Covid-19 Vaccinations Update 24/05/21

Some patients of Furnace House Surgery may have received a text message cancelling their Covid-19 vaccination appointment in error from the Health Board.  Please ignore these messages, if you have an appointment scheduled  at the Athletic Club in Johnstown, please DO still attend this appointment.

Covid-19 Vaccination Passports

Furnace House Surgery is unable to offer you certification of your COVID vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

These proof of vaccination documents have not yet been developed and as such cannot be provided by your GP.  As soon as we have further information we will share it with you.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

Furnace House Surgery is currently preparing for COVID vaccinations and staff have undergone additional training. Once we are able to order the vaccine and we have received delivery we are ready to start vaccinating immediately.

Unfortunately, as there is a delay in surgeries being able to order plus a cap on the amount of vaccines we will be able to order, we will have very limited stock initially. We have been told however, that these vaccine order numbers will be increasing weekly from here on.
Priority for vaccination has been given to the following group of patients:-

1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers.
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers.

As soon as we have received delivery and clinic dates are in place, we will contact our patients who are 80 years and over to book an appointment.

All patients of Furnace House Surgery will need to consent to having the vaccine, so it may be worth having a conversation with family members in advance of our telephone call. We may also telephone at short notice to attend an appointment, so please ensure travel arrangements, if needed, have been agreed with family/friends beforehand.

COVID vaccination clinics will be run similarly to our recent flu vaccination clinics and these will be held at Furnace House Surgery.

All patients need to bear in mind that due to GP and Nurse appointments being allocated to COVID vaccination clinics, availability of routine appointments may be affected. Priority will therefore be given to urgent problems and COVID vaccinations for the foreseeable future.

We are excited to be one of the surgeries in Carmarthenshire to be receiving the COVID vaccines and in the coming months, we will ensure that every patient eligible is vaccinated (in priority group order) as soon as is possible.

In the meantime, please continue to stay at home whenever possible, respect social distancing at all times, wear a face mask in public places and wash your hands regularly.

Further information and answers to questions can be found on the Public Health website on the link here.

Covid-19 Vaccination Q & A

Most frequently asked questions

What Will The Vaccine Do?

The impact of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines will offer individual protection as well as greater protection for our loved ones and communities.  In time it could mean that restrictions are eased and we can move further towards a return to more normal day-today life. 

What Are The Side Effects Of The Vaccine?

Like all medicines, vaccines  can cause side effects.  These are usually mild and only last a few days, and not everyone gets them. Very common side effects include: 
• having a painful heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm after the injection for several days after the vaccine 
• feeling tired  
• a headache
 • general aches, or mild flu-like symptoms
A mild fever may occur for two to three days.  Rarely, some people have an allergic reaction soon after a vaccination.

When Will I Be Able To Have The Vaccine?

The Covid-19 vaccine priority list is as follows:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  • all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers 
  • all those 75 years of age and over 
  • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 
  • all those 65 years of age and over 
  • all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality 
  •  all those 60 years of age and over
  •  all those 55 years of age and over
  • all those 50 years of age and over