Vaccination - Covid-19
The COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2, commonly known as the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has arrived to the Isle of Wight.
Like all other medicines and devices, both of the COVID-19 vaccinations that are currently available, have been granted regulatory MHRA approval to ensure it is safe and effective.
Due to the nature of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, there is a limited period of time between the vaccine leaving the freezer at the Southampton Hospital Hub and being administered, therefore, they will be running an intense vaccination programme
The January roll out of vaccinations was originally intended for IOW NHS staff only, however this has generously been extended to our frontline care staff on a first come, first serve basis (with limited spaces available).
Staff that book must bring to their appointment their NHS numbers and the completed booking / consent form (link to document on this page). ID badges need to be provided at the time of vaccination as this is an offer for frontline staff at this time. Further instructions are available in the FAQ’s within the bulletin.
This opportunity is in addition to, not instead, of the government’s wider roll out of vaccination for the social care workforce to which your teams will still have access. If you are not successful in securing a vaccination through the Trust’s offer, further information will be available from central government in relation to the national programme in due course.
If you are not in a patient facing role or are working from home, I politely ask and strongly urge that you book your appointment for a date after Thursday 21 January to free up appointment slots for our carers.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can, is an important step in protecting yourself, your loved ones and our community. However, you MUST continue to follow the guidance in our workplace, including regular testing, wearing the correct personal protection equipment and following the hands, face and space guidance.
With high rates of COVID-19 on the Island, it’s more important than ever to get the vaccination to help stop the spread of coronavirus, to avoid pressure on our services and to keep our workforce healthy.
Your staff ID badge.
You will need to bring this with you to evidence that you are a frontline worker and therefore eligible for the vaccine during the earlier stages.
Your completed CONSENT form.
There is a link to this form on this page. Please print and complete this, remembering to bring it with you to your appointment.
Your NHS number.
You should be able to find your NHS Number on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, test results, and hospital referral or appointment letters. If you cannot find your NHS Number at home, you can ask your GP practice to help you. You can also sign up on the NHS app which will display your NHS number once you have been verified (this can take a couple of days).