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More COVID-19 vaccination centres to be set up in Buckinghamshire

| January 12, 2021

Over the course of this week more COVID-19 vaccination centres are coming to Buckinghamshire.

GP-led sites will be opening in High Wycombe Town Centre and Aylesbury in addition to the 5 sites which are already up and running to deliver vaccines to patients aged 80 and over.

Another GP-led site will follow soon in Buckingham with a further site planned for the south of Buckinghamshire as the vaccination programme continues to gather pace across Buckinghamshire.

It is expected that by the end of January 2021 all patients over the age of 80 should receive an invitation for a vaccination appointment.

A number of pharmacy vaccination sites will also be launched in Buckinghamshire with sites in Marlow and Wycombe due to open and start vaccinating people during next week (18th to 24th January 2021). Additional sites in other areas of the county are due to open very soon too.

Two more mass vaccination centres are also in the process of being set up.

So far more than 12,000 vaccinations have been given to patients across Buckinghamshire, including nearly 2,000 delivered to health and social care staff at a ‘Hospital Hub’ managed by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

GP-led vaccination sites for patients are already up and running in:

  • Chalfont St Peter
  • Winslow
  • Princes Risborough
  • Chesham
  • High Wycombe

Several national mass vaccination sites are also being set up by the NHS which are outside of the county. Some Buckinghamshire residents aged 80 and over, who live 30-45 minutes from the nearest of these sites, may have received a letter on these from the NHS in recent days. This letter explains how they can book a slot through the national system if they do not wish to use the local system (the GP-led sites described above).

Currently, the mass vaccination sites closest to Buckinghamshire are:

  • Epsom racecourse in Surrey (South East)
  • Excel Centre in London (London)
  • Robertson House in Stevenage (East of England)

If residents have received a letter but do not want to attend one of these Mass Vaccination sites, it will not affect their ability to get an appointment at a local site through your GP.

As well as people aged 80 and over, care home residents and staff, along with health and social care workers are being prioritised in this first phase of the national vaccination roll-out. This is in line with the national Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation programme.

The Government has announced that the top four priority groups in the JCVI list will be completed by mid-February 2021.

Residents are being asked to please not contact their GP surgery to arrange an appointment. The NHS will contact patients when the time is right for their vaccination appointment to be arranged.

The Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, Martin Tett, said: ‘These are extremely difficult times for all of us, but it is important to remember that the pace of the vaccination programme is increasing in Buckinghamshire and we are pushing hard to make sure things move faster going forward.

We hope that residents can be reassured that there is a way out of this pandemic, and that their area will soon be covered by a vaccination centre if it is not already.

More age groups and vulnerable patients will be offered the vaccination over the coming weeks and months, in line with the national priorities of the phased rollout.

We would ask that residents please be patient and not call their GP practice to arrange a vaccination appointment. The NHS will instead contact you when the time is right.

I appreciate this has been a frustrating time and we are all eager to see those most in need get their vaccinations as soon as possible, but your patience and support is greatly appreciated.

In the meantime, I would ask everyone to please continue to follow the ‘Stay at Home’ rules to the letter to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe, and to protect the NHS.

Further details of the vaccination programme in Buckinghamshire can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-hub/covid-19-vaccination-programme/.

The list of the JCVI’s top four priority groups comprise around 120,000 people in Buckinghamshire.

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers.
  • All those 80 years of age and over and front-line 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.

A full list of which GP practices are covered by GP led vaccination sites in Buckinghamshire is given below. Please note, the site planned for Buckingham will cover patients from The Swan Practice. A site is also planned for south of the county however details on this site are not available at the moment.

Chalfont Local Vaccination Site

This site will administer the vaccine to eligible patients registered at:

  • Iver Medical Centre
  • Threeways Surgery
  • Burnham Health Centre
  • Southmead Surgery
  • Denham Medical Centre
  • The Hall Practice
  • The Misbourne Practice
  • The Allan Practice
  • Little Chalfont Surgery

Chesham Local Vaccination Site

This site will administer the vaccine to eligible patients registered at:

  • The New Surgery
  • Water Meadow Surgery
  • Gladstone Road Surgery
  • Rectory Meadow Surgery
  • Amersham Health Centre
  • John Hampden Surgery
  • Hughenden Valley Surgery
  • Prospect House Surgery

High Wycombe Local Vaccination Site

This site will administer the vaccine to eligible patients registered at:

  • Millbarn Medical Centre
  • Highfield Surgery
  • Marlow Medical Centre
  • Cherrymead Surgery
  • The Simpson Centre
  • Bourne End & Wooburn Green Medical Centre
  • Tower House Surgery
  • Desborough Surgery
  • Kingswood Surgery
  • Priory Surgery

Princes Risborough Local Vaccination Site

This site will administer the vaccine to eligible patients registered at:

  • Cross Keys Surgery
  • Unity Health

Winslow Local Vaccination Site

This site will administer the vaccine to patients eligible registered at:

  • Ashcroft Surgery
  • Waddesdon Surgery
  • 3W Health

Your GP will either call you or send a letter inviting you to your appointment. Please do not call the GP or go to the vaccination site without an invitation

On Friday 15th January 2021 two further sites will go live as follows:

Aylesbury Local Vaccination Site

This site will administer the vaccine to eligible patients registered at:

  • Berryfields Medical Centre
  • Edlesborough Surgery
  • Haddenham Medical Centre
  • Mandeville Surgery
  • Meadowcroft Surgery
  • Oakfield Surgery
  • Poplar Grove Practice
  • Westongrove PCN
  • Whitehill Surgery

High Wycombe Town Centre Local Vaccination Site

This site will administer the vaccine to eligible patients registered at:

  • Carrington House Surgery
  • Chiltern House Medical Centre
  • Riverside Surgery
  • Stokenchurch Medical Centre
  • Wye Valley Surgery

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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