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Home coronavirus vaccinations ‘by end of January’, says Coventry health boss – Coventry Live

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/home-coronavirus-vaccinations-by-end-19620461

Home coronavirus vaccinations for housebound patients in Coventry and Rugby will be offered ‘by the end of January’, a health boss has said.

Currently Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out in three key ways:

  • in hospitals for patients aged 80 and over who are already attending hospital as an outpatient or being discharged home, if you are healthcare staff or care home worker
  • in GP-run local vaccination centres for those in the first-phase priority list
  • in mass vaccination centres for people aged 80 or older who live between a 30 to 45-minute drive from one of seven new regional centres

However home vaccinations are also due to come on board for patients who are housebound and unable to travel for their vaccine.

It has been made possible by the roll-out of the new Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine which is more easily transferable compared to the Pfizer vaccine which needs to be stored at -70c.

Mrs Rita Passey was one of the first people to receive the Oxford-AstaZeneca vaccine at Millennium Point on January 11. 2021

Mrs Rita Passey was one of the first people to receive the Oxford-AstaZeneca vaccine at Millennium Point on January 11. 2021
(Image: Darren Quinton / BirminghamLive)

Dr Sarah Raistrick, chair of Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have plans in place which are starting now and will be rolled out by the end of January for elderly people to have their vaccine at home if they have previously been identified as housebound.

“We haven’t been able to do housebound people until we have a supply of the new AstraZeneca vaccine because the Pfizer vaccine you could not move, whereas the AstraZeneca vaccine -which we are getting more of – we can. So we can now set up a service where we can go to people’s homes if they are housebound.

“As a GP at the moment I will have people on my list that refer to themselves or have been designated by the GP as housebound.

“Those people that receive their flu vaccination at home normally because they are not able to get to the surgery we are not phoning them and asking them to go for a Covid vaccine as to our reckoning how would they be able to get there as they can’t come in for their flu vaccination.

“So that group of people are being prioritised to have their Covid vaccine at home.”

However not all patients who are designated as housebound have to wait to accept the home vaccine visit, Dr Raistrick added.

“I’m well aware that some of my patients who normally are housebound are so desperate to get their vaccine that they are getting a lift with a family member and going on what is an exhausting outing for them but are very keen to get their Covid vaccine at the local vaccination centre,” she said.

Those that are registered as housebound but want to visit a mass vaccination centre are asked to call their GP.

However in all other instances, GPs will get in touch with patients regarding their vaccination.