Newsletter January 2021
Updated: Feb 2
HUB HELP AND VACCINATIONS
The next few weeks will be crucial as we help the country fend off Covid-19.
You are being contacted in age order about your vaccination date and venue. If you’re really stuck to get to your appointment centre, Cambridgeshire County Council can offer transport help for vaccinations — call them on 0345 045 5219, or call HemingfordHub.
Vaccine centres have asked people to bring along their NHS number. You’ll find it on a prescription or a letter from your GP or hospital. BUT don’t worry if you can’t find it, you should still attend the vaccination appointment.
Under the new lockdown rules we can still do your shopping (especially from the new village Budgens), collect medicines, supply jigsaws, run errands or help in any way we can.
Let us know if you’d like to volunteer as a phone buddy. We’ve heard that new friendships are blossoming among neighbours. Or let us know if you’d like someone to chat to you on a regular basis.
Fitness is important for keeping your strength up and general well-being. There are several TV programmes with appropriate exercises, and, if you’ve got internet access, plenty of YouTube and online fitness programmes offering this for seniors. A limber-up in the morning lifts your spirits all day!
Police are warning us to beware of scams to book Covid vaccine appointments or offering actual vaccinations. Don’t click on a website link to a fake NHS website that asks for your bankcard or bank details. And don’t agree to anyone you don’t know to come to your home to vaccinate you.
If there’s anything you’re bothered about or need help to stay safe, please phone the number below. That’s what the Hub is here for.
Tel: 07308 035416 Email: email@example.com
BOOKING YOU IN FOR A VACCINATION: Before you start
When it's your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, you'll get a letter, phone call, email or text inviting you for an appointment. This will give you your booking reference number.
You need to have 2 doses of the vaccine about 12 weeks apart. You have to go to both appointments.
The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer-lasting protection.
You may be invited to have your vaccination at:
a hospital, your GP surgery, a vaccination centre or a pharmacy
You will be asked for your NHS number. This is a 10-digit number you can find on any letter or prescription the NHS has sent you.
If you don’t know your NHS number you can still book an appointment.
THE APPOINTMENT: What happens on the day
You'll need to bring:
A face covering, unless you can’t wear one due to health or disability
Your booking reference numbers — if your appointment is at a vaccination centre — to check you in
Your appointment should take 30 to 45 minutes.
You will be asked brief questions about your medical history
You will receive your vaccination
You have to wait for about 15 minutes after having the vaccination, in the unlikely event you have a reaction to the vaccine.
WHEN IS IT GOING TO BE MY TURN?
The vaccination is currently being offered to people aged 80 or over.
Invitations are being sent out every week – you might not get yours straight away.
You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
The list of people who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine will change as more people are offered it.
Bring official proof if you are a health or social care worker – eg: a work ID card, wage slip or official letter from your employer
If you need your carer’s help, you can bring them with you on the day.