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Start of Covid-19 vaccine in Berkshire West

GPs in Berkshire West begin offering COVID-19 vaccine as part of the biggest NHS immunisation programme

Patients are now starting to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at two Berkshire West GP surgeries, Wargrave and Tilehurst, in the latest stage of the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.

Over the next couple of weeks other GP practices will be joining forces and contacting patients to offer them the vaccination, initially to patients over 80 years old and frontline health and care workers.

Today’s milestone marks significant work from practice teams across Berkshire West to work rapidly over the last weeks to plan for the vaccination programme, redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.

People are asked not to contact their GP surgery so that their practice team can focus on arranging the vaccinations and provide day to day for all of their registered patients. You will be contacted when it is your turn to receive the vaccine. 

Dr Abid Irfan, Chair of Berkshire West CCG said:

“It marks a significant day in Berkshire West as we go live with our first GP led services in the greatest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS.

“It has been incredible to see the efforts of GP practices and teams across Berkshire West coming together to work collectively to prepare for today and I am proud of everyone who is involved.

“Whilst the vaccine offers our best defence against the virus, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t mean we can start to relax our attention to the hands, face, space regulations. I’d urge everyone to continue doing everything they can to comply with the Government’s rules and play their part in helping to keep themselves and their families safe,” added Dr Irfan.

Key message for the public

The public have an important part to play to help them do this:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments; and
  • please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

 

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Notes to editors

The full list of groups to be prioritised for the vaccination is:

  • 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
  • All those 65 years of age and over. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and
  • mortality
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over

The Pfizer vaccination being used has undergone rigorous scientific assessments trials to guarantee it is safe, effective and of a high quality. Clinical trials have also been carried out on up to 50,000 people across the world aged between 18 to 84.

Whilst it has met all quality controls, the vaccination is not recommended for some people.

  • Anyone with a history of severe reactions or allergies
  • Children (with some exceptions). The vaccine hasn’t been tested in younger children yet
  • Pregnant women. The vaccines have not yet been tested on pregnant women so this highly precautionary approach is being taken. Women should also not be vaccinated if they are planning a pregnancy within three months of the first dose. If a woman becomes pregnant between her first and second dose of the vaccination then the second dose will be postponed until completion of the pregnancy.

 

 

 

 

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.