and all the others you work with.

Great news!

I heard from someone in priority group 6 who had their first vaccine today. Is anyone else in that position? I'm in group 6 and thought I wasn't due to be vaccinated until the second half of Feb.

As far as I’m aware Sarah I’m in group 6 too.

- Resident 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
• All those 60 years of age and over
• All those 55 years of age and over
• All those 50 years of age and over

Also, a friend who is also in group 6 received a text from his GP on Friday asking him to make a vaccination appointment   Hopefully that means the locally programme is running ahead of schedule. No idea how they are rolling out within the groups.  Alphabetically (both our surnames begin with A!)?



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