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COVID-19 Vaccine

Health teams from across Berkshire West started the successful roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination on 15 December 2020, with thousands of local people receiving their jabs over the last few weeks. 

The first group of people to receive the vaccination are those aged 80 and over along with health and care teams. The vaccination will, over time, be offered to large groups of other people* as part of the biggest mass vaccination programme in the NHS history.

With the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine now available, GP practices are also able to reach out, more easily, to housebound patients as well as care home residents and staff.

If you are in the 80+ age range and haven’t yet had a call from your GP about the vaccination, please don’t worry. As soon as a site near to you is up and running your GP practice will contact you and book an appointment.

Please don’t contact your GP surgery, staff there will be in touch as soon as they are ready to book appointments. When you do get an appointment it’s important to keep it as the vaccination is the best way of stopping the spread of the virus.

Covid-19 vaccination FAQs are available here.

Since 15 December, the vaccine has been rolled out in a phased approach and delivered at 12 sites across Berkshire West. 

Local vaccination centre GP practices served by this centre
Eldon Square Surgery / Garden Hall

Reading Central PCN and Whitley PCN

  • Abbey Medical Centre
  • Eldon Road Surgery
  • Chatham Street Surgery
  • Russell Street Surgery
  • Pembroke Surgery
  • Milman and Kennet Surgeries
  • Melrose Surgery
  • Reading Walk-in Centre
  • Longbarn Lane Surgery
  • South Reading and Shinfield Medical Practice
  • London Street Surgery

Emmer Green Surgery

Caversham PCN

  • Balmore Park
  • Emmer Green Surgery
Newbury Racecourse

A34 PCN

  • The Downland Practice
  • Eastfield House
  • Strawberry Hill Medical Centre

Kennet PCN

  • Thatcham Medical Practice
  • Burdwood Surgery
  • Falkland Surgery

West Berkshire Rural PCN

  • Hungerford Surgery
  • Kintbury and Woolton Hill Surgery
  • Lambourn Surgery
Circuit Lane Surgery

Reading West PCN

  • Circuit Lane Surgery
  • Tilehurst Surgery (Potteries)
  • Western Elms 
Wokingham Medical Centre

Wokingham East PCN

  • Wokingham Medical Centre
  • Burma Hills
  • New Wokingham Road Surgery
  • Woosehill Medical Centre

Pangbourne Surgery /

Rosewood Hall

West Reading Villages PCN

  • Chapel Row
  • Theale
  • Mortimer
  • The Boathouse Surgery, Pangbourne
Swallowfield Surgery / Village Hall

Wokingham South PCN

  • Finchampstead Surgery
  • Swallowfield Medical Practice 
University Medical Centre University PCN
University Medical Group
Chalfont Surgery / 
Salvation Army Hall

Earley Plus PCN

  • Brookside Group Practice
  • Wilderness Road Surgery

Wargrave Surgery

Wokingham North PCN

  • Loddon Vale Practice
  • Twyford Surgery
  • Wargrave Practice
  • Woodley Centre Surgery
  • Parkside

Woodley Centre Surgery

 

  • Loddon Vale Practice
  • Twyford Surgery
  • Wargrave Practice
  • Woodley Centre Surgery
  • Parkside
Tilehurst Village Surgery

Tilehurst Primary Care Network (PCN)

  • Westwood Road Surgery
  • Grovelands
  • Tilehurst Village Surgery

Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people
NHS England and NHS Improvement has published this film about vaccinations for people with a learning disability and autistic people. This was produced following feedback from stakeholders that there was confusion about vaccines amongst people with a learning disability and/or autism. 

Coping with COVID animation
Covid-19 has brought change and uncertainty for everyone. But families who have loved ones with a learning disability and/or who are autistic, are likely to find this period of time even more challenging than most.

As a result of the Government’s coronavirus funding for frontline charities, Respond has produced this video in collaboration with families with lived experience to help other families get through this unprecedented time.

Your GP practice
And remember, your GP surgery is still running all its normal health and care services whilst the vaccination programme progresses. So if you have long term conditions or serious problems like lumps, unexpected bleeding or respiratory problems, you must contact your GP so you get medical treatment. To keep everyone safe and prevent the risk of the virus spreading, please ring or contact your surgeries through their websites and the staff there will talk you through the best course of action  -this could be a face-to-face appointment or a telephone consultation.

If you have an urgent medical issue please visit NHS 111 online of call 111 where you will be assessed over the phone and directed to the right place for care. This may mean an appointment is booked at the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Emergency Department (A&E) or Minor Injuries Unit, or at Reading’s Walk in Centre.

In an emergency where life is at stake you must ring 999.

*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

Whilst the vaccine has met all quality controls, it 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.

Visit the Gov.UK or NHS website for the most up to date information.

Useful leaflets and information: