Covid Vaccinations


As you may have seen the Covid-19 vaccination programme is now concentrating on inviting younger age groups to nationally run vaccination sites through the NHS National Booking Service or Drop in clinics:
North Yorkshire 'walk-in' COVID vaccination clinics
Vale of York GrabAJab at a local drop-in clinic
Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site.  

As the numbers requiring first vaccination reduces, we have reviewed the capacity needed for the remainder of the vaccination programme. In addition, the vaccination site that we have been using at the Forum, Northallerton is now keen to return to hosting events as we progress along the Government's roadmap to a more normal life.

The Hambleton Primary Care Networks have therefore taken the decision to move out of the Forum from 21st June 2021 to allow the site to get back to 'business as usual' and also to allow our practices to place an increased emphasis on GP services after a period of intense vaccination delivery.

All patients who received their first vaccination at the Forum and are still due a second dose of their vaccination will be invited to attend the surgery.  You are welcome to contact us.  We have appointments on the 26th of July.

For patients still requiring their 1st vaccination, these will continue to take place in the Northallerton area and will be delivered through the National Booking Service at a site operated by a local pharmacy. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Forum for their support over the last 6 months and also all our staff, volunteers and community partners. Our phenomenal success would not have been possible without them.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The potential benefits and harms of the Astra Zeneca COVID 19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Signs and Symptoms of the Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis:

Seek urgent medical advice if you experience any of the following symptoms more than 4 days and within 28 days of coronavirus vaccination:

  • new onset of severe headache, which is getting worse and does not respond to simple painkillers
  • an unusual headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over, or may be accompanied by blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, difficulty with speech, weakness, drowsiness or seizures
  • new unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

Mild flu-like symptoms, including headache, chills and fever remain one of the most common side effects of any COVID-19 vaccine. These generally appear within a few hours and resolve within a day or two.

Contraindications to receiving the AZ vaccine are past major thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia (including those with previous reactions to AZ and those who have previously had heparin induced thrombocytopaenia). A history of thromboses on its own is not in itself a contraindication to the vaccine.

Cautions to receiving the AZ vaccine are a history of CVST, acquired or genetic thrombophilia or anti-phospholipid syndrome.

Covid vaccine and cancer patients Q & A

Second Vaccinations
In the light of the government announcement about shortening the time between first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccination for those aged 50 and over and others in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI priority list we are awaiting information on vaccine supply in order to plan clinics.  Second doses are effective when administered anytime between 3 and 12 weeks after the first so don't worry if your second dose appointment is scheduled beyond 8 weeks. This will not affect the protection provided by your vaccination.

5542 patients have received their first Covid vaccination, 89% of our adult population, 73% have received 2 vaccinations.

Travel Abroad
From 17 May international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119. Please do not contact your GP practice. You can find out more at:

Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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