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

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

The drop-in clinics will be open on:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Castlefield Community Centre hosts pop-up vaccination clinic

The latest of several pop-up vaccination clinics across Buckinghamshire came to the Wycombe area over the weekend, this time setting up in Castlefield Community Centre to make it easier for members of the local community to get their jab.

The pop-up centre on Sunday (11 April) gave 81 jabs to those who attended. The clinic was operated by local GPs with support from organisations including Wycombe Mosque, Wycombe Islamic Society (WISE), Karima, MEC and Jamia Rehmania.

The clinic follows others held in recent weeks, at the Wycombe Islamic Centre – which was aimed at residents in the Micklefield, Bowerdean and Totteridge areas – and before that at Wycombe’s Jubilee Road Mosque. A pop-up clinic has also operated at the Aylesbury Mosque, and more are planned in Bucks for the future.

Pop-up clinics aim to encourage greater uptake of vaccinations with the support of trusted local figures. They also offer a more convenient location to be vaccinated for many people, alongside the nine GP-led vaccination sites across Bucks, one national vaccination site in Aylesbury, and eight pharmacy-led sites in the county.

Dr Sajid Zaib, Clinical Lead for the Stoke Mandeville Stadium Vaccination Centre and GP at Oakfield Surgery in Aylesbury, is one of the GPs running these pop-up clinics. He said: “The success of these clinics highlights how important it is to go into the community to reach people who still need to be vaccinated. Making the location and environment comfortable for people who may have some hesitation about getting the vaccine can make a real difference, and we have had great engagement with these patients.

“To date we have attracted people with very diverse backgrounds at these clinics, including members of the Philippinian, Sri Lankan, African, Turkish, Arab, Indian and Pakistani British communities.

“Having female vaccinators available to give jabs in a culturally comfortable, familiar environment has also helped to give a positive experience to female members of the community who may prefer this. I would like to thank all our colleagues and partners in the community who have given their tremendous support and cooperation to make these clinics such a success and I would encourage all members of the community to come forward and have their jab when called.”

GPs from across the county were actively involved in arranging and running this initiative together with Dean Elliot, Group Commander for Resourcing and Projects from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service who are supporting the vaccine roll-out.

Dr Raj Bajwa, Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This health 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 across Buckinghamshire as the vaccination rollout progresses.”

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Health Secretary Visits Stoke Mandeville Stadium Vaccination Centre

Matt Hancock meets with Dr Sajid Zaib, Clinical Lead for Stoke Mandeville Stadium Vaccination Centre

Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised the “brilliant team” operating the Stoke Mandeville  Stadium vaccination centre, where he and Aylesbury MP Rob Butler met staff and volunteers in action and stopped to chat to patients getting their COVID jabs.

The Secretary of State visited the site last Friday (12 February), when he also discussed how the vaccination rollout was progressing in Buckinghamshire with key members of the site’s project team.

Mr Hancock said: “The Stoke Mandeville Stadium vaccination hub is a fantastic operation. I was impressed by the extremely efficient flow of so many people getting their vaccinations.” He added: “It’s so uplifting to meet everyone coming through and the operation is so smooth.”

Mr Butler also spoke of how he was, “overawed by the dedication and commitment of everybody involved, from the clinical lead Dr Sajid Zaib and project manager Dean Elliott from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, to the volunteers doing everything from administering the jabs to marshalling the queues and stewarding the car park.”

The Stoke Mandeville vaccination centre is one of nine GP-led vaccination sites in Buckinghamshire, and covers patients registered at practices around the Aylesbury area.

The stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympics – is owned by national wheelchair sports charity Wheelpower, who offered it up for use as a vaccination centre site last November. With support from partner organisations, including Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue and Buckinghamshire Council, dedicated volunteers and the stadium team itself, the site was up and running by 15 January.

Dr Raj Bajwa, Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s great to see the hard work of our amazing team at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium vaccination centre get this recognition. Getting these sites up and running to deliver so many vaccinations in such a short space of time has been a huge undertaking by all involved.

“Like all our GP-led vaccination centres, Stoke Mandeville Stadium has been a tremendous example of collaborative working between partner organisations and the community, and goes to show what can be achieved in Bucks when we work together.

“I would also like to thank the staff, volunteers and partners at all our nine GP-led vaccination centres across Bucks. They have been doing a magnificent job and I hope they are all proud of the tremendous impact their efforts are having on the lives of so many of our patients.”