Covid Vaccination Programme
The Autumn Booster Campaign is starting on the 18th September 2023 and is for:
- care home residents and staff
- those aged 65+
- those aged 6 months and over in clinical risk groups (like the cohort 6 of the initial campaign in 2021 see below for JCVI advice in Greenbook)
- frontline health and social care workers
- those aged 12-64 who are household contacts of people with specific types of immunosuppression
- those aged 16-64 who are defined as carers
We will be aiming to provide this for our most vulnerable patients (all care home residents and eligible housebound patients and then inviting in those based largely on age) but will not have capacity to offer it to everyone eligible that is registered with us, in order to keep normal General Practice services running.
When the flu vaccines become available (likely the first week of October) we will offer some joint clinics, mainly on Saturdays.
As we currently have no control on what and how much vaccine we are delivered we will only be offering some covid vaccines at short notice before this.
Boosters are widely available in other city sites currently, including Boots in Cornmarket Street and Exeter Hall in Kidlington.
Children under 16 years
We are no longer receiving doses in practice for this age group.
BAME Groups and COVID-19 Vaccination
We are aware of various reports and research that BAME patients may be less likely to want the Coronavirus vaccine. At Summertown Group Practice we are very focussed on getting the vaccine to all groups in our patient population. We urge you if you have any questions or worries about the vaccines, to call or email us so that we can respond to any worries or queries.
Please find below a link and videos that might help if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme:
- COVID-19 vaccine information - Oxford University Hospitals (ouh.nhs.uk)
- Terry Roberts, Chief People Officer - BAME - YouTube
- Why get vaccinated? - Ariel Lanada, Chair of the OUH BAME Network - YouTube
- COVID Vaccination - Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain - YouTube
- Faith Leaders for Covid Vaccination - YouTube
Please do contact the staff at the surgery if you have further questions.
Patient Notice - Coronavirus
Call the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline if you need help with a mental health problem. This number replaces 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
- For adults and older adults call 01865 904997.
- For children and young people call 01865 904998.
We are aware that many people are finding it very stressful being confined to their homes for so long. If you’re finding it tough and have children at home, you might like to look at these helpful resources.
You can get in touch with your children’s head teacher/head of year at school, and the school nursing team might be able to help -find their details here: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/school-health-nurses/
Please get in touch with us if you are worried about your own health or that of your children.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
For region specific information and advice in:
- England visit nhs.uk
- Wales visit phw.nhs.wales
- Scotland visit nhsinform.scot
- Northern Ireland visit HSC
- Ireland visit HSE
Further information and details of how to self-isolate are available on nhs.uk.
Further updates can be found on the Blood.co.uk site here: https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/news-and-statements/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/