💉 What happens in NHS COVID vaccination centre?
What happens in a NHS vaccination centre? What happens when you go to get vaccine? Learn More
Many people are currently being invited to get vaccinated.
I just wondered if it may be helpful to talk you through what typically happens in a vaccination centre. What they expect from you, and what you can expect from them.
There are very few reasons why you would not be able to recieve the vaccine. If invited, please attend, unless you are acutely Ill or have any symptom of COVID.
1. Space is a limiting factor for some centres.Please attend on time, but not too early.
Your carer should be able to and accompany you throughout most of your journey through the centre.
Please ensure you and your carer follow the Government guidelines on facemasks, distancing and handwashing.
2. You will be initially "checked in." Your details will be checked by someone on the front desk.
3. You will then be lead to your vaccinator who will give you the vaccine.
Your vaccinator may ask a few simple questions. Name, dob, are you well today, do you have a fever etc. It is likely they will be typing throughout. In some centres, different people may be doing slightly different jobs.
They will be interested in any "blood thinning" drugs you may be taking,such as rivaroxaban, aspirin or warfarin. If you do take these drugs, it's likely that you will receive your vaccine at that time, but the technique for administering the injection will be slightly different. (You have to press a bit harder on the guaze after injecting.)
If you take a drug called "warfarin" it would be useful if you take your "yellowbook" if you have one. Don't worry if you don't. Still attend.
The vaccinator will be interested in any past drug allergies or intolerances you may have. Most of us will suffer some sort of allergy or intolerance to something. It's highly unlikely that this will stop you having your injection that day.
The vaccinator will be interested to know if you've suffered from anything called "anaphylaxis," or ""anaphylactic shock." This is a very rare condition where a patient becomes suddenly unwell (collapse/severe breathlessness) following taking a drug/vaccine. In my whole career, I've only come across this once.
If you are a lady of child bearing age, the vaccinator will be interested in whether you are pregnant or not, whether you are breastfeeding or whether you intend to conceive within the next 3 months. If you are unsure if you are a pregnant, obtain a test prior to your appointment.
4. The vaccinator will discuss the possible side effects of the vaccine, and ask if you have any queries.
You will not be given a choice of vaccine.
Communication can be difficult, and can be made worse due to the fact that everyone is wearing masks. If there is something you are unsure of please ask. Most centres are operating a "taxi rank" system, the vaccinators will not feel rushed. Take your time. If you are unsure of anything, please ask.
5. After following this process, the vaccinator will assume that you have consented to the injection. They may actually ask "do you consent ?"
6. The vaccine will be delivered into the top of your arm via a very fine bore needle. Patients rarely complain about pain. Please remember to wear loose clothing.
7. The vaccinator will tell you about any possible side effects, what to do if you get side effects, and if, and when to seek help.
8. You will be issued with a card which details vaccination date, type and batch number. Please keep this safe.
9. You will then be asked to wait for 15 minutes ina waiting area. Please observe this. Let a member of staff know if you feel unwell.
10. It is important that you continue to follow COVID Government guidelines following vaccination.
Hope that's helpful. Different vaccination centres will have slightly different procedures. Your vaccinator will have been extensively trained in this role.
Expect to be in and out within 30 minutes or so. Learn More
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