Coronavirus Vaccine

Posted December 13, 2021


Booster jabs will be offered to everyone over 18 in England from this week, the PM has announced, as he declared an “Omicron emergency”

Everyone aged 18 and over in England will have the chance to get their booster vaccine before the end of the year to combat the threat of rising Omicron variant cases, Boris Johnson has announced.

Mr Johnson gave his update in a TV statement on Sunday evening, just hours after the UK’s Covid alert level was raised to four due to the spread of the new Omicron virus variant.

Level four means a high or rising level of transmission – the last time the UK was at this level was in May.

The COVID booster programme was due to be opened to over 30s today, but Mr Johnson said every adult who had their second vaccine at least three months before will now be able to book a booster jab from Wednesday.

Data published on Friday suggests that vaccine efficacy against symptomatic infection is substantially reduced against Omicron with just two doses, but a third dose boosts protection back up to over 70%.

People have also been told to work from home from Monday “if they can”, as work-from-home guidance is reintroduced in England as part of the government’s Plan B measures.

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New rules in Easy Read

To read the new rules click on the image above or here

NCT Covid vaccine Q&A


Pregnant Covid Vaccine information


Booster Vaccine Update


JCVI issues advice for boosters and 2nd doses

COVID-19 vaccine booster

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised adults aged 40 – 49 should be offered an mRNA covid booster.

JCVI Is also advising 16 – 17 year olds, should be offered a 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine, 12 weeks or more following their 1st vaccine dose.

Click here or on the image above to read the details.


Booster Vaccine available to book 5 months after second dose

Those aged 50 and over, plus those most at risk, are now able to book their Covid Booster one month earlier; five months after their second dose as opposed to six.

Click here or the image above to read updated details about Booster Vaccines.


Find out where you can get your covid vaccine locally

The community in West Berkshire can book appointments at vaccination sites locally. See the images above and either use the QR code or click here to book your vaccine.


NHS set to deliver COVID-19 jabs in hundreds more schools as students return to class this week

Last week, the national booking system opened so that young people could visit existing vaccination centres across the country together with their parents as an extra way to get vaccinated during half term and beyond.

Hundreds more schools will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to 12-15-year olds this week when young people return to the classroom, as part of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme.

NHS teams will visit over 800 schools in the next week to offer children aged 12 to 15 a chance to get vaccinated, with consent from a parent or guardian.

Click here or on the image above to learn more.

Covid Booster Jabs available at walk-in sites in England

Vaccine being given to patient

Booster jabs to protect against Covid are now available at walk-in sites in England as the NHS hopes to bolster uptake ahead of a “challenging” winter.

About 30 million people who had their second vaccination more than six months ago will be able to get a booster without needing to make an appointment.

The NHS online walk-in finder will let people check their nearest centre.
In West Berkshire, people can get their Booster jab from Boots, Northbrook Street, Newbury, Monday to Saturday from 9am – 5pm.

More than six million people have already had a booster jab or a third dose, NHS England said.

Click here or on the image above to read more details. 


Book Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds this half term

Broad Street Mall vaccine centre open for young people. Parents/guardians can book. Vaccine appointments are available 9.30 pm-7 pm, 7 days a week.

Click here or on the image above to book now.


Immunosuppressed patients 3rd Covid vaccination update from Royal Berks

This group of patients are being offered a third Covid vaccination instead of a Covid booster jab. If you fall into this category of immunosuppressed patients you will hear from your GP when it is time to have the third vaccination. Please be patient and wait to hear from your surgery. And please try and refrain from ringing them as staff are already handling a huge number of calls.

Our local GPs and hospital consultants are currently discussing the best ways of identifying immunosuppressed patients who will be assessed on an individual basis and a clinical recommendation will then be made as to the best way of administering the third jab. The patients will be notified by their GP about where they should go for their third jab. It could be the surgery or an appropriate site that’s authorised to vaccinate and record this group of patients.

Please note, if you are an immunosuppressed patient and have already had a booster job you will not need a third dose.


Delay for 3rd jabs for most vulnerable criticised

Rollout of third doses of Covid vaccines for vulnerable people with weak immune systems has gone “badly wrong” says charities.

Vaccine experts recommended on 1 September that immunosuppressed patients should be given the extra dose to give them fuller protection.

But Kidney Care UK and Blood Cancer UK say many are still waiting.

NHS England says eligible patients should be offered the third doses by the end of next week.

Studies have shown that people who are immunosuppressed – around 500,000 people in the UK – are unlikely to mount a strong defence against Covid-19, even after two doses of vaccine.

Click here or on the image above to read more details.


Booster Vaccine information

JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination - GOV.UK

A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.

It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

This includes:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Click HERE to learn more.


Pfizer/BioNTech jab safe for children aged five to 11

A needle with a child behind

The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is “safe, well tolerated” and produces a “robust” antibody immune response in children aged five to 11, according to the findings of a US trial.

Click here or on the image above to read the details.


The NHS is preparing to offer covid booster jabs from next week

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons the government had accepted advice from the the JCVI that around 30 million people should be offered a third dose.

This includes over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and social care workers.

The Pfizer jab is recommended and it should be given at least six months after the second dose.

Click here or the image above for more details.

Single jab recommended for 12 to 15 year olds by UK’s top doctors

Teen being vaccinated

Healthy children aged 12 to 15 should be offered one dose of a Covid vaccine, the UK’s chief medical officers say.

The CMOs said it would help reduce disruption to education.

It comes after the government’s vaccine committee said there was not enough benefit to warrant it on health grounds alone – but they said ministers could take into account other factors.

The CMOs concluded this tipped the balance given the virus was going to keep spreading over winter.

They said this would continue to cause disruption to face-to-face education given the policy in all parts of the UK asking people who test positive to isolate for 10 days.

Prof Chris Whitty, the lead CMO for the UK, said it was a “difficult decision” and should not be seen as a “silver bullet”.

But he said it could be an “important and useful tool” in reducing school disruption in the coming months and when combined with the marginal health benefit identified by the vaccination committee, meant offering a Covid vaccine to all children was appropriate.

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JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its advice on the COVID-19 vaccine booster programme.

The COVID-19 vaccines provide high levels of protection against hospitalisation or dying from the virus. To maintain this high level of protection through the coming winter, the JCVI is advising that booster vaccines be offered to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme (priority groups 1 to 9).

This includes:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

The JCVI advises that the booster vaccine dose is offered no earlier than 6 months after completion of the primary vaccine course, in the same order as during Phase 1.

Click here to learn more details.


Health on the move van returning to West Berkshire

A specially adapted vaccination van which took to the roads across the country as part of a drive to increase uptake of the Covid jab is returning to West Berkshire.

Healthcare professionals and wellbeing teams will be on board the ‘Health on the Move’ van ready to answer Covid questions and offer people the vaccination. Anyone is welcome to visit the van, they don’t need to be registered with a GP
Please find below the schedule for West Berkshire visits of the Health on the Move Van this week. All these locations are open to those age 16 and over. 

  • Monday 13th, Thatcham Memorial Hall, Brownsfield Rd, Bath Rd, Thatcham RG18 3AG , 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday 14th,  Newbury College, Monks Ln, Newbury RG14 7TD, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday 16th, Outside Hungerford Town Hall, High St, Hungerford RG17 0NF, 10:00am – 5:00pm



The Kennet Shopping Vaccination Centre can now administer vaccines to 16-17 year olds. You can either book this using the National Booking System or walk in during our opening hours.
Please be sure to let the front desk know if you are under 18.

Opening Hours are:
Thursday 08:30-17:30
Friday 08:30-17:30
Saturday 08:30-17:30


Moderna Vaccine Walk-in Clinic

At boots Newbury, Northbrook Street we are operating a walk-in clinic for the Moderna vaccine from Monday 6th September until Sunday 12th September.

This walk in clinic will be open everyday from 9:00am – 5:00pm (Closed for lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm) and open on Sunday from 11:00am – 4:00pm (Closed for lunch 1:00pm-1:30pm)

Please be advised this walk in clinic is currently for people aged 18+

Boots Newbury will also be running a walk in Pfizer clinic from Thursday to Saturday this week for people aged 16+

JCVI issues advice on third dose vaccination for severely immunosuppressed

The JCVI is advising that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose as part of their primary COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

This third dose should be offered to people over 12 who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants. These people may not mount a full response to vaccination and therefore may be less protected than the wider population.

Click here or on the image above for additional information.


Coronavirus vaccines cut risk of long Covid study finds.

Being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 not only cuts the risk of catching it, but also of an infection turning into long Covid, research led by King’s College London suggests.

It shows that in the minority of people who get Covid despite two jabs, the odds of developing symptoms lasting longer than four weeks are cut by 50%.

This is compared with people who are not vaccinated.

So far, 78.9% of over-16s in the UK have had two doses of a Covid vaccine.

They analysed data gathered from the UK Zoe Covid Study app, which tracks people’s self-reported symptoms and vaccines and tests.

That meant that between December 2020 and July, the health was tracked of more than 1.2 million adults who received one coronavirus jab and 971,504 who received two jabs in that time frame.

Just 0.2% of double-jabbed people said they had had a Covid infection after vaccination (2,370 cases)
Of the 592 fully vaccinated people with Covid who continued to provide data for more than a month, 31 (5%) went on to get long Covid (defined as illness lasting 28 days or more after a positive test)
In the unvaccinated group this figure was about 11%.

Click here or the image above to read the full story.

Local community testing update

Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp was talking about local Community Testing in West Berkshire and vaccinations for 16-17 year olds on BBC Radio Berkshire interview this morning.

Listen to the audio clip and find out about Local Community Testing by clicking here or on the image above. #Time2Test


16-17 year old vaccinations highlighted via Newbury Today

Our Chief Officer thanks everyone involved and comments on the high turnout.

More vaccinations for 16-17 year olds will be available at Northcroft Leisure Centre from Wednesday 1st – Saturday 4th September 10am – 7pm.

Click here or the image above for the details.

Grab a jab and celebrate the diversity in West Berkshire on September 5th

Come celebrate the diversity of West Berkshire at Falkland Cricket Club, Newbury, RG14 6TW on Sunday 5th September, 11am – 5pm.

Covid-19 Pfizer vaccinations will be offered alongside this event. Anyone aged 16+ is welcome to drop in for their 1st or 2nd doses.

Click here or on the image above to learn more about One Community Cricket and Family Fun Day.


Book a Covid Vaccination for 16 and 17 year olds

16 and 17-year-olds yet to receive their jab are invited to attend the NHS vaccine clinic Wednesday 1 September to Saturday, 4 September at Northcroft Leisure Centre, Newbury, 10 am – 7 pm. The attendees can either drop in or book an appointment beforehand. 


Covid infection protection waning in double jabbed

Woman receiving Covid vaccination

Researchers say they are seeing some waning of protection against Covid infections in double-jabbed people.

The real-world study includes data on positive Covid PCR test results between May and July 2021 among more than a million people who had received two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.

Protection after two shots of Pfizer decreased from 88% at one month to 74% at five to six months.

For AstraZeneca, the fall was from 77% to 67% at four to five months.

Waning protection is to be expected, say experts.

Although some breakthrough infections may be happening, vaccines are still doing a very good job at protecting people against severe Covid illness and deaths.

Click here or the image above to read more details.


Vaccination Availability at Boots Newbury

Week commencing Monday 23rd August :

There will be available appointments for Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccines from Monday to Saturday at Boots Newbury. Boots Newbury will be operating a walk in Astra Zeneca clinic as well, operating Monday to Saturday 9-5pm closing for lunch 12-1pm.

Coronavirus: Young people warn of long Covid amid jab drive

Young people have shared stories of the debilitating effects of long Covid as they urge others to get jabbed.

A new NHS video features the experiences of three previously healthy people as part of a drive to encourage vaccine uptake.

Quincy Dwamena, 31, said he delayed his jab and “ended up being hospitalised and thought I was going to die”.

It comes as the government says it has met its target of offering all 16 and 17-year-olds in England a Covid jab.

More than 360,000 people in this age group in England have now been given a first dose of the vaccine. Click here or the image above to read the full story.


Pfizer walk in vaccination clinics

Kennet Centre are offering first and second dose of Pfizer , Thursday, Friday and Saturdays for the rest of the August. Anytime between 08:30 and 17:30.

Please only come for a second dose if it’s been 8 weeks since your first dose. You will be turned away if it’s been less than 8 weeks.


JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 vaccination of young people aged 16 to 17

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is today advising that all 16 and 17 year olds receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Click here or the image above to read the full guidance.

At present the advice is that young people aged 16 and 17 need to wait to be contacted by the NHS for their covid vaccine.


Vaccination Van Returns to West Berkshire

‘Health On The Move’ vaccination van is returning to West Berkshire next week as part of a drive to increase uptake of the Covid jab.

The van will firstly be visiting Lambourn’s Market Square on August 4th and 5th, and will then be revisiting the Riverside Community Centre in Newbury on August 7th. Later on August 12th the van will be visiting Greenham.

Anyone aged 18+ is welcome to drop in and visit the van, they don’t need to be registered with a GP or book in advance, however 2nd doses need to be at least 8 weeks apart from 1st doses.

Pregnant women urged to get jab as majority unvaccinated

Picture of pregnant woman in hospital

England’s chief midwife has stepped up her call for pregnant women to get the Covid jab as soon as possible.

Estimates based on GP records and Public Health England data suggest hundreds of thousands have not had the jab, as the number of mums-to-be in hospital with the virus rises.

In the last three months, 171 pregnant women with Covid needed hospital care – but none had had both jabs.

In a letter to midwives, obstetricians and GP practices, chief midwife for England Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent says all healthcare professionals have “a responsibility to proactively encourage pregnant women” to get vaccinated.

She recommends advice on jabs be offered at every opportunity.

Vaccines save lives, and this is another stark reminder that the Covid-19 jab can keep you, your baby and your loved ones, safe and out of hospital,” the chief midwife told pregnant women.

Since mid-April 2021, mothers-to-be have been offered the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus jab, with the second dose recommended eight weeks after the first.

Click here or on the image above to learn more details.


Double jabbed NHS staff could avoid isolation if service under pressure

Some fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working if exposed to someone with Covid, the government has said, amid concerns over employee shortages.

Staff, including social care, will be exempted from isolating in “exceptional circumstances”, when absences could lead to a “significant risk of harm”.

They will need to show a negative PCR test and take daily lateral flow tests.

It comes amid a surge in cases and a rise in people told to self-isolate. Click here or the image above to read the full story.


Experts recommend covid jabs for some under 18’s in UK

Experts have recommended that a limited group of children should be offered Covid jabs to protect them against the pandemic ahead of winter, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

He told BBC Breakfast it included children who were almost 18, vulnerable to Covid or who lived with people who were clinically vulnerable.

But whether to jab healthy children aged 12-17 will be “kept under review”.

Mr Zahawi will make a statement to Parliament later today. Click here or the image above to read the full story.


Covid Vaccinations coming to Clay Hill Newbury

The Health on the move Vaccination Van is once more hitting the road to bring jabs closer to where people live, study and work. It will be coming to Riverside Community Centre, Clay Hill, Newbury, on the 24th July 2021, 11am – 5pm.

Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect our families, friends and communities from the virus, so book your appointment now, and select your time, to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
There will also be medical professionals on board to answer your questions.

To book you must be:
– Over 18 years old
– Not have already had a Covid vaccine
– Not have already booked a Covid vaccine

You don’t need to be registered with a GP.

To Book and/or learn more information:
Phone: 07471 355 639, or visit: this eventbrite webpage


Covid vaccination drop in clinics

Drop in Covid-19 vaccination clinics for those aged 18 years and over.

These are all walk-in sessions, so no appointment necessary unless otherwise stated and no need to be registered with a GP.

Please note second doses must be at least 8 weeks after your first vaccine. Please read any requirements for specific locations and/or date and time.

Upcoming sessions are posted HERE and on the image above. 


Important vaccine guidance for your second dose

Vaccine doses are more effective when they are given at least eight weeks apart. So to give you the best possible protection from COVID-19, if you received your first dose less than eight weeks ago, you will need to come back at a later date.

You must be over 18 to receive the vaccine and you must not be in a period of isolation or quarantine.

Your second dose should be the same as your first (Pfizer, AZ or Moderna)


Health on move vaccination van returns

A specially adapted vaccination van took to the roads in West Berkshire this week as part of a drive to increase uptake of the Covid jab, visiting both Lambourn and Two Saints.

This vaccination van will be returning to West Berkshire on Monday July 12th, 11am – 4pm, at The Central Family Hub, Thatcham, RG18 3PG.

To book an appointment, please contact Emma on 01635 865318, or

The van is open to anyone aged 18 and over, and you don’t have to be registered with a GP to pay it a visit.

Find out more by clicking here or on the image above.

Most vulnerable could be offered Covid booster vaccine from September

People who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 could be offered a booster vaccination from September. This will aim to ensure that protection from the first and second doses is maintained during the winter.

Click here or on the image below to read the details.


Vaccination van takes to the roads in Berkshire West next week

A specially adapted vaccination van takes to the roads in Berkshire West next week as part of a drive to increase uptake of the Covid jab.

Healthcare professionals and wellbeing teams will be on board the ‘Health on the Move’ van ready to answer Covid questions and offer people the vaccination.

Anyone is welcome to visit the van, they don’t need to be registered with a GP, although the health teams will be happy to help them sort that so in future, they have access to a range of healthcare professionals at a local surgery.

Click here or the image above to read the full press release.


All Adults able to book Covid Vaccine in England

People aged 18 and over in England are being invited to book their first Covid-19 jab in what the NHS has described as a “watershed moment”.

About 1.5 million texts are due to be sent to people aged 18 to 20 on Friday.

PM Boris Johnson said the speed of the programme was “one of our country’s greatest collective achievements”.

It comes as a study suggests the epidemic is growing across the nation, with much of the rise being driven by young people.

On Thursday a further 11,007 cases of Covid-19 were reported, the highest daily rise since 19 February, while a further 19 deaths were also recorded.

The government has set a new target to have offered a first dose to all adults by 19 July and a second dose to two-thirds of the over-40s.

Click here or on the image above to read the details.


Covid vaccine to be compulsory for England care home staff

Covid vaccinations are to become compulsory for staff at care homes in England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Mr Hancock said it was a “sensible and reasonable step” and he would consult on extending it to the NHS.

There are no plans to extend mandatory vaccinations beyond health and care workers, he said.

Workers will have 16 weeks to get both jabs from the time regulations are approved by Parliament.

If they do not, they face being redeployed away from front-line care or potentially losing their job.

Click HERE to read the full story.


People aged 21 and 22 able to book Coronavirus vaccine from today

Around one million people aged 21 and 22 are now eligible to book their coronavirus vaccination.

Some 972,000 text messages will be sent out starting today, inviting them to schedule appointments for both doses via the national booking system.

This latest step will mean that only those aged between 18 and 20 have yet to be called up, something that is expected to happen by the end of this week.

Click here or on the image above to read more details.

Vaccines highly effective against Delta variant

New analysis from Public Health England show that two doses of the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs provide strong protection against Covid Delta variant.

The analysis suggests:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses

The analysis included 14,019 cases of the Delta variant – 166 of whom were hospitalised – between 12 April and 4 June, looking at emergency hospital admissions in England.

Click here or on the image above to read further details.


Healthwatch England VacciNation Report Launched

Healthwatch England’s new research explores vaccine confidence amongst people from African, Bangladeshi, Caribbean, and Pakistani backgrounds. They want to understand these barriers to ensure key lessons are taken forward for future public health campaigns.

Click here or the image above to access the full report.


Vaccination update – 25+ eligible for vaccine

Anyone aged over 25 are being asked to book their Covid-19 jab once they receive the text message alert, with GPs also set to urge the newly eligible to come forward, over the coming days.

NHS England chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens has said:

The NHS vaccination programme is a real team effort and it is a testament to NHS teams across the country, that we are able to open up to people in their twenties”

“Getting the lifesaving COVID-19 jab is the most important thing you can do, with NHS staff vaccinating at over 1,600 sites including vaccine buses, places of worship, sport stadiums and other convenient locations. So, when you get that text, book your appointment and join the millions who are already protected.

While you can no longer get your vaccine at the Newbury Racecourse, Boots on Northbrook Street and the Kennet Centre are local options to receive your vaccine, alongside larger sites in Swindon, Andover, Oxford, Reading and Basingstoke.
Since the number of local Covid cases has been on the rise in recent months, it’s important to not delay in getting the vaccine when it’s offered to you.

Click here to watch an NHS video, which dispels some common myths about the Covid Vaccine.


Healthwatch England Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence update

Click here or the image above to see the details.


People aged 30 and 31 in England are being invited to book to have their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Man getting vaccine

The NHS is urging these million or so to take up the offer of a jab at one of the 1,600 available locations, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, as well as pharmacies.

Nearly three-quarters of adults in the UK have already had one dose, and more than two-fifths have had two.

The government plans to offer first doses to all adults by the end of July.

Click here or on the image above to read more details.


Under 40s to be offered alternative to AZ vaccine

A dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine being prepared

Most adults under the age of 40 will be given an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine due to a link with rare blood clots.

The UK’s medicines safety regulator says there have been 242 clotting cases and 49 deaths, with 28.5 million doses of the vaccine administered.

But the risk is slightly higher in younger age groups.
Click here or the image above to read more details.


People aged 40 and over in England are now able to book their Covid-19 jab, NHS officials say

picture of person getting a vaccine

This news follows the announcement a few days ago that 44 year olds were now able to book their covid vaccine and that 1 in 4 UK adults have now had both of their Covid jabs.

Text messages will be sent to 40 and 41-year-olds, directing them to the national booking service.

Read the details by clicking HERE


Covid Vaccine Rollout extended to 44 year olds

Woman being vaccinated in government advert, "Every vaccination gives us hope"

The NHS said it would set out when 40 to 43-year-olds would be able to book appointments “in the coming days”, and as supply allows.

Click here or on the image above to read the details.


Update Covid Vaccine Guidance for pregnant women

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccination at the same time as everyone else, based on age and clinical risk.

This news follows data showing that around 90,000 pregnant women had been vaccinated, mainly with mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, without any safety concerns being raised.

As a result JCVI advises that it’s preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available. There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.

Click Here or on the image above to read the details.


England gets third jab as moderna rollout begins

Emily Sanderson receiving the vaccine

England is giving out its first doses of the Moderna jab, the third Covid-19 vaccine in the nation’s rollout.

It will be available at 21 sites, included the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

Along with the Pfizer jab, it offers an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for under-30s, after concerns about a possible link to very rare blood clots.

Click here or on the image above to read more details.

People 45 or over in England invited to book vaccine

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | FDA

People aged 45 or over in England will now be invited to get a Covid jab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

The vaccination programme would then move on to everyone aged 40 or over “in line with supplies”, he added.

Appointments can be made on the NHS booking website, which temporarily crashed on Tuesday morning when it opened up to the new age group.

Read the details by clicking here or on the image above.


Astra Zeneca Media Briefing

– From 31st March, 20m doses of the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine were given and 79 cases of rare blood clots were reported.

– Slightly higher risk of rare clotting condition in younger people than in older people.

– Under-30s should not be offered Astra Zeneca vaccine, UK government advisers say, they should be offered an alternative to Astra Zeneca jab.

– Astra Zeneca jab benefits still ‘favourable for vast majority’

– People who have had Oxford jab should still take second dose

Watch the briefing in full by clicking the video above. Or click here for more details.


Stakeholder Vaccine FAQ, from the Department of Health and Social Care

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Covid vaccine: US trial of AstraZeneca jab confirms safety

Vials labelled "Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021.

Results from the long-awaited US trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine are out and confirm that the shot is both safe and highly effective.

More than 32,000 volunteers took part, mostly in America, but also in Chile and Peru.

The vaccine was 79% effective at stopping symptomatic Covid disease and 100% effective at preventing people from falling seriously ill.

And there were no safety issues regarding blood clots.

Click here or on the image above to read more.


NHS warns of “significant reduction” of vaccines

The NHS has warned of a “significant reduction in the weekly supply” of Covid vaccines in England next month in a letter to local health organisations.

The letter says there has been a “reduction in national inbound vaccines supply” and asks organisations to “ensure no further appointments are uploaded” to booking systems in April.

The health secretary said it was a “standard” letter.

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AstraZeneca vaccine is very safe and causes few serious side effects

Professor Jeremy Brown from Public Health England has spoken up amidst reports of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine causing blood clots saying.  See the image above for details.

All over 50’s invited for a jab in England

Woman receiving vaccine

Two million text messages are being sent out to those aged 50-54 in England with a link allowing people to book an appointment through the national booking service website.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119.

This is the final group on the priority list which covers 99% of those at high risk of dying from Covid-19.

Everyone in the top nine priority groups should be offered a second dose by mid-July, up to 12 weeks after the first.

Nearly half of the UK adult population has had a jab – more than 24 million people.

Around 1.6 million people have also had a second dose.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I’m determined no-one should miss out on the chance to protect themselves and urge everyone who is eligible to come forward.” 

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Update on new vaccination site at Madejski stadium

Lifelong Reading FC fan Michael Hinton, became the first person to get a Covid jab at the mass vaccination site set up at the Madejski Stadium. Since Michael, 69, and his wife Karen, from Woodley visited the site, the clinicians there have jabbed thousands of other local people in the 65–69 years cohort.

Once people have received an invitation, they can book via the NHS national booking service, either by ringing 119 or visiting the dedicated website here

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.

Dr Abid Irfan Chair of Berkshire West CCG said:

“It’s great that we have this mass vaccination centre now up and running in Reading. It means we’ll be able to deliver the jabs at pace and this will play a critical role in the vaccination programme, which has been working so well across Berkshire West since the first sites came on stream in December.

“The Madejski Vaccination Centre also means our primary care teams will now be able to devote more time to the other healthcare needs of their patients. We’ve all worked incredibly hard to make sure our surgeries continue to provide the wide range of health and care services people need at the same time as rolling out the vaccination programme.”


Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

A person is injected in the arm

UK experts say there will be a big increase in the number of people being offered Covid vaccinations in the coming days.

The number of shots given is expected to top 4 million this week, nearly double what has been achieved per week recently, NHS sources say.

It should mean all over 50s will have been given at least one dose by the end of the month.

That would put the NHS rollout two weeks ahead of schedule.

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AstraZeneca vaccine: Experts assess blood clot reports

AstraZeneca vaccines (file pic)

Vaccine safety experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) are meeting today (Tuesday 16th March) to review the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, after a number of countries paused their rollouts.

Countries including France and Germany said they were acting as a precaution amid reports of blood clots in some recipients in Europe.

The WHO says there is no evidence of a link between clots and vaccines.

It has urged countries not to pause their vaccinations.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) – the European Union’s medicines regulator – is also meeting on Today. It has previously said that people can continue receiving the vaccine.

BBC Health correspondent Nick Triggle says

“It is understandable anyone going to get vaccinated would be concerned given these reports.

“But the regulators in the UK and Europe are clear that vaccination should continue even though some individual nations have taken a different approach.

“Why? It’s all to do with risk.

“From what has been published so far the chance of a blood clot after vaccination is very low and at this stage looks like it could be in line with what you would expect to happen anyway – coincidence rather than cause.

“In comparison, the risk from Covid to those currently being offered the vaccine is significant.

“Most of continental Europe is still working its way through the over-70s.

“If they are infected and have symptoms they have around a one in four chance of becoming seriously ill and needing hospital care.

“In the UK those in their 50s are being invited. They have a one in 10 chance.

“What is more, one of the most common consequences of serious Covid illness is blood clots.

“When it comes to risk, the odds are clearly in favour of vaccination.”

1:50pm Update: ‘No indication’ of link to blood clots

The European Union’s medicines regulator has reiterated there is no indication that the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine causes blood clots, after several countries paused their rollouts.

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Covid vaccination information for carers

The following carers are currently being invited as a priority for vaccination as part of Cohort 6: 

  •  Carers who are known to GPs and have a ‘carer’s flag’ on their primary care record. These carers will be invited for vaccination by their GP practice.
  •  Carers who are eligible to receive carers allowance. These carers will be invited to book a vaccination at one of the mass vaccination centres. 
  •  Carers who are known to Local Authorities who are in receipt of support following a carers assessment. These carers will be invited to book a vaccination at one of the mass vaccination centres.

There are other unpaid carers who are a priority but are not known to the NHS or local authority. A new national process if being set up so that carers can self-declare to confirm they are caring for someone who is vulnerable to COVID-19 leading to a priority vaccine.

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Walkthrough video at Madejski Stadium

If you have an appointment to have your Covid vaccination at the Madejski Football Stadium we hope you’ll find this helpful. It takes you
step by step through your visit. And this video also walks you through the centre and shows you where to go and who you will meet. Click HERE or the image above to watch the video.

Click HERE to read more FAQ’s about the what to expect when you have your vaccination at the Madejski Stadium.

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.

Click here or the image above to watch the video.


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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