Burnham is the site of the latest, and final, GP-led COVID vaccination centre to open in Buckinghamshire, with vulnerable patients aged 80 and over to be invited to get their vaccine from this week.
This joins the sites already up and running in the county – in Chalfont St Peter, Princes Risborough, Winslow and Chesham, Stoke Mandeville, High Wycombe, High Wycombe town centre and Buckingham.
This is the last of the GP-led centres in Buckinghamshire to open, and means that registered patients at every GP practice in the county can now be invited to attend an appointment at one of these sites.
As well as people aged 80 and over, care home staff are also being prioritised in this first phase of the national vaccination rollout. This is in line with the national Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation programme.
All patients who are eligible to have the vaccine at this stage will be contacted by the NHS first. Patients are being asked not to contact their GP practice to try to arrange an appointment.
Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is great to see this site in Burnham now open and able to offer vaccinations to the most vulnerable patients in the area. It is really exciting to have all our GP led vaccination sites now open in Buckinghamshire, and we are eager to invite our patients for their vaccines as quickly as possible.
“We continue to ask patients please not to contact their GP themselves but to instead wait for the NHS to contact them. We realise the growing cases of COVID are causing anxiety, but this vaccination programme is extremely complex. Our GP practice staff continue to work incredibly hard to ensure that our most vulnerable patients are protected as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and support.
“Other age groups and vulnerable patients will be offered the vaccination over the coming weeks and months, in line with the national priorities of this phased rollout. In the meantime, please follow all the safety guidance to protect yourself, your loved ones and your NHS services.”
Holders of concessionary bus passes in Buckinghamshire will be able to use them at any time when travelling for their COVID-19 vaccination. This includes prior to 9am on Mondays to Fridays.
Several national mass vaccination centres outside of the county have also been set up by the NHS. Some Buckinghamshire residents aged 80 and over, who live 30-45 minutes from these sites, may get a letter from the NHS about these. The letter explains how to book a slot at a national centre if they do not wish to use one of their local, GP-led sites.
If you get a letter but do not want to use a national vaccination centre, you will still be able to arrange an appointment at a local site when contacted by your GP.
Currently, the mass vaccination centres closest to Buckinghamshire are:
- Salt Hill, Slough (South East)
- Kassam Stadium (Oxford)
- Epsom racecourse in Surrey (South East)
- Excel Centre in London (London)
- Wembley (London)
- Robertson House in Stevenage (East of England)
If you have received a letter from the NHS you can book your vaccination at one of the Pharmacy Vaccination Sites using the National Booking System. More of these sites will be opening in Buckinghamshire soon.