COVID Vaccines

Updated 20th May 2022

The NHS in Dorset is working extremely hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme to people across the county.

Everyone aged 12 and over can get a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  A booster dose is available on the NHS for everyone aged 16 and over who had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago.  A booster (4th dose) is also available to those aged 16 and over who are severely immunosuppressed.

Some children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a booster dose if either, they live with someone who has a weakened immune system or they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has advised a further vaccine booster shot should be offered to those most vulnerable to COVID-19 as a precautionary measure.  Accordingly, people aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those with weakened immune systems will be offered a spring booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

ALL Children aged 5 -11 can now get the first dose of the COVID vaccine in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

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a woman receiving a COVID vaccine

Upcoming Clinic Dates at the Crane Valley PCN Vaccination site


Spring COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinics for patients aged 75+ and those aged 18 and over who are severely immunosuppressed:

Further clinic dates to be confirmed


COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for patients aged 12 - 18 year olds:

Further clinic dates to be confirmed


We are also awaiting further information on vaccine supplies in order to schedule the next clinic for children aged 5 - 11 years of age. 

In the meantime, may we suggest contacting the National Booking Service:>>

Crane Valley PCN Vaccination Clinic Address

The Crane Valley PCN Vaccination Centre

The Cranborne Practice, incorporating Lake Road surgery, is pleased to be part of the GP-led local site, The Crane Valley Community Vaccination Centre in Verwood.  

We offer vaccinations for all eligible individuals at the Crane Valley Vaccination site located at:

131 Newtown Road, Verwood  BH31 6EH  

The centre is based in the bungalow nextdoor to our Lake Road surgery, and the Verwood Pharmacy. 

Follow this link for more information for patients attending the Crane Valley PCN Vaccination Centre:>>

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If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine.

You need to:

  • wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you're aged 18 years old or over
  • wait 12 weeks (84 days) if you're aged 12 to 17 years old
  • wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you're aged 12 to 17 years old and at high-risk from COVID-19

This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.

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Information about Booster jabs

A booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from previous doses of the vaccine.

It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Everyone aged 16 and over who had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago can currently get their first booster dose.   A booster (4th dose) is also available to those aged 16 and over who are severely immunosuppressed.  More information on this topic can be found on the NHS website by following this link:>>

Some children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a booster dose if either, they live with someone who has a weakened immune system or they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

For more details on eligibility due to being at risk see the NHS website Coronavirus Booster Vaccine information page through this link:>>

COVID-19 Spring Booster Programme in Dorset

The spring drive to boost our immunity against COVID-19 has kicked off in Dorset with a second booster dose available for the most at-risk groups.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised a spring jab should be offered to:

  • Adults aged 75 years and over
  • Residents in a care home for older adults, and
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed

The Crane Valley PCN Vaccination site is one of Dorset’s network of vaccination centres, community pharmacies, and primary care networks ready to administer jabs as people in the eligible groups receive their invites from the NHS.

You will usually be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Your vaccination may be offered to you by a service other than your GP.  Patients aged 75 and older and those aged 12 year and over who are immunosuppressed should book an appointment for around 6 months after their first booster dose. 

There will be special arrangements to visit residents of care homes for older adults and those who are housebound and eligible for the vaccination - please be patient while we manage these.

Anyone who is severely immunosuppressed and has not had all their vaccinations should have them as soon as possible. You may need another booster in addition to your usual flu injection in the autumn.

Follow this link to download and view the UK Health Security Agency guide on Spring COVID booster for those in the 75 and over group:>>

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Information about first or second doses

If you have not yet received a first dose or need your second, its not too late!

Everyone aged 12 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine.

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Information for parents of 5 - 11 year olds

The NHS is offering coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to children aged between 5 and 11. 

Experts have advised that parents of all children aged 5 to 11 years should be offered the chance to have their child vaccinated.  Vaccination is particularly important for children who have health conditions that put them at high risk from COVID-19, as the benefits are greater. 

 

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Information for severely immuno-compromised patients

People who have a severely weakened immune system can book their booster vaccine now.   

Patients who are severely immunosuppressed are eligible for a fourth jab if it has been at least three months on from their third dose.  This group includes people having treatment for conditions such as cancer or those with long-term chronic conditions where their condition puts them at greater risk if they were to get COVID.

More information on this topic can be found on the NHS website by following this link:>>

If you think you're eligible for a booster dose but have not been contacted, please contact us.

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Do you live in a household with children aged 5 through to 11 years of age?

We want to ensure children aged 5-11 years who live in a household with severely immunosuppressed family members are offered their recommended vaccination in line with JCVI guidance.  This aims to reduce the risk of infection transmission to immunosuppressed individuals. Even though they may have received COVID-19 vaccinations (primary course of three doses, and a booster – 4th - dose), severely immunosuppressed people may have lower protection from the vaccine.

If you – or someone you know – fall into a category of severely immunosuppressed individuals, please let any household contacts in that age group or their responsible adult know they are eligible for their primary vaccination course.  Your doctor may suggest a different time depending on if you have any ongoing or planned treatment that affects your immune system. 

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How to book a COVID vaccine appointment

The Crane Valley PCN Vaccination site accepts walk ins during clinic operation hours, but you can also book an appointment in advance by either:

Completing our online COVID Vaccination Appointment Request form:>>

Or sending an email to cranborne.reception@dorsetgp.nhs.uk

Or send us a Direct Message via our Facebook page

Phone us if none of the above options is possible. 

Where to go for your vaccine appointment

The Crane Valley Community Vaccination Centre is located at 131 Newtown Road in Verwood  BH31 6EH (next door to Lake Road Surgery and Verwood Pharmacy).

Please see more information about attendiing your appointment on the Community Vaccination Centre web page by following this link:>>

Please also note that the Government has published a guide to booster vaccination.  Download a copy of the guide here:>>

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status – the NHS COVID pass

 Need to demonstrate vaccination status?

Patients can demonstrate proof of their COVID-19 vaccination through the NHS COVID Pass, and it can be accessed using the NHS App.   An NHS COVID Pass, shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results.

From the 27th January 2022, in England you will no longer need to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.  However, some venues and event organisers may optionally choose to continue their use.  Always check the entry requirements for the country or the venue you're visiting. 

When travelling abroad, you may still be asked to show proof of your COVID-19  vaccination status depending upon your destination.  Check the entry requirements for your destination and make sure your vaccination information is correct.

 

If you're planning to travel abroad, or want to know more about your COVID-19 status:

Please do not contact the  surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status.  Like all GP Surgeries, while we cannot provide COVID-19 certification, it is now possible to access proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status using the NHS App. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Our Patient Participation Group have developed a user guide to help you download and register the NHS app. Please follow this link to download the guide on How to Download and Register to Use the NHS App:>>

Please note, the Covid Pass is not available when using Linked Profiles/Proxy Access – individuals must have their own NHS App login.  You can share a phone or device but will need a unique email address to sign up to the NHS App.

To view your COVID-19 vaccinations on the NHS COVID Pass, within the NHS App

  • Log in to the App Please make sure you are looking at the NHS App, not the NHS Covid-19 App!
  • Click on ‘Get your NHS COVID Pass’ under Popular services
  • Click on ‘Travel’ if you are travelling abroad or ‘Domestic’ if you need to show your COVID Pass at places that have chosen to use this service.
  • Click on the green box ‘COVID-19 records found’ Show details
  • You will now see details of your covid vaccinations – scroll left and right to see both vaccines.

You may also download a PDF copy of your COVID-19 vaccination records or elect to receive an copy by email. 

Please note that the pass expires 30 days from the point of accessing the record.  If you are travelling abroad  for longer than 30 days you can request a COVID-19 post vaccination letter which does not have an expiry date.  Please do not contact the  surgery to request a COVID-19 post vaccination letter. 

You can get a letter by:

Alternatively you can use the NHS website to see your Covid pass here:>>

More information about the NHS COVID Pass for specific groups

For patients who are members of the UK armed forces

Members of the UK armed forces need to visit the 'My health care hub' on the Defence Gateway (login required) to find out how to get their NHS COVID Pass.

For patients who were involved in COVID-19 vaccine trials

If you were vaccinated as part of an official clinical trial in England or Wales, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues.

You'll be able to get an NHS COVID Pass for travel soon. Some people already can, it depends if your clinical trial site has put your vaccination information on your NHS vaccination record.

If you cannot get an NHS COVID Pass, contact your clinical trial site.

Check the entry requirements for the country you're visiting.

For patients who are unable to get vaccinated

You can apply for a medical exemption if you cannot get vaccinated, or vaccinated and tested, for medical reasons.

You'll be able to get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues when your medical exemption is confirmed.

Find out who can apply and how to apply for a medical exemption by following this link to GOV.UK:>>  

For patients who were vaccinated abroad

If you live in England and had your vaccination abroad in certain countries, you can ask to have this added to your NHS vaccination record. Once it is added you can get an NHS COVID Pass.  For information on how to tell the NHS about the coronavirus (COVID-10) vaccinations you've had abroad, follow this link:>>