Coronavirus Vaccine

Posted February 17, 2021

22/02/2021 – Mass Vaccination Centre opens at Reading’s Madejski Stadium Today

The vaccination centre will have capacity to deliver thousands of Covid vaccines each week, working through the next phases of priority groups drawn up by the Government. This means the site will initially start vaccinating people in cohort 5 which is the 65-69 year olds. Earlier eligible groups who have not yet taken up a vaccination offer can also book an appointment at the Centre. This includes those aged 70/80+, as well as front line health and social care workers and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Appointments are being offered via the national NHS booking system and we are urging people not to turn up at the site without a booked appointment.

The Madejski site will, over time, operate seven days a week dependent on vaccine supplies and demand.

Appointments will be staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to prevent queues forming.
The centre will be open to the public by invite only.

Nobody needs to contact the NHS, as people will be invited when it is their turn as part of the prioritisation list determined by the JCVI. People cannot get vaccinated by just turning up.


Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site

Please click HERE, to report suspected side effects to medicines, vaccines or medical device and diagnostic adverse incidents used in coronavirus treatment to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to ensure safe and effective use.


Covid vaccines ‘extremely safe’ finds UK regulator


The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines being given to millions of people in the UK by the NHS are extremely safe, with some mild expected side effects, says the country’s drugs regulator.

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Study reveals extent of Covid vaccine side effects

woman getting her vaccine

About one in three people recently given a Covid vaccine by the NHS report some side-effects.

None was serious – a common one was some soreness around the injection site, the UK researchers who gathered the feedback found.

Experts say the findings, from about 40,000 people – mostly healthcare workers – are reassuring for the millions having the vaccines now.

Some side-effects are to be expected and not a bad thing, they say.

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Oxford vaccine may reduce transmission by 67% – and protection ‘remains for three-month jab interval’

File photo dated 21/01/21 of Shoukatali Dahya, 80, receiving an injection of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at the Al Abbas Mosque, Birmingham, which is being used as a covid vaccination centre. The Black Country Living Museum, made famous as a set for hit TV drama Peaky Blinders, is to open as a vaccination centre on Monday. Issue date: Sunday January 24, 2021.

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may have a “substantial effect” on transmission of coronavirus, and a three-month gap between doses does not lower protection, according to a report.

Test results by the University of Oxford, published in a pre-print report with The Lancet, showed a 67% reduction in positive COVID-19 swabs among those vaccinated.

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A Covid vaccine has been offered to all older residents at eligible care homes in England, the NHS has announced.

Care home resident Michael Starr, 78, receives an injection of the coronavirus vaccine at Andrew Cohen House in Birmingham

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the achievement, expected to be confirmed by official figures on Monday, as a “crucial milestone”.

target of 15 February has been set for the UK to vaccinate care home residents and carers, people over 70 and frontline care workers.

On Saturday a record 598,389 first jabs were given across the UK.

It means nearly nine million people have received the first dose of a vaccine, with about 490,000 having received two jabs.

NHS England said more than 10,000 care homes with older residents had been offered vaccines, although a “small remainder” of homes had visits deferred by local public health directors for safety reasons during local outbreaks.

These will be visited by vaccinators as soon as NHS staff are allowed to do so, it said.

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Covid-19: UK orders extra 40m doses of Valneva vaccine

A syringe

The UK has ordered an extra 40 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine from the French pharmaceutical company Valneva, that should become available later in the year and into 2022.

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A new Novavax Coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be 89.3% effective in large-scale UK trials.


Dr Nita Patel, Director of Antibody discovery and Vaccine development, returns a box of potential coronavirus vaccines to a fridge at Novavax labs in Gaithersburg, Maryland on 20 March, 2020

The Novavax jab is the first to show in trials that it is effective against the new virus variant found in the UK.

The UK has secured 60 million doses of the jab, which will be made in Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England.

Meanwhile, a single-dose vaccine developed by Janssen is 66% effective, trial results have shown.

Janssen, a pharmaceutical company owned by Johnson & Johnson, is also investigating whether giving two doses will give either stronger or longer-lasting protection.

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The RCOG and the RCM respond to misinformation around Covid-19 vaccine and fertility

Dr Edward Morris, President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of Covid-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data. 

“There is​ ​no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would cause any impact on women’s fertility.  Evidence has not been presented that women who have been vaccinated have gone on to have fertility problems.

For women in the age group where they may be considering pregnancy, the vaccination is only currently being offered to two groups – health and social care workers (including carers for older adults in residential care homes) who are at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and those with ​serious medical conditions who have a greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19. Pregnant and breastfeeding women who are eligible will also be offered the vaccine.

RCM Chief Executive Gill Walton said:  “If you are eligible for and have been offered a Covid-19 vaccine, the decision whether to have the vaccination is your choice. You can either have the vaccine or wait for more information about the vaccine. Women who are eligible for the vaccination should consider discussing any concerns they have with their midwife or healthcare professional. 

“The RCOG and RCM would also like to emphasise to all women in this group (and all others) the importance of practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and regular handwashing.”

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Covid19 Vaccination Update

The national NHS may have offered you a Covid vaccine some distance from where you live. You can accept it or wait to be contacted by your own GP surgery as soon as a vaccine slot is available closer to you. Your surgery will ring, text or write to you.

Click here or the image above to access the frequently asked questions around the vaccination.

You can also find more information here; Newbury Vaccination Centre Facebook Page.

Covid19 Vaccine Q&A from Healthwatch England

The Covid19 vaccination programme has started and will build up steadily in the weeks and months ahead. It will gradually be extended to more and more people.

This Q&A uses information provided by the Department for Health and Social Care to help you understand the programme and answer questions from the public.

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Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a film on vaccinations for people with a learning disability and autistic people.

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Covid19: Vaccination begins for over 70’s in England

Covid-19 outbreak: the key to quicker vaccine development

People in England aged 70 and over, as well as those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week.

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has shared advice on the groups that should be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccination.

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World first at OUH as Brian receives his COVID Oxford Vaccine

Dialysis patients under the care of OUH were the very first people in the world to receive the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on Monday 4 January.

Brian Pinker, 82, who was the first person to receive his vaccination from OUH Chief Nursing Officer, Sam Foster, said: “I am so pleased to be getting the COVID vaccine today and really proud it is one that was invented in Oxford.”

Professor Andrew Pollard, an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at OUH and Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial, was also among the first people to be vaccinated on 4 January. He said: “It was an incredibly proud moment for me to have received the actual vaccine that the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca teams have worked so hard to make available to the UK and the world.”

More information is available on the OUH website.


Royal College of Midwives Update COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine approved 

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with the first doses due to be given on Monday amid rising coronavirus cases.

The UK has ordered 100 million doses – enough to vaccinate 50 million people.

This will cover the entire population, when combined with the full order of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.


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:

“Today 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.


Covid vaccine: GPs in England to begin offering Pfizer jab

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COVID vaccinations get underway in Oxford on ‘V Day’

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – European Reference  Network – EURO-NMD

“Tuesday 8 December was a momentous day for Oxfordshire and an historic day for the NHS as we started the COVID-19 vaccination programme at the Churchill Hospital, playing our part in the biggest and most eagerly anticipated immunisation campaign in history.”

OUH Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bruno Holthof, said: “I would like to thank all of our staff who have done such a tremendous job to get our hospital hub set up at such pace. This has been a great achievement of team working by our estates, digital, pharmacy and clinical staff, with the support of many more.

“This is a hugely significant moment in our pandemic response, and offers hope at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year for us all. The strict approval process it has gone through means that the approved vaccine, and any other vaccines approved in the future, will not only be safe, but will also be our best defence against the virus.”

OUH have tweeted a link to a video featuring some of the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Churchill last Tuesday.

More information is available on the OUH website.

The first person gets the new COVID-19 vaccine.

A UK grandmother has become the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme.

Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said it was the “best early birthday present”.

She was given the injection at 06:31 GMT – the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be dispensed in the coming weeks.

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Hospitals to start biggest ever NHS Vaccination Programme this week

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The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus vaccine paving the way for mass vaccination

Elderly people in Care Homes and care home staff are top of the priority list, followed by over-80s and health and care staff.

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Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

Laboratory scientist / technician handling blood samples from coronavirus vaccine trials inside Oxford University's Jenner Institute on June 25, 2020

jThe coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows.

Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose.

The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection.

However, the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the other two.

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The NHS is ready to start providing the new Corovavirus vaccine ‘as fast as safely possible’, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said

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Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine prevented more than 90% of infections in a study of tens of thousands of volunteers

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trials in Hollywood, Florida, in Sept.

The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE prevented more than 90% of infections in a study of tens of thousands of volunteers, the most encouraging scientific advance so far in the battle against the coronavirus.

Eight months into the worst pandemic in a century, the preliminary results pave the way for the companies to seek an emergency-use authorization from regulators if further research shows the shot is also safe.

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