Update about AZ vaccine and blood clotting

 Update: Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

8th April 2021

 The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.

 The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus.

 If you have already had your vaccination, there is no change to your planned second dose unless you had had significant side effects with the first dose.

 Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:

  • a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
  • a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
  • a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain

 If you are due your second dose vaccination, you will be contacted by our vaccination team as you approach the 12 mark since your first vaccination to arrange your appointment. Please do not contact us unless you are concerned that you have gone past the 12 week mark from your first vaccination.

 For people under 30 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. If you choose to have another COVID-19 vaccine you may have to wait to be protected, but an alternative to AZ will be made available to you by the NHS. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to receive your vaccination.

 Read this patient leaflet: Patient Information Leaflet about AZ vaccine

 Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting on GOV.UK

 Find out more about the vaccination programme in Sussex:



When and where to get your covid jab

Book now if any of the following apply - you do not need to wait to be contacted:

  • you are aged 50 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable - you will have received a letter about this)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable) - see List of conditions
  • you have a learning disability
  • you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or you have told your GP that you are an unpaid or informal carer.

You can book a FREE appointment at a large vaccination centre (such as the Brighton Centre) or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Book your FREE coronavirus vaccination appointment online or Telephone 119 free of charge 

For other groups see the following links for up to date information.  If instructed to wait for contact, please do not contact the surgery:

see  who is eligible to have a COVID-19 vaccine  or  Sussex Covid 19 Programme

Portslade GP-led vaccination centre is now doing 2nd vaccines only


For any patient that has had a first covid vaccine at the Portslade Vaccine Centre booked through the surgery, we are now contacting patients for their second vaccine.

Deliveries are timed to coincide with 12 weeks from your first vaccine.

You will either receive a text message with a link for booking or a telephone call.

Please do not chase, as we will work in order, and contact you when its your turn.


For those waiting for a first vaccine, you will now be contacted centrally, as the GP led site at Portslade is now only delivering second vaccines.

Warning over Covid vaccine scams

Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients.

 People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.

 This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.

 Please follow the advice below.

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is FREE – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it. Please be assured that if you don’t respond because you are worried and it is a genuine text or email, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

 Guidance on official NHS texts

  • An official NHS text message from Charter Medical Centre about Covid will include our name. It may also include details of the vaccination centre. Scam text messages and emails usually don’t include his information 
  • An official NHS text message from the national booking system will be a reminder text so will include details of your booked appointment include date, time and location

 If you have any further concerns about something you have received please contact the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme team on


Coronavirus information in 50 different languages

Please follow this link to information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) transalted into many different languages across the world

How you can help - you must wear a face covering inside surgery

Do not enter the surgery building if you have these symptoms

We are open - do not delay your care

How we are keeping you and our staff safe

Telephone and Video appointments:  

Most of our appointments with nurses and Doctors continue to be Telephone or Video Consultations; you will be invited to attend surgery if your clinician feels it is necessary, for instance if they want to examine you. 


Face to Face appointments which are now running again:

Examples of Face to Face appointments which have resumed include Blood Tests, Cervical Screens, Childhood Immunisations, ECGs, dressings, NHS Health checks, and some Annual Reviews, IUDs, Minor Ops, Injections.  


If you need a Face to Face appointment:

Don't worry - we have made lots of changes to help reduce risk; Social distancing in our waiting rooms, staggered appointments, reception screens, PPE, and clean rooms are all in place.   Click HERE  for some videos with Dr Dan Jenkinson



Your GP may ask you to send photographs to our secure email or to our secure text service- they will explain how to do this.  Please note: any digital image submitted as part of an online consultation, will be stored within your clinical notes.


'Live' Telephone Interpretering service and Video Sign Language service

With Languageline you do not need to book an interpreter in advance.  When the Clinician is ready to speak to you, they will call Languageline who will call you and will set up a 3 way call. 

This is a pre-book service. Please ask reception to book for you, or you can book yourself and let us know.  Please tell  us language and region (eg. Syrian Arabic)


All our other services can be accessed Online or via the Telephone. 

All our services can now be requested online (via our Web site, our email, your online App, or e-Consult), or via Telephone including our Automated 24 hour service).

Please therefore continue to stay away from surgery unless you have an appointment, or you do not have access to the Internet or a Telephone. 

Help COVID Research

Join a COVID-19 clinical trial

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if

  • You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
    • a continuous new or worsening cough
    • and/or a high temperature


    • OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

Take part in a short Survey

Can you help increase our understanding of the impact of coronavirus and resultant restrictions/ lockdown on our mental health? 

As part of Charter Medical Centre's on-going commitment to research, we are helping to recruit to a study by researchers in Southampton who are asking people to complete a short, 15 minute questionnaire about the impact coronavirus has had on their lives. They will use this information to help understand how our mental health and wellbeing may be being affected by the pandemic and to inform policy decisions about how best to help people who have been adversely affected. 

Can you spare 15 minutes to help? Click on the link to the questionnaire for more information: