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Health on the Move vans offering mobile COVID-19 vaccinations hit the road

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is hitting the road across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and parts of Berkshire to bring jabs closer to where people live and work.

Two roving NHS vaccine vans will be offering ‘Health on the Move’ mobile clinics and supporting pop-up clinics to make it easier for everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination to get one.

Nearly 1.8 million vaccinations have already been delivered across the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS) since the vaccination roll-out began in December 2020. Great progress has been made in ensuring people in priority groups from all communities and locations have received at least one jab.  We are now working to ensure everyone over 18 who wants a jab has one before 19 July.

With our Health on the Move vans, we will go further, with the ability to offer 240 jabs a day, seven days a week. The vans will be staffed by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust but are the result of partnership working between health and local authorities across the BOB ICS.

There are still some places where uptake of the vaccinations has been slower: among some ethnic groups or because of rurality and geography, vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, isolation, underlying health conditions, access to transport and hours of work.  Health on the Move will aim to serve these groups, as well as promote other public health services, including the winter flu campaign, smoking cessation and health checks in due course.

Dr James Kent, Executive Lead for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System, said: “This is an important initiative to build on the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and a great example of partnership and system working across health and local authority colleagues.”

Oxford Health’s COVID operations director, Tehmeena Ajmal said: “We are delighted to support the two new Health on the Move vans, which have been designed and funded through our partnerships in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire with health and local authority colleagues. These two vehicles will allow us to take vaccines to our residents, and to reach a wider population for health messaging and health checks. Look out for a pop-up clinic near you.”

Robert Majilton, deputy Chief Officer, at Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The rollout of COVID-19 vaccination needs to reach everyone with the vaccination offer, ensuring they have the best protection possible from the virus. We know that the Health on the Move vans are a great way to provide access to those who may have otherwise been left behind. Buckinghamshire CCG, alongside our partners in Oxfordshire and Berkshire West, continue to work innovatively to ensure our residents get the best health care and support possible.”

Katie Summers, inequalities lead for Berkshire West CCG, said: “We’re delighted the health on the move van is here to help our local population. This is a community venture, which has grown from local community engagement. We therefore hope our communities are encouraged to visit the van and benefit from its vaccination and health promotion service.”

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More drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics for High Wycombe and Aylesbury this week (22 & 23 June)

More drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are coming to Buckinghamshire this week as the drive to ensure as many people as possible get the vaccine to protect them against emerging variants of the virus gathers pace.

One, at High Wycombe’s Adams Park, will cater for the newly eligible age group of 18 years and over, by offering the Pfizer vaccine.

And the others, in Aylesbury, will be offering AstraZeneca jabs to people aged 40 and over.

No appointment is needed at these clinics – you can simply pop in. Please first make sure you are in the correct patient group for the vaccine on offer at each clinic. And please also bring your NHS number if you can – if you don’t have it, you can still be vaccinated but your visit may take very slightly longer.

  • The clinic at Adams Park, High Wycombe, will be open on Wednesday, 23 June, from 9am to 11am. It will offer Pfizer vaccinations for people aged 18-39 who have not yet had a vaccination (or anyone who need a second Pfizer jab for clinical reasons).
  • The clinic at Unit 3, Vale Retail Park, Aylesbury, HP20 1DH, will be open on Tuesday, 22 June and Wednesday, 23 June. It will run from 9am to 4pm both days. It will offer AstraZeneca jabs to people who are aged 40 and over who have not yet had a vaccination, or who need a second AZ jab.

People who do not have a permanent residence are also welcome to attend these clinics.

Other drop-in clinics have run in the Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Burnham areas this month, with hundreds attending to get their jabs. You can stay abreast of the latest news on local vaccine clinics here: www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-services/feeling-unwell/covid-19-vaccination-programme/local-covid-19-vaccination-updates/

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Now that all adults are eligible for their COVID-19 vaccination, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their jab. The drop-in vaccination clinics we have been running in Buckinghamshire are proving to be a really successful way of doing that.

“If you are eligible to attend the clinics in High Wycombe or Aylesbury, please do so. By getting your vaccination, you will be helping to keep yourself and those around you safe.

“I’d also like to once more thank all the vaccination teams who have worked so hard to bring these drop-in clinics to people across the county.”

Anyone aged 18 or over who is unable to attend a drop-in clinician now book your vaccination online, at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.

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Changes to several local COVID-19 vaccination sites in Buckinghamshire

While the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out continues at a fast pace across Buckinghamshire, with all patients aged 18 and over now eligible for their first jab, some changes are coming to several local vaccination sites.

Some GP-led local vaccination sites are stepping back from delivering vaccines in order to focus on their day-to-day work in general practice. These are sites that contact patients directly to arrange vaccination appointments.

Meanwhile, the Large-Scale vaccination site at Stoke Mandeville Stadium (The Guttman Centre) and numerous pharmacy-led vaccination sites will continue to operate as normal across Buckinghamshire. These sites are booked via the national online booking system or by calling 119.

Since the start of the vaccination rollout, the GP-led local sites have focused on ensuring the most vulnerable groups of patients in Buckinghamshire – in particular the elderly and clinically vulnerable – have been fully vaccinated. Originally, it was planned that these sites would continue to operate until people aged 50 and over had been vaccinated. In fact, most sites have already continued beyond these age groups and have offered vaccines to younger patients too.

GP-led vaccination sites have now concluded their work in Winslow and Buckingham; the sites in Chesham, Princes Risborough and Stoke Mandeville Stadium will also be standing down this month (although vaccinations will continue take place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium [Guttman Centre] via the national booking system).

Continuing to offer vaccines for the time being are the GP-led sites in Burnham, Chalfont St Peter (Chalfont Hospital Site), High Wycombe (Adams Park) and High Wycombe town centre.

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The GPs, practice staff and huge numbers of volunteers who have worked at these local vaccination sites have done a phenomenal job.  They have made an immense difference to the lives of countless residents across Buckinghamshire and have been vital to making the vaccination rollout the success it is. The CCG would like to thank everyone involved in these sites – it has been an honour to be a part of the rollout alongside so many dedicated colleagues and volunteers.

“I would also like to reassure everyone in Buckinghamshire that the vaccination programme is not slowing down in any way. There are still plenty of sites offering vaccine doses across the county. Please use the national booking system to arrange your jab as soon as you are eligible to do so.”

Anyone aged 18 and over (or who will be 18 by 1 July) is now able to book a vaccination through the online system at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.

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All adults In South East invited for lifesaving jab in final push

All adults in South East can now book themselves in for their COVID-19 jab.

Vaughan Lewis, NHSEI South East Medical Director, said: “This is a remarkable moment for the South East and England as whole and, if you are aged 18 years or older and are yet to book your COVID jab, today should be the day you make that happen.

“Only months after delivering the world-first first jab hard working NHS staff in the South East have given more than 9.5million vaccinations, saving thousands of lives and giving the entire country hope for a brighter future.

“Extensive planning and the tireless work of staff and volunteers have made the NHS vaccine programme an historic success.

“We are now delivering a final push to protect people across the South East against COVID-19 so if you haven’t already had your jab then please come forward and make your first appointment”

More than 5.6 million people in the South East have had the lifesaving jab so far, with more than 8 in 10 adults having had their first dose, and over 4.1 million second doses administered also.

The NHS in England has delivered more than 60 million vaccinations just six months after making history when the first jab of an approved vaccine (outside of a clinical trial) was given to Margaret Keenan in Coventry.

The NHS is geared up for high demand after the first group of people in their 20s to be offered vaccines booked more than one million appointments nationally in a single day.

Tehmeena Ajmal, COVID operations director for Oxford Health NHS FT, which runs all the large vaccination centres in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West, said:   “Together, we have already vaccinated more than 1.8 million people in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West in only six months, and ensured that of those more than 760,000 have had their second jab too.”

In Buckinghamshire, more than 347,000 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose.

Tehmeena added: “We know that getting both doses is vital to maximising the positive impact of the vaccines so if you’re offered the chance to bring forward your second jab, please do so, and most importantly come forward for both appointments, and follow the tens of millions who have already got themselves this essential protection from COVID19.”

When invited, people will be able to book at one of the 1,600 vaccination centres, pharmacies or general practice sites across the country which are available through the national booking service. Over the coming weeks more opportunities will be available including local walk-in clinics, a mobile vaccination service and pop-up clinics where anyone aged 18 and over can get vaccinated.

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (in Berkshire) in line with updated JCVI guidance.

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Drop-in vaccination clinics for Stoke Mandeville and Burnham this Saturday (19 June)

More drop-in clinics are running at Stoke Mandeville stadium and Burnham this weekend, giving eligible members of the public the chance to get their first or second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine without a pre-booked appointment.

The Stoke Mandeville Stadium clinic will be open on Saturday, 19 June from 9am to 1pm (please note – there will not be a drop-in clinic on Friday, 18 June, but pre-booked appointments only).

The Burnham Health Centre clinic, in Minniecroft Rd, SL1 7DE, will also be open on Saturday, 19 June, from 2pm to 4pm.

Whether you are a permanent Bucks resident or not, anyone aged over 40 who has not yet had their first vaccine, or those over 18 who need their second jab, can attend.

All you need is your name, date of birth and NHS number. You can find your NHS number online at: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/

If you can’t find your NHS number in advance, don’t worry – you can still be vaccinated, your appointment may just take a little longer.

It’s really important to get your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to receive the maximum protection possible. Find out more here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is really important for as many eligible people as possible to get their COVID vaccination as soon as they can. This is the best way we can protect ourselves and those around us from the emerging variants and get back to a more normal way of life.

“We are really pleased to be able to offer these drop-in clinics to make it as easy as possible for eligible people to get their jab. We are very grateful to the vaccination teams and volunteers for their tremendous work in arranging these for patients across Buckinghamshire.”

These drop-in clinics are run by GP teams and are concentrating on people aged 40 and over who have not had their first jab, or anyone who can now have their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

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New drop-in vaccine clinics at Stoke Mandeville Stadium this weekend

A drop-in clinic is opening at Stoke Mandeville stadium this weekend for eligible members of the public to get their first or second Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine without a pre-booked appointment.

The drop-in clinics will be open on:

  • Friday 4 June – 10am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 5 June – 9.30am to 1pm

Regardless of whether you are a permanent Bucks resident or not, anyone aged over 40 who has not yet had their first vaccine or those over 18 who need their second jab is eligible to attend. All you need is your name, date of birth and NHS number. You can find your NHS number online at:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/

If you can’t find your NHS number in advance, don’t worry, you can still be vaccinated, your appointment may just take a little longer.

It’s really important to get your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to receive the maximum protection possible. Find out more here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ 

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer this additional service to allow people to get their vaccine as quickly and easily as possible. As we continue to progress through vaccinating different age groups and cohorts we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get their jab.

“As we continue to see new variants of COVID-19 appearing around the world it is important to remember that one of our best lines of defence is through the vaccine. It’s really important that all those eligible come forward to get their jab when notified.”

Further drop-in clinics are planned over coming weeks, keep an eye out for further information.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine programme within Buckinghamshire visit the CCG website.