Getting Your 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 roll out of the vaccinations is going very well and GPs across Berkshire West are on target to vaccinate all the people in their priority groups within the timescale set out by the Government.
Some sites in our area were up and running sooner than others and this means they are further ahead in the vaccination of patients in their catchment areas. So, whilst some GPs are now inviting younger people in for their jabs, others that started a bit later are still working through patients in the older age groups.
Over time, we are confident all areas will even out but at the moment, please don’t be worried if you still haven’t had your appointment booked. We will get to you. We guarantee that everyone in Berkshire West who is eligible for a vaccination will be offered one.
Please be patient and please don’t ring the surgery asking where you are in the vaccination booking programme.
**From 9 February – people aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be now being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab. Find out more here.
For everyone under 70, we are continuing to work our way down the priority group list and will contact you when it’s your turn. The priority group list has been produced nationally using electronic records and sometimes with input from GPs or consultants. Only when patients are extremely clinically vulnerable are we able to consider any possible exceptions to vaccinating people outside of the priority group they fit into. This means people with long standing or complex medical conditions can only be called for a vaccination when we reach their age range in the priority list (please see below).
When you are called for your appointment, please attend at your booked time so we can minimise queues in this cold weather.
In the meantime, if you have had your jab, remember you still are at risk of spreading the virus and must still abide by the current restrictions.
Getting Your Vaccine at the Newbury Racecourse
There are 17 trains a day from Hungerford to the racecourse.It really is very simple and a well run exercise. You will be directed where to ark, be met at the door by someone with hand gel. You are then shown to the desk to check in with your name etc and have your temperature taken. Next you are moved to a waiting area and called through when it is your turn. Again, a few more questions and then you are given your jab. You are then moved on again to sit and wait for 15 mins and shown the way out.