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COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE 

WHAT PRIORITY GROUP ARE WE UP TO IN WIGAN BOROUGH?
 Great news! We are starting to vaccinate those in cohort 5 & 6 and we started ramping this up from Monday.

NHS England are writing to all patients in cohort 5 to invite them to book an appointment at a local national clinic or pharmacy. So GP practices have been asked to focus on inviting those in cohort 6 to the local clinics
WHAT THIS MEANS:

Cohort 5: those aged 65-69:
This means that if you are aged 65-69 and you haven’t already got an appointment at one of the local clinics, you will get a letter inviting you to book an appointment at one of the local nationally run clinics.

If you are housebound, or you aren’t able to get to one of the local nationally run clinics, please don’t worry. Just contact your GP practice and they will put you on the list for a vaccine at a local clinic.
Cohort 6: those aged 16-64 who are at greater risk.
If you are aged 16-64 with an underlying health condition that puts you at greater risk, or the carer of someone who is at greater risk, you will be contacted by your GP practice to invite you for your vaccine when they have one for you. Please don’t worry if you don’t get a call straight away as there are lots of people in your cohort and it will take them some weeks to vaccinate everyone.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT A VACCINATION CLINIC 
 
We understand that for many the thought of attending a vaccination clinic can be worrying. Please watch and share our videos on the 4 vaccination clinics we have in the Borough.

Alexia takes you through each step of having your COVID jab, so you know what to expect on the day.

Please be assured all the clinics adhere to social distancing guidelines and if you have any questions regarding your vaccination please speak to your GP practice. Thank you go to https://healthierwigan.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination/

IF YOU’VE HAD THE COVID-19 VACCINE, IT’S VITAL THAT YOU CONTINUE TO FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE
 
If you’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s vital that you continue to follow social distancing guidance. Read the latest guidance here:

WIGAN MATERNITY VOICES PARTNERSHIP IS NOW ONLINE  
 
Our Wigan Borough Maternity Voices Partnership is now online. If you are a maternity healthcare professional, parent or parent-to-be please give the page a like and follow. We need your help to ensure maternity services are the best they can be! Facebook:- @WiganboroughMVP Twitter:- @MvpWigan

EQUALITY REFERENCE GROUP  
If you’re passionate about equality and diversity in health services this is the group for you. If you’d be interested in the group please get in touch with Rachel Richardson, Engagement Manager on 01942 482711 or [email protected]
You can find more information about the group here.

 PATIENTS AND PUBLIC RECRUITMENT
 
The National Institute for Health Research is inviting patients, carers, services users and members of the public interested in health and social care to join a number of its national and regional research committees.

Learn more about the opportunity to help the NIHR make funding recommendations on world-class research, improving NHS services and social care in England. Go To :- https://mcusercontent.com/7eb44dc0e2e0d65841a533271/files/516ba494-11fe-4854-a5ae-63d805f71cd8/NIHR_patients_and_the_public_committee_recruitment.pdf

EVERYONE IS WELCOME IN GENERAL GP PRACTICE 

 Did you know that anyone in England is entitled to register with a GP – you don’t need proof of address or immigration status. It helps to be registered with a GP in order to be prioritised for a COVID vaccine. Find out more here 

GP PRACTICES ARE STILL OFFERING CERVICAL SCREENING (SMEAR) APPOINTMENTS

Smear tests are the best protection against cervical cancer. Follow Jane’s experience of going to her GP practice for her smear test recently. Your GP practice is here for you and you can still safely access a smear test.

If you have any items you would like to include on a future newsletter please just let us know! You can get in touch with Nicky Ainscough or Rachel Richardson via [email protected] or 01942 482711