This week the rollout of the Covid vaccine in north east London has begun, with vaccinations being offered at ten Primary Care Network (PCN) sites with more to come. A vaccination hub at Queen's Hospital in Romford also goes live this week, see: www.bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/news/vaccination-hub-opens-at-queens-hospital-with-care-home-workers-among-the-first-to-get-game-changer-jab-2705

The vaccinations begin with those identified as top priority including elderly residents and care home staff. The rationale for priority groups can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020

As we head into 2021 it is expected that the NHS will increasingly deliver vaccines at much smaller scale, like in care homes, and at much larger scale too, through vaccination centres.

A range of information about the vaccine has been published including patient information leaflets, guidance and detailed information about the Pfizer vaccine and this has been brought together here: www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/cv19vacc

The NHS will contact people when it is their turn to be vaccinated — there's no need to contact the NHS to request a vaccine. Vaccines will only be delivered to those identified as top priority at this stage.

Jon Cruddas MP said: "The local NHS needs our support. There is significant pressure on services at present, and with rising Covid cases across north east London I am urging constituents not to go to A&E unless it is absolutely necessary. Instead call 111 or speak to your GP for medical advice. We enter Tier 3 on Wednesday and I hope that residents will take time to familiarise themselves with the new guidance which is in place to keep us safe and to protect the NHS."