Monthly Archives: August 2021

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Pharmacy opening times for August Bank Holiday Monday

Please click here for details of which pharmacies will be open, and their operating hours, across the NHS Buckinghamshire CCG area this Bank Holiday Monday, 30 August.

Where possible, please also plan ahead to make sure you get any repeat prescriptions ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

If you do go to a pharmacy, please follow the social distancing guidelines and any other measures that are being taken to protect both you and any members of staff.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should stay at home.

If your symptoms worsen, please refer to the NHS111 online coronavirus service.

Please note – pharmacy opening hours on Bank Holidays are voluntary and are, therefore, subject to change. Patients are advised to check if pharmacies are open by telephone before making a journey.

Local pharmacy details can be found at www.nhs.uk under ‘NHS Services’.

If you are still not sure what health service option to use, and it is not an emergency, you can go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111 for advice.

You can also view details of pharmacy opening times for Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

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Vaccination update for children and young people

The JCVI (who advise the government on which vaccines to use) advises that children and young people aged 12 to 15 years with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID19 illness or who live with a severely immunosuppressed person, plus all 16 and 17-year-olds should be offered COVID-19 vaccinations. You can read more about this here.

This now applies to:

  • All 16 and 17-year-olds
  • 12 to 15-year-olds with a serious underlying health condition or those living in a house with others who are severely immunosuppressed

Local vaccination centres now have the information needed to proceed with vaccination of this group, so GPs will be getting in touch with their patients (or the parents and guardians) over the coming days.

Please note:

  • If anyone in the 16 and 17-year-old age groups are deemed to be at clinical risk, they will be having two doses of the vaccine, as per existing JCVI advice. This is the same as any 12-15-year-olds at clinical risk.
  • Other 16 and 17-year-olds who are not deemed to be at clinical risk, will be having one dose under current advice.

 

What to do now:

  • If you are the parent or guardian of a 12-15 year-old in this at risk group, your GP will be in touch.
  • For young people aged 16 and 17, your GP may be in touch to let you know you can get vaccinated.

For more information and FAQs, please click here.

You can read the JCVI statement here.

Information about who is eligible for the jab is available here.