As you know the NHS in Oxfordshire and across the country is working fast to roll out the expanded COVID-19 booster vaccination programme and increase vaccine appointments for patients.
From today, Wednesday 15th December, all adults aged 18+ can book their booster appointment. We will contact you as quickly as we can to book your vaccine at our local GP-led site, or you can go via the NHS National Booking System. Please do not call the practice.
The need to make boosters available at speed will require a lot of our staff time and resources, so we need to clinically prioritise our ‘business as usual’ GP services to support the vaccination programme. This could lead to some routine appointments and services being postponed. We will update you if this is the case, or you could help us help you by postponing routine appointments yourself – but please let us know if you are not coming.
Please be assured that clinically urgent services are open and urgent appointments will go ahead as planned.
The aim of the NHS is to offer every adult the chance to book their booster jab by the end of the year to help protect against the Omicron variant. Vaccines continue to remain the best line of defence against the virus.
Thank you for your cooperation and continuing support during these very challenging times. For more information, please visit www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme.
The NHS in Oxfordshire has started delivering COVID booster jabs to people in eligible groups. You will be contacted about your booster vaccination when six clear months have passed since your second COVID vaccination.
Patients groups eligible for the booster include:
- people 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 which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
You may be offered the vaccine at your local GP-led vaccination site in the same way you had your previous vaccine, and/or be contacted by the NHS to go through the national COVID-19 vaccination booking service.
Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
You don’t need to get in touch with us about your booster jab. You will be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn.
Your booster will be a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the booster programme, regardless of which vaccine you received before. This follows data which indicates the Pfizer vaccine is well tolerated as a third dose and provides a strong booster response.
Meanwhile, Oxfordshire primary care teams will vaccinate care home staff and residents.
For information about vaccinations for children aged 12 -15 please go to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group website or Oxford Health NHS FT website.