COVID-19 Vaccinations For Our Patients

Update 28th July 2021

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over. 

There are currently two vaccines being used locally in Oxfordshire: 

  • Pfizer/BioNTech 
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca  

The vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which they receive. You cannot choose which vaccine you have. 

When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.  Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines. For example, if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. 

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose. These are very rare reactions and if affected, you will be informed by your GP or hospital clinician, that a different vaccine is necessary for your second dose. 

Minor side effects after having any of the vaccinations are common and not a cause for concern. These are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as: 

  • a sore arm from the injection
  •  feeling tired
  • a headache 
  • feeling achy 
  • feeling or being sick 
 

When is the best time to be vaccinated if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?  

 

Government Announcement on Reduction of wait for 2nd vaccine

We are currently working with commissioners and vaccine supplies to bring forward the second vaccine from 12 weeks to 8 weeks.  You will be sent a text as soon as we have sufficient vaccine and capacity to invite you to clinic. 

 

Update 21st June 2021

Covid vaccination in Didcot is progressing well, with nearly 30,000 doses now given in Didcot Civic Hall.

We continue to be well supported by our excellent volunteers who are now assisting with all aspects of the programme from marshalling to administration to immunisation.

 

When will I be vaccinated?

  • All those 18 years and older can book via the national booking service, and we have also now invited all adults to our local service. If you have not received an invite and wish to be vaccinated locally, then please contact your GP practice. The next clinics will be on 30th June and 7th July, by which time we expect to have completed all first doses.
  • Our first doses are currently Pfizer vaccine, which requires a 15 minute observation period after vaccination, so please factor that in to your planning.
  • Please make sure your mobile number is up to date on your GP records – you can check this and update it if needed by getting the NHS App.
 

Second doses

  • Where vaccine supplies allow, we will invite patients for their second dose from 8 weeks following their first dose.
  • There is some evidence that a longer interval between first and second doses appears to give better longer term protection, so there is a trade-off between this and boosting your immunity at an earlier point. Which is better depends on local levels of Covid infection and personal preferences. If you are offered a second dose earlier, you can still opt to wait until 10-12 weeks for your second dose – if you receive a text invite, this stays active for all subsequent clinics that we will run.
 

Blood clots and AstraZeneca vaccine

UP TO DATE INFORMATION

  • If you have had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without an adverse reaction, it is ok to have the second dose, whatever your age.
  • If you are under 40 with no underlying health conditions, the advice is to have an alternative vaccine if available when your turn comes, though you can still choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
 

Pregnancy

  • If you have had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without an adverse reaction, it is ok to have the second dose, whatever your age.
  • If you are under 40 with no underlying health conditions, the advice is to have an alternative vaccine if available when your turn comes, though you can still choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

FURTHER INFO

 

Travel

DEMONSTRATE YOUR COVID VACCINE STATUS

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

 

Autumn Boosters

  • There are currently no details yet available on how any autumn booster programme will work.