West Berkshire Council

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine across Berkshire is administered by the NHS.

In Berkshire West, which covers Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham council areas, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for this vaccination programme. The CCG is working with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRoyal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, South Central Ambulance Service and the councils to ensure people living and working in the area are provided with the most appropriate, relevant and high quality healthcare services.

 

Vaccination News Update from our NHS colleagues

Why Should You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Even if you are fit and healthy, you are still at risk of getting COVID-19 and members of the ethnic minority community are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

Getting COVID-19 can affect your heart health, breathing and can cause long-term fatigue so it's best to protect yourself and get vaccinated.

People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing complications from coronavirus so in order to reduce your risk you should get vaccinated.

It's important to think about how COVID-19 could affect others, like your loved ones, staff working in the NHS and the community - play your part in protecting others and get vaccinated.

Most COVID-19 vaccine side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

If you get any of the side effects above you can take painkillers such as paracetamol.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus and will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

The vaccine does not provide 100% protection from the virus, but the way to reduce everyone's risk is to break the chains of transmission and drive down the COVID-19 cases.

The second dose of the vaccine provides even better and longer-lasting protection, so it's really important that everyone gets the second jab. However, even after you have had both doses of the vaccine, you could still give COVID-19 to someone else and the chains of transmission will continue, so please follow the rules.

See more information about the COVID vaccine.

Health chiefs encourage more pregnant women to get their COVID-19 vaccine
Though uncommon, severe illness due to COVID-19 is more likely in later pregnancy. Pregnant women who do get symptomatic COVID-19 infection are two to three times more likely to give birth to their baby prematurely.

It is preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available, as there is more safety data available on these vaccines in pregnancy.

Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

We are encouraged to see more than 50,000 pregnant women in England have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. We recommend vaccination in pregnancy as it's the most effective way of protecting women and their babies from severe illness and premature birth.

We are concerned that increasing rates of COVID-19 infection will adversely impact pregnant women. Of the pregnant women in hospital with COVID-19 last week, 95% were unvaccinated. We hope this reassuring data will help those undecided consider taking up the offer of a vaccine

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Women who are breastfeeding or trying for a baby are also highly recommended to have the COVID-19 vaccination.

Watch video by Dr Nikki Kanani from NHS England, who explains more.

Proving your Covid-19 vaccination status
Providing proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status gives you the opportunity to show others that you have had the complete Covid-19 vaccine course when travelling abroad to some parts of the world and at venues in the UK requiring you to be fully vaccinated. To find out more about the Covid-19 vaccination status, and what you can use it for, click here

 


Vaccination Sites

There are a number of different ways you could be vaccinated:

  • Local vaccination sites (run by GPs in West Berkshire, Wokingham and Reading). 
  • Hospital sites for health and social care staff
  • Care homes
  • Pharmacy sites
  • National mass vaccination sites
  • NHS Health on the Move pop-up clinics

Anyone over the age of 16 can book their coronavirus jab here or attend a walk-in appointment here. The vaccine is free of charge without any immigration checks and you do not need to have a GP or an NHS number.

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.


 

Local Vaccination Sites

West Berkshire Local Vaccination Sites - book here or call 119

  • The Boathouse Surgery, Rosewood Hall, Whitchurch Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7DP
    • This is a partnership of 3 GPs: Pangbourne, Mortimer and Burghfield
  • Thatcham Medical Practice, Bath Road, Thatcham, RG19 3HD
  • Boots, 4-5 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1DJ
  • Nabbs Lane Pharmacy, Kennet Shopping Centre, Newbury, RG14 5EN
  • Mortimer Pharmacy, 72 Victoria Road, Reading, RG7 3SQ
  • Lambourn Pharmacy, The Broadway, Lambourn, RG17 8XY

Wokingham Local Vaccination Sites

  • Wargrave Surgery, Victoria Road, RG10 8BP
    • This is a partnership of 4 GPs: Wargrave surgery, Loddon Vale surgery, Parkside surgery, Woodley Centre surgery
  • Swallowfield Surgery, Village Hall, The Street, Swallowfield, RG7 1QY
    • This is a partnership of 2 GPs: Swallowfield surgery, Finchampstead surgery
  • Woodley Centre Surgery, 1st Floor, 6 Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JA
    • This is a partnership of 4 GPs: Woodley Centre surgeryWargrave surgery, Loddon Vale surgery, Parkside surgery
  • Chalfont Surgery, Salvation Army Hall, Chalfont Close, Lower Earley, RG6 5HZ
    • This is a partnership of 2 GPs: Brookside group practice, Wilderness Road surgery
  • Wokingham Medical Centre, Bradbury Centre, 23 Rose Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XS
    • This is a partnership of 2 GPs: Wokingham Medical Centre, Woosehill Medical Centre

Reading Local Vaccination Sites

  • Tilehurst Village Surgery, 92 Westwood Road, Reading, RG31 5PP
    • This is a partnership of 4 GPs: Tilehurst Village Surgery, Chancellor House Surgery, Grovelands Medical Centre, Westwood Road Health Centre
  • Circuit Lane Surgery, 53 Circuit Lane, Reading, RG30 3AN
    • This is a partnership of 3 GPs: Circuit Lane The Potteries, Western Elms surgeries
  • Reading University Medical Centre, 9 Northcourt Avenue, Reading, RG2 7HE
    • This is a partnership of 2 GPs: University Health Centre, Whitley Villa Surgery
  • Emmer Green Surgery, 4 St Barnabas Road, Emmer Green, Reading, RG4 8RA
    • This is a partnership of 2 GPs: Emmer Green surgery, Balmore Park
  • Garden Hall of Watlington House, entrance opposite 71 South Street, Reading, RG1 4RA
    • This is a partnership of 11 GPs: Abbey Medical Centre, Chatham Street, Eldon Road, Pembroke, Russell Street, Reading Walk-In-Centre,  Kennet, London Street, Longbarn Lane, Milman Road, South Reading and Shinfield Medical Practice
  • Triange Pharmacy, 88-90 School Road, Reading, RG31 5AW 
  • Broad Street Mall, Broad Street, Reading, RG1 7QE

Andover Local Vaccination Sites

  • Ludgershall Pharmacy, Central Street, Ludgershall, Andover, SP11 9RA

Swindon Local Vaccination Sites

  • STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2TA

National Mass Vaccination Sites

In addition to the local vaccination sites, the NHS is setting up some national mass vaccination sites that patients will be invited to attend.

Currently, the sites closest to Berkshire are:

  • Salt Hill Activity Centre, Slough
  • Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
  • Bournemouth International Centre, Dorset
  • Epsom Racecourse, Surrey
  • Excel Centre, London

 

Travelling to the Sites

Letters or texts from the NHS explaining the booking process have begun to be sent to people who are eligible and live 30 to 45 minutes' drive from one of the new national sites.

If you are unable to travel to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment by car you may wish to consider other transport options.

The public bus network in West Berkshire and surrounding areas may be able to assist in getting you to your appointment. You can find out more about routes and timetables on the Plan Your Journey and Find a Timetable on the council's website.

Great Western Railway runs train services locally, their website contains information on services that are currently operating.

Traveline can help you look at public transport options and includes a journey planner.

Local Taxi operators may also be able to assist with getting you to your appointment.

Community Transport Operators are also available to assist with getting you to medical appointments. A list of local operators can be found in the travel guide on the Plan Your Journey and Find a Timetable on the council's website.

If you are still finding it difficult to travel to or from your vaccine appointment then contact West Berkshire Council's Community Support Hub on: westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk or call: 01635 503579 to ask for assistance/advice. The Council may be able to help.


Useful Contacts and Other Information

Whilst the vaccine has met all quality controls, it is not recommended for some people:

  • Anyone with a history of severe reactions or allergies
  • Children (with some exceptions). The vaccine hasn't been tested in younger children yet
  • Please discuss with your local GP for further advice and information regarding whether or not should you receive a vaccination.

Visit the GOV.UK or NHS website for the most up-to-date information.


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