May 19: COVID-19 vaccinations

May 19: COVID-19 vaccinations

Bookings - who is eligible and where to go. Walk in appointments are now available.

Walk-ins and booked appointments: Spring boosters and jabs for children aged 5-11

Appointments and walk in shots for the Spring Booster are available to eligible over 75s and the immunosuppressed at Oxford Health’s three large scale vaccination centres.

The centres at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, the Guttmann Centre in Aylesbury and the Broad Street Mall in Reading are also providing walk ins and taking bookings for covid vaccinations for children aged 5-11 alongside 13 additional sites run by Oxford Health.

Visit here to check eligibility and make a booking.

The NHS has made the vaccine available for all 5 to 11s following updated JCVI guidance, which recommended all children would benefit from a non-urgent offer of the vaccine, with almost five million now eligible. Find out more here.

Our vaccination centres

Oxford Health is the lead provider for large-scale vaccination centres for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West and cater for first, second and booster doses to all eligible people.

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. 

The vaccination centres are open seven days a week for vaccinations from 8.30am to 7.30pm and are located at:

  • Kassam Stadium,  Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 6DE (*closed all day for Oxford United home weekend matches)
  • Broad Street Mall, Units 49-50, Reading, RG1 7QE.
  • Guttmann Centre: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP

These sites accept booked appointments for eligible patient groups. You can check eligibility here.

Appointments can be booked via the National Booking System

Vaccinations for 5 – 11 year olds

Parents and carers of 5 to 11 years olds can now book a covid vaccine for their children.

The service is now open for bookings with appointments available at hundreds of sites across the UK, including three main vaccination centres and 13 additional sites run by Oxford Health in Buckinghamshire, Oxford and Reading.

NHS staff have already been vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 who have medical conditions that put them at increased risk from COVID-19 or who live with someone with a weakened immune system, and more than three in five 12 to 15 year olds have also come forward for a jab.

Most appointments for this age group will be available at local vaccination centres outside of school hours and are available to book through the online booking service or by calling 119. In addition, parents can speak directly to the Paediatric team if they have any concerns, or want to discuss making a booking, via the following numbers:

Buckinghamshire 07826 922104, Oxford 07826 922121, Berkshire 07517 571874

Find out more here.

Eligibility for boosters

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over who have had 2 doses of the vaccine at least 3 months ago. Check your eligibility here.

Although you can pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after your 2nd dose, the appointment dates you’ll be offered will be from 3 months (91 days) after your 2nd dose.

You can book your booster via the National Booking Service

Spring booster jabs for over 75s and immunosuppressed now available

The NHS Covid vaccination programme has started inviting eligible people to come forward for their life-saving Spring booster jabs.

You will be offered a spring booster if you:

  • are aged 75 and over
  • live in a care home for older people
  • are aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system.

You will be contacted by the NHS when you are due a spring booster. You will usually be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Find out more here.

16 – 17 year olds

The NHS has now opened the National Booking Service to make booster doses available to newly eligible 16-17s.

Parental consent is not required to be vaccinated for this age group. People also do not have to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated, although it will make the process easier so they should bring this if they can.

Third doses: Severely immunosuppressed 12 years and above

If you are considered to be severely immunosuppressed you will be contacted by your hospital consultant or GP. The JCVI is now recommending a third primary dose as part of the primary vaccination schedule.

This is separate from any potential booster vaccination. You can access the third primary dose as a walk-in at any of the vaccination centres listed above, but you will need to evidence the letter/ text that places you in this category.

The third primary dose must be given at least eight weeks after the second dose.

First and second doses (adults over 18 years)

You can access a first and second dose through the National Booking System or calling 119.

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

Bookings, timings and amendments

You can book your vaccine or amend an appointment on the NHS National Booking System or by calling 119.

If you are under the age of 40 or pregnant you will automatically be offered a venue that uses either Pfizer or Moderna  as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Read the latest advice here

Cases

Thurs, May 19

  • Total number of lab-confirmed UK cases: 22,232,377
  • Daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases: 58,786
  • Total number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths: 177,890
  • Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths: 789

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

 

Covid restrictions

The government has announced changes to domestic restrictions in England. You can find out the latest information here.

Please note that full infection prevention control restrictions remain in place at all Oxford Health sites including our vaccination centres. Visitors are expected to wear masks, wash hands and observe social distancing.

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

Further 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.

The 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

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Published: 19 May 2022