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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations in Lincolnshire

The Covid-19 spring vaccination campaign will start on 15th April 2024 with visits to older adult care homes and eligible housebound patients, followed by all other eligible cohorts from 22nd April.

People eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination this spring include:

If you know you are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination this spring you do not have to wait to be invited. From 15th April you will be able to use the National Booking System to book an appointment for the 22nd April onwards. The Covid-19 spring vaccination campaign will end on 30th June 2024.

There is also a local telephone number that be used to book appointments at the Weighing Rooms vaccination centre, Lincoln, for patients whose practices are not part of the spring vaccination campaign – 01522 301940. This number is available between 10am and 2pm every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between now and the end of June (except for w/c 6th May, when it will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).

Please note – the 119 telephone number can provide help with Covid-19 vaccinations but cannot be used to book vaccination appointments.

You can also contact us via email for further advice – licb.imms@nhs.net

Treatments for Covid-19 for those eligible for antiviral treatment

Some people at highest risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 are eligible for antiviral treatments on the NHS and will have received a letter notifying them of this.  These patients include those with cancer, blood conditions, kidney disease, liver disease and autoimmune conditions, among others.  This also includes residents in care or other high-risk settings. Find out more below.

If you have become newly severely immunosuppressed, you should approach your hospital consultant who will be able to advise you on the best time to have the vaccination and make a referral to the appropriate service if a vaccination is required.

  • Treatments for Covid-19 for those eligible for antiviral treatment

    If a patient who is symptomatic and tests positive needs to access the Covid-19 Medicines Delivery Unit (CMDU) for antiviral treatment, then this is via NHS 111.  When patients call NHS 111, there are two outcomes:

    1. Following a Pathways assessment, if there are no “other” symptoms, the patient is referred via the Clinical Assessment Service (CAS) directly to the CMDU by the 111 provider. The CMDU will call the patient back within 24 hours. End of process.
    2. Following a Pathways assessment, if the patients DOES have other symptoms (eg chest pain, breathing difficulty, other etc…) then the DOS will refer them to the appropriate service to be managed, as with any other caller to 111. This service could be 999, ED, SDEC, Primary Care, UTC or GP OOH.

    Patients or clinicians can make the call to NHS 111 and will need to advise on eligibility for anti-viral treatment.  The Lincolnshire Clinical Assessment Service (CAS) should then refer the patient on to the Covid-19 Medicines Delivery Unit (CMDU) at Lincoln County Hospital rheumatology department. Please note that this process may be different to other areas.

    CMDUs are community hubs for administering neutralising monoclonal antibodies (nMABs) or antivirals to patients who are at high risk of complications from Covid-19.  Patients eligible for nMAB or antiviral treatment will be identified centrally and will have received a letter to inform them that if they get Covid-19 they should receive these treatments. GPs should not have to identify these patients.

    For more information, please refer to the NHS website Treatments for COVID-19 - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

    GP letter – update on COVID treatments for the highest risk individual

    COVID-19 treatment pathway – antivirals

  • Who can get a free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test?

    COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests are no longer free for most people.

    You may still be able to get free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests from the NHS if you have a health condition which means you're eligible for COVID-19 treatment

    • If you want to get tested but are not eligible for free rapid lateral flow tests, you need to pay for the test yourself. You can buy rapid lateral flow tests from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

    For individuals who are eligible for free rapid flow tests, these are only available from participating local pharmacies that have agreed to sign up to the free Lateral Flow Device advance service.

    The find a pharmacy NHS webpage allows people to look up what treatment and services are provided by specific pharmacies using their postcode. If a pharmacy is signed up, this information should be under ‘treatments and services’ and then ‘screening and test services’ and will state ‘COVID-19 lateral flow tests (eligible NHS patients)’.

    If you’ve been sent a letter or email from the NHS about COVID-19 treatments, this should be shown to the pharmacy to help confirm your eligibility more easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

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