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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.

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Invitation to CCG Governing Bodies in common and Annual Public Meetings – 9 September

You are invited to join the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups Governing Bodies meetings in common, followed by their shared Annual Public Meetings, on Thursday 9 September.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meetings will be held virtually via a videolink, (MS teams) but members of the public are welcome to join the online events and are encouraged to submit questions in advance.

The Governing Bodies meetings in common will take place from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and will hear an update about progress in patient care, an overview of performance of local health services and finances.

For information on how to join the Governing Bodies meetings in common on 9 September and to see the papers being presented see here or visit: https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/governingbodymeeting-dates-2021-22/

Questions for the Governing Bodies in common can be submitted up to 9am on Tuesday 7 September to bwccg.enquiries@nhs.net  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the meetings in common.*

The Annual Public Meetings (APMs) take place virtually via videolink (MS teams) from 3.30pm until 4.30pm and will include a presentation of the annual accounts of each CCG followed by a review of their local health services over the past year.

Questions for the APMs can also be submitted in writing up to 9am Tuesday 7 September with a clear note to say the question is for the APMs to bwccg.enquiries@nhs.net There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the APMs*
Click here to join the meeting or visit https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/governingbodymeeting-dates-2021-22/

Notes

  1. * In most cases, a response to questions submitted to the Governing Bodies meetings in common and the APMs by the deadline (9am Tues 7 Sept) will be provided by email before or after the meetings.  However, questions that arrive after this time, or require a more detailed response, will be responded to, and published on CCG websites no later than 20 days after the meeting.
  2. In February 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care published a white paper that included a broad set of proposals for legislation which will be introduced to parliament later this year with a view that they will be enacted ahead of March 2022.  The white paper proposes putting each Integrated Care System (Oxfordshire is part of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West -BOB ICS) onto a statutory footing and the core CCG functions will be transferred to the ICS.
  3. While there is much that will be defined in guidance and legislation later in 2021 it is likely that a new commissioning organisation will be created across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West.
  4. In the meantime, the three CCGs remain separate statutory bodies and must organise themselves so that they are able to deliver their functions effectively and efficiently in 2021/22 whilst also planning the transition of these functions to the new ICS body. This work has already started by aligning the governance arrangements across the CCGs and to start developing ‘committees meeting in common’.

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Health on the Move van back in Bucks

The Health on the Move van is back in Bucks this week, bringing more COVID vaccinations to Buckinghamshire with stops at Gerrards Cross, Chesham and High Wycombe.

If you have not had your vaccination yet, now is the time to do it – the Health on the Move van makes getting your jab as convenient as possible. If you have the chance to visit the van, please don’t delay.

These drop-in mobile clinics will be offering first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 40 and over.

NHS guidance is currently to leave a gap of at least eight weeks between vaccination doses.

The bus, which is run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, will be at the locations listed below between 21 July and 1 August.

Please note – all dates and venues may be subject to last minute scheduling changes, so please check here for the latest updates.

  • Friday 3 Sep, 10am-1pm – Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre, East Common, SL9 7AD
  • Saturday 4 Sep, 10am-3pm – Chesham Market, High Street, Chesham
  • Sunday 5 Sep, 10am- 1pm – The Hive, 1-2 Arnison Avenue, High Wycombe, HP13 6DD

More visits are planned for Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe the following week.

If you have not yet had your vaccination and cannot, or are not eligible to, attend any of the mobile drop-in clinics, you can instead book your appointment at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119 for free.

Appointments are now available for anyone aged 16+.

You can find out the latest updates on walk-in vaccination clinics in Buckinghamshire – which are now vaccinating young people aged 16-17 by clicking here.

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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.

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Walk-in Pfizer vaccinations at Stoke Mandeville now set to continue until 16 August

The walk-in vaccination clinics at the Guttmann Centre in Stoke Mandeville Stadium have been extended once again – now until 16 August.

This means anyone who needs a first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine (people aged 18+) can simply turn up to the centre without booking.

Vaccines are available every day from 9.30am to 7pm. Please just make sure you leave 8 weeks between your first and second doses.

The centre has the capacity to vaccinate up to 600 people a day and the walk-ins mean it is incredibly easy to protect yourself, your family and those around you from COVID-19.

You can find the centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP.

Marshals will direct you to the parking area which is separate to other bays for the use of people using the sports facilities.

Buses service Arriva service number 9, X30, or 300 go from Aylesbury bus station to the centre.

What do I need to do?

Please wear clothing that gives easy access to your non-dominant arm.

Please be aware you may have to queue for a short while.

It would be helpful if you could tell staff your NHS number. If you don’t know it you can find your NHS number online by using the Find your NHS number service or by logging on to the NHS App (you’ll need to register if you have not used it before). Having your NHS number will speed up the process, but it is not essential.

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Frimley Integrated Care System to remain within current borders

Following local engagement and consideration by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a written ministerial statement from Ed Agar, Minister of State for Health has been published confirming Integrated Care System (ICS) boundaries.

As part of this, the decision has been made to support the Frimley Health and Care ICS to continue in its current scale from April 2022 with boundaries remaining as they are.  This means that the Berkshire East area (Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell) will stay within the Frimley system as per current arrangements.

This decision recognises the strong health and care partnership working already in place across the system, and with neighbouring systems such as ours, and helps to create certainty for the future.

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Walk-in vaccinations available at Stoke Mandeville Stadium every day for the rest of July

Walk-in COVID vaccination clinics will continue to operate at Stoke Mandeville Stadium every day throughout the rest of July.

Oxford Health has extended the opportunity to walk into the Guttmann Centre for a jab until the end of this month (Saturday, 31 July).

The centre, run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, has the capacity to vaccinate up to 600 people a day and welcomes people throughout the day who require Pfizer first and second doses (8 weeks minimum after first dose). The doors are open from 9.30am-7.00pm every day.

Tehmeena Ajmal, Oxford Health’s Covid Operations Director, said: “The walk-in opportunity has proved popular so we are running it until the end of the month – this is an easy way to get your first or second dose.

“Whoever you are, if you are aged 18 or older and you haven’t had your covid jab yet – make today the day that you make this happen.

“It is just as vital to get your jab now as it was on day one.

“I also want to pay tribute to all the people who have worked so hard over many months to operate our vaccinations centres. Thanks to their efforts Oxford Health has administered more than 446,000 doses which contributes greatly to the national programme to get as many people as possible protected.”

Where is the centre?

You can find the centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP.

Marshals will direct you to the parking area which is separate to other bays for the use of people using the sports facilities.

Buses service Arriva service number 9, X30, or 300 go from Aylesbury bus station to the centre.

What do I need to do?

Please wear clothing that gives easy access to your non-dominant arm.

Please be aware you may have to queue for a short while.

It would be helpful if you could tell staff your NHS number. If you don’t know it you can find your NHS number online by using the Find your NHS number service or by logging on to the NHS App (you’ll need to register if you have not used it before). Having your NHS number will speed up the process, but it is not essential.

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Health on the Move van returns to Bucks to deliver more COVID vaccines

The Health on the Move van is back on the road this week, bringing more COVID vaccinations to Buckinghamshire with stops at Aylesbury, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe and Chesham.

If you have not had your vaccination yet, now is the time to do it – the Health on the Move van makes getting your jab as convenient as possible. If you have the chance to visit the van, please don’t delay.

These drop-in mobile clinics will be offering first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 40 and over.

And also, when the van arrives at Chesham Market on Saturday, 31 July, the Pfizer vaccine will be on board for the first time for anyone aged 18+ looking for their first dose.

NHS guidance is currently to leave a gap of at least eight weeks between vaccination doses.

The bus, which is run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, will be at the locations listed below between 21 July and 1 August.

Please note – all dates and venues may be subject to last minute scheduling changes, so please check here for the latest updates: https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-services/feeling-unwell/covid-19-vaccination-programme/local-covid-19-vaccination-updates/

  • Weds 21 July, 10am-4pm – Alfred Rose Community Centre, Dunsham Lane, Aylesbury, HP20 2ER
  • Thurs 22 July, 10am-3pm – Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre, HP19 9HH
  • Fri 23 July, 10am-3pm – Gerrards Cross Tescos, SL9 8ER
  • Sat 24 July, 10am-3pm – Wrights Meadow Centre, Wrights Meadow Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1SQ
  • Sun 25 July, 10am-3pm – Green St Centre, Green Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2LY
  • Fri 30, July, 10am-3pm – Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre, HP19 9HH
  • Sat 31 July, 10am-3pm – Chesham Market, High Street, Chesham
  • Sun 1 Aug, 10am-3pm – Castlefield Community Centre, Wycombe, HP12 3LL

Tehmeena Ajmal, COVID operations director for Oxford Health NHS FT, said: “We’re really pleased to be bringing the Health on the Move bus back to Buckinghamshire and to bring the vaccination programme closer to our communities. We would urge anyone in the areas being visited by the bus who still needs a jab to please make the most of this opportunity. Vaccinations are still the surest way back to a more normal way of life and we want to make getting one as easy as possible for you.”

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This project is a great example of health and local authority partners working together to support the health of our local communities. If you still need a vaccine, please do visit the Health on the Move bus if it comes to your area. The more people who have their vaccine dose, the safer all of us and those around us will be – particularly with cases rising again and more restrictions lifting this week.”

If you have not yet had your vaccination and cannot, or are not eligible to, attend any of the mobile drop-in clinics, you can instead book your appointment at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119 for free.

Appointments are now available for anyone aged 18+.

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COVID-19 safety restrictions to remain in place at all healthcare settings across Buckinghamshire

COVID-19 restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday 19 July.

However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines are set to remain in place for all patients, service users, visitors and staff.

That means NHS guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists, vaccination centres and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Patients, service users, visitors and staff will also be required to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using facemasks and other personal protection equipment.

Patients attending appointments will still be required to attend alone and hospital visiting restrictions will remain in place, except in exceptional circumstances as detailed on the Trust website COVID-19 page.

Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair, NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “On behalf of all local NHS leaders I want to thank the public for their support throughout the pandemic. However, Covid is still at a higher rate in the local community than we would like and until infection rates come down we still need people to help by continuing to respect and follow our safety measures in order to keep our hospitals and healthcare facilities in Buckinghamshire safe.”

Karen Bonner, Chief Nurse for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We care for the sickest and most vulnerable patients, and we must do everything possible to keep them safe. Even if you have had two vaccinations, you can still carry and pass on COVID-19 to others.

We are therefore asking visitors and patients coming to our healthcare settings to continue to wear a facemask, follow social distancing guidance and use good hand hygiene. Please keep helping us so that we can help you and your loved ones.”

 

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Grab a jab at High Wycombe Library’s drop-in COVID vaccination clinics this week

Whether you’re an avid reader or not, Wycombe Library is well worth a visit for anyone in need of a Covid jab this week – drop-in vaccination clinics will be running there on Friday and Saturday.

The clinic will be operating at the Library at Eden Place in High Wycombe’s Eden Shopping Centre (HP11 2DH) at the following times:

  • Friday, 16 July – 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 17 July – 10am to 4pm

It will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to anyone aged 18-39 who needs them – please make sure you have left a gap of at least 8 weeks in between doses.

There is no need to book – simply turn up on the day to get your jab.

With more restrictions set to lift on Monday, 19 July, it is more important than ever that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get their vaccine this weekend. Getting your jab – whether first or second – is the best way to stay safe and protect those around you.

The clinics at Wycombe Library will be run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which also operates the Guttmann Vaccination Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Tehmeena Ajmal, Oxford Health’s Covid Operations Director, said: “If you are aged 18 or over and still need a Covid jab, please come along to the drop-in clinic at Wycombe Library this week.

“By letting people simply walk into these clinics without needing to book first, we hope they will see how quick and easy it is to get their jab.

“And with restrictions easing next week, it is just as vital to get your jab now as it was on day one. It you are aged 18 and over, please make sure you get your vaccine at one of the available clinics as soon as possible.”

  • If you are aged 18-39 and need a Pfizer vaccine dose, walk in clinics are also available at The Guttmann Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium every day this week until Sunday, 18 July, from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Again, there is no need to book – simply turn up and grab a jab.
  • And remember, you can book a vaccination this weekend at a number of other sites across Buckinghamshire via the National Booking Service at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.

Please note: occasionally some clinics may be subject to last-minute changes – please check for the latest updates at https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-services/feeling-unwell/covid-19-vaccination-programme/local-covid-19-vaccination-updates/

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More chances to grab a jab at Stoke Mandeville Stadium every day this week

Walk-in jabs continue to be available at the Guttmann vaccination centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the centre, has decided to extend the opportunity to simply walk into the centre to get a jab, with no need to book first. This follows a series of open sessions last week which proved to be a success.

The centre has the capacity to vaccinate up to 600 people a day and welcomes people throughout the day who require Pfizer first and second doses (8 weeks minimum after first dose). The doors are open from 9.30am-7.30pm every day this week and through to Sunday, 18 July.

Tehmeena Ajmal, Oxford Health’s Covid Operations Director, said: “Whoever you are, if you are aged 18 or older and you are yet to book your Covid jab, today should be the day you make that happen.

“By extending the opportunity to simply walk in we hope that more people will see how quick and easy it is and get their jab.

“It is just as vital to get your jab now as it was on day one.

“I also want to pay tribute to all the people who have worked so hard over many months to operate our vaccinations centres. Thanks to their efforts Oxford Health has administered more than 405,000 doses which contributes greatly to the national effort to get many people as possible protected.”

Where is the centre?

You can find the centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP.

Marshals will direct you to the parking area which is separate to other bays for the use of people using the sports facilities.

Buses service Arriva service number 9, X30, or 300 go from Aylesbury bus station to the centre.

What do I need to do?

Please wear clothing that gives easy access to your non-dominant arm.

Please be aware you may have to queue for a short while.

It would be helpful if you could tell staff your NHS number. If you don’t know it you can find your NHS number online by using the Find your NHS number service or by logging on to the NHS App (you’ll need to register if you have not used it before). Having your NHS number will speed up the process, but it is not essential.

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Want to grab a jab? Just walk in to the Guttmann centre at Stoke Mandeville for a Pfizer dose (until 11 July)

It is now even easier for all adults in the South East to get their COVID-19 vaccination with the announcement of walk-in opportunities at the Guttmann vaccinations centre at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury.

The centre, run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, has the capacity to vaccinate up to 600 people a day and welcomes people throughout the day who require Pfizer first and second doses. The doors are open from 9.30am-7.30pm every day this week and through to Sunday, 11th July.

Tehmeena Ajmal, Oxford Health’s Covid Operations Director, said: “Whoever you are, if you are aged 18 or older and you are yet to book your Covid jab, today should be the day you make that happen.

“By extending the opportunity to simply walk in we hope that more people will see how quick and easy it is and get their jab.

“It is just as vital to get your jab now as it was on day one.

“I also want to pay tribute to all the people who have worked so hard over many months to operate our vaccinations centres. Thanks to their efforts Oxford Health has administered 405,057 doses which contributes greatly to the national effort to get many people as possible protected.”

Where is the centre?

You can find the centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP.

Marshals will direct you to the parking area which is separate to other bays for the use of people using the sports facilities.

Buses service Arriva service number 9, X30, or 300 go from Aylesbury bus station to the centre.

What do I need to do?

Please wear clothing that gives easy access to your non-dominant arm.

Please be aware you may have to queue for a short while.

It would be helpful if you could tell staff your NHS number. If you don’t know it you can find your NHS number online by using the Find your NHS number service or by logging on to the NHS App (you’ll need to register if you have not used it before). Having your NHS number will speed up the process, but it is not essential.

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Walk in vaccine clinics: Grab a Jab in Aylesbury

The Guttmann vaccination centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium is offering walk in appointments for Covid vaccinations on Thursday (July 1), Saturday (July 3) and Sunday (July 4). 

  • Thursday, July 1 8.30am to 7.30pm: First or second dose Astra Zeneca vaccines for anyone aged 40 and over. To receive a second dose there must be an eight week gap from your first shot.
  •  Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 9.30am to 7.30pm: First dose Pfizer vaccinations for anyone aged 18 to 39. Second doses are not available.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the vaccination centre, has capacity to vaccinate up to 600 people a day.

What do I need to do?

Please wear clothing that gives easy access to your non-dominant arm.

Please be aware you may have to queue for a short while.

It would be helpful if you could tell us your NHS number. If you don’t know it you can find your NHS number online by using the Find your NHS number service or by logging on to the NHS App (you’ll need to register if you have not used it before). Having your NHS number will speed up the process, but it is not essential.

Where is the centre?

You can find the centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP.

Marshals will direct you to the parking area which is separate to other bays for the use of people using the sports facilities.

Buses service Arriva service number 9, X30, or 300 go from Aylesbury bus station to the centre

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Health on the Move COVID-19 vaccination van arrives in Buckinghamshire

UPDATE – 2 JULY:

Unfortunately, the Health on the Move bus due to attend Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre today (Friday, 2 July) has been cancelled, due to staff illness.

Apologies to anyone who hoped to attend the site today – we  are now planning for the Health on the Move bus to attend the site next week to offer AstraZeneca first and second doses to anyone aged 40+.

Updates can be found at: https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-services/feeling-unwell/covid-19-vaccination-programme/local-covid-19-vaccination-updates/

 

The COVID-19 vaccination programme will be roving across Buckinghamshire over the coming days, as the Health on the Move vaccination bus rolls up to Aylesbury, Gerrards Cross and Chesham.

These drop-in mobile clinics will be offering first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone aged 40 and above who still needs a jab – whether it is for their first or second dose; or anyone else who needs an AZ jab for clinical reasons. NHS guidance is to leave a gap of eight weeks between vaccination doses, if you need your second jab.

All mobile clinics on the Health on the Move bus will be drop-ins – there is no need to book an appointment first. Simply turn up on the day to get your vaccine.

The bus will be at the following locations over the coming days:

  • Aylesbury – Unit 3, Vale Retail Park (in the car park) – Thursday, 1 July from 9am to 4pm
  • Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre, 8 East Common, SL9 7AD – Friday, 2 July, from 10am to 3pm
  • Chesham Market – Saturday, 3 July, from 9am to 3pm

There will be more visits being planned for these locations next week, with final details to be confirmed.

The Health on the Move bus is staffed by vaccine teams from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. It has been arranged through partnership working between health and local authorities across the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS)

Tehmeena Ajmal, COVID operations director for Oxford Health NHS FT, said: “The Health on the Move vaccination Bus is a fantastic initiative and a great way to bring the vaccination programme close to our communities. We would urge anyone aged 40 and over who may be in the areas the bus will be visiting, and who still needs a jab, to please visit to get themselves vaccinated. The sooner people get their COVID vaccine, the sooner we can all get back to a more normal way of life.”

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are really pleased to be bringing the Health on the Move vaccination bus to Buckinghamshire – this project is a great example of health and local authority partners working together to support the health of our population. Please do take up the opportunity to pop by and get your vaccine if you are in any of the areas being visited. The more people who have their vaccine dose, the safer all of us, and our loved ones, will be.”

If you have not yet had your vaccination and cannot, or are not eligible to, attend any of the mobile drop-in clinics, you can instead book your appointment here. Appointments are now available for all adults aged 18 and over.

You can find the latest updates on vaccination sites across Buckinghamshire by clicking here.

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People aged 18-39 urged to book their Pfizer COVID jab at Stoke Mandeville clinics this weekend (25-27 June)

People aged 18-39 who have not yet had their COVID-19 vaccine can book an appointment for their first Pfizer jab at a series of clinics in Stoke Mandeville this weekend.
Please note – these will not be drop-in clinics, but should be booked via the National Booking System.

Clinics will be running throughout the day on Friday, 25, Saturday, 26, and Sunday, 27 June, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium (also known as The Guttman Centre). These are only available for people aged 18-39 who have not had their first jab yet.

To book your appointment, simply go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119 for free.

The clinics will be run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, who have been operating the Large-Scale National vaccination centre at the same site.

Tehmeena Ajmal, COVID operations director for Oxford Health NHS FT, said: “If you are aged 18-39 and have not yet had your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, please do book a place at one of these clinics at Stoke Mandeville over the weekend. Our vaccination teams and the many volunteers supporting them are working incredibly hard to deliver as many vaccine doses to people as possible. The sooner people arrange their appointments, the sooner we can return to a more normal way of life, keeping ourselves and those around us as safe as possible.”

Around 78% of all eligible adults in Buckinghamshire have now had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Like all other areas across the nation, we are now urging as many of those people who have not had a jab to take the opportunity to do so as soon as possible.

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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.”