July 23: COVID-19 info: Get a first or second vaccination, walk in clinics, getting tested and staying safe
Lifting of restrictions, isolation, getting a PCR test plus and health and mental health advice.
All adults over the age of 18 can now get vaccinated against Covid 19.
Oxford Health is the lead provider for large-scale vaccination centres for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West which use approved Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.
These are located at:
- Kassam Stadium, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 6DE
- Madejski Stadium, Bennett Road, Reading, RG2 0FL
- Guttmanm Centre: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP
People can also attend pop-up and walk-in vaccination clinics – no appointment is necessary. Look out for information about these in the media and social media and on the website of your local Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Oxfordshire (no appointment required).
- Buckinghamshire (no appointment required).
- Berkshire West (no appointment required).
We work alongside other NHS colleagues including GPs and pharmacies in ensuring all people over the age of 18 can get vaccinated.
Bookings, timings and amendments
You can book your vaccine or amend an appointment on the NHS National Booking System (NBS) or by calling 119.
If you are under the age of 40 or pregnant you will automatically be offered a venue with a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Read the latest advice here
New appointments slots at vaccination centres are being made available regularly via the NHS national booking system. If you cannot find an appointment close to where you live immediately, please try later in the week when more appointments may have been added.
Following advice from JCVI, people can get their second coronavirus vaccine at a booked clinic or walk in clinic so long as there is a clear eight weeks gap after your first dose.
A recent study from PHE found that vaccine effectiveness against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant first identified in India, is similar after 2 doses when compared to the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant first identified in Kent.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the Delta variant 2 weeks after the second dose, compared to 93% effectiveness against Alpha.
- 2 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were 60% effective against symptomatic disease from the Delta variant compared to 66% effectiveness against the Alpha variant.
- Both vaccines were 33% effective against symptomatic disease from Delta, 3 weeks after the first dose compared to around 50% effectiveness against the Alpha variant.
Staying safe after July 19
Government restrictions in England have now lifted (July 19). Full guidance can be found here.
Please note that full infection prevention control restrictions remain in place at all Oxford Health sites. Visitors are expected to wear masks, wash hands and observe social distancing.
While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why we are keeping in place key protections:
- testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
- isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
- cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
- whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
- Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
- being outside or letting fresh air in
- minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:
- You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
- There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
Get tested and self isolate
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law.
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, even if your symptoms are mild, stay at home and arrange to have a test.
You must also self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, for example if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.
If you test positive you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age. When self-isolating, follow the stay-at-home guidance. This will help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other members of your household and community. You must stay at home at all times and not have contact with other people. There are only very limited circumstances when you do not have to do this, such as seeking medical assistance. If you do leave your home during your period of self-isolation for a permitted reason, you should maintain social distancing and keep 2 metres apart from other people.
You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate, or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate. You should visit your local authority website for details on Test & Trace Support Payments and practical support offered in your area.
You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following notification by NHS Test & Trace.
Published: 23 July 2021