COVID-19 Update

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) - a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste and/or smell, please call 119 or visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to book a test.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY

Walk-in clinics - 12/08/2021

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are holding walk in clinic's for Covid-19 vaccinations, Please follow the link below for all walk-in clinics (1st and 2nd doses)

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - 09/06/2021

A COVID -19 vaccination certificate allows you to prove that you have had a full course of the vaccine. 

How to request a certificate if required for urgent travel

Request a certificate only if:

  • you have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (you should wait 5 days after your second dose before requesting it)
  • you urgently need to travel to a country which requires vaccine certification
  • you are not able to either quarantine or provide tests to meet country entry requirements

Please follow the link below 

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad | GOV.WALES

 

COVID vaccinations 08/06/2021

 We have attempted to contact all eligible patients for their 2nd Covid vaccinations.

If you received your 1st Covid vaccine at the Chapelwood Surgery 8 weeks or more ago and have not attended for your 2nd vaccination, please contact Reception to book an appointment.

Ramadan 2021 - Update 12/04/2021

This year, Ramadan will be from 12/13th April to 12/13th May 2021 (depending on moon sightings). It is one of the holiest month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
 
Fasting plays an important role in many religions around the world. In Islam, Muslims, who are able to, are required to fast during the month of Ramadan and other times of the year too. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with illnesses are exempt from fasting.
Good nutrition and hydration is vital during Ramadan. People should eat a variety of fresh and unprocessed food and drink plenty of water.
The following advice has been taken from the Muslim British Council (MBC), Council of British Hajjis (CBH UK), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Diabetes UK websites:
 
With COVID-19 lockdown restriction easing still ongoing, 2021 Ramadan will be a very different experience for British Muslims. Whilst restrictions will be more relaxed than 2020, many of the usual practices normally observed such as going to the mosque for Iftar and visiting family and friends indoors will still not be possible this year.
 
Due to vaccinations being rolled out in phases, many British Muslims will be invited to receive a vaccination jab during the month of Ramadan this year. The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) have consulted a wide range of Islamic scholars and the opinion of the vast majority is that receiving the vaccine does not invalidate your fast. Please consult your local Imam or scholar for further details.
 
The Council of British Hajjis has issued guidance on Umrah and Hajj 2021, which is the pilgrimage to Mecca. Whilst they await official confirmation from the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah on Hajj and which countries will be allowed to participate, they advise all British pilgrims to NOT book a Hajj or Umrah package until the announcement. Please ensure that you check the current travel restrictions for the area in which you live.
Currently there appear to be no studies available on fasting and the risk of being infected by COVID-19. Healthy people should be able to fast as in previous years. People with COVID-19 may consider religious licenses regarding breaking the fast in consultation with their doctor and Imam, as they would with any other medical condition.
 
Fasting with diabetes can carry risks. There may be a higher risk of a ‘hypo’ or hyperglycemia for those with diabetes and people are advised to seek out personal advice from their medical team/doctor and to discuss any resulting religious concerns with their Imam. General information on managing diabetes can be obtained from the Diabetes UK website.
For people experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 it is not advisable to fast.
For more information please visit:
Muslim Council of Wales: http://muslimcouncilwales.org.uk/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
 
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Update 09/03/2021

If you are an unpaid carer who may not be registered as an unpaid carer you are now being asked to come forward by completing a new online self-referral form in order to receive their Covid-19 vaccine as part of priority group 6.
Please follow the link below to self-refer
 
 
 
UPDATE from
Welsh Government

What priority group for the COVID-19 vaccine am I in if I have asthma? - 16/02/2021

When you will be offered your COVID-19 vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The purpose of this first phase of vaccination is to prevent as many deaths as possible.

We know there has been confusion about when people with asthma will get the COVID-19 vaccine and what priority group they will fall into. We have been urging the government for some months to provide this clarity, as we know it’s a worrying time for people with asthma, and we now have an update:

  • If you were sent a shielding letter, you will be in priority group 4.  
  • If you have ever had an emergency hospital admission for your asthma, or ever been prescribed three courses of steroid tablets in a three-month period, you will fall into priority group 6.  
  • If you do not fall into either of these groups and are under the age of 50, you will be vaccinated after the first nine priority groups. 

We have a blog explaining the priority groups and what this means for people with asthma.

We understand this is a worrying time for a lot of people, but we want to reassure you that the government intends to offer the vaccine to all adults, so even if you aren’t in a priority group you will get the vaccine later this year.

In the meantime, we urge you to do all you can to lower your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19. This includes:

  • following the guidance for your area of the country
  • washing your hands regularly, not touching your face and maintaining social distancing (hands, face, space)
  • working from home, if you can
  • not socialising indoors with people you don’t live with or are in your support bubble
  • looking after your asthma– this includes taking your preventer inhaler every day as prescribed and following your action plan.

How long will it take to vaccinate all the priority groups?

There isn’t a set timescale for when all the priority groups will be vaccinated.

When you get your invite and your vaccine is dependent on various factors, such as capacity in the NHS and the amount of people in your local area who fall into a priority group. In England, if you are over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable and have not had your vaccine, you should contact the NHS to arrange your jab.

The advice for everyone else is to wait until you’re invited. We will keep this page updated as and when we learn more.

Our sister charity, the British Lung Foundation, has a COVID-19 vaccine FAQ which is also worth keeping an eye on, as will help to answer some of the questions you might have.  

Update - 15/02/2020

We understand everyone is wanting to receive the coronavirus vaccine and there is some confusion on what group or where you will receive the vaccination. Please see below the category you will fall in and what center you may be invited to.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT YOUR GP SURGERY OR MASS VACCINATION CENTRE.
You will be contacted when your category is due to receive appointment.
Care home residents - HB mobile units and pathfinder practices (where agreed with HB)
Care home workers - HB mobile units & MVCs and pathfinder practices (where agreed with HB)
Over 80s - GP PRACTICE
Healthcare staff - HEALTHBOARD MASS VACCINATION CENTRES
Social care staff - HEALTHBOARD MASS VACCINATION CENTRES
72 years to 79 years – HEALTHBOARD MASS VACCINATION CENTRES
70 year to 71 years (16/2/1951 and 1/4/1951) – GP PRACTICE
Under 70 clinically extremely vulnerable - GP PRACTICE
65 years to 69 years – HEALTHBOARD MASS VACCINATION CENTRES
16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality- GP PRACTICE (except those aged 16 and 17 years old who will be invited to Health Board Mass Vaccination Centres)
60 years to 64 years and not in other groups- HEALTHBOARD MASS VACCINATION CENTRES
55 years to 59 years and not in other groups- GP PRACTICE
50 years to 54 years and not in other groups – HEALTHBOARD MASS VACCINATION CENTRES