We launched our Covid-19 vaccinations programme on 9 December. Rolling it out will take time so please be patient. You will be contacted by your GP practice when it’s your turn to be vaccinated by letter, text or a phone call – please do not call us or your GP.
The vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from the virus, before being offered more widely. You can read the national first phase priority list, which we’re following.
In the meantime, the best thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities is to remember “Hands, Face, Space”.
If you have any questions or concerns about having the vaccination, please discuss them with your GP practice when they call you.
You can also find out more about the vaccine on the NHS national Covid-19 vaccination information page and read what our expert, Consultant Virologist Dr Samir Dervisevic, says about the development of the vaccine and its potential impact.
When you arrive for your vaccination
Our Covid-19 vaccination appointments are in the Aylsham Suite, beside the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital. If you arrive by car, follow the signs to the Vaccination Centre for free parking beside the unit then follow the directions into the unit via the glass walkway.
- Please note that the Aylsham Medical Day Unit team has relocated to East Out-patients, Level 2 (the location of the Rheumatology Day Unit) so please contact them for more information if you have an appointment.
You’ll receive a warm welcome and we’ll make your visit as safe and swift as possible.
Everyone in our team is helping to provide vaccinations in addition to their usual duties – some are recently-retired practitioners who have returned to support the programme and everyone is proud of the service we are providing.
If you have any specific queries before you attend, please ask when booking your appointment and we aim to respond as soon as possible.
Helpful tips for when you come for your appointment
- Please do not enter the glass tunnel leading to the Vaccination Centre entrance until 10 minutes before you appointment – we’re following social distancing guidelines and have limited waiting areas
- Please do not bring children and babies with you and make other arrangements for their care while you attend. The Centre is attended by elderly and clinically-vulnerable people and we wish to make them feel as supported and safe as possible
- Please only bring a carer if you consider it essential as waiting areas are limited. Attendees exit the Centre into car park C and drivers and friends are advised to wait there
- The time your appointment takes depends on several factors. It can be up to two hours but is often a lot less. We suggest you have a mobile phone number for the person waiting for you so you can let them know when you are ready to leave
- If you need assistance from porters and wheelchairs to leave the Centre, please ask
- On arrival, your temperature will be taken with a thermal thermometer. If you have a temperature above 38 degrees you will not be allowed to enter and will be advised to return home to self-isolate and request a Covid test via NHS Test & Trace
- Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19
- Please ensure you wear warm outer clothing outside and in the tunnel, even though it is heated
- Please wear short-sleeved tops under your layers to allow the vaccinators to access you upper arm (deltoid) easily
- Please bring details of any allergies and written details of ALL medication you take so we can be fully informed about your health when assessing your suitability for the vaccine
- Please bring your own black pen to sign your consent to treatment form
- Toilets are available
- For security and privacy, we request mobile phones are not used during your visit and taking photographs is strictly forbidden.
Care and NNUH staff
- Please DO NOT attend in your uniform, change into you outdoor clothes before you attend
- Bring your NHS medical number – we will NOT be able to vaccinate you without it
- Give yourself plenty of time to attend – you may be required to remain in the unit for 15 minutes post vaccination to ensure you have a safe recovery
- NNUH staff: please bring you NNUH ID
- NNUH staff: Please do not come to the Centre without an appointment time agreed by the Health and Wellbeing team. We do not offer a “drop-in” service. If you believe you’re clinically vulnerable or you work in a high-risk area, email COVIDvaccine@nnuh.nhs.uk.
Timetable of your visit
- Arrive at the Centre no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time
- Enter and give your details in at the reception desk where you’ll be given a consent form, a prescriber’s information form and some ID labels. These will be completed by the medical prescriber when you see them
- You will be seated in the waiting room until your turn
- You will be escorted to see a medical prescriber, usually a doctor, senior nurse or pharmacist, who will go through the consent form and discuss the vaccination process with you. This is a detailed process to make sure you are fully informed about the vaccine and the prescriber can ensure you are suitable to receive it. You will be given a detailed black and white patient information leaflet to take home to read about the vaccine
- If you’re unable to have the vaccine you can leave and your GP will be informed that vaccination was not suitable at this time
- If you are suitable for the vaccination, you will be directed to receive it
- When you’ve received your vaccination, you will be directed to the day room and asked to sit for 15 mins to ensure you recover safely and staff are close by if you need assistance
- Tea, coffee or water will be offered while you wait
- Details of your second appointment will be given to you before you leave
- After 15 minutes you can leave the Centre via the back exit.
- Please note that this is subject to change due to the national focus of the vaccination programme.