Covid Vaccination Clinic Instructions

Directions

The vaccination centre is at the University Health Centre, Building 48 on the university campus. Vehicle access is via Highfield Lane > Hawthorn ROad > Chamberlain Road (the more direct route from Burgess Road may be blocked by a barrier). Please see below for a suggested route. There is parking near the health centre.

Instructions

  • You must only attend for vaccination if you have a booked appointment.

  • The clinic will be very busy. Please attend at your appointed time to help the clinic run smoothly.

  • You must wear a mask for the duration of the appointment.

  • You may need to queue outside the building prior to your appointment.  Please dress with warm outer clothing that can be quickly removed to allow access to your upper arm.

  • You will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination for a period of observation.

  • You may bring a family member or carer to assist you if needed.

  • The vaccination will be administered by a member of staff from Stoneham Lane Surgery or Burgess Road. There will be volunteers and other members of staff on hand to direct you and assist if required.

Frequently asked questions

1. Which vaccine is being used?

We have been given the Pfizer Biontech vaccine.

2. When will I get my second dose?

We have not yet been informed when the second dose will be available. This may be any time between 3 weeks and 12 weeks after the first dose. We will notify you when we are in a position to invite you to receive the second dose.

3. Can I have the Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccine instead?

At this stage the Pfizer vaccine is the only one that has been made available to us. We have no firm information as to if and when the Astrazeneca vaccine will be available. We have no control over this process.

4. Is it safe?

The vaccine has been passed as safe to use by the MHRA. Certain people are advised not to have the vaccine. Please see the NHS website here for more details. You will be asked screening questions before you are given the vaccine.

5. Why can't I come to Stoneham Lane Surgery to have the vaccination?

The Pfizer vaccine has to be stored at very low temperatures before it is used. Once it has been defrosted it must be used within a short space of time. For this reason NHS England has required that it be administered in centralised vaccination centres.

6. I'm housebound and can't get to the centre. Can I have the vaccination at home?

Separate arrangements are being planned to vaccinate patients who are housebound. You will be contacted in due course.

7. Why haven't I been invited to attend yet?

The first group of patients to be invited will be those over 80. If you are in this group you will be contacted by our staff. Other at risk groups will be invited in successive vaccination clinics as and when vaccine is available. Please do not contact the surgery to enquire about this. You will be contacted when we ourselves are informed (the supply of vaccine is centralised and we have no control over this process. Vaccine delivery is confirmed at quite short notice).