Covid Boosters - Update 20/09/2021
We are starting to get a lot of enquiries regarding the Covid booster vaccine following on from todays announcement.
The current update is that the boosters WILL NOT be issued at North Cardiff Medical Centre.
Patients will be contacted by the Mass Vaccination Centres directly to arrange an appointment.
Please do not call the surgery to enquire when you may receive this call as we do not have this information.
Covid-19 Extended List of Symptoms and actions for patients
What is the extended list of Symptoms?
The Cardiff and Vale Test, Trace and Protect Service is asking residents to consider taking a test if they are experiencing any of the an extended list of symptoms and these are new, persistent and/or unusual symptoms for them.
The Symptoms are:
- Myalgia (muscle ache or pain)
- a sore throat
- a headache
- a runny nose
These are in addition to the three most common symptoms of Covid-19:
- a fever
- a new continuous cough
- loss/change of taste and smell.
We ask that any patients presenting with any of the above symptoms now request a Covid-19 test AS THEIR FIRST ACTION before contacting the surgery for an appointment.
If you do have an appointment at the surgery, you may be advised to carry out a Covid-19 test before a clinician will assess any further concerns you may have.
These procedures are in place to protect our staff and patients. Please do not be offended if you are asked to follow these procedures during these unpredictable times.
For further information please visit the following links:
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Confirmation of Vaccine Letters
PLEASE NOTE - North Cardiff Medical Centre and the Mass Vaccination Centres are unable to provide any letter or certificate to prove your covid vaccination status. Please do not call the surgery as we are unable to help with this request.
You can now obtained this information online following the link here.
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme - FAQ's
Why do I have to wait for my vaccine?
Those people most at risk from the complications of Covid-19 are being offered the vaccine first. When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?
The priority groups of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine are agreed at a UK level by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The priorities are based on individual’s risk of serious illness and mortality, and also the need to protect the health and social care services. The single greatest risk of illness and mortality from Covid-19 is increasing age, and there is also importance in protecting people who are vulnerable due to underlying health conditions. This is the list of priority groups that the JCVI has agreed:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over, and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
- All those 65 years of age and over.
- All individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
How is it decided who will receive the vaccines first?
Delivering a mass vaccination programme at such a large scale is an enormous challenge, and requires a great deal of preparation and coordination to ensure it can be done safely. It is simply not possible to vaccinate everyone who is eligible for it at the same time, and therefore we have to sequence the invitations in accordance with the priority groups that are set nationally.
How is the programme being delivered?
Initial supplies of the vaccine are currently limited so we are prioritising according to need, and rolling out the programme in a way that maintains the efficacy of the vaccine. The initial vaccine we are using is being supplied to us in small amounts to begin with, which will scale up in the next few weeks. We will contact you to invite you for the vaccine. Please be patient & wait to
be contacted. Please do not contact us about your eligibility/vaccine.
Can I pay for a Covid-19 vaccine privately?
No, the Covid-19 vaccination is only available for free through the NHS to eligible groups.
How can I find out more?
For further information about the vaccine and the roll-out of the programme in Wales, including what to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination, please visit the Public Health Wales site where you will find a FAQ section as well as lots of helpful information: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/
COVID-19 - Symptoms
If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should:
- use the NHS Direct Wales online symptom checker
Only call 111 or the Practice, if the symptom checker advises you to.
- if you have symptoms you will be advised to apply for a covid test
- only call 111 or the Practice, if the symptom checker advises you to
- If your symptoms do not improve after 7 days, or your symptoms deteriorate, please telephone the Practice during opening hours or CAV 24/7 0300 10 20 247 when we are closed.
- Contact 999 for all Medical Emergencies.
Please do not attend your GP surgery, community pharmacy, or A&E department if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus to stop the spread of infection.
Please be aware that all household members must self isolate while awaiting test results see Self Isolation
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Help & Advice
Please click on the links below for the most up to date information:
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) is working closely with a range of internal and external partners to develop plans so that they are ready and prepared to deliver the vaccine to the general public.
Certain groups of people will be prioritised to receive the vaccination by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) at a UK level. Health and social care workers have been identified as one of the early recipients of the vaccine through this prioritisation process.
It is important to note that the vaccine will not be mandatory and people will be able to choose whether they take up the vaccine or not.
For information and advice about Covid-19 please visit these websites for further information:
It is compulsory for people over the age of 11 to wear a face covering in public indoor spaces. There are exemptions for people who cannot wear face coverings for health or medical reasons, similar to those for public transport. You do not require a letter from the surgery to be exempt and you can download a letter or card to your mobile phone on the government site, click on the link below:
Includes information on local lockdowns, working, education and frequently asked questions.
Testing is not available at the surgery and can only be accessed via Test, Trace & Protect. Click here to access testing or phone 119.
Apply for a Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Test Online
The Welsh Government have now created an on-line system for patients and key workers to be able to get tested for Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
If you have one of the following symptoms:
- A new continuous cough.
- A fever.
- Loss of taste and/or smell.
You will need to take the test within the first 5 days of having symptoms. The test only tells you if you currently have the virus and does not tell you if you have already had it.