Covid-19 Vaccinations


MHRA and JCVI announcement regarding AstraZeneca Vaccine and next steps


The statement from the JCVI states:

“Since the start of the pandemic over 4 million COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the UK causing more than 120,000 deaths. Over 30 million people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since the start of the programme, which Public Health England (PHE) estimate has prevented at least 6,000 deaths in the first 3 months of 2021.

There have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event of concurrent thrombosis (blood clots) and thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) following vaccination with the first dose of AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222).

JCVI has weighed the relative balance of benefits and risks and advise that the benefits of prompt vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risk of adverse events for individuals 30 years of age and over and those who have underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease.


What this means:

  • If you are 29 years of age or younger, and are booked in for a first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Old Exchange Site next week - we will contact you and offer you an appointment for a Pfizer vaccine at the Old Exchange Site this week instead.
  • If you are 29 years of age or younger and have booked through the National Booking System to attend a site elsewhere for a first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, your appointment will be automatically cancelled, and you will be contacted by them.
  • If you are 30 years of age or older and scheduled to receive a first dose of AstraZeneca, vaccination should continue
  • If you have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, you should continue to be offered a second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age.


  • MHRA are clear that the only individuals who should not have a second dose of AstraZeneca are those set out below:


  • ‘Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in patients with a history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, acquired or hereditary thrombophilia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia or antiphospholipid syndrome should only be considered when the potential benefit outweighs any potential risks. Patients who have experienced major venous and arterial thrombosis occurring with thrombocytopenia following vaccination with any COVID-19 vaccine should not receive a second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.’
  • For further information, please see the following link:

  • When you attend the vaccine centre for an Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccination, screening questions will be asked to identify a medical history of any of the above rare conditions. If you do have one of these conditions, the clinician will discuss the best course of action with you.


COVID-19 Vaccination programme – Update – 26 April 2021


Over the last four months we have vaccinated thousands of our local patients and are so grateful to all of our staff and the local volunteers whose hard work, support and dedication has enabled us to help deliver the vaccine to our patients who are most at risk of Covid-19. 


The vaccine programme is now entering Phase 2 which will focus on cohorts 10 -12 (ages 18 – 49).  We will be continuing to offer vaccination services for Phase 2 cohorts and these patients will be contacted when it is your turn to be vaccinated by either:


  • A letter or text from the National Booking Service inviting you to book at a local vaccination centre
  • A text, call or letter from your GP Practice


We will also continue to provide second doses to those patients in the priority groups who have already received their first vaccine.  Patients awaiting their second doses are asked not to contact the practice – we will contact you when it is the right time to book your appointment.


Any patient in cohort 1-9 who has not yet received their vaccine can also still book online via or by calling our Covid Hotline, which is open from 8am to 6pm, on 07591298318. Please note, your call may not be answered immediately but all missed calls are returned.


Whether you have had the vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.  


Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including frequently asked questions and patient information leaflets here


For the latest information regarding the Covid-19 vaccination and blood clotting please see the the PHE Guidance below.

PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide.pdf - Clotting.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccination programme

 We are currently working hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible patients in the priority groups, at the same time as providing care to all those who need it.

 You will be contacted when it is your turn to be vaccinated by either:


  • A letter or text from the National Booking Service inviting you to book at a local vaccination centre
  • A text, call or letter from your GP Practice


If you are aged 60 or over, are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, in receipt of Carers Allowance, or a frontline Health or Social Care worker you can now book direct online via or by calling 119. 


If you are not eligible yet, please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine.


Whether you have had the vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.


Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including frequently asked questions and patient information leaflets here


Please see the picture below which explains who is in which group, and the order of vaccination priority.


Groups nearing completion:         We have now vaccinated significantly in excess of 90% in each of the first 4 vaccination groups. If you are in one of these 4 groups and have not had your vaccine but wish to do so, please call 07591 298318 between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS NUMBER FOR ANY OTHER REASON!


Home visits:           our colleagues at CPFT hope to complete this group this week.


Now calling:           Last week, a new group of ‘shielding’ or ‘CEV’ (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) patients were identified. We are currently calling patients in this new shielding group and in group 6. Group 6 includes adults aged 16-64 years in an ‘at risk’ group and carers. People deemed to be ‘at risk’ have any of the following conditions:



Future programme:         We currently have no control over the vaccine delivery schedule, nor the order in which we can give the vaccine. We administer any vaccine we receive within a few days of delivery. We often are given very short notice advising us as to when the vaccine will arrive.


If you are not in these first groups, you will be called, please be patient.


Second vaccinations:         All ‘PCN hubs’ have only been allowed to give out first appointments (and not second appointments) when you book for your first vaccination. Everyone will be offered an appointment to return to the place of their first vaccination for their second ‘jab’. We are expecting to be enabled to book people in for the second jab very soon. PCN hubs have both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines unlike other types of vaccination centre – this makes it more complicated!





Covid-19 Who Gets It First

Good News! Our Covid-19 Vaccinations Are Under Way!

In line with Government guidance, we are pleased to confirm that COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now being offered at the Old Exchange Surgery Mass Vaccination Site, East Street, St Ives to patients aged 70 and over, and those who are clinically vulnerable who are registered with the following practices; Grove Medical Practice, The Spinney Surgery, Riverport Medical Practice and Moat House Surgery.

Patients will be invited to attend a clinic.  There is no parking at the vaccination site but we have arranged free parking at the following location for any patients attending their vaccination appointments on the day of the clinics:

  • Globe Place Car Park – PE27 5PP - There is no need to purchase a ticket, just leave a note in your windscreen to say that you are visiting the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Clinics are now running on a regular basis and appointments are released as soon as we are notified of our next vaccine delivery.  If you are aged 70 or over, or clinically vulnerable and do not already have an appointment please don’t worry, you will not be missed and we will be contacting you as soon as we can to arrange your appointment with you.  We have a special team who will be telephoning patients directly to book these appointments with you so you do not need to contact us directly.

When you attend your vaccination appointment please wear a face mask and continue to follow the social distancing guidance. These steps help to save lives

We will continue to roll out the vaccination programme as quickly as we can. 

What to expect when you arrive for your vaccination appointment

When you are invited to your vaccination appointment there are a few things we need you to do to help ensure everything runs smoothly.

  • Please arrive close to your appointment time - there is no need to arrive early as appointments are carefully spaced
  • Please use the car park available (see above).  Very limited drop off and collection will be available for those who really need it
  • Please wrap up warm but wear clothing that you can easily remove your upper arm for your vaccination
  • Please wear a face mask and maintain social distance
  • Please follow the marshalls who will be on hand to direct and support you
  • Please do not attend if you are self-isolating because you have been contacted by Track & Trace or if you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • After your vaccination, we will need you to remain on site for 15 minutes (Pfizer vaccination only).

For further information see: