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Thousands in BLMK given a ‘boost’ from the NHS

Date: 13/10/2021 | Category: CCG News

Records show that thousands of people in our area have already received their COVID-19 booster, and we are encouraging everyone that is eligible to book their appointment when invited.

Remember that you need to be invited by the NHS when it is your turn, as it is very important that boosters must not be given less than 6 months from the second dose of the vaccine. If you feel that you had your second vaccination more than 6 months ago and haven’t received an invitation to book your booster, you can check your immunisation details on the NHS App.

The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on a smartphone or tablet. Anyone who is registered with a GP surgery in England can download the app from Google Playstore or Apple’s App Store. App users will need an email address and a mobile phone number. Instructions on the app walk you through a very simple process to set up an account.

Once the account is activated, the public can use the NHS App to:

  • view your health record – securely access your GP health record, which includes your COVID-19 vaccinations, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines. If your GP has given you access to your detailed medical record, you can also see information like test results and details of your consultations
  • get your NHS COVID Pass – view and share your COVID Pass for places in England that have chosen to use this service and travel abroad
  • get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it
  • book appointments – search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments
  • get health advice – search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments. You can also answer questions to get instant advice or medical help near you
  • order repeat prescriptions – see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to

If you feel your vaccination records are incorrect, please email [email protected] with the following information who will investigate your query.

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • NHS number
  • A photo of the vaccination card
  • Location of where the vaccines were administered

A member of the team will look into the query and respond.

Walk-in vaccination clinics running across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are still focused on providing first and second doses for anyone aged 16 and over, but they are also providing booster clinics by way of appointments. These are in addition to a high number of pharmacies across the region. Visit BLMK’s website to find the nearest one to you. https://www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information/

GP practices continue to be incredibly busy and need to keep their phone lines open for patients to make appointments with their doctor or practice nurse. Local people are therefore asked not to telephone their practice asking when they will get their booster – the NHS will make contact when it’s their turn.

A coronavirus booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19. If you have any questions about the Booster and its importance go to www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/booster  to find out more.