COVID-19 Vaccination

Covid-19 Vaccinations and Patient Priority

Bicester Health Centre is working together with the other Bicester practices at the Bicester Heritage site to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine to patients.  

We’re contacting our patients using priority groups in the order specified by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation JCVI.

The JCVI order of priority is shown below with groups already or currently being vaccinated shown in bold red:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over
  10. all those 45 years of age and over


We’ve now vaccinated all care home residents that it is possible to vaccinate and we’ve attempted to contact all of our patients who are aged 50 or over. However, if you – or someone you know – is aged over 50 and does not appear to have been contacted or does not yet have an appointment booked for a Covid-19 vaccination, then please get in touch now by calling the dedicated Covid-19 vaccination telephone number: 01869 943108

MHRA and JCVI Update Regarding AstraZeneca Vaccine

As you may have seen in the press there have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event of blood clots and low platelet count following the 1st dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine.  After consideration by the MHRA and JCVI, amended guidance has been issued.

The JVCI now advises that it is preferable for adults under 30 years of age without underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine as a precautionary measure, if available.  Individuals may make an informed choice to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to receive earlier protection. 

Therefore as a precautionary measure these patients will be offered an alternative vaccine (i.e. the Pfizer BioNTech), which should be made available shortly.  If an appointment is currently booked for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine, then this will be cancelled.

All other patients, including those under 30 who have already had a AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccination, are unaffected.  This means that this amended guidance is only likely to current effect a small number of patients until we reach the stage where those under 30 yrs as a general cohort are vaccinated later in the Spring/Summer.  

 

Bicester Health Centre

Usually we ask patients NOT to contact us about vaccination. We will contact you as supply allows us to vaccinate the group in which you are placed.

As the supply of vaccine is outside of our control, we do not know how quickly we can vaccinate any particular group.

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Covid-19 Vaccinations in Bicester

Introduction

Last updated:  12 April 2021 06.54hrs

The GP practices in Bicester are working together to provide the COVID-19 Vaccination under the directions given to us by NHS England.

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective and it takes a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should lessen the severity of any infection. If you are currently pregnant, planning pregnancy in the next 2 months or breastfeeding please read the detailed information at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination

The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill.  Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects.  Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them.

Vaccinations will be given from a single location in Bicester, that is suitable to vaccinate a large number of patients, safely, but in a timely manner.  This will also help us to reduce the impact on our surgeries, but as you will appreciate in undertaking the vaccination programme we may need to prioritise our services at certain times to urgent only cases.

The location is Bicester Heritage (Airfield - former RAF Bicester)  (cars via Skimmingdish Lane ONLY - further details below)

Currently, patients will be vaccinated with either the "Pfizer" COVID-19 Vaccine or the Astra Zenaca vaccine. You cannot choose which vaccine you receive as supply is determined centrally and may change with each vaccination session.

Patients will be contacted by the practice to arrange their appointments.  Due to the rapid changing nature of the vaccination roll-out, this may be at short notice.

Please do not call the practice to request a vaccination - the practice will contact you to make the arrangements, following the priority issued by the Government.

To be vaccinated patients will require 2 vaccinations 3 months apart.  So if your first appointment is on a Thursday at 10am, you next appointment will be 3 months later, again on the Thursday at 10am.  You must be available for both appointments.

Employers are expected to show appropriate flexibility to enable their workers to attend their vaccination appointments.

You are asked NOT to contact the Practice to enquire about appointments or information on the vaccine being used, as this will prevent patients with medical issues being able to contact us. 

Further information and links are below.

As you will appreciate, the urgent need to deliver COVID-19 Vaccinations means that our normal services may need to be altered or reduced at times. We continue to be grateful for your patience and understanding with this.  Our staff have worked tirelessly in 2020 during the current pandemic to ensure that we have continued to provide our patients with the best care we can provide.  They are very grateful for the support and kind messages of support shown by everyone.

Patient Prioritisation

The Vaccine will be made available to patients in a prioritised order, which reflects the level of risk of serious complications should they get COVID-19

As covered in the national press, the Pfizer vaccine provides significant logistical and storage issues.  This means that currently patients need to attend the Vaccination Centre to receive their vaccination - arrangements for Care Home patients and Housebound patients are being considered by NHS England.

The current published Government's priority for the vaccination is below.  Those highlighted are the groups we are currently vaccinating.

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over
  10. all those 45 years of age and over

Where we are unable to fill the available appointments, those in the next group may be contacted at short notice to have their vaccination.

Attending your vaccination appointment and what to expect

  • If you feel unwell on the day, have any of the COVID symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or you have been a close contact with a COVID positive case in the 14 days prior to vaccination, then please call the Vaccination Cancellation line on 01869 227771 to advise and cancel the appointment. This number is ONLY to cancel a COVID-19 vaccination apppointment - staff answering will not be able to assist with any other matters. DO NOT ATTEND THE VACCINATION CENTRE as you will be putting other vulnerable patients and staff at risk.
  • On arrival at Bicester Heritage Public Car Park you will be directed to the building being use as the Vaccination Centre.
  • Please only arrive at Centre 5 /10 mins before appointment.
  • When you arrive at the venue, please enter via Skimmingdish Lane – there will be marshals on site to help direct you and manage the flow of traffic. Please follow their instructions.  Please see below for further instructions
  • Only the named patient will be able to enter the building unless you need a carer to assist you. Drivers / family members will need to remain in the car.
  • You will need to wear a mask inside the venue, unless you are medically exempt. This is to help protect you, the other vulnerable patients, and staff on site.
  • On arrival you will be checked in and be pre-screened with the COVID questions and clinically assessed to ensure that you are fit and well enough to be vaccinated.
  • Please wear a T-shirt or loose clothing with easy access to vaccinate our upper arm. Please keep bags/coats to a minimum.
  • You will be asked to stay for a 15 minute observation after your vaccination. This is simply a precautionary / safety measure.
  • It is possible that you may have some mild side effects from the vaccine and more information about side effects will be shared with you during your appointment.

How to find us

Our Vaccination Centre is at Bicester Heritage.

 Arriving by Car

 Access is via the South Gate on Skimmingdish Lane.

 See here for Google Maps Directions 

 You need to approach the entrance from the Buckingham Road Roundabout  - so you TURN LEFT into the site.  When leaving you will need to TURN LEFT onto Skimmingdish Lane.

 

There is a patient dropping off point just inside the entrance.  (DO NOT drop off patients on the main road)

It is then a short walk (approx 150m) from the Car Park to the Vaccination Centre (VC) Building.

Arriving by Foot/Cycle

Cyclists and pedestrians must enter via the Skimmingdish Lane entrance only. Oxfordshire County Council have kindly provided a temporary pedestrian crossing on Skimmingdish Lane to assist access to the vaccination centre.

Vaccine Information

 Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine for COVID-19

 Further Information

 As information is changing constantly, for further information please visit the following websites

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme - Update from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Twenty-two vaccination sites are now operational across the county: 21 GP lead primary care network sites (local vaccination services) and a hospital hub at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

A large vaccination centre based in Oxfordshire run by Oxford Health, is expected to become operational from week commencing 25 January 2021. The vaccination centre will be one of three sites being planned by Oxford Health for mass vaccinations across the county, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West.

In Oxfordshire, we have been working since early December to vaccinate the first two priority groups - as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation - which are care home residents and staff, and people aged 80 and over and frontline health and care staff. Great progress has been made so far. With the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine now available, which can be stored, transported and handled at normal refrigerated conditions, PCN sites are able to reach out more easily to housebound patients as well as care home residents and staff.

As of 21 January 2021, all care home residents who were well enough to be vaccinated, have now received the vaccination. We know that this will have been instrumental in preventing many deaths in our care homes and thanks go to all the PCN vaccination services for their efforts in vaccinating our most vulnerable residents.

Once the first two priority cohorts are complete, GP led local vaccination services are now able to offer vaccinations to the next two priority groups – people aged 75 and over and people aged 70 - 74 and clinically extremely vulnerable people. This will be dependent on vaccine supply. This will allow those local services which have already vaccinated most care home residents and staff and people aged 80 and over to keep up the momentum and start vaccinating more of the at-risk people.

Given the phased approach to opening the GP led local vaccination services it is possible that, over the next couple of weeks, some people in the lower priority groups (3&4 - aged 75 and over and people aged 70 - 74 and clinically extremely vulnerable) may receive their vaccine before some aged 80 and over. The last three GP led local vaccination services opened last week and will now be working their way through their priority groups locally.
The vaccination supplies are being allocated nationally and so not all sites will be operational all of the time.

The local NHS is working hard to deliver the vaccinations as quickly as they can and as quickly as vaccine supplies are made available. There is capacity within the system to be delivering more vaccine clinics, but we are dependent on deliveries allocated by the central NHS. Everyone in the priority groups, registered with an Oxfordshire GP practice, will be invited in due course. In the meantime please continue to follow all the public health guidance to control the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

Please don’t contact your GP practice or the NHS to get your vaccination appointment. Wait for the NHS to contact you. This is the best way to help us help you.