Coronavirus updates


Eligible patients will be shortly be contacted directly from the NHS and invited to book at one of the local vaccination sites for clinics between April and June 2024. Eligible patients are:-

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in care homes for older adults
  • individuals aged 6 months and over who are immunosuppressed

Please see further information here COVID 19 Spring booster 2024 information


Eligible patients will be contacted directly from the NHS and clinics will be bookable online via from September 2022:-

If you have problems booking via the above link please call199

Autumn COVID Vaccination Programme. Eligibility for the August COVID Booster Campaign are as follows:-

  • All adults 50 years and over
  • Persons aged 5 to 49 in a clinical risk group
  • Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • Persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of perople with immunosuppression
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers.

May 26, 2021

Appointments for second doses brought forward for over 50s

People aged 30 and 31 now able to book their appointments
From today, people aged 30 and 31 are able to book their vaccine appointments through the National Booking Service (NBS). Text messages are going out initially, followed by letters later in the week.

Appointments for second doses brought forward for over 50s
The NHS is contacting people in cohorts 1-9 that haven’t already had a second dose to bring forward their second dose appointments from 12 to 8 weeks. This includes contacting people that booked through the NBS with texts and emails.

Share your COVID-19 status service
A new service allowing people to share their COVID-19 status is available via the NHS App and the NHS website. People must have an NHS login to access these services.
Those in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently two doses of any approved vaccine, will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel using this service or by calling 119 to request a letter.
If someone has had at least one vaccination dose, the service will create a QR code which securely holds their vaccination details in the Share your COVID-19 status on the NHS App. The expiry date shown relates to the QR code. The NHS App will automatically refresh with a new date. If you download a PDF you will need to request a new one with an updated QR code before travelling
Anyone without a smartphone who needs to prove their COVID-19 status, can request a letter by calling 119.

May 14, 2021

England’s NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport from 17th May, the government has said – but only for those who have had both doses of the jab.

BBC News have released the following information today:
“A paper version will also be available – by calling 119 but not through a GP.
Both will be available from Monday 17th May, when the ban on foreign travel is eased.
The NHS app is separate to the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing.
The new app update will contain a separate feature to display coronavirus vaccine records, so the government said there should be no need to contact GPs.
The app will not show coronavirus test results, but the NHS plans to incorporate this in the future, the government website said. It advised people register to use the app at least 2 weeks before travelling.
A paper letter can be requested only at least 5 days after a second vaccine dose and can take 5 days to arrive.”

April 28, 2021

42 to 44 year-olds invited to book their Covid-19 vaccine
From Monday 26th April, people aged between 42 and 44 were added to groups invited to book their Covid-19 vaccination through the national booking service (online at or by calling 119). People will be contacted by text and receive a letter later this week. This phased approach is being taken in line with available supply.

April 6, 2021

The Hawkinge and Elham Valley Practice is unable to offer you a certification of covid vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against covid-19.
You can however find details of all your vaccinations on the NHS App.

Proof of vaccination documents have not yet been developed and as such cannot be provided by your GP. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you.

March 17, 2021

We are getting an increasing amount of calls from patients concerned about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Both the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Productions Regulatory Agency) and WHO (World Health Organisation) have said that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe. There is no evidence that the vaccine increases the chances of having clots compared with the risk in the general population. The vaccine protects against severe disease or death from Covid-19 and doctors recommend that patients should continue to have the AstraZeneca vaccine when offered.

There is no guarantee that other vaccines for the first doses will be obtained in the future, therefore we would encourage patients to take up any appointment that they are offered to reduce the risk of being infected by Covid-19.

February 23, 2021

As you may already be aware, Oaklands Health Centre are administering the covid vaccination for our Primary Care Network.

Please do not call Oaklands or ourselves regarding the vaccination as you will be contacted in due course.

Group 5 – over 65s
This group of patients will be receiving a letter centrally telling them to book into a mass vaccination centre, such as the one held at Debenhams in Folkestone.

Group 6 – High risk (16 to 65)
Patients in this cohort have been identified from each practice in our Primary Care Network and will be contacted shortly.

January 11, 2021

Patients who received their first vaccination during the week beginning 21st December, should still attend their booked appointment this week, as planned, for their second vaccination.
There is no change to their scheduled appointment as we have now received the second batch of vaccinations.
A general update  on the vaccination programme will follow later on this week.

December 31, 2020

You may have heard the news regarding the new COVID vaccination that has just been approved. Whilst this is very positive news, unfortunately it could delay the administration of the second dose of the vaccination for those patients who received their first dose on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th of December.
I would like to ask for your patience at this time: we are receiving updated information from our commissioning group and NHS England and this will be shared with patients as soon as we have more details.

Please can I ask that you DO NOT ring the Practice or Oaklands Practice regarding this issue as you will be contacted in due course.

December 10, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine – Vaccinations will be provided through a range of local NHS services. The vaccines will be available to everyone over 18 years old. People will be invited for vaccination based on a nationally set priority list. The elderly and most at risk from Covid-19 will be vaccinated first.

We are not currently providing Covid-19 vaccines at the surgery. We will update this page when more information about local vaccine services is confirmed.
You do not need to contact the surgery until you receive a letter, text or phone call about getting the Covid-19 vaccines. Our phone lines are very busy and we would appreciate your support to keep phone lines open for people needing to make appointments for other health matters.

The vaccination will take several months to work through everyone, so it could be some time before you are contacted. Please help protect yourself, friends and loved ones by getting vaccinated when you are invited.

Find out more 
For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit
For national information about the vaccine visit

November 11, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccinations – The practice is working closely with the clinical commissioning group and colleagues across our primary care network to plan how the covid vaccination programme is going to be delivered.

Patients who are eligible will be contacted once the service is commissioned.

We ask  for your patience at this time and not to contact the practice so as to keep the phonelines available for those needing our help.