EXTREMELY IMPORTANT - VACCINE CLINIC LOCATIONS.
If you have mobility issues and are being taken for your vaccine by a friend, relative or even driving yourself you MUST go to our SAXON HALL venue which has lots of parking and facilities for the frail elderly, wheelchair users etc.
The Belle Vue Baptist Church has no parking outside so drop off and pick up for patients in the large number that will be vaccinated on the day is impossible, especially given the 15 minutes of supervision required after the vaccine.
Belle Vue is suitable for patients who can walk there or access via public transport.
Even if Belle Vue is closer getting your vaccine at Saxon Hall will be a much better experience for frail elderly patients and probably be quicker.
When we did the first vaccine for the over 80's at Belle Vue we came within a whisker of being closed down by the police due to the traffic congestion the clinics were causing. If that happens we will waste the vaccines and we don't know when we are getting more of the Pfizer vaccines after this delivery.
PLEASE SUPPORT US BY FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES. WE WANT THIS TO WORK AS SMOOTHLY AS IT POSSIBLY CAN.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION
Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UN
This is a big facility with a large car park which is suitable for vaccinating patients in large numbers. Patients with their own transport, or transport from family or friends, you will be directed to this venue. Please note that it does not have good public transport links.
Belle Vue Baptist Church, Belle Vue Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2QZ
This is on the corner of Southchurch Road and Belle Vue Avenue. For those of you familiar with the area it is next to the Tesco Garage.
This facility will be best if you don't have your own transport and it has great public transport links. It has virtually no parking facilities but there is free station parking at the southern end of Belle Vue Avenue about 150 yards from the church so drop off and pick up is possible. If you live within easy walking distance of Belle Vue Baptist Church you may also ask have your vaccine there.
Please note that there have been occasions at early vaccine sites where delivery has been late. We will do our best to mitigate for this but please understand that this is out of our control.
I will update this website as we get more information
Please bear with us.
Andrew Metcalf, Practice Manager, The Queensway Surgery
Friday 9th April
COVID Vaccination Guidance
We are currently nearing the conclusion of the second Pfizer vaccination for patients over 80.
We are also now starting to book the second Oxford Astra Zeneca Vaccine for the 50 to 80 year old patients starting with the 75 to 80 year olds and working our way down through the age groups. We will also be including patients under 50 who are extremely clinically vulnerable.
For the first vaccination for patients under the age of 50 we await NHS England guidance.
We are running a special program for care home and housebound patients.
COVID Vaccination Program
The way that the vaccine program is being organised is that groups of surgeries are working together (otherwise known as Primary Care Networks or PCN’s) in order to deliver the required 975 vaccines over a 3.5 day period. Some of the PCN’s have been selected as test sites to test the system out for flaws and it is these sites where patients are starting to get vaccines. The vast majority of surgeries or PCN’s will be starting there vaccine programs in the new year. To vaccinate all over 80’s in the entire Southend area would require a mass vaccination site and not a GP Surgery network. However the complex rules about transporting and storing the vaccine, which has been heavily featured in the news, does not help with the delivery of the program. I understand that the local pilot sites are Leigh and Rochford so the patients that have already been vaccinated are probably patients of practices in that area. I understand that the Westcliff group of practices also started at the weekend.
Under normal circumstances I am sure that Queensway, and the group of practices we will be working with, would have put themselves forward as a test site but since we are operating out of Portakabins and small venues since the fire it has not been possible to deliver the service whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing.
Plans for our own vaccinations are on course and we have identified two venues, one large venue with lots of parking where the majority of the vaccines will be performed, and another local venue for those who do not have their own transport.
The local Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed that they are issuing press releases and social media to keep patients informed of the vaccination program so it may be worth keeping an eye on that.
In the meantime I am happy to try and answer questions. Queensway (and its partner practices) will be working flat out to make sure we get the vaccine to our patients at the earliest opportunity.
I hope this makes the situation clear.