Bicester COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Patients

LATEST: Our next vaccinations at the Centre are on Thursday 25th February and Friday 5th March - AS USUAL, THIS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We are calling all patients to whom we can offer an appointment. PLEASE PICK UP ALL YOUR CALLS - INCLUDING ONES THAT MAY SAY THE NUMBER IS 'WITHHELD' AS THIS MAY BE FROM YOUR SURGERY. THE NHS WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR FINANCIAL DETAILS OR TO PAY FOR A COVID-19 VACCINATION. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE MESSAGES ON YOUR PHONE OR ANSWERING MACHINE.

We're now vaccinating patients aged 65 to 69 (Group 5) and we have begun inviting Group 6 patients. We phone you directly to offer a vaccination when one is available. 

All patients aged 70 and over, plus patients designated by the NHS as Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable, should have received their vaccination by the set target date of 15th February. We have either vaccinated, or offered a vaccination, to all patients that we are allowed to vaccinate within these priority groups (1 to 4). If you are within these groups and still require a vaccination then we  ask you to contact the surgery without delay and to discuss this with us.

The days of Bicester Vaccination Centre opening will continue to be determined by the exact delivery dates of vaccine and you may see that the Centre is not always active when you are passing. At those times, our staff continue to book appointments.

Our practice staff will continue to contact patients directly by phone to book their appointment.  At this time we would ask that you please pick up all your calls, even ones that may appear on your phone indicating that the number is 'withheld'.  If you are on our lists and we cannot make telephone contact with you after trying several times then you will receive a letter inviting you for your vaccination. We are not permitted to leave messages on answering machines for privacy reasons.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL YOUR PRACTICE unless we have expressly asked you to do so, as this will slow down the process of booking appointments for everyone who still requires one.

Some patients may have received a letter direct from the NHS giving them information on how to book a vaccination appointment at one of the regional vaccination centres up to 45 minutes drive away.  We understand these letters have caused confusion with some patients and would like to point out that these letters have not come from your GP surgery but from a central NHS source. 

In summary, our patients have a choice of going to a regional vaccination centre for their vaccination or going to the Bicester Vaccination Centre run by your local Bicester GP practices. 

Wherever you choose to attend for your first vaccination dose is also the place where you must go for your second vaccination too. So please bear this in mind.

During this busy time of vaccinations, when many of our staff are needed to work at the Vaccination Centre, we request that all our patients show understanding and support if services should be different or take a little longer when contacting your doctor or seeking other help at our surgeries.

This page was most recently  updated on 22nd February 2021

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Published: Jan 29, 2021

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