Jabs plan revs up

Letters from the NHS have begun arriving as the national vaccination programme “rapidly accelerates”.

They have been sent to people aged 80 or over who live 30 to 45 minutes’ drive from one of the seven new sites, including residents who live in Buckinghamshire. The sites closest to Bucks are:

  • Epsom racecourse in Surrey (South East)
  • Excel Centre in London (London)
  • Robertson House in Stevenage (East of England)

The letter explains how they can book a slot – over the phone or online through the national booking service.

While residents who have received the letter can choose to book through the national system if they do not want to use the local system, Buckinghamshire Council is reassuring them that it intends for all patients above the age of 80 to be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP practice by the end of January.

All Bucks local sites will be operating by 25 January, with two additional sites going live next week in Aylesbury and High Wycombe and further sites to follow later in the month.

The council is also finalising plans for two mass vaccination sites in the county.