COVID-19 Vaccinations (Cantab PCN)

This page was updated on 31/03/2021

The information on this page is for patients registered with us or our colleagues at Red House Surgery or Bridge Street Medical Centre.

If you are not registered with one of our three practices, you will not be able to have your vaccination at our centre.

 

Wait for us to call you

Keep our phone lines free

It is absolutely essential that we keep our surgery phone lines free for patients who are ill.  Please wait for us to call you.

We know that some of you have received vaccination letters from the National programme which do say "or call your GP practice" - but please don't.

Eligible Patients

Vaccinations are being given in a particular order based on age, medical history (and in some cases occupation).  These factors place everyone in Groups, numbered 1-12.  Please check the table below for your Group and see the latest about invitations.

If you are eligible for a vaccination, you will be contacted.  Do NOT call your surgery.

 

I am in one of the eligible groups.  Why haven't I been invited yet?

Check the table below to see if you need to do anything.  

The current groups are very large.  Within each Group, we are sending invitations in age order, from oldest to youngest.  

The COVID-19 vaccines will become available as they are approved for use and as each batch is manufactured. So every dose is needed to protect those at highest risk. You will be called in as soon as there is enough vaccine available.

Vaccination Priority

Everyone else

The government sets which groups will get the vaccination, based on those at highest risk of severe illness and those who are most likely to spread the disease.  

Over the next few weeks and months vaccinations will be offered to other groups.  There is a strict order we must follow.

We have no say over that process and cannot make exceptions regardless of medical history or personal circumstances such as shielding.

 

We understand that there are people who are desperate for a vaccination.  Please be patient and please do not contact us.

 

Keep checking this page for updates

But remember, we will contact you when it is your turn.

We are now ONLY giving SECOND DOSES

Our centre has been vaccinating patients for the last 3 months.  We are head of the national vaccination programme, having offered vaccinations to all vulnerable adults, and all adults over 50years of age.

We must follow the national vaccination programme, which is now asking us to give second doses to those same people.

For the time being we will ONLY be offering second doses to those same people.  

 

I am over 50 and have not yet been vaccinated

Check the "Check your group" table below to see what you need to do.

 

What about younger patients who need a first dose?

We are negotiating with the local NHS for the ability to restart our 1st doses and offer them to younger patients.  If we do restart 1st doses it will not be until at least late April.

 

Do I need a second dose?

Yes.  All makes of the vaccine require the patient to have two doses to have maximum protection against COVID-19.  

Even if you have had your first dose, it is important not to change your behaviour (i.e. you must continue social distancing and/or shielding).  The vaccination programme will only work if we all continue to observe social distancing rules until an adequate proportion of the population has had both doses.  Unfortunately that will not be for several months.  It is of course illegal to break the social distancing law.

The licenses for the COVID vaccines say that the second dose should be given 3-12 weeks after the first.  Indeed, that is what is stated in the literature which we give out when you have had a vaccination.  That is because 3-12 weeks was the interval which was tested in drug development trials.  It is likely that by the time most of us are invited to have our second doses this interval will have been extended.  That does not mean it will not work: any changes to this schedule will have to be proven in clinical studies.  

The National Vaccination Programme has now started to give second doses.   Invitations are being sent about 10 weeks after the 1st dose.

 

Pfizer or AstraZenica?

The Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZenica vaccine both protect against COVID-19, but they work in different ways.  

The current guidance is that patients should receive the same type of vaccination for both doses.  That means it is important you know which vaccination you have been given.  At our centre, we give all patients written information (a card) which will remind them which vaccination they were given.  If you are still not sure, you can check the table below - we only give one type of vaccination on each date.

The self-booking system will only show appointments for the type of vaccination you had the first time.  So patients who book themselves using the text invitation will automatically get the same vaccine.  If we end up calling you an booking you an appointment, there is a risk we will book you on the wrong day.  YOU must make sure you are getting the right vaccination. 

The government is currently undertaking studies to see whether mixing the type of the vaccination (e.g. having first dose of Pfizer and a second dose of AstraZenica) provides adequate protection.  It will make the national COVID vaccination programme a lot simpler if that can be done, but at the moment it is not known.  For the time being, it is sensible to assume that patients must have the same type of COVID vaccination for both doses. 

Check your group for the latest information on FIRST and SECOND doses

     FIRST DOSES SECOND DOSES
Group 1-3 age 70+ yrs

We are no longer giving 1st doses. 

However, you are still able to book an appointment for your first dose at a Mass-Vac centre by contacting the National Booking Service online:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

  

We started giving second doses on 30.3.21.   

We will be offering a 2nd dose to everyone we gave a 1st dose to, regardless of their patient Group.

Patients will automatically be invited in the exact order the 1st vaccinations were given.

We will contact you the same way you were contacted last time.

       
 Group 4 

patients on the NHS shielding list (any age 16-69) "clinically extremely vulnerable"

A. Patients who had a letter from the government in March/April 2020 advising them to sheild. 

B. Patients who did not originally receive a goverment shielding letter in March/April 2020 but who self-identified as high risk via the government shielding website (approx April-June 2020).  Provided that your GP agreed with you needing to shield, this will have been noted in your record and you will be in this group.

C. The government ran another computer search for patients who fit into this category due to events since their first search e.g. started chemotherapy in summer 2020.

 

We are no longer giving 1st doses. 

However, you are still able to book an appointment for your first dose at a Mass-Vac centre by contacting the National Booking Service online:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

 

 

We started giving second doses on 30.3.21.   

We will be offering a 2nd dose to everyone we gave a 1st dose to, regardless of their patient Group.

Patients will automatically be invited in the exact order the 1st vaccinations were given.

We will contact you the same way you were contacted last time.

       
Group 5  age 65-69y

We are no longer giving 1st doses. 

However, you are still able to book an appointment for your first dose at a Mass-Vac centre by contacting the National Booking Service online:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

We started giving second doses on 30.3.21.   

We will be offering a 2nd dose to everyone we gave a 1st dose to, regardless of their patient Group.

Patients will automatically be invited in the exact order the 1st vaccinations were given.

We will contact you the same way you were contacted last time.

Group 6

age 16-69y with long-term health conditions

See our FAQs about what a "long-term health condition" is.   

We have a lot of enquiries from patients asking, "Why have I been invited?"  Please see our FAQs.

 

We are no longer giving 1st doses. 

However, you are still able to book an appointment for your first dose at a Mass-Vac centre by contacting the National Booking Service online:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

We started giving second doses on 30.3.21.   

We will be offering a 2nd dose to everyone we gave a 1st dose to, regardless of their patient Group.

Patients will automatically be invited in the exact order the 1st vaccinations were given.

We will contact you the same way you were contacted last time.

Group 7 age 60-64y

We are no longer giving 1st doses. 

However, you are still able to book an appointment for your first dose at a Mass-Vac centre by contacting the National Booking Service online:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

We started giving second doses on 30.3.21.   

We will be offering a 2nd dose to everyone we gave a 1st dose to, regardless of their patient Group.

Patients will automatically be invited in the exact order the 1st vaccinations were given.

We will contact you the same way you were contacted last time.

Group 8 age 55-59y 

We are no longer giving 1st doses. 

However, you are still able to book an appointment for your first dose at a Mass-Vac centre by contacting the National Booking Service online:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

We started giving second doses on 30.3.21.   

We will be offering a 2nd dose to everyone we gave a 1st dose to, regardless of their patient Group.

Patients will automatically be invited in the exact order the 1st vaccinations were given.

We will contact you the same way you were contacted last time.

Group 9 age 50-54y

We are no longer giving 1st doses. 

However, you are still able to book an appointment for your first dose at a Mass-Vac centre by contacting the National Booking Service online:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

We started giving second doses on 30.3.21.   

We will be offering a 2nd dose to everyone we gave a 1st dose to, regardless of their patient Group.

Patients will automatically be invited in the exact order the 1st vaccinations were given.

We will contact you the same way you were contacted last time.

 Groups 10-12 aged below 50y  We have yet to receive any information about how these patients will be able to get their vaccinations.  We are currently negotiating with the local NHS.  

Information about the COVID vaccination

The Cantab PCN vaccination centre are vaccinating using the Pfizer Vaccine and the AstraZenica Vaccine.  We only have one type of vaccine on each day. 

All invitations for second doses will automatically be matched to the type of vaccine you had the first time.

Click on the links below to find out more about the vaccination. 

It is important you do this before you attend your appointment.   Clinics will be busy and there will be only a short time to answer your questions.

 

There are now also a range of Covid-19 vaccine leaflets available in different languages.  Visit the Cambridge and Peterborough CCG website and click on the green tab marked "Translated Vaccination Leaflets" on the right hand side of the page.

Visiting the vaccination centre

Location

From 1st February the vaccination centre may be at one of two places.  Check your confirmation text message to find out which site you must visit.  Or check the table below.

1. Huntingdon Road Surgery.  We are located on the corner of Huntingdon Road and Buckingham Road, opposite the entrance to Murray Edwards College.  Click here for a map.  The entrance to the vaccination centre is at the back of the building, accessed from Buckingham Road.

2. Red House Surgery.  The address is 96 Chesterton Road, CB1 1ER.  Please check the Red House Surgery website for more information. 

Marshals will be on site to help direct you.

Timing

Appointments are booked more than 1 every minute, so the site will be very busy.

Please arrive on time.  Do not be early or late.

Your appointment is 5mins long.  There will be limited opportinuty to answer any questions you may have.  Please make sure you have read the leaflets above.

We will only have one type of vaccination available on each day.  If it is important to you which you receive, make sure you check the schedule on this page and book your appointment on the right day.

All patients receiving the Pfizer vaccine must wait 15mins in the centre after their vaccination.  There is no wait after the AstraZenica vaccine.

Due to social distancing measures and the numbers of patients we are vaccinating, we must ask you to leave promptly once this time is up.  

If someone is collecting you, or if you require a taxi, please call them before your 15mins is up, so that you are not waiting longer than necessary.   

Transport and Access

Unfortunately there is very limited parking on site.  This will be reserved for blue badge holders.  Even if you have a blue badge, please only use it if there is no other option. 

We strongly encourage you to avoid bringing a car to the centre.  At

Huntingdon Road Surgery Only:  Murray Edwards College have kindly allowed us to use their turning circle as a space for patients to be dropped off and collected, but there is no space for cars to wait.

Huntingdon Road Surgery Only:  If you must drive, and do not have a blue badge, our marshals will direct you to our temporary car park which is a short (5min) walk away.  We are very grateful to one of our neighbours who has kindly given our patients the use of their car park.  Parking is only available for the short stay whilst you have your vaccination.  Please note that driving is not advised for 15minutes after any vaccination.

Cyclists will find a bike rack at the front of the building.

All appointments are on the ground floor.  There are a few small steps into the building, but assistance is available.

Those who cannot manage the steps, and those who use wheelchairs, should make themselves known to our marshals who will be able to arrange same-level access through the main entrance. 

Clothing

There may be a queue to enter the building so consider wrapping up and bringing an umbrella.

Once inside, please be ready to receive the vaccination in the top of the arm.  You will need to remove coats, jumpers and long sleeves. 

COVID prevention measures

Please attend alone if possible.  If you need assistance, one other person may come with you.

Wear a face covering.

If you develop COVID symptoms (fever, new continuous cough or alteration or loss of your sense of smell or taste) or if you have a positive test.

DO NOT COME

Your vaccination will not be wasted.

We will invite you again soon.  Please do not contact us.

Housebound patients

Patients who are genuinely housebound will be vaccinated at their home by the Community Nursing Team (District Nurses) using the AstraZenica vaccine. 

The District Nurses are part of Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) and NOT affiliated with Huntingdon Road Surgery or any part of Cantab PCN.  We have no influence over the arrangments and so please do not contact us.  Like us, the District Nursing team must keep their phone lines free for patients who need them urgently, so please do not call them either. 

Vaccinations for the housebound started on Friday 5th February.  

We already have a good idea which of our patients are housebound.  We have not sent our invitations (for a vaccination at the surgery) to those people.  Instead we have passed their details to the District Nursing team.  You do not need to contact us to remind us that you are housebound.

If you have received an invitation for your COVID vaccination at the vaccination centre but you are housebound, WAIT FOR US TO CALL YOU.  You will have a chance to explain that you need to be vaccinated at home.

Patients will be contacted by CPFT (not us) before their vaccination.

We know that the District Nurses have yet to contact all the patients they intend to vaccinate.  If you are housebound haven't heard from them yet, do not worry.  If you haven't heard from them by March, check this website again.

Patients who are temporarily housebound

If you get an invitation but cannot get to us, wait for us to call you.   We know that some patients have a temporary reason for being unable to leave their house (e.g. recovering from an operation) and you will get chance to explain when we call you.  Please do not call us.

What does housebound mean?

The District Nurses are unable to provide vaccination in your home unless you are truly housebound for medical reasons.   That does not include needing to be at home to look after someone else (you should make arrangements to cover your absence while you come to the centre), lack of transport (you are expected to make your own arrangements) or because you are shielding (visiting a medical appointment is an allowed reason for breaking shielding).  

Your GP practice will have final decision on whether you are considered to be housebound.

Second doses for housebound patients

Will be organised in the same way.  If the district nurse gave you a 1st dose at home, you will automatically be on the list for a 2nd dose.  Please just wait.

Residents in Nursing Homes

We have visited all of our local Nursing Homes and have vaccinated all the residents who are unable to leave the Home.  

We have now started visiting the local Homes to give second doses. 

Patients in Nursing Homes are getting the AstraZenica vaccination.

If you receive an invitation to come to the vaccination centre, but are unable to get to us, please speak to your home staff to arrange for a vaccination at the home.  Please do not contact your surgery.

  

If you live in a residential home or in supported living accommodation, you will be expected to come to the vaccination centre.

Cantab PCN Vaccination Statistics

  Vaccine Available Lead Surgery

Location of

Vaccination Centre

Number of rooms 

vaccinating in parallel

Patients vaccinated
FIRST DOSES START          
Friday 15th January Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 5 (HRSx4, BSMCx1) 376
Friday 15th January AstraZenica HRS   Visits to Nursing Homes (HRS) 76
Saturday 16th January Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 5 (HRS) 460
Sunday 17th January Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 5 (HRS) 324
Monday 18th January AstraZenica RHS   Visits to Nursing Homes (RHS) 50
Tuesday 19th January Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 5 (HRSx4, BSx1) 588
Wednesday 20th January Pfizer RHS Huntingdon Road Surgery 5 (RHS) + BSMCx1(pm only) 532
Thursday 21st January Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 3 (HRS) 30
Saturday 23rd January Pfizer RHS Huntingdon Road Surgery 6 (RHS)  599
Sunday 24th January Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 5 (HRS)  570
Thursday 28th January AstraZenica HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 6 (HRS)  649
Wednesday 3rd February  AstraZenica  RHS  Red House Surgery RHS  110
Friday 12th February AstraZenica HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 6 (AM:HRSx4 + BSMCx2;  PM:HRSx6)  
 Saturday 13th February AstraZenica  RHS Red House Surgery RHS   
 Friday 26th February Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 5 (HRSx4 + BSMCx1)  600
Saturday 27th February Pfizer RHS Huntingdon Road Surgery  5 RHS 570
 Friday 6th March AstraZenica  HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery  6 (AM:HRSx5 + BSMCx1; PM:HRSx4 BSMCx2)  
 Friday 12th March AstraZenica  RHS Red House Surgery  2 RHS 198expected 
Saturday 13th March AstraZenica HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery 6 (HRSx5 BSMCx1) 602expected
Friday 19th March AstraZenica  HRS   Huntingdon Road Surgery HRSx3   
Friday 19th March AstraZenica  RHS Red House Surgery  RHS  
??Friday 26th March (TBC) AstraZenica  HRS  Huntingdon Road Surgery    
 FIRST DOSES END          
           
SECOND DOSES START          
Tuesday 30th March Pfizer RHS Huntingdon Road Surgery RHS BSMC 582
Tuesday 30th March AstraZenica HRS   Visits to Nursing Homes (HRS)  
Wednesday 31st March Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery HRS 588
Wednesday 7th April Pfizer RHS Huntingdon Road Surgery    600
Thursday 8th April  Pfizer HRS  Huntingdon Road Surgery     570
Tuesday 13th April Pfizer HRS Huntingdon Road Surgery   600
Wednesday 14th April Pfizer RHS Huntingdon Road Surgery   570
          total=2340
           
    AstraZenica 2nd doses  will start week commencing 19th April     
       

HRS = Huntingdon Road Surgery

RHS = Red House Surgery

BSMC = Bridge Street Medical Centre

  

 

Cantab PCN

The COVID vaccintion centre is brought to you by Cantab Primary Care Network (PCN).  

Cantab PCN in Cambridge is a collaboration between

Huntingdon Road Surgery

Red House Surgery 

Bridge Street Medical Centre

The vaccination centres are run by all three practices working together.

Eligible patients who are registered at any of the three practices will be able to book appointments on any day we are open.

 

FAQs

INVITATIONS FOR FIRST DOSE

I told you I don't want it, but I have changed my mind.

If for whatever reason you told us you didn't want it last time (e.g. you weren't sure; you were out of the country; you wanted to wait) you can still have the vaccination, but you must arrange an appointment yourself via the national booking system: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

I have had an invitation but I've already had the vaccination somewhere else

Just ignore the invitation.

I'm a carer.  Can I have the vaccination yet?

The NHS COVID vaccination programme defines a carer as: "those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable". 

If you care for someone as part of your work, you are a Care Worker.  You should speak to your employer about whether they can arrange the vaccination for you.

If you care for someone (see definition above), even if you receive a government benefit, but you are not otherwise paid to do so, you are a Carer. 

Carers are included in group 6, and were vaccinated along with patients aged 16-69y who have long-term health conditions.

If you are a patient of Huntingdon Road Surgery and you want us to know that you are a Carer for someone (whether they are registered with us or not) under the definitions above, click here

I've had an invitation but I am not in Cambridge at the moment (eg University students currently studying remotely from home)

If you can get here, book an appointment with us.  Travelling to a vaccination appointment is an allowed reason to leave your home, even in the current lockdown. 

Patients booking via the national self-booking system can see appointments at any vaccination centre within 100miles of their registered address.

If you can't reasonably come to an appointment with us, wait for us to contact you.  We will explain how you can trigger an invitation local to your temporary address at home. 

Please do not register with your local home GP.  That would be a disaster for your ongoing care with us.  See our student pages about why its important to stay registered with us.

 

MEDICAL HISTORY

What is a "long-term health condition"?

Its complicated.  Broadly, this reflects the group of patients who are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination.

The definition is set out by Chapter 14a of the "Green Book" on NHS vaccinations.

Note group 6 also includes:

Patients whose BMI >40 (morbidly obese)

Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.

I have a history of one of the "long-term health conditions" but I haven't been invited yet.

The invitations are based on what is recorded in your NHS GP notes.  If you are new to the UK and have not told your doctor about a previous health problem we may not know about it yet.  You should wait to be contacted.  Please do not contact us.

I am not sure if I have a "long-term health condition" but I think I need the vaccination early due to my medical history

We cannot make exceptions to the invitation process so please don't ask us.

I have had an invitation but I can't work out why

The chances are that there is something in your NHS GP notes that the computer searches have picked up on, that the system thinks is reason to put you in Group 6.  It may be something in your past which you have forgotten, or didn't realise means you are included in Group 6.  Unfortunately we simply do not have the resources to try to work out why - we are busy running the clinic.  Please don't contact us, just think of it as a computer error that has worked in your favour.

I need the vaccination because of my occupation

The goverment designed the programme to give vaccinations early to those people who work on the frontline in healthcare or social care [group 1].  Those people should speak to their employer about how they will get the vaccination.  

This does NOT include people who provide care to someone in their family/someone they know without pay.  Nor does it include people who receive a benefits because they care for another person.  These are called Carers ("informal carers") and are included in group 6.

Other occupations (e.g. teachers) are not being vaccinated any earlier than the general population.  Again, it's not our decision and we can't make exceptions.  If you disagree with this rule, please speak to your employer. 

My hospital specialist has advised me to have the vaccination early

There are a very few cases where for medical reasons we must give the vaccination ahead of time.  For example, if you are about to be immunosupressed for cancer or transplant therapy.  In these cases your consultant will contact us directly and we will contact you.  If you think this is you, please contact your consultant team to start that process.

We are not able to offer the vaccination just because you are about to be admitted to hospital, or to have an operation.

Do you have a "reserve list" I could join so that I might get an early dose if you need to use some up?

We do not have a reserve list.  When we need to use up the remaining doses in open vials, we contact the next patients to be invited.  

I contacted you and was told I would be put on the "waiting list" but I haven't heard anything more

Firstly, please do NOT contact us.  If people have ignored our request, our reception team have instructed to advise the patient that their name will be put on our "waiting list".  That is so that we can free up the incoming lines as quickly as possible.  We don't actually have a waiting list.  These names are passed to one of our doctors, who reviews the patient record and acts accordingly, according to the rules of the vaccination programme.  If there is a genuine problem we will sort it out and contact you directly.  But we CANNOT change the order patients are invited in.  We must follow the rules to ensure equity to all.  If you don't hear anything from us it is because you need to wait your turn.  Please don't contact us again.

 

SECOND DOSES

I can't remember which vaccination I was given for the first dose.

All vacciantion centres give every patient a card with the type of vaccination, date and batch number written on it.

If you have lost that, but had the vaccination with us, use the table above to work out which vaccine you had from the date you had it.

A record of which vaccination was given is entered automatically into your NHS GP notes.  It takes about 3 days to get there.  If you have access to read your notes on line, you can check them yourself.  Patients of Huntingdon Road Surgery can click here for more information.   

In fact the booking system only lets you see appointments which match the type of vaccine you had for the first dose.

I have had my first dose at the PCN centre.  When am I going to be invited for a second dose?

We are inviting patients in exactly the same order that they received their first dose with us, regardless of why they were vaccinated (i.e. which group they were in).  Invitations are going out approximately 10weeks after the date of 1st vaccination, but this interval does vary depending on vaccine availability and our expected vaccine delivery dates.  

My neighbour was vaccinated at a mass-vac centre and has their second dose already 

Patients who were invited to the mass vaccination sites were able to book an appointment for their second dose, and some have now had it. 

I had my first vaccination at Red House Surgery, where can I get my second vaccination?

Huntingdon Road Surgery, Red House Surgery and Bridge Street Medical Centre are working together as one PCN.  It does not matter which site you are vaccinated at, it is part of the PCN and you can book your second vaccination wherever you prefer.  

I had my first vaccination somewhere else.  Will you be inviting me for my second dose?

You will get an invitation from your first centre. 

We are not able to offer 2nd doses to anyone we didn't vaccinate the 1st time, because all our doses are reserved for patients we vaccinated the first time.