COVID-19 Vaccine Updates & FAQs

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The Simpson Centre and Penn Surgery are delighted to be administering COVID-19 vaccinations to our patients.  

Where does the vaccinating take place?

Due to constraints around the preparation and storage of the vaccine we are unable to give this vaccine at the surgery or any site in Beaconsfield and are working alongside neighbouring practices to give vaccinations at Adams Park Football Stadium in High Wycombe, Hillbottom Road, HP12 4HJ. This centre is staffed by our own nurses, GPs, Paramedics and administrative staff and those from other practices in our Primary Care Network (ARC PCN).  

Can I choose which vaccine I get?

No – we often do not know which vaccine will be available on the day. Please do not ring the surgery to ask for a particular vaccine as this takes up valuable time for more urgent calls. There are only a very limited number of medical reasons (such as a specific allergic reaction to an excipient of one of the vaccines) when a particular vaccine may be necessitated.

When will I get my vaccination?

We are prioritising vaccinations strictly in accordance with the tier system provided by the government. We are not making exceptions to this this and will contact patients in cohorts based on their age.

We recognise that many of you are worried and want your vaccination as soon as possible and are working very hard in collaboration with our neighbouring practices to achieve this. Please note, we often get very little notice (typically only two to three days) of when we will receive our next delivery of vaccine so you may be called on short notice.

What if I am housebound?

We understand that some of you are unable to get to Adams Park and we will be making alternative arrangements for you. Many housebound vaccinations have already been done. Please contact us if yours is still due.

Can I get my vaccination elsewhere?

Yes – there are a number of “central” sites where patients can book to have their vaccination if they wish. Please visit the NHS Covid Vaccination booking page regularly to check your eligibility for this as it is constantly changing. Some patients may have received a letter inviting them to do so. Please be reassured that it is our intention that all patients will be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP Practice in due course.  

How will I know when my appointment is?

You will be contacted by the surgery to make an appointment for vaccination by text or by telephone. Please do not contact the surgery, we will contact you when we can offer you an appointment.  An information leaflet will be provided when we book your appointment and we will discuss the vaccine with you when you attend for the appointment.

Where can I find out more information about the vaccine?

There is further information available from the website and NHS Coronavirus Vaccination

Can I still get an appointment at the surgery as normal?

Yes – appointments are released every day and urgent matters are prioritised. There may be reduced availability for routine appointments or check-ups as we roll out this vital vaccination programme.  

How can I help?

You have an important part to play in helping us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people in the priority groups as possible and as quickly as possible.  

  • Please do not contact us to seek a vaccine. We will contact you.
  • When we do contact you please attend your booked appointment unless you are unwell.
  • Please continue to follow government guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Please consider using alternative sources for advice if your problem is not urgent such as your local pharmacist or the NHS Website.

We thank you all for your support at this time