NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme and roll-out – Hampshire and Isle of Wight update

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The NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight is continuing to vaccinate patients against coronavirus during the biggest immunisation programme in history. We have created these series of webpages as a central resource for updates on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight vaccination programme. These pages are hosted on the NHS Southampton City CCG website but the information is for all our communities within Hampshire, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

We will be keeping these pages updated on the local roll-out of the vaccine across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and have also added some of the  frequently asked questions that have been coming through. If you have a question to add to our FAQs please get in touch with us.

Vaccine programme update

NHS teams across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight continue to work at pace to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination to those in our communities who are most at risk. A huge thank you to all of our staff, volunteers and partners involved in supporting the delivery of the vaccination programme to our communities.

We are very pleased to report that more than 480,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been delivered to our communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS) and Frimley Health and Care ICS more than 95% of people aged 80 and over have received their first dose. A breakdown of vaccination figures by NHS region and Integrated Care Systems/ Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships is available here and is regularly updated.

How will you be invited for the vaccine?

The last invites to those aged 70 and over or on the shielded patients list (people listed as clinically extremely vulnerable) who are yet to be vaccinated have now been delivered, and the NHS has been following up directly with those we haven’t heard from yet, as well as going out to housebound patients.

If you are in that group, or you are a frontline health or social care worker, and you haven’t had your vaccine yet for whatever reason, it’s not too late to come forward. You can book quickly and simply at nhs.uk/covidvaccination,or by phoning 119 if you can’t use the internet. If you can’t find a suitable slot through the national booking service, please contact your GP.

From this week (15 February) people aged 65 - 69 and those aged 16-65 in an at-risk group and unpaid carers will also now begin to receive invitations from the national booking service. If you would prefer, you can also wait to be contacted by a local GP-led service.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected. The NHS is working hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first. You can help us help you:

  • unless you are over 70 or on the shielded patient list (clinically extremely vulnerable), please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to
  • and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives. 

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight our residents will be invited in one of the following ways to have a vaccination:

  • Using a local GP service: GP practices are working together across the county to vaccinate as many people as possible. Residents may be contacted by a different surgery to the one they usually go to.
  • Local hospital services: Patients may be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient or outpatient.
  • At a vaccination centre: These are now available across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. If a person lives within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and hasn’t already been vaccinated, they may receive a letter asking them to book an appointment at a vaccination centre through the national booking service online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If they can’t access the NHS website they can call 119 free. If a person would prefer to be vaccinated by their local GP practice or vaccination centre, as explained in the letter, they can wait to be contacted by their GP or try the website again later as sites are being added as they become available.
  • At a local pharmacy: NHS England is also arranging for some local pharmacies to provide the vaccination on an appointment basis. Details of pharmacies will be added to the national booking system as they go live so individuals will be able to book an appointment with them once they have received their letter, if that is their choice. We will be continuing to add details of pharmacies in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to the list of sites and the online map as they go live.

Find out more about the vaccine programme in Hampshire and Isle of Wight: