COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

 

 

Updated 26 February 2021

Oxfordshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Expansion to the shielded list

The Government has announced a national expansion of the number of people being asked to shield because they are considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to COVID-19. This follows the development of a new model at Oxford University, which looks in detail at the medical and demographic factors of those previously most affected by the pandemic. You can find the updated guidance here

If you are in the expanded list the NHS will write to you and you will automatically be flagged in your GP records.  You do not need to contact your practice.

Working closely with the community and voluntary sector, Oxfordshire councils have in place a framework to support all CEV individuals and will be contacting those new to the list in the coming days to outline the support available. 

People who have been added to the shielded list will now be prioritised for vaccination alongside those already considered CEV; they will also be eligible for statutory sick pay and prioritisation for online shopping slots.

Priority groups for vaccination

Prioritisation for vaccinations is set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and details can be found here .

In Oxfordshire our records show that we have offered a first vaccination dose to our first four priority groups. As a result, people in the next two priority groups (5 and 6) are now being offered a vaccination appointment.  

Group 5

  • people aged 65 and over

    This group will receive a letter from the national booking system to arrange an appointment at one of the mass vaccination centres.  In Oxfordshire, the vaccination centre is at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford; you may be offered other options for sites out of the county, including  at some community pharmacies. You can also choose to go to your local GP-led vaccination site, but you will have to wait until you are invited by your GP practice and this may take longer

Group 6

  • people aged 16 to 65 years with an underlying health condition which is on the national list
  • people who receive a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main (unpaid) carer of an elderly or disabled person, someone who has a severe mental illness or whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Your GP practice will be offering you your vaccination at one of the 21 GP-led local vaccination sites across the county. Your GP will be able to identify you from your medical records and will most likely send you a text, email or letter to invite you to book your vaccination appointment.  Please do not contact your GP practice directly for an appointment.

It is essential that everyone continues to stay at home if possible whether they have had the vaccine or not to protect the NHS and save lives.

Where will I be vaccinated?

Groups of GP practices (known as Primary Care Networks) are working together to vaccinate patients. Your surgery will either ring, text or write to you offering an appointment.

So you might need to go to a different location for the vaccination itself. You will be told where to attend when you are invited.

You may also receive an NHS letter inviting you to book an appointment at one of the new vaccination centres. These letters have come from the national NHS computerised system so you may have been offered the option of a site that is some distance from where you live.

Each vaccination site is managing its own patient lists and is working through them as quickly as possible, as vaccine supplies are delivered.

The GP-led sites sites are listed with the individual GP practices they serve:

Local vaccination centre

GP practices served by this centre

Chipping Norton Health Centre

Bloxham Surgery

Chipping Norton Health Centre

Cropredy Surgery

Deddington Health Centre

Wychwood Surgery, Shipton under Wychwood

Hart Surgery, Henley

Hart Surgery, Henley

Bell Surgery, Henley

Nettlebed Surgery

Sonning Common Health Centre

Banbury Cross Health Centre

Banbury Cross Health Centre, Banbury

Malthouse Surgery, Abingdon

Abingdon Surgery

Malthouse Surgery, Abingdon

Bartlemas Surgery, Oxford

Bartlemas Surgery, Oxford

Cowley Road Medical Practice, Oxford

St Bartholomews Medical Centre, Oxford

St Clements Surgery, Oxford

Jericho Health Centre, Oxford

27 Beaumont Street, Oxford

28 Beaumont Street, Oxford

Jericho Health Centre, Oxford

King Edward Street, Oxford

Observatory Medical Practice, Oxford

Barton Neighbourhood Centre

Barton Surgery, Headington

Bury Knowle Health Centre, Headington

Manor Surgery, Headington

Wood Farm Health Centre, Headington

Windrush Health Centre, Witney

Cogges Surgery, Witney

Eynsham Medical Centre

Nuffield Health Centre, Witney

Windrush Medical Practice, Witney

Leys Health Centre, Oxford

Donnington Health Centre, Oxford

Hollow Way Medical Centre, Oxford

The Leys Health Centre, Oxford

Temple Cowley Health Centre, Oxford

Wallingford Community Hospital

Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice

Mill Stream Surgery, Benson

Wallingford Medical Centre

Morland House Surgery, Wheatley

Chalgrove & Watlington Surgeries

Morland House Surgery, Wheatley

The Rycote Practice, Thame

Clifton Hampden Centre

Berinsfield Health Centre

Clifton Hampden Surgery

Long Furlong Medical Centre, Abingdon

Marcham Road Health Centre, Abingdon

Heritage Centre, Bicester

Alchester Medical Group, Bicester

Bicester Health Centre

Montgomery House Surgery, Bicester

Kennington Health Centre

Botley Medical Centre

Islip Medical Practice

Gosford Hill Medical Centre, Kidlington

Islip Medical Practice

The Key Medical Practice, Kidlington

Woodstock Surgery

Cherwell School, Oxford

19 Beaumont Street Surgery, Oxford

Banbury Road Medical Centre, Oxford

Luther Street Medical Practice, Oxford

Summertown Health Centre, Oxford

Didcot Civic Hall

Didcot Health Centre

Woodlands Medical Centre

Oak Tree Health Centre

Wantage Health Centre

Church Street Practice, Wantage

Newbury Street Practice, Wantage

Carterton Health Centre

Bampton Surgery
Burford Surgery
Broadshires Health Centre
Charlbury Surgery

RAC Business Park, Faringdon

White Horse Medical Practice

Grimsbury Community Centre, Banbury

Windrush Surgery (Banbury)

Hightown Surgery

Woodlands Surgery

Cropredy

 

We are working hard to deliver the vaccinations as quickly as supplies are made available. Because there is a phased approach being taken, some people are waiting longer than others.

Everyone in the priority groups will be invited in due course. Please wait to be contacted with an invitation to attend. You will be given full details of when and where to go.

Enthusiasm from patients and the public has been huge and GP practices are finding their patients are keen to benefit from the vaccination when called.

People in our communities have an important part to play to help the NHS to deliver the vaccination programme and we are asking:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
  • please continue to follow all the national lockdown guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives

For further information go to GOV.UK website

There will be lots of information coming and people will be invited to get the vaccine when they are eligible, so please be patient. We will continue to update this web page as this major programme progresses.

COVID-19 vaccine:

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Following extensive safety trials and authorisation by the independent regulator (the MHRA), effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available for free in the UK. 

Vaccines approved to date for use in the UK:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Germany) vaccine: approved 2 December 2020
  • Oxford University and AstraZeneca (UK) vaccine: approved 30 December 2020
  • Moderna vaccine (US): approved 8 January 2021 

Currently the UK is using the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

  • They are given as two doses. You will have the second 11 to 12 weeks after having the first dose. Currently the advice is that you will receive the same vaccine in both doses.

The vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which they receive. 

Reasons to get vaccinated

Getting vaccinated is your best defence against the virus and will help protect you, your family and those you care for.

It’s not just about protecting you. Many people have conditions preventing them from developing an effective immune response to vaccination, which makes them highly vulnerable to COVID-19.

We do not know the extent to which the COVID-19 vaccines will prevent individuals from being able to transmit the virus. However, since they protect individuals from disease, we can be reasonably sure they reduce the likelihood of disease transmission.

The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives, it will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.

Why Get Vaccinated? – Arun Joseph & Sandy Hayes

 

Priority groups 

There will be enough COVID vaccines for everyone. These are being given free on the NHS.

Patients are being prioritised for the vaccine according to the national criteria below. More information about the criteria is available here

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • All those 65 years of age and over
  • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over

If you’ve not heard from your GP yet, please don’t think you’ve been forgotten. Everyone will be offered a vaccine.

We understand lots of people are eager to get protected but please don’t contact your GP practices, the wider NHS or any of the community venues that are hosting clinics to seek a vaccine unless you are encouraged to do so. Please be assured the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn.

You might know others who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that doesn’t mean that you are a lower priority or have been missed. It will take time to work through everyone.

When it is the right time you will receive an invitation to come forward.

Vaccine safety

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 

Any vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety. Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported. The vaccine cannot give you coronavirus.

If you would like to hear more about common questions around the COVID-19 vaccine and its safety, then watch the 'Facts about Covid Vaccines Webinar' below, run by Imam Monawar Hussein from Oxford University Hospitals.

 

Facts about COVID vaccines - Webinar

 

Receiving your vaccine

  • The vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.
  • While the injection can be given very quickly, patients receiving the Pfizer vaccine must wait on site for 15 minutes afterwards to check they do not experience a severe reaction.
  • Patients are also urged not to arrive too early, to avoid queuing outside for too long.

Are there any known or anticipated side effects?

  • Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
  • Common side effects include:
    • Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
    • Feeling tired
    • Headache 
    • General aches, or mild flu like symptoms

Do the vaccines contain animal products?
No, none in any of the vaccines approved contain any components of animal origin.

I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?
People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.

Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?
Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody.

I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?
The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but separated by at least seven days.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu?
No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu. If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and patients from flu this winter.

Should I still go to my vaccination appointment in lockdown?
Leaving the house for medical reasons, including a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, is allowed in all local restriction Tiers. So if you are contacted by the NHS to book a vaccination appointment, it’s crucial that you attend. Each service is carefully planned with strict safety measure in place.

If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. There is limited data on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will discuss with you whether you can be given the vaccine.

Will the vaccine effect my fertility?
There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of COVID-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data. There is no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would cause any impact to fertility.

Once you’ve had your vaccine:
Please remember that you must still stick to the social distancing and hands, face space rules as this will go a long way to preventing the spread of the virus.

More information

Patient information is available on the GOV.uk website:

  • Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination see here 
  • Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination see here
  • Information about COVID-19 eligibility and vaccine supplies - 'why are you being asked to wait?' see here
  • Help and advice for women of childbearing age who are currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding see here 
  • Link to ICS level vax data stats see here

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