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COVID vaccination options for Bucks increase, as residents aged 70+ are invited to book their jab

A growing range of options are now available for eligible people to have their COVID vaccinations across Buckinghamshire, as patients aged 70 and over are being asked to contact the NHS if they have not already booked their jab.

As well as the nine GP-led vaccination sites spread across the county, a large-scale vaccination centre this week opened at Buckinghamshire New University’s Aylesbury campus.

This joins other nearby large-scale centres outside the county (in Oxford and Slough), and five pharmacy-led vaccination sites in Buckinghamshire- at Aylesbury’s Odeon cinema, Marlow, High Wycombe, Buckingham and Chesham.

The vaccination programme in Buckinghamshire has made great progress, working through the top priority patient groups, including patients aged 70 and over, the clinically extremely vulnerable and care home residents and staff.

Now, to ensure no one is left behind, and patients aged 70 and over, who have not yet booked a vaccination appointment, are invited to contact the NHS to arrange their COVID vaccination as soon as possible. The easiest way to do this is to use the online National Booking System at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, which lets patients choose a time and location that suits them, or they can call 119 for free, between 7am and 11pm every day.

If a suitable slot is still not available, people can also call their GP practice to arrange a vaccination.

All patients below the age of 70 are still being asked to wait for the NHS to get in touch to arrange an appointment when the time is right. This is in line with the national Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation programme.

They will be informed by letter when they are able to book an appointment at a large-scale or pharmacy-led centre. Patients can also, if they prefer, choose to wait for their GP practice to invite them for an appointment at one of Buckinghamshire’s GP-led vaccination sites.

Dr Raj Bajwa, Chair of NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is extremely welcome news that we have more vaccination capacity in Buckinghamshire, both at the new Aylesbury large-scale site and at the five pharmacy-led sites. The vaccination programme has gathered tremendous speed in recent weeks and it is great to see the available options growing for eligible patients in Bucks.

“We would now ask any remaining patients aged 70 and over to please book a vaccination appointment if they have not already done so. The easiest way to do this is via the national booking system at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, or by calling 119. If they cannot get a suitable appointment in these ways, they can contact their GP surgery.

“Our GP-led sites continue to do tremendous work in making sure the prioritised groups of patients get their vaccines and we thank everyone for their patience and support as we continue to focus on our most vulnerable residents. Please do continue to observe the safety guidance to protect yourself and your loved ones as the vaccine rollout continues.”

 

Vaccination sites available to eligible Buckinghamshire residents:

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.

  • Marlow
  • Wycombe
  • Aylesbury
  • Buckingham
  • Chesham

Alternatively, you can book at one of the mass vaccination centres closest to Buckinghamshire (if you live within 60 miles of one):

  • Buckinghamshire New University Aylesbury campus (Buckinghamshire) – a patient guide video for this site can be viewed here.
  • 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)

All nine of Buckinghamshire’s GP-led vaccination centres are now up and running, meaning registered patients at all GP practices in the county will be covered by one of these locations:

  • Chalfont St Peter
  • Princes Risborough
  • Winslow
  • Chesham
  • Stoke Mandeville
  • High Wycombe
  • High Wycombe town centre
  • Buckingham
  • Burnham

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Buckinghamshire’s first large-scale COVID vaccination site opens in Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire’s first large scale COVID vaccination site is at Buckinghamshire New University’s Aylesbury campus, where its student nurses are trained – and where it has now joined forces with the NHS and the local authority to serve the community in another essential way.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is operating the new site, which starts delivering life-saving COVID jabs this week as the NHS continues to accelerate the biggest immunisation programme in its history.

The Bucks New University Aylesbury campus already has a strong track record in healthcare, offering a range of traditional degrees and apprenticeships across the health and social care field, which makes their involvement in the vaccination effort even more fitting.

Buckinghamshire continues to make good progress as it works towards the Government target of ensuring all patients in the top four priority groups are offered a vaccination by mid-February. This includes people aged 70 and over, the clinically extremely vulnerable and care home residents and staff.

Patients are asked not to contact their GP practice to try to arrange an appointment. Instead, eligible patients will be sent a letter inviting them to arrange their appointment via the national booking system when the time is right. They can also use this system to arrange an appointment at one of the growing number of pharmacy-led vaccination sites in the county.

They can also, if they prefer, choose to wait for their GP practice to invite them for an appointment at one of the nine GP-led vaccination sites now operating across Buckinghamshire.

The new site will be open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. It will be capable of delivering thousands of jabs each week but will scale up and down according to vaccine supplies and demand.

Parking for the vaccination site is available from the Walton Street car park, which is opposite the university building. Volunteers will be on hand to ensure patients get safely from the car park to the vaccination site, which involves crossing over a stretch of dual carriageway at a pedestrian light controlled crossing. No parking or drop-off at the University campus site is permitted for pedestrian and road safety reasons.

Anyone approaching this car park from the direction of Aylesbury town centre should please be aware that they need to drive past the vaccination site (on their left, heading away from town) and go around the gyratory system so that they approach the town centre again. The Walton Street car park entrance is signposted on the left. The pay and display car park accepts cash and card.

Dr Nick Broughton, Chief Executive of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, pictured, said: “I am delighted that Oxford Health is playing such a critical part in the roll-out of the vaccination programme. This new large-scale vaccination centre means we can deliver inoculations at pace so that thousands more people can be protected from COVID-19.

“I would like to pay tribute to the project team, which was a true collaboration between Buckinghamshire Council and Oxford Health colleagues. They have worked exceptionally hard to ensure that the vaccination centre is ready to serve the public. Our work will build on the great accomplishments already achieved in the local system. Our NHS and local authority colleagues have worked tirelessly to protect priority patients as well as health and social care staff.”

Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be hosting a mass vaccination site at our Aylesbury campus that serves our local communities and helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Our testing centre at the High Wycombe campus continues to play a vital role in keeping residents safe, while our healthcare staff and students are helping to save lives on the frontline. We are doing everything possible to help Buckinghamshire fight this pandemic and progress towards a normal way of living again.”

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, said: “The opening of this large-scale vaccination site is fantastic news for residents, and we are grateful to Buckinghamshire New University, Oxford Health, our partners and so many volunteers for their invaluable support. The county’s vaccination capacity has increased enormously in recent weeks, with several options now available for residents. If you are in one of the top priority groups and are awaiting your vaccination, it won’t be long now.

“I would urge anyone who is invited to get a vaccine to please arrange an appointment as soon as possible. Vaccinations are our only way out of this pandemic and back to the more normal way of life we are all so eager to return to.”