Covid vaccination clarification

The NHS has sent out a letter inviting some people to book a Covid vaccination appointment at one of the new mass vaccination sites. These letters have come from the national NHS computerised system so you may have been offered an appointment that is some distance from where you live.

You have the choice of accepting this appointment if you wish to go ahead with your vaccination at the slot and site you’ve been allocated. Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted by your own GP practice. Your practice will be in touch as soon as an appointment slot is available at a vaccination site closer to your home. They will either ring, text or write to you offering an appointment.

The NHS has drawn up a list of priority groups* and surgeries are working through patients in these groups. If you’ve not heard from your GP yet, please don’t think you’ve been forgotten. You will be contacted as soon as it’s your turn and over the next few weeks everyone in Berkshire West will be offered the vaccine.

Once you’ve had the vaccine please remember that you must still adhere to the social distancing and hands, face space rules as this will go a long way to preventing the spread of the virus.

There’s a lot more information on the FAQs section of the Berkshire West CCG website which is regularly updated:

*The full list of groups to be prioritised for the vaccination is:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • All those 65 years of age and over. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over