COVID VACCINATION UPDATE JUNE 2021

We continue to roll out the vaccination programme as fast as supplies allow. Over 13,500 vaccine doses have now been administered to patients of The Rycote Practice and over 5,500 patients are now fully immunised. Subject to vaccine deliveries the practice will continue to bring forward second doses in accordance with government policy to administer a second dose 8 weeks after the first.

We are delighted to announce that following changes to the national protocol we are now able to offer the Pfizer Biontech vaccine in Thame. On Wednesday 9th June we will be offering a first dose of the Pfizer Biontech vaccine to patients in their 30s who are yet to be vaccinated. We also plan to hold a further first dose Pfizer clinic on Wednesday 16th June and may be able to offer appointments to patient under 30 depending on uptake. As many of these patients are working we will be holding clinics in the late afternoon / early evening to ensure as many people as possible can attend. Please do not call the surgery – we will be contacting eligible patients in the coming days. We will also be offering second dose Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines to those patients who are 8 weeks from their first dose – please do attend for your second dose if you are invited.

Please note that you cannot choose which vaccine you will get. Patients over the age of 40 will be allocated the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine whilst patients between the age of 18 and 39 will be offered either the Pfizer-Biontech or Moderna vaccine. You will be offered the same vaccine for your second dose as the first. If you are unable to make appointment times at The Rycote Practice, you can also book appointments at other vaccination sites via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Please continue to behave responsibly while we vaccinate younger age groups . Although large numbers of the local population are now vaccinated, cases of Covid-19 continue to be detected. Stay safe, Protect the NHS . Save lives.