A York GP group will begin vaccinating patients this week.
The Haxby Group, which has six surgeries in York, five in Hull and one in Scarborough, plans to offer the Covid-19 vaccine “to a very small number of people from this week”.
In a statement, the group said: “Whilst this is happening, we expect that some of our normal services may be affected and the availability of some non-urgent appointments may be reduced in the short term. So please bear with us.
“People in the first of the priority groups, determined nationally by the Joint Committee of Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI), will shortly receive letters or phone calls to invite them to receive the vaccine.
“Please do not contact your surgery or hospital to ask about the vaccine. You will be invited, when the time is right.
“As more supplies of the vaccine are received, the vaccination programme will be rolled out to other groups.”
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Nationally, GP practices in more than 100 locations will have the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine delivered to them today (Monday).
NHS staff including nurses and pharmacists will work alongside GPs to inoculate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents.
Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs and our teams are about to embark on an enormous challenge, delivering the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the community whilst also delivering the expanded flu vaccine programme and the usual care and services our patients rely on us for.”