Covid-19: Updates and advice

12 Jan 2021 More vaccination sites for Bucks

More COVID-19 vaccination centres are coming to Buckinghamshire this week, with GP-led sites opening in High Wycombe Town Centre and Aylesbury this week, 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, and a further site is being planned for the south of the county, as the vaccination programme continues to gather pace across Buckinghamshire.

We expect that by the end of this month 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; sites in Marlow and Wycombe are due to open and start vaccinating people during next week. Additional sites in other areas of the county are due to open very soon too. 

And two more mass vaccination centres are also in the process of being set up – more details will follow on these in due course.

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 rollout. 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.  

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.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, 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.”

Details of the vaccination programme in Buckinghamshire can be found on the Council’s website 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 frontline 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
  • Please see below for a full list of which GP practices are covered by GP led vaccination sites in Buckinghamshire. Please note, the site planned for Buckingham will cover patients from The Swan Practice. Details of the planned site for south of the county will follow soon.

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

A further site going live on Friday 15 January:

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

5 Jan 2021 National Lockdown – Stay at Home

Full details of the latest guidance and rules can be found on the Government’s Covid Lockdown advice page.  Further information will be made available once received.

5 Jan 2021 Bucks Unitary Press Release

During the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 4 January, he announced that people who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be asked to shield again.

What does this mean?

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you will receive a letter from the government in the coming days outlining what precautions you should take. You should not leave the house to go to work, to the shops or the pharmacy. When you receive your letter you will need to register on – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support  – if you require support or wish to access a priority supermarket delivery slot.

If you would like to look at what local support is available to help you shield effectively, visit the Bucks Online Directory – https://directory.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/

If you need urgent help, fill in the contact us form on our website –

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/your-council/contact-us/

or call the council on 01296 395000.

For the latest shielding advice please visit –

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

I am not clinically extremely vulnerable but need support during the lockdown

Residents of Buckinghamshire who are struggling during lockdown can get support from the Council and the local community in a number of ways:

Coronavirus advice and links to information:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/service-changes/

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/video-updates/

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-hub/

Community Impact Bucks – Advice for groups

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-support-hub/local-support-businesses/

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Anyone concerned about a vulnerable person who may need support can contact Buckinghamshire Council by emailing communities@buckinghamshire.gov.uk  or telephoning 01296 383204.