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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.”

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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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Buckinghamshire patients asked to treat GP practice staff with kindness and respect

Reports of abusive and aggressive behaviour toward staff at GP practices have recently been on the rise nationally, and a number of surgeries across Buckinghamshire have experienced this too.

NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group is asking patients to please treat all members of staff at their GP practice with kindness and respect.

GP services have been open to patients throughout the pandemic, but they have been working in different ways. There has been greater emphasis on remote assessments and patients have been invited for face-to-face appointments only when necessary. But GP practices have never closed their doors as a service; they have simply been operating in a COVID-safe way.

As restrictions ease, more face-to-face appointments are becoming available. But with the emergence of COVID variants an ongoing risk, it is important that practices still keep patients and staff safe. This means that some COVID-secure ways of working will continue to be in place for the foreseeable future, including remote appointments.

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are asking all our patients to please make sure they treat staff at their GP practice with kindness and respect. We understand and sympathise that some patients may be waiting slightly longer for certain treatments at the moment, or having to hold for longer on the phone. That is because we are extremely busy and are dealing with far more enquiries from patients than usual for this time of year.

“While we understand some people may feel frustrated, it is not acceptable to behave aggressively toward members of staff who are simply doing their best to help them.

“Some people – a small minority, I’m sure – seem to have the view that GP practices have not done much over the last year. I can assure you this could not be further from the truth. Practices have had a huge workload throughout the pandemic, not least of which the vaccination rollout which has seen staff working flat out, with little chance for breaks.

“We understand that many patients have faced extremely tough times throughout the pandemic. But we ask that patients please be respectful and please be kind. Your GP practice is doing its best to help you. Every member of staff, whether receptionist, nurse, GP or any other, deserves to be treated with dignity. We simply cannot tolerate abuse or rudeness to our staff.

“I recognise that this behaviour comes only from a very small minority of the public, and would like to thank patients throughout Buckinghamshire for their understanding and support.”

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More pop-up vaccination clinics for homeless and vulnerable people come to Aylesbury and High Wycombe

The vaccination team at Griffin Place, Aylesbury

More pop-up COVID vaccination clinics have been hard at work across Buckinghamshire this week to deliver much-needed jabs to vulnerable people and those who may be sleeping rough.

The first clinic came to Griffin Place in Aylesbury on Tuesday, 25 May. The GP-led vaccination team arranged this in partnership with the Connection Support organisation and gave a mix of both first and second dose vaccines to over 30 people.

Then, on Wednesday, 26 May, another vaccination team went to the Old Tea Warehouse in High Wycombe, which provides housing and support to people who may be homeless and living with difficult circumstances. The team worked with both the Old Tea Warehouse and Wycombe Homeless Connection to organise the clinic, giving a mix of first and second doses to a total of 24 people.

These follow a number of other successful vaccine outreach clinics across the county in recent months. The team operating the Stoke Mandeville Stadium Vaccination Centre has led on delivering vaccine clinics at Aylesbury Mosque, Wycombe Mosque, Wycombe Islamic Centre and Castlefield Community Centre in High Wycombe. They have also recently attended Bearbrook Place, which also offers support to vulnerable people affected by homelessness across Wycombe and Aylesbury.

Meanwhile the GP-led team operating at the Adams Park Vaccination Centre have delivered three other vaccine clinics for homeless and vulnerable people. Two have been at The King’s Centre, in partnership with Wycombe Homeless Connection, and another at High Wycombe’s YMCA.  

Dr Sajid Zaib, Clinical Lead for the Stoke Mandeville Stadium Vaccination Centre and GP at Oakfield Surgery in Aylesbury, said: “These outreach clinics continue to be a great success and show how important it is for us to go out into the community to reach people who need to be vaccinated.

“We have been able to deliver vaccines to a range of people from diverse backgrounds and also to those in circumstances which make them particularly vulnerable to COVID. Going to locations people find comfortable and reassuring means we have been able to make a real difference to people, many of whom may otherwise have been hesitant about getting their jab.”

Dr Amanda Bartlett, Clinical Lead for the Cygnet Primary Care Network, which has been giving vaccines at Adams Park, organised the Old Tea Warehouse clinic with her team. She said: “These outreach clinics have been vital to help address some of the health inequalities homeless people face. They are an extremely vulnerable group of patients so it’s important for them to be vaccinated as soon as possible. But it can be difficult for them to reach vaccination centres like the one at Adams Park, so pop-up clinics like this week’s at the Old Tea Warehouse make a huge difference to protecting some of the people in greatest need from COVID. We are really grateful for all the support we have had from our partners in arranging these clinics. It has been a privilege to work with the teams and to serve this vulnerable group of patients.”

Dr Raj Bajwa, Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This outreach initiative continues to be a fantastic example of collaboration between our local communities and the GPs and healthcare professionals who serve them. We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make these clinics happen and we look forward to continuing to work with local communities in the future.”

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NHS to invite people aged 38 and 39 for life-saving COVID-19 jab

The NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history and the most precise in the world, will open tomorrow (Thurs, 13 May) to people in their thirties, with NHS.uk due to be updated at 7am.

 

Those aged 38 and 39 are the first to qualify for a jab with around a million people being sent text messages that allow them to access the national booking service at the touch of a button with further invitations to follow in the coming days and weeks.

 

The move to the next age group comes alongside nearly three quarters of people aged between 40 and 49 having had their first dose, less than a fortnight after they were offered a jab.

 

Since the vaccination rollout began in December, nearly 30 million people have been vaccinated with a first dose in England, two thirds of the total adult population.

 

More than one third of adults have had both doses, meaning they have maximum protection from the virus, with second doses remaining a priority.

 

Pregnant women will also be able to book through the national booking service from tomorrow (Thurs, 13 May) and will be directed to vaccination centres offering Pfizer and Moderna in their local area in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) Guidance. They can also speak to their GP practice or maternity service if they have any questions about the coronavirus vaccine or can talk to a healthcare professional at their appointment.

 

NHS national medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “The success of the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination programme is not by accident but down to the careful planning and precision of NHS staff who have now delivered over 45 million first and second doses in the fastest and quickest vaccination drive in NHS history.

 

“With nearly three quarters of people in their 40s having already received their first jab, the NHS is opening up to people aged 38 and 39 from tomorrow. We must not forget that behind the huge numbers of people jabbed, there has been a huge amount of hard work from our staff, aided by incredible volunteers across the country. We are incredibly grateful for their efforts.

 

“When you get that text – book your appointment – and join the millions who have already been jabbed, protecting both yourself and your loved ones.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our incredible vaccination programme has already saved thousands of lives and has helped to significantly reduce hospital and infection rates, allowing us to begin safely easing restrictions.

“Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic and I’m delighted we are now inviting people aged 38-39 to get their jabs. I urge everybody to get the vaccine as soon as they are eligible to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

 

When invited, people will be able to book at one of the Vaccination Centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service. 

 

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including 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.

 

Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, meaning the vast majority of the people live within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.

 

The NHS is also sending text reminders to people who have not yet taken up their offer of jab and also to people overdue their second dose to ensure nobody is left behind.

 

The NHS currently vaccinates using three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, all of which have been approved as safe and effective by the world leading medical regulator the MHRA. 

 

People aged 39 and under without an underlying health condition will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, in line with updated JCVI guidance last week.