CORONAVIRUS (Covid-19) and HIV Update

For Up-to-date advice on HIV and Covid-19:

 

Coronavirus vaccine information for people living with HIV

Should I have the vaccine?

  • Yes, the Department of Health and the British Association for HIV recommends that ALL people with HIV should have Covid-19 vaccination.

When will I be offered a vaccine?

  • If your doctor thinks you are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ you will be invited to have vaccination in Priority Group 4. Otherwise, all other people with HIV will be invited to have vaccination in Priority Group 6 (there are 9 Priority Groups in total).

  • Please note, if your GP does not know you have HIV you may not be invited to be vaccinated until  later on. Please discuss this with your HIV doctor.

Further information is available at iBase: https://i-base.info/qa/16330

Please contact the Clinic on 01909 571571 if you have any other questions.

Your HIV Medication:

  • To ensure smooth supply of your HIV medication please give at least one month’s notice

  • If you are running out of HIV medication then call 01909 571571 and let us know.  We will give you more medication. 

  • For Home Delivery of medication, please note that the delivery drivers will no longer go within touching distance but they will remain within talking distance.  They will not leave packages unattended but will put the medication package in a suitable place and then retreat to non-touching distance whilst the person then retrieves the package. The drivers will not enter patients houses.

Appointments

  • We will now offer patients telephone appointments instead of their face-to-face appointments if possible.  We can organise your prescriptions this way and we can defer blood tests until another time if appropriate.

  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your appointment and we will rearrange.   

  • If you are self-isolating we will offer you a telephone appointment.

Supporting Letter to give employers for social distancing to protect yourself .

  • We can provide a letter for your employer saying that you are in the “higher risk category” for Covid-19 if necessary.  Only those with a CD4<50 or not on treatment need to be ‘shielding’. We should all practice social distancing to avoid catching Covid 19.

Vaccines

  • Ensure you have had your pneumonia vaccine (PCV 13) and ‘flu vaccine – your GP will be able to confirm this if you are not sure.

  • If you are feeling unwell please call 111 for advice and inform the HIV clinic that you are doing so.