Covid Booster Information

Message to our patients to update on the Covid-19 booster programme.

Across Suffolk the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13th December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15th December. 

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of your second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months. 

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointment so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15th December.

All of the appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 years and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so. 

In terms of planned appointment at Ravenswood Medical Practice, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly. 

See more about the vaccination programme in Suffolk, including the vaccination services: 

COVID-19 booster vaccinations: If you want to receive your booster vaccination at your nearest available GP practice, you need to wait for an invitation letter or text. However, if you are already eligible for a booster you can have it at any of the numerous walk-in clinics being held across Suffolk. Details of the walk-in clinics can be found at


Covid Vaccination Helpline number 0344 257 3961


COVID vaccine status

Thank you for contacting the surgery enquiring about COVID vaccination certification.

We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

Please see the website for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.

The NHS app can be downloaded for iPhone or for android.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you've completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Thank you 

Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine 


New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.


This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.


The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.  They have recommended that:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)

  • People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.

  • People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.

  • People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.


Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have


·         Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

Please click here for information. 



Limited supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine have started to arrive in Suffolk.

 At present, those surgeries that have received vaccine are only able to immunise patients aged 80 or over. 

There is not yet enough vaccine for everyone in this age bracket to receive it, so ‘at risk’ patients are being prioritised.

Please DO NOT call the surgery to ask when you will be able to receive your vaccination.

Rest assured that we will contact you when we are able to vaccinate you.

Click here for more information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine waiting time.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme provided by the Suffolk GP Federation.


The Covid vaccination programme will start towards the end of week commencing 11 January. We are working with 27 other practices and Suffolk GP Federation to deliver the vaccination programme. The Federation is owned by the GP practices in Suffolk.


The first group to be vaccinated will be patients over 80 years old using the Pfizer vaccine. We will also start vaccinating care home residents.  We will be vaccinating 20,000 patients over 80 so please bear with us.  We have computer records of those needing to be vaccinated and you will not be missed.

What to do when you receive an invitation?


If you have a mobile number registered with us you will receive a text from (NHS-Noreply). Please make sure your mobile is switched on.  If you do not have a mobile you will receive a letter.


The invitation will include a unique booking code and a web link. If you or a family member click on the link it allows you to book an appointment directly online.  Please book online if you can. 


If you do not have internet access there will be a booking line number. This will be very busy so please be patient.   


To book we will need you to confirm your name, date of birth, postcode and a mobile number (can be a family member or someone in your bubble) which we will use to confirm the appointment time and place. If you don’t have this please just write down the appointment details.  Appointments for both doses will be booked at the same time.


You will have a choice of venues and times (8am to 8pm):

Trinity Park (IP3 8UH).

The Mix in Stowmarket (IP14 1BB).

Debenham Community Centre (IP14 6BL).

Woodbridge Community Hall (IP12 4AU).

The Epic Centre in Haverhill (CB9 7LR).


If you receive an invitation and want to be vaccinated with a partner/friend/family member etc, you will need to wait until they also receive an invitation. You will then be able to book appointments at the same time.


The Federation has prepared a list of likely questions with our answers and this can be accessed on Thank you for bearing with us.

COVID Vaccination

Commonly asked Questions and Answers


General questions

I have already been vaccinated (e.g. at the hospital) do I need another?

No. Please follow the online booking instructions and decline the invitation.


Will the vaccine protect me?

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine.


I have already had Covid. Do I need the vaccine?

Even if you have already had coronavirus, you could still get it again. The vaccine will reduce your risk of another infection and the seriousness of your symptoms if you do get it again.


I have recently had Covid – what should I do?

If you have recently tested positive for coronavirus – even if you have no symptoms – you should wait until 4 weeks after the date you were tested before getting the vaccine.  After four weeks use your unique booking code to book online.


I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?

The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.


Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?

You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine but it is possible to have caught COVID-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment.


Can I give COVID-19 to anyone, after I have had the vaccine?

The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus


Questions about booking an appointment


What locations can I choose from?

Trinity Park (IP3 8UH).

The Mix in Stowmarket (IP14 1BB).

Debenham Community Centre (IP14 6BL).

Woodbridge Community Hall (IP12 4AU).

The Epic Centre in Haverhill (CB9 7LR).


Why is my GP practice not vaccinating as they do the flu?

The Pfizer vaccine comes in units of 975 doses, has to be used within three and a half days and there is a strict priority list starting with over 80s.  This means most GP practices are working collaboratively, with the Suffolk GP Federation, to vaccinate patients from different practices at the same time.  It also means we have to have a smaller number of venues.  


Can I choose which vaccine to have?

We are being supplied with the Pfizer vaccine for the foreseeable future.  This may change but we have no information about when this might happen.


What if I want to wait a few more weeks and have your vaccination later?

That is fine.  Please book online when you are ready.


Can my carer be vaccinated at the same time?

Only if they also have received an invitation and have a unique booking code


What are your opening hours?

8am to 8pm


What if I do not have a mobile or email?

We ask for a mobile number or email to confirm your appointment time and location.  If you do not have a mobile or email please make sure you write down the details of your appointment.


Can I be vaccinated at the same time as my partner/friend/family member who has not received an invitation?

If you receive an invitation and want to be vaccinated with a partner/friend/family member etc, you will need to wait until they also receive an invitation.  You will then be able to book appointments at the same time.


I do not have transport

Please try to arrange transport with family, friends, neighbours or local community groups – this is allowed under Covid lockdown regulations.  Suffolk On Board may be able to help but have very limited availability.  You can access this via


Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

You can be transported to the vaccination site by a member of your household or by someone within your support bubble. You can only be accompanied inside the vaccination centre by one person.


At your vaccination appointment

How long will the appointment take?

We anticipate no more than 45 minutes


If I feel unwell on the day of my appointment

Do not attend if you feel unwell with symptoms of coronavirus.

If you have a minor illness without a fever please still attend.

If you feel very unwell do not attend until you have fully recovered.


Preparing for the vaccination

On the day of your vaccine, wear practical clothing so it is easy to access your upper arm.  Bear in mind you may need to spend some time queuing outside. 

Remember to use the lavatory before attending.


What time shall I plan to arrive?

Please arrive at your appointment time.


The vaccination

If you have a fear of needles or feel anxious, try to stay calm and let the person giving you your vaccine know. They will be understanding and can support you.


The vaccine will be given as an injection in the upper arm.


You will have been given an appointment for the second dose. Please attend as the second dose completes the course. It's important to get both doses to protect yourself.


What symptoms may I experience?

Some patients have reported a sore heavy arm for a day or two and a slight headache.  These symptoms are perfectly normal. Many people experience no after effects.


Can I go back to normal activities after having your vaccine?

You should be able to resume activities that are normal for you as long as you feel well. If your arm is particularly sore, you may find heavy lifting difficult. If you feel unwell or very tired you should rest and avoid operating machinery or driving.



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