COVID-19: Vaccination Informaion

Blackthorn Health Centre is part of the Eastleigh Southern Parishes Primary Care Network (ESP PCN) which consists of four local GP surgeries; Hedge End Medical Centre, West End Surgery, Blackthorn Health Centre and Bursledon Surgery.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme will be delivered by our PCN.


Last Updated: Wednesday 17th February 2021


Please read the Vaccine FAQ below before contacting the practice with any queries.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine booking process, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic FAQ page.

What group(s) are we currently vaccinating?

Please see the image below for the latest update on where we are regarding the vaccination of all the cohort groups.

Please note, the data in this image is from ALL the vaccine sites, not just our local practices.



Where will I receive the vaccine?

Our local COVID-19 vaccination centre is at Bursledon Surgery. All COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at Bursledon Surgery (except for housebound and care home patients).  If you are unfamiliar with this site, please see the address details below.

Bursledon Surgery

Lowford Centre

Portsmouth Road

Lowford Hill



SO31 8ES


In addition, there will also be some clinics taking place at Blackthorn Health Centre

Satchell Lane



SO31 4NQ



When will I be vaccinated?

The vaccination clinics have started and we await further delivery dates from NHS England.

We are currently following the guidance set out by NHS England with regards to the vaccine rollout.

Please note, you will only be able to attend if you have been contacted and given an appointment by the practice.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out programme, please see Public Health England's COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies Information page.



How will I be contacted?

If you are eligible for this round of vaccinations, you will receive a telephone call from a member of staff via the practice inviting you to an appointment. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard yet, we are working our way through the eligible patients.

Please note, the call may come from an unknown / withheld number.



What if I am eligible but not contacted?

There is a large number of patients to contact for this vaccination programme and a limited number of vaccinations per delivery. As a result, we are not able to recall everyone at the same time. As a result, friends and family in the same group as yourself may be vaccinated before you. This is a normal process as part of such a large vaccination programme.

For those patients that are housebound / in a care home, there will be a community programme to vaccinate these patients. If you are registered housebound, but can get to Bursledon Surgery with assistance, please let us know and we will arrange your appointment at the vaccination centre when your group is eligible.

In addition, the guidance is updated regularly as to any patients who cannot have a particular vaccine due to allergies, etc.



I am a Healthcare or Social Worker, how do I receive the vaccination?

At the moment, we are awaiting further advice on how the Healthcare and Social Workers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

So we can make sure your medical record is up-to-date, if you are a Healthcare or Social Worker, please advise us of this, by completing the COVID-19: Occupation Details for Frontline Health & Social Care Staff form.



I am a carer, how do I receive the vaccination?

So we can make sure your medical record is up-to-date, if you are an informal carer, please advise us of this, by completing the Carer Status form.



When will I be vaccinated?

Below is a list of where each group has been placed in order of priority. We have no additional details at present and cannot give you a timeline as to when each group can expect to receive the vaccination. As soon as more information becomes available we will be in contact. 

There are currently 9 vaccination groups as outlined by the UK Government. These are as follows.

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over

For more information regarding the prioritization of groups, please visit the website below.



What vaccine will I be vaccinated with?

Currently, our PCN has been chosen to administer the Pfizer Biotec and the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine. However, please note we are provided the vaccinations centrally from NHS England. Therefore, we may not be able to guarantee which vaccination you will receive at the time of your appointment.

In addition, the NHS has recently approved the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, but we have not yet had a delivery of this vaccine.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccinations, please see the relevant link below:

There are more COVID-19 vaccines being developed and this page will be updated when these are approved for use in the NHS.



Will I experience any side effects from the vaccine?

Like most vaccinations, there is always a possibility of experiencing some mild side effects. The most common side effects associated with the Covid-19 vaccine are as below.

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy

These side effects are usually mild and should last not last longer than a week. You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

For further information regarding the Covid-19 vaccination, please follow the below link.



Is there any Easy Read material for the COVID-19 Vaccination?

Yes, please find a useful easy read document for the COVID-19 vaccination below.

COVID-19 Vaccine Easy Read Information.pdf

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