Covid-19 Vaccine Information for Patients

As you can imagine, we are currently receiving a lot of phone calls from our patients with queries about Covid-19 and the Vaccination Programme. This is completely understandable and so we have put together some helpful information on this page, based on the most common questions we are getting. Please check out the information on this page before contacting us as you may find the answer you are looking for.



  1. How and where we are delivering the vaccine to our patients
  2. Which Vaccines we are we using
  3. The order in which Patients are being vaccinated
  4. Definition of At-Risk for Priority Group 6
  5. Patients who are Carers for others
  6. How you will be contacted for your vaccine appointment
  7. Information regarding your 2nd Vaccine dose
  8. If you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning a pregnancy
  9. Patients with Learning Disabilities
  10. Vaccinations for under 16-17 year olds
  11. Patients with a history of allergic reactions
  12. Further information not included here


How and where we are delivering the vaccine to our patients…

  1. As part of a Primary Care Network (Picton PCN); we are part of a group of 8 Practices located around the Picton & Wavertree area, delivering vaccines from Dunstan Village Practice on Earle Road
  2. As part of a bigger group of 3 combined PCN’s delivering vaccines from Hope University Sports Hall on Taggart Avenue, Childwall (starting late March 2021)
  3. Housebound visits for our own patients who are unable to leave home for medical reasons using our own Nursing team
  4. Care Home Residents and Staff at locations linked to the Picton PCN


Which Vaccines we are we using…

  • We are using both the Pfizer and Oxford (Astra Zeneca) vaccines, depending on what is being delivered to us. Currently we have no control over which vaccine we are given to use or when it is delivered.
  • As soon as we receive confirmation of a delivery we organise a clinic and invite patients to come. Whilst some patients may have a preference of which vaccine they want we are not offering a choice and the advice is to accept the first vaccine available when you are invited.


The order in which Patients are being vaccinated…

We are following the Government Priority Groups:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an At-Risk Group (see definition below) and Unpaid Carers
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over
  10. Rest of the population (to be determined)

Currently we are inviting patients in Priority Groups up to and including 1-6 (true as of 11th March 2021).


Definition of At-Risk for Priority Group 6…

Patients who have:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • diabetes
  • dementia
  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema
  • severe asthma and have been hospitalised or had recurrent courses of oral steroids
  • a kidney disease
  • a liver disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
  • have had an organ transplant
  • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • a neurological or muscle wasting condition
  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
  • are severely mentally ill


Patients who are Carers for others…

  • Carers who meet certain criteria will be invited for a vaccine in the coming weeks. However, not everyone who looks after someone will be eligible
  • This priority group includes carers who receive a carer’s allowance, and those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to severe illness if they catch COVID-19
  • All those who are eligible as carers under these national guidelines should receive an invitation from their practice as described above
  • Anyone in Liverpool who is already identified as a carer in their GP records; those who receive Carer’s Allowance; or those known to Liverpool City Council or Liverpool Carers Centre Local Solutions, will be automatically invited for a vaccination.
  • However, anyone who thinks they might be eligible to receive a vaccine as a carer, but who doesn’t currently receive Carer’s Allowance or have their carer status recorded with any of the organisations mentioned above, should contact the Liverpool Carers Centre now. This includes carers aged 16 – 18, as well as adult carers.
  • They can do this either by calling: 07545652775 or by emailing: Alternatively, they can also complete an e-referral form by visiting:

Following a short assessment process, if a person is identified as an unpaid carer they will be provided with details to arrange a vaccination.


How you will be contacted for your vaccine appointment…

  • In general there is no need for you to contact us to arrange your vaccination appointment. We will contact you when it is your turn for both 1st and 2nd doses
  • Patients for whom we have a mobile phone number will receive a text message with a link, allowing them to book their own appointment
  • If your mobile phone is not a smartphone (no access to the internet) then you can call us after 12pm and let us know
  • Patients without a mobile phone number will receive a phone call to their land line from us when it is their turn
  • Patients without any phone number, or whom we have been unable to contact on the number/s we have, will receive a letter asking them to contact us and book
  • If you need to update your contact details with us please email them including your full name and date of birth, or call us after 12pm to let us know
  • If you have received a letter from the NHS with other information on how to book you can follow those instructions


Information regarding your 2nd Vaccine dose…

  • The current guidance is that the second vaccine should be given within 12 weeks after the first dose
  • When we contact you will depend on several factors so please be patient and wait for us to contact you
  • You must have the same brand / manufacturer of vaccine for your second dose as you had for the first dose


If you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning a pregnancy…

  • The latest national guidance says that these groups of women can have the vaccine. You can read more about this at the link provided below:
  • Please read the government advice here


Patients with Learning Disabilities…

  • If you or someone you know has a Learning Disability (different to a Learning Difficulty) you do not need to contact us. We have a register of all of our Patients with confirmed Learning Disabilities and will be in touch directly regarding the vaccination
  • An easy read information guide is available here


Vaccinations for under 18-year olds …

  • 16-17 year olds that fall into any of the clinical risk groups will be contacted as per the details above
  • This includes 16-17 year old children living in residential care, those with Learning Disabilities or other medical condition that puts them at increased risk and also those that are Carers as detailed above
  • Current the 2 vaccines we are using are not licensed for use with children under the age of 16 however those with a medical condition that means they are at an increased risk of complications due to Coronavirus will already be known to hospital / outpatient specialists who will assess their needs individually. Any questions regarding the vaccine should be directed to them


Patients with a history of allergic reactions…

  • The vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people. However, you should not have the COVID-19 vaccine if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (called 'anaphylaxis') to a previous dose of the same vaccine or any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
  • Please be assured that everybody will be screened for potential allergic reactions before getting vaccinated. Checking for allergies, as well as being able to deal with any allergic reactions in the rare instances that they do happen, is a central part of training for all vaccinators.


Further information not included on this page…



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