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Primary Care Commissioning Committee in Common – 19 May 2022

Primary Care Commissioning Committee in Common – 19 May 2022

The Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) Committees to the governing bodies for NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS East & North Herts CCG, and NHS West Essex CCG will be meeting virtually in Common on Thursday, 19 May 2022 from 09:00.

Meeting in Common means the three CCG Committees will meet in the same place, at the same time and will be recording their own decisions.

You can find the relevant papers for this upcoming meeting.

Members of the public who want to register to view the meetings, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the joining instructions will be shared with you.

Face coverings still required in health settings after return to ‘Plan A’

Face coverings still required in health settings after return to ‘Plan A’

Thanks to the success of the booster programme, the government has announced that England will return to ‘Plan A’ on Thursday 27 January.

However, patients in Hertfordshire and west Essex will still be required to wear face coverings in GP practices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings when COVID-19 restrictions ease later this week.

NHS guidance in healthcare settings has not changed, and patients and visitors who are not exempt from wearing a face covering should continue to wear one and practice social distancing.  Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to come forward and get their first, second or booster dose, now.

Dr Rachel Joyce, Director of Clinical and Professional Services for the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System said:

“Throughout the pandemic, health and care staff have been working tirelessly to care for patients and service users safely.  There will be no change in health and care settings from Thursday 27 January - patients and carers arriving at our health and care buildings will still need to wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser.

“The virus has not gone away and case numbers are still high due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Wearing a face covering is an effective way of preventing the spread of infection, particularly in busy or crowded indoor spaces.

“It’s also really important that anyone who is eligible for a vaccine and hasn’t yet come forward does so without delay.  Our vaccinators are always delighted to welcome people attending for the first time.”

Vaccines

Please come forward for your vaccination now if you are in one of these groups:

  • 12-15 year-olds can get their second vaccination from three months after their first dose, either via an appointment booked online or by calling 119, at some of our local walk-in clinics, or at school. Children who have had COVID-19 must leave a 12-week gap between their positive test or the start of symptoms and their next COVID vaccination.
  • Anyone aged 16+ who had their second dose more than 12 weeks ago can get a booster by booking an appointment or going to an advertised walk-in clinic.
  • Immunocompromised patients are now eligible for a fourth vaccine dose three months after their third dose and will be contacted by their GP practice. Alternatively, they can book an appointment or walk in if they are already at 12 weeks
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women can attend our walk-in vaccination sites for a first, second or booster dose, without the need for an appointment. Please make yourself know to staff on site and you will be ‘fast tracked’ past any queues.

Plans are currently being drawn-up to ensure that 5-11 year-old children who are known to be at high risk from COVID-19, or who live with family members who are known to be at high risk because of having a weakened immune system, can start to get vaccinated from next week onwards.

Walk-in clinics – where no appointment is needed - are advertised on the Hertfordshire and west Essex COVID vaccination microsite, at this address: https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/walk-ins

Start your year as you mean to go on

Start your year as you mean to go on

Make getting your booster your New Year's resolution.

The local NHS is urging everyone who hasn’t had their booster – or hasn’t started their COVID vaccinations yet – to make getting the jab their New Year’s resolution.

Get yourself the best belated Christmas gift: protection from getting sick with COVID: 

The websites are updated daily and throughout most days so please keep checking back for more appointments and walk in locations.

Dr Rachel Joyce, Director of Clinical and Professional Services at Herts and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “We’re asking all those who have been putting off getting their booster to make the most of this special time of year to get jabbed.

"The wonderful staff and volunteers at our vaccination sites are ready and waiting to boost your immunity to COVID so you can start the new year with the maximum protection possible.

“The vast majority of those currently in hospital with serious complications from COVID are unvaccinated.

All of our sites offer first and second doses as well as boosters – it’s not too late to catch up.

Getting a vaccine is the single biggest step you can take in protecting yourself, your family and friends from COVID.

“Infection rates are still high and the more of us that get fully vaccinated the more chance we have of getting back to normal quickly and reducing the pressure on our hospitals”.

Dr Joyce added: “Let’s start 2022 with the best New Year’s resolution and the one you can achieve now – getting vaccinated to protect ourselves, and our family and friends.”

A reminder of those who are eligible for the COVID vaccine, and should now come forward:

  • Anyone aged 18 or over, who had their second dose more than 12 weeks ago can get a booster by booking an appointment or going to an advertised walk-in clinic
  • Anyone over 18 who has not yet had any vaccine, can book an appointment or go to one of our walk-in clinics
  • 12-15 year olds can now get their second vaccination three months after their first dose via a booked appointment or at a walk-in clinic
  • Immunocompromised patients are now eligible for a fourth vaccine dose three months after their third dose and will be contacted by their GP practice or can book an appointment or walk- in if three months has already passed.
  • Pregnant women can book an appointment or walk in without an appointment at any vaccination site for a first, second or booster dose. Please make yourself known to staff on site and you will be ‘fast tracked’.

For more information and questions and answers about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination programme in Hertfordshire and west Essex, visit the Healthier Futures website. For media queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01707 685140.

Jo’s treat bags brings joy to NHS staff in Epping

Jo’s treat bags brings joy to NHS staff in Epping

Jo Middleton, a receptionist at the Limes Medical Practice in Waltham Abbey has been creating treat bags for the vaccinators and staff at the vaccination centre at St Margaret’s Hospital. The bags – filled with cakes, sandwiches, biscuits, and other treats – are funded by donations following the death of her dad from Coronavirus on 3 January.

Jo says that the death of her father, Ken, came as a shock to all of them and the family wanted to do something in his memory.

Ken, 78, who also lived in Waltham Abbey, was very popular and a great character. They weren’t able to give him a big send-off and all his friends and family wanted to donate to a good cause following his death.

Jo explains: “We didn’t want Dad to be a Covid statistic. He was a dad, grandad, great-granddad, partner, and brother. He was adored and we wanted him to be remembered in some way. I saw first -hand how hard the vaccinators are working and how they are doing their best to reassure people.

“We thought a little bag of treats would give them a real boost as they carry on vaccinating the community.”

Jo has already delivered two loads of treats and has enough money donated to deliver at least 10 more batches. She says that everyone has been ‘delighted’ to receive their treat bags.

She concludes: “We’ve had a horrible time with many losses over the last few weeks and I think this helped give us a sense of purpose.  I am so pleased we can give something back to the community and I am sure my dad would have be very proud.”

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