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Coronavirus COVID-19


From next week we will be offering Covid Vaccines to those patients who are considered Clinically Vulnerable (Group 6). These are the patients who would normally be eligible for the Flu Vaccine. Our staff will be in contact with you to book an appointment. Please don't phone the surgery enquiring where you are on the list. We will contact you.


For more information on groups being called by HSCNI to vaccination centres or to make a booking please follow this link

 Covid-19 HSCNI Get Vaccinated





Priority Group

Risk Group


Residents in a care home for older adults

Staff working in care homes for older adults



All those 80 years of age and over



All those 75 years of age and over



All those 70 years of age and over

Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)



All those 65 years of age and over



Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (Table 3)



All those 60 years of age and over



All those 55 years of age and over



All those 50 years of age and over








Chronic respiratory disease

Individuals with a severe lung condition, including those with asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).

Chronic heart disease and vascular disease

Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease. This includes individuals with atrial fibrillation, peripheral vascular disease or a history of venous thromboembolism.

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation.

Chronic liver disease

Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis.

Chronic neurological disease

Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers). This includes individuals with cerebral palsy, severe or profound learning disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological disability.

Diabetes mellitus

Any diabetes, including diet-controlled diabetes.



Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, patients undergoing radical radiotherapy, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients, HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system (e.g. IRAK-4, NEMO, complement disorder, SCID).

Individuals who are receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy including, but not limited to, anti-TNF, alemtuzumab, ofatumumab, rituximab, patients receiving protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors, and individuals treated with steroid sparing agents such as cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil.

Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day (any age).

Anyone with a history of haematological malignancy, including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma and those with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments.

Some immunosuppressed patients may have a suboptimal immunological response to the vaccine.

Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen


This also includes conditions that may lead to splenic dysfunction, such as homozygous sickle cell disease, thalassemia major and coeliac syndrome.

Morbid obesity

Adults with a Body Mass Index 40 kg/m².

Severe mental illness

Individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment

Adult carers

Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main Carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the Carer falls ill

Younger adults in

long-stay nursing

and residential care


Many younger adults in residential care settings will be eligible for vaccination because they fall into one of the clinical risk groups above (for example learning disabilities). Given the likely high risk of exposure in these settings, where a high proportion of the population would be considered eligible, vaccination of the whole resident population is recommended.

Younger residents in care homes for the elderly will be at high risk of exposure, and although they may be at lower risk of mortality than older residents should not be excluded from vaccination programmes (see priority 1 above).

For consideration of children under 16 see below.

 COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Questions & Answers

 For common questions and answers please click on the link below:




From the 10th August 2020 NI executive announced that the use of face coverings in certain indoor settings will be mandatory. 


At Templepatrick Surgery we would greatly appreciate your co-operation when entering the surgery to please wear a face covering.


If you feel you require and exemption card for this new guidance please click on the link below:

Face covering exemption


Flu appointments are still available to book:

If you are over 50yrs old or have asthma/lung disease, heart trouble, diabetes, kidney/liver disease, neurological disease, are immunosuppressed, a carer, have a BMI of 40 or greater or are pregnant then you are eligible to receive the flu vaccine.

Family members of patients who received a shielding letter are also entitled to the vaccine this year.

The clinics will be held at the surgery and will be by pre-booked appointments only.

Please contact the surgery on 028 9443 2202 and speak to a receptionist to book an appointment.

When attending your appointment you must:

1. Arrive at your specific appointment time only

2. Wear a face covering

3. Wear suitable clothing e.g. short sleeved top as you will receive the vaccine in your arm.

4. If you are having any COVID symptoms please DO NOT attend the surgery.


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