| Issue 3 – 17th January 2021 As you may be aware, a number of residents in Buckinghamshire, aged 80 and over, have already received a letter from the NHS over the last week, inviting them to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at one of the new national mass vaccination sites.|
So far, these letters have been sent to residents who live around a 45-minute drive away from the closest sites, which are: Epsom racecourse in Surrey (South East) Excel Centre in London (London) Robertson House in Stevenage (East of England)
From yesterday (Saturday, 16 January) residents aged 80 and over who live within a 45-minute travel time of a new mass vaccination site – at Salt Hill, Slough – will also start to receive letters from NHS England. The letters will include details on how to book an appointment at this site from Monday.
We understand that NHSE is using a 60-mile distance to determine this travel time estimate, meaning that eligible people all over Buckinghamshire (potentially as far as Buckingham) are likely to receive this letter.
From Tuesday, 19 January, residents aged 75-79 will also begin to receive letters inviting them to book a vaccination at one of the mass vaccination sites. They will have the option of doing so at any of the national vaccination sites that will be live on Monday, or at community pharmacies as they come on stream.
Pharmacies in Marlow and Wycombe will be offering vaccinations next week, with a third to open in Buckingham w/c 25 January.
The system for booking at these sites is being run by the NHS nationally, and the letter explains how to book a vaccine appointment either on the phone or online.
The national centres aim to provide residents with choice so if someone prefers not to take up a national appointment, they will still be offered a local one by their GP practice, at one of the GP-led sites.
All patients over the age of 80 are expected to be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP practice by the end of January.
There are four ways in which Buckinghamshire residents can be vaccinated: Via one of these eight local GP-led sites, which will all be fully open by 25 January (seven are already running). Sites are currently operating in Chalfont St Peter, Winslow, Princes Risborough, Chesham, Stoke Mandeville, High Wycombe and High Wycombe Town Centre. Another will go live in Buckingham next week, with a final site planned for the south of the county this month. Via a pharmacy vaccination site; two will open next week in Marlow and Wycombe with a third opening in Buckingham during w/c 25 January. Bookings will be made via the national booking system Via one of the national mass vaccination sites, again using the national booking system. Two more of these are expected to be set up in Buckinghamshire Via a hospital site if you’re a health or care worker The Council’s FAQ page on the COVID-19 vaccination programme can be found here.