The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Oxfordshire is well under way thanks to some truly outstanding work done by our clinicians, staff, patient participation group members and community volunteers.
Across Oxfordshire there is a hospital hub and local vaccination sites are now administering Covid-19 vaccinations to the top two priority groups.
The first vaccinations were delivered to patients (aged 80 and over), care workers and frontline NHS staff on December 8 at the county’s first hospital hub. Provided by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) and based at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, the hospital hub was one of the first 50 hospital hubs to go live in England.
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Since December 15, an additional 18 local vaccination services have opened in a phased approach across the primary care network sites. The final three will start vaccinations by the end of the week in Carterton, Faringdon and Banbury.
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.
Plans are also under way for a large scale vaccination centre being provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The location and opening date will be confirmed soon.
Each local vaccination site is managing its own patient lists and is working through them as quickly as possible, as vaccine supplies are delivered.
A spokesperson for the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We are working hard to deliver the vaccinations as quickly as supplies are made available. Because there is a phased approach being taken, some people are waiting longer than others.
"Everyone in the priority groups, registered with an Oxfordshire GP practice, will be invited in due course. Please wait to be contacted with an invitation to attend. You will be given full details of when and where to go.
"Enthusiasm from patients and the public has been huge and GP practices are finding their patients are keen to benefit from the vaccination when called.
"People in our communities have an important part to play to help the NHS to deliver the vaccination programme."
The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking people to help out by doing the following:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you
- When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
- Please continue to follow all the national lockdown guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives
Vaccination services have opened in a phased approach, led by GPs, across the following primary care sites. The sites are listed with the individual GP practices they serve.
Local vaccination centre listing for the Banbury area:
Banbury Cross Health Centre - GP practices served by this centre
Banbury Cross Health Centre, Banbury
Grimsbury Community Centre, Banbury
Windrush Surgery (Banbury)
Chipping Norton Health Centre - GP practices served by this centre
Chipping Norton Health Centre
Deddington Health Centre
Wychwood Surgery, Shipton under Wychwood
Heritage Centre, Bicester - GP practices served by this centre
Alchester Medical Group, Bicester
Bicester Health Centre
Montgomery House Surgery, Bicester