Coronavirus Information

Receiving your vaccine after contracting Covid-19

You can have the vaccine 28 days after you had a positive test for COVID-19 or 28 days after your symptoms started, so you may need to wait.

Please rearrange any vaccine appointments you may have booked if within these 28 days.

Covid-19 Booster vaccines

Following on from today's (14/09/21) Government annoucement regarding Covid-19 Booster vaccines, we are working hard to finalise our plans to deliver this to our patients.

We would like to ask that you DO NOT contact the practice about this. As before, we will contact you when you are eligible for your vaccine.

Please see the Governments website here for further information.

 

Vaccinations for 16 and 17 year olds

Invites are being sent out, please follow the link to book your appointment. If you haven't received your invite and you are a patient at Brackley Medical Centre please feel free to phone us. 

If you would prefer to go to another walk-in clinic or would prefer a different vaccine (ie Moderna), you can find details of the nearest ‘grab a jab’ walk-in centre on the NHS online walk-in finder. The list of ‘grab a jab’ sites is being added to daily so if there is nothing that suits you to start with, please look again at a later date.

Under JCVI guidance 16 and 17-year-olds will currently be offered one dose of the vaccine only.

The National Booking Service (NBS) is currently only open to anyone aged 18 or over, and to people within three months of their 18th birthday.

Children aged 12 to 15

Children aged 12 and over who are clinically vulnerable to COVID will be contacted by the NHS and invited for their vaccine. Those who are eligible include those with Down’s syndrome, or undergoing many cancer treatments, have had organ or bone marrow transplants or who are on the learning disability register. The COVID vaccine will also be offered to children aged 12 years and over who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, such as those receiving chemotherapy or who have had a transplant. Please note we will not be vaccinating this age group at BMC.  Parents of children in this age group will be sent details of how and when their child will be vaccinated.

For FAQs please click here.

Update about AstraZeneca vaccines

There have recently been headlines in the news about AstraZeneca vaccines being manufactured in India and these not being authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

A Government spokesperson said:

‘This is completely untrue – no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK.

'All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and we’re confident travel will not be affected.

'All doses used in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections, by the medicines regulator, the MHRA.

'The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU. Ensuring safe and open travel with our global partners is a clear priority and we are engaging the European Commission on certification.’

Those who have received the following AstraZeneca batch numbers; 4120Z001, 4120Z002 & 4120Z003, are encouraged to download their Covid Pass from the NHS App, or call 119 for a paper copy. The Vaccine Product will be labelled as ‘Vaxzevria’. This is NOT the Covishield that was manufactured in India

Covid infection control policies

PLEASE NOTE: From 19 July all people entering Brackley Medical Centre and Lowick Pharmacy will STILL be expected to wear a mask or face covering (unless they are exempt), maintain social distancing and use hand-sanitiser.  Clinical staff will continue to wear PPE. This is to ensure the safety of patients and staff. 

AstraZeneca vaccines and clot risk

Updated 12/5/21

We are currently receiving a large number of queries surrounding the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. This is causing significant delays on the phone lines, and limiting availability for non COVID queries.

We hope that the following information clarifies the position on AZ vaccines:

 

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives in the UK and around the world.

As the MHRA – the UK’s independent regulator – and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation have said that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults.

For anyone over the age of 40, the only contradication to receiving the AZ vaccine is if you have previously had the very rare HIIT syndrome (blood clots associated with low platelets).

The government will follow the updated advice, which sets out that, as a precaution, it is preferable for people under the age of 40 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible, but only if doing so does not cause a substantial delay in accessing a vaccination.

Everybody who has already had a first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same jab, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts following their first vaccination.

When people are called forward, they should get their jab. Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against COVID-19.

 

Free Lateral Flow Tests available from Lowick Pharmacy

Following the announcement that everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing, we are delighted to announce that Lowick Pharmacy at Brackley Medical Centre will be an official ‘Pharmacy Collect’ centre.

People aged 18 and over without symptoms will be able to visit Lowick Pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid Lateral Flow tests to use twice a week at home.

The aim of the tests is to help identify positive cases in asymptomatic people and thereby break the chain of transmission. Having a negative test result will help reassure you that it is safe to visit friends and relatives outdoors. 

Once you have completed your test you will need to register your results online at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result  or by calling 119. Should you test positive you will need to self-isolate and order a confirmatory PCR test.

Updated 7/4/21

Attending Brackley Medical Centre

If you require medical advice, please call 01280 702436:

  • In most cases you will be be booked in for a telephone assessment with one of our clinicians. 
  • If a face-to-face appointment is necessary, you will be advised what to do.

Please can we ask all patients to phone the surgery with any queries and not enter the building unless advised to do so.

Only patients with face to face appointments should come into the surgery.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.