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Buckinghamshire local COVID-19 vaccination updates

For the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination programme in Buckinghamshire, including information on the booster jab programme, please click here.

This page includes updates on any available local walk-in vaccination clinics, any scheduled mobile vaccination van clinics, and any changes to and general updates on the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Also available is this Frequently Asked Questions guide for parents about the  vaccination programme for 12-15-year-olds, currently being rolled out to schools by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s School Nurses Team.

 

 

 

 

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Eligible residents urged to take up the offer of a COVID-19 booster vaccine

The number of COVID-19 infections remain high in Buckinghamshire and are continuing to rise – so anyone eligible to receive a vaccine booster dose is being urged to make sure they take up the offer.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine booster dose will increase the protection you have from your first two doses and give you longer term protection. Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to reduce over time so getting your COVID-19 booster this winter is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your friends.

You can have your booster dose any time 6 months (182 days) after your second dose. This booster dose will help reduce the risk of you needing to go to hospital due to coronavirus this winter.

Anyone aged 16 and over who has not had their vaccination, or anyone aged over 17 years and nine months who has not already had their first or second COVID-19 vaccination can still get vaccinated at a walk-in clinic or by booking through the NHS booking service (or call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week).

Who is eligible for the booster dose?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine is offered to:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • adults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
  • adult carers (aged 16 or over)
  • household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals

Anyone eligible will be offered a booster dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. AstraZeneca may be given as your booster dose if you have medical reasons that mean you cannot have Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna.

How to get your booster dose?

People will be offered the booster through a range of services. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then. Once you have been invited to have your booster dose, you can book your appointment via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP practice. If it has been more than six months and you haven’t yet received an invitation you can go to the national booking system here to book.

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Chair Designate appointed to the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board

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Javed Khan has been appointed the Chair Designate of the establishing Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) following an appointment process managed by NHS England and NHS Improvement and agreed by the Secretary of State. Javed will be ready to take up the post from April 2022 should Parliament confirm current plans in the new NHS Health and Care Bill.

For the past seven years Javed has led Barnardo’s, the largest children’s charity in the UK. With over 800 delivery programmes, a large retail footprint, and services in all four nations of the UK, the charity supports over 380,000 vulnerable children, young people, their families and carers each year. Javed’s non-executive board roles have included NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital Trusts and local government.

Javed began his career as a school teacher in the West Midlands, and made rapid progress, becoming head of department, assistant principal and then director of development in a large further education college. He then entered local government as an Assistant Director in Birmingham’s acclaimed Education Services and then to Director of Education in a London borough. Before arriving at Barnardo’s, Javed had a short stint in the Civil Service from where he went on to become Chief Executive at Victim Support. As a British Muslim with Kashmiri heritage, Javed is the first non-white CEO in Barnardo’s 155-year history.

Javed was also a key member of the Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce and Specialist Advisor to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry into Prison Reform. As a leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors, Javed regularly advises government ministers, with high-profile contributions in the media, and at national and international conferences.

Javed says of his appointment: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as the Chair Designate of the BOB Integrated Care Board. I believe this is a rare opportunity to help put patients and high-quality local health outcomes at the centre of decision making. I look forward to working with all our local partners to develop a long-term strategy that will achieve this.”

Anne Eden, Regional Director NHS England and Improvement, South East said: “Javed Khan will have a hugely important role and has been appointed following a robust process where he was among some excellent candidates. He and others will drive improved services for patients and better population health and deliver long-term local strategies and priorities into next year and beyond including the vaccine roll-out, elective recovery and addressing health inequalities. I would also like to thank David Clayton-Smith for all his hard work as the Independent Chair over the last two and a half years, including through the pandemic, and for the progress the system has made over that time.”

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Booster walk-in opportunity coming to Aylesbury this Friday & Saturday

There is an opportunity for eligible people to walk in for their COVID-19 booster, six months after a second dose, at Oxford Health’s Guttmann Centre vaccination site in Aylesbury this Friday and Saturday between 9.30am-7pm.

Those eligible for the COVID booster programme include:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of an immunosuppressed individual.

Anyone who is pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

You will be required to provide proof of eligibility on arrival.

In addition to being in one of the above categories it must also be a minimum of six months since you had your second dose.

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine. This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

The mass vaccination centre in Aylesbury, the Guttmann Centre, will also be offering a walk-in offer for any first doses for over 16s or second doses (eight weeks after a first dose) for those over 17 years and 9 months.