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GP Practices focussing on vaccinating clinically vulnerable

GP practices are currently focussing on the vaccination of people aged 16-64 who are clinically vulnerable. As a result, if you are over 65 you may experience a long wait to be vaccinated at your local GP vaccination clinic.

If you are over 65 and haven’t yet had your coronavirus vaccine you can do this now by contacting the national booking service via or by calling 119.

By contacting the national booking service you will gain access to flexible appointments at other local vaccination services seven days per week from 9am – 11pm.

Further details about local vaccination services are available at

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Volunteers required in Middlewich

Anyone wanting to volunteer to help the SMASH COVID Vaccination Programme at the Middlewich Vaccination Clinic, please email: or call 01606 833434.

If  you are wanting to volunteer to be a vaccinator or with an appropriate healthcare background and willing to train please visit

SMASH PCN have now vaccinated over 10,000 patients!

The Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager, Scholar Green and Haslington (SMASH) PCN, have to date vaccinated over 10,000 patients in first 4 cohorts. This is an incredible feat, a huge thank you and congratulations to all those involved in making this happen as quickly and efficiently as possible.

On Monday 8 February, if you believe you are in one of the top 4 groups and haven’t heard from us, please contact your GP practice. Please don’t worry as we will prioritise anyone we may have missed.

Over 3000 patients vaccinated over the weekend in SMASH PCN

The Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager, Scholar Green and Haslington (SMASH) Primary Care Network (PCN) have this weekend alone, vaccinated over 3000 patients at the Covid-19 vaccination sites in Alsager and Middlewich.

A huge thanks to the amazing team and volunteers at both our sites for making this possible.

Note: If you have not yet received your invite, please be patient as we try to contact everybody within this cohort as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thank you

Covid-19 vaccination invites begin for over 75’s

Today, invites have begun to be sent to all over 75’s across Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager, Scholar Green and Haslington (SMASH) GP Practice areas to attend one of our Covid-19 vaccination clinics.

Please be patient as we try to contact everybody within this cohort as quickly and efficiently as possible, in this cohort alone we will be running clinics to vaccinate over 4000 patients over the next 10 days.

Thank you for your cooperation



Over 80’s invitation to attend Covid-19 vaccination clinic

If you are over the age of 80, and have not received an invite to attend a Covid-19 vaccination clinic by 8pm on Monday 18th January 2021, please contact your GP Practice tomorrow.

Many thanks

Covid-19 Vaccination – First Phase Priority Groups

You can download the Covid-19 Vaccination – First phrase priority groups poster which shows the first phase priority order for patients to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.

Covid-19 SMS / Text Message Scams

Sadly, there are a number of SMS/Text message scams currently taking place, preying on the fears of Covid-19 and sending ‘phishing’ messages to try and trick users into using a bad link.

For more information about this and how to avoid these scams, please download Scams to be aware of regarding Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The roll-out of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine across local communities by groups of GP practices starts in December 2020.

This expands the local roll-out beyond the hospital hubs which started vaccinating on December 8th.

Please help us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme safely and effectively by following this simple guidance:

1. We will contact you when is the right time for you to come forward. Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.

2. When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them.

3. Please continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until a vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives.