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You will no doubt have heard in the media this morning that those aged 50-64 will be able to receive a seasonal influenza vaccine from 1/12/2020.  General practices are learning this information at the same time as you. We are doing all we can to prepare and source vaccines, we will be in contact with patients as soon as we are able. In the meantime, please do not contact us about flu vaccines if you are in this group until you are asked to do so.  Thank you for your continued support.

Volunteer to help find a vaccine for Covid-19

Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. Be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research.

 

There are a number of vaccines being identified and safety-tested at the moment, but only large sacale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.

 

The NIHR is working with the NHS and aims to recruit half a million people onto the registry by October, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months.

 

Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK - including both people with or without existing health conditions - to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.

 

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly - which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.

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Latest Public Health England Coronavirus Advice

Patients can find regularly updated information via the NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms  do not attend your GP surgery. At this point in time GPs cannot test for COVID-19. If your symptoms are manageable at home and you would not ordinarily require medical attention please do not call 111 unless your condition deteriorates.

You can find guidance about self-isolating with possible COVID-19 here.

Volunteering in the community

If you are interested in volunteering to help the vulnerable, please visit https://www.facebook.com/hopecommunity2020/This group has no affiliation to Evelyn Medical Centre. You can also email the group at hopecommunitycovid19@yahoo.com.

 

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Useful Links:

NHS 111 Online

NHS: Coronavirus

GOV.UK: Coronavirus Guidance

WHO: Advice for Public

Travel Health Pro: Advice for Travellers

 

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