COVID-19 vaccination update from Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System
Update for stakeholders sent on behalf of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS)
We are continuing to prepare for the expansion of the Covid-19 vaccination programme so we are able to deliver one million vaccines by the end of January.
In our busiest pre-Christmas week we plan to deliver 105,000 vaccinations through our mass sites, Primary Care Networks, hospital hubs and community pharmacies. From the 10 January we will increase weekly vaccinations further by doubling our capacity in mass sites from 40,000 appointments a week to 80,000 at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, the Guttmann Centre in Stoke Mandeville and Broad Street Mall in Reading. This will give a weekly vaccination ambition of 116,000.
We are accelerating this expansion by redeploying staff for a short period of time from other health sectors to help in clinical and non-clinical roles. We are also hoping that our Primary Care Networks are able to join us in this effort and we will have confirmation tomorrow.
Since our last update, the government confirmed yesterday (8 December) that those over 40 are now eligible to have a booster jab after three months (91 days) rather than the original six months and the National Booking Service (NBS) has been updated to reflect this.
This is a constantly changing programme of work and we will keep you updated as best as we can by providing regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday. Public messages:
- The NHS is building the additional capacity to offer everyone over 18 a Covid-19 booster vaccine.
- Boosters will be given to those at greatest risk first – currently anyone over 40 years is eligible as long as it has been three months since their second dose. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn. For further details see Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Getting vaccinated is more important than ever will help protect you and those around you.
- Anyone who has not had a first or second dose is encouraged to come forward. The vaccine is an evergreen offer.
- People can get their vaccine by booking online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119. A full list of all places offering the vaccination across the area, whether that be first or second doses, or the Covid-19 booster, are here Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site – NHS (www.nhs.uk) Please cancel your vaccination appointment if you are unable to attend so that someone else can have your place