Sep 24: COVID-19 info: Vaccines for over 18s, 16-17 walk in clinics, the booster programme, 12-15 age groups

Sep 24: COVID-19 info: Vaccines for over 18s, 16-17 walk in clinics, the booster programme, 12-15 age groups

How to book, getting tested, plus health and mental health advice.

Vaccinations

Over 18s can book to receive a first or second dose vaccination against Covid 19 via the NHS national booking system 

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
  • Broad Street Mall, Units 49-50, Reading, RG1 7QE.
  • Guttmann Centre: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP

Vaccinations for 16-17 year olds

Walk in vaccinations (no appointment required) are available for young people at our mass vaccination centres .

Look out for information about these and other vaccination opportunities on the Grab A Jab website here

or on social media and on the website of your local Clinical Commissioning Group.

17 year olds who are within three months of their 18th birthday can also book their vaccinations through the NHS website.

Current JCVI guidelines indicate no second dose for healthy 16 and 17 year olds is required.

We work alongside other NHS colleagues including GPs and pharmacies in ensuring all eligible people get vaccinated.

Children aged 12-15

Vaccinations for children aged 12-15, not classed as clinically vulnerable, will be taking place in schools via Oxford Health’s School-aged Immunisation Team. All schools will be contacting parents/carers/guardians with further information and seeking consent for a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be administered. Information about consent and the vaccine programme is contained in parent/carer pack which makes clear no vaccines will be administered on the day of the school clinic without valid consent.

Booster programme

A booster programme is being rolled out this autumn for eligible groups.

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online  via NHS national booking system 

if you are either:

This includes

  • 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 a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19, and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

You’ll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it’s been at least 6 months (180 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.

Second doses

Following advice from JCVI, people can get their second coronavirus so long as there is a clear eight weeks gap after your first dose.

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

Cases

Thursday, September 23

  • Total number of lab-confirmed UK cases: 7,565,867
  • Daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases: 36,710
  • Total number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths: 135,803
  • Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths: 182

More government data can be found here including lab confirmed cases by age and sex.

Coronavirus: What you can and cannot do

Government restrictions in England have now lifted. 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.

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.

 

Health advice

Mental health advice

Our 24/7 mental health helplines with trained advisors are there to help in all regions covered by Oxford Health – this includes Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon, Wiltshire and Bath & North East Somerset.

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire adults and young people

Ring NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk and you will have contact with an adviser who will direct you to appropriate care and support.

For children and young people (not adults)

Bath and North East Somerset:

  • Weekdays 9am to 5pm – call 01865 903889
  • Out of hours and weekends – call 01865 901000

Wiltshire:

  • Weekdays 9am to 5pm – call 01865 903330
  • Out of hours and weekends – call 01865 901000

Swindon

  • Weekdays 9am to 5pm – call 01793 463177
  • Out of hours and weekends – call 01865 901000

Pregnancy advice

If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Domestic abuse

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse. The household isolation instruction as a result of Coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Face mask exemptions

In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear face coverings. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

Exemption Cards

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law. Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.

Non-urgent advice: Guidance in other languages

Race Equality Foundation has produced a national resource of written and audio translated materials of the guidance on coronavirus and other information to support those with dementia, their families and carers. The materials have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Kurdish, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish, Somali and Urdu.

Covid-19 translated resources

Diabetes 101 has produced a series of videos of the guidance in which health care professionals discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and diabetes in multiple languages. The videos are available in the following languages: Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayam, Mandarin, Marathi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Urdu and Yoruba.

Covid-19 and Diabetes

Published: 23 September 2021