Patients with a Learning Disability: The COVID Vaccine Explained

This is a short film for those who are autistic or have a learning disability. The film describes the following:

  • What a vaccine is
  • How vaccines are made
  • Why you should get a vaccine
  • Whether a vaccine will make you ill
  • How to decide whether to have a vaccine.

COVID Vaccinations

The practice has been receiving a large number of calls relating to the COVID 19 vaccines. We are working in collaboration with all the other practices in the Sedgefield locality to deliver vaccinations to all current priority groups:

  • Over 80s
  • Care home residents & staff
  • NHS staff & other selected key workers
  • Over 75s

We are at present limited by supplies of the vaccine as to how quickly we can run these clinics. We hope more vaccines will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Some of you may have received letters about vaccination appointments at the Centre of Life in Newcastle. Patients are welcome to travel for this, however, be reassured that if you prefer to wait the practice will be in touch once appointments become available here.

We appreciate how keen all patients are to receive the vaccine but please wait for the practice to contact you.


The practice is unable to arrange tests for coronavirus. Tests are available online or by calling 119.

Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

Coronavirus Update

For your own protection and the protection of our staff, please DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY unless the practice has asked you to do so. Please read the Notice on the Home Page.


If you have flu like symptoms, high temperature or a new, continuous cough do not come to the practice, pharmacy or hospital, stay at home for 7 days.  You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online

Please click on the link on the sidebar of this page to get up-to-date information about COVID-19

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