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Covid Vaccination Programme

Next Vaccination Clinics

  • Wednesday 25th May 09:30-13:00
  • Friday 27th May 15:30-17:30 (5-11 year olds)
  • Friday 10th June 09:30-13:00 (16+), 15:30-17:30 (5-15 year olds)
  • Friday 17th June 09:30-13:00 (16+), 15:30-17:30 (5-15 year olds)
  • Friday 24th June 09:30-13:00 (16+), 15:30-17:30 (5-15 year olds)

Covid booster jabs for all aged 18+ at 91 days since second dose

First, second and booster doses for all aged 16+

Please do not attend the clinics if you are not at 91 days since your second vaccination.

Appointment Booking

All appointments can be booked via the National Booking Service (www.nhs.uk) or by calling 119.

Clinic Location

All clinics will take place at Unit 1, RAC Trading Estate, Faringdon SN7 7BP (behind Esso fuel station on Park Road, Faringdon). Look for Marshals and signage on the day. Please find link below to the map.

Covid Vaccination Map

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Face Coverings when Attending the Practice

On the 27th January 2022 the Government relaxed the laws regarding mandatory face coverings. However, face coverings and face masks will continue to be required in health and care settings to comply with infection prevention and control (IPC) and adult social care guidance. This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP practices. They must also be worn by everyone accessing or visiting care homes.

You are required to wear a face covering on entering these healthcare settings and must keep it on until you leave. More information regarding when and how to wear a face covering can be found on the www.gov.uk website.

Please respect these rules to keep yourself and our staff safe. Healthcare settings are deemed higher risk.

Omicron Update

Urgent work is ongoing to fully understand how the Omicron variant may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines and transmissibility. We will update you when we have more information.

Vaccines continue to remain the best line of defence. The Government has good reason to remain confident that our current vaccines will provide protection against the new variant but the extent of this continues to be investigated.

All adults who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, or those who are eligible for their booster are encouraged to come forward to help protect themselves and others. This can be done through the National Booking Service.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) now advises:

  • All adults aged 18 to 39 years should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups, to increase their levels of protection.
  • Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after the primary course.
  • All severely immunosuppressed individuals should be offered their booster dose no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of 3 doses.
  • Young people aged 12 to 15 years should receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose.

The booster will be offered in order of descending age groups, with priority given to the vaccination of older adults and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group. This will accelerate the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and raise levels of protection across the population.

The NHS is working on the plans to offer the booster to the new groups above. But please note that this is not available yet. We will update you as the service develops but please remember the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Please do not ring the GP practice.

NHS App and Vaccine Passport

Vaccine passports are available via the NHS Covid App or on the NHS Covid pass website (www.nhs.uk). You will need to leave 5 days after your second vaccination for this to be visible on the app. If you think your Covid vaccination records are incorrect/missing please do not contact the GP Practice, you need to contact VDRS through 119.

Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS)

The Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) aims to resolve missing or incorrect vaccination records for people vaccinated in England who have a current NHS number and are registered with a GP practice in England.

An inbound service has now been launched, and referrals to the VDRS can be made via any of the services accessed via 119

Please note: 119 and VDRS call agents will not provide clinical advice and cannot assist at this time with queries related to vaccinations received overseas. If the query relates to personal information that is incorrect on the patient record (e.g. name, address), these will still need to be resolved by your GP practice.

If you believe you have missing or incorrect COVID-19 vaccination data, please call 119 and ask the call agent to make a referral to the VDRS team on your behalf. The VDRS team will then call you back within 5 working days.

NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

We are participating in a new approach to improve access for patients to GP appointments. The aim is to direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional, which may be a GP or a pharmacist.

From 2nd August if your symptoms could be resolved by a booked consultation with the pharmacist instead of the GP, you will be given a same day referral to a pharmacy of your choice.

We think this is a good thing - once you see how great your local pharmacist is – they are highly trained and skilled clinicians experienced in treating minor illnesses – we don’t think you’ll look back.

This will also help us to free up GP appointments for people with more complex health needs and ensure that everyone gets treated at the right time, by the right healthcare professional.

We are keen to hear what you think and will be listening to your comments and feedback about your experience of using this service.

More information can be found on our NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service page.

Parking

All visitors and patients are encouraged to park opposite the practice entrance as this is no longer parking for the doctors.

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