Two walk-in clinics in Oxford delivered over 800 first dose COVID-19 vaccinations to people aged 18 or over as part of the ‘grab a jab’ weekend (26/27 June). To date, 765,500 COVID-19 vaccinations have been delivered in Oxfordshire since the start of the programme.
Due to the success of the clinics held at The Leys Health Centre and East Oxford Health Centre, the two clinics will be offering more first dose vaccines on:
- The Leys Health Centre, Dunnock Way, Oxford OX4 7EX on Saturday 3 July (9am to 1.30pm)
- East Oxford Health Centre, Manzil Way, Cowley OX4 1GE on Saturday 10 July (9am to 5pm)
No appointment is necessary, and no proof of identity is required (although it is helpful) to allow people aged 18 or over to ‘grab a jab.’
People who attend a walk-in clinic for their first dose will have their vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in their second dose appointment using the national booking system.
“The success of the walk-in clinics shows that for many people, just being able to drop in when they are free is more convenient than making an appointment.
“I’m very thankful to the clinicians, volunteers and organisers who have worked so hard since December to provide the life-saving vaccination to as many people as possible.
“It has been a great team effort to get to this point but with a rise in the number of the Delta variant of the virus, we have to keep going, to keep everyone safe.
“We don’t want pockets of communities to be left out. People who have not had their vaccines may not get seriously ill themselves, but they risk being exposed to the virus and then spreading it among their family and work colleagues.
“The addition of a further walk-in clinic – on 10 July - means there are now four sites to choose from where people can access their first dose quickly and efficiently."
Louise Upton, Cabinet Member for a Safer, Healthier Oxford
“We’ve had a fantastic uptake with over seven hundred thousand vaccinations delivered locally since the start of the vaccination programme. In addition, we are delighted with the success of the walk-in clinics which enabled hundreds of younger people to receive a first dose of the vaccine to protect themselves and their families.
“The flexibility of these clinics resulted in a great turnout, and we urge more people aged 18 or over to take advantage of the opportunity to grab a jab over the coming weekends to keep themselves safe and well.”
“Our priority is to get as many people aged 18 or over vaccinated against the virus in Oxfordshire. In addition to the walk-in clinics there are plenty of other options to book an appointment for the vaccine including at local vaccination centres, seven pharmacies across the county or at the mass vaccination centre at the Kassam stadium."
Jo Cogswell, Director of Transformation at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
People can book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment on the NHS national booking system and we encourage them to check this on a regular basis to see if they can book one closer to their home, and to keep trying as slots become available daily that will be more convenient for them.
- Oxfordshire CCG’s priority is to encourage as many people aged 18 or over to receive the first dose COVID-19 vaccine by ensuring the walk-in centres provide flexibility and ease of access.
- In addition, people can book a first and second dose of the vaccine at local vaccination sites across Oxfordshire, at seven pharmacies or the Kassam stadium. People can ring the national booking service on 119 or go online to national booking service (NBS) to make an appointment with slots being continuously updated to allow plenty of local choice around location and time of appointment so people should check all the time. More appointments become available on the NBS daily, so if people cannot see an appointment close to their home the first time they should keep looking on the system to find a slot that is convenient for them.
- Some local Primary Care Networks are providing Covid-19 vaccines for patients, while GP practices are also offering patients slots at local vaccination sites when these become available. There is no need for people to travel outside of the county to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Nationally, all adults aged 18 or over can book at one of the 1,600 vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service.
- Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.
- People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
- People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.
- Already, around eight in 10 adults nationally have had their first dose of the vaccine while more than half have had their second, meaning they have maximum protection from COVID-19.
- The University of Oxford offered first dose COVID-19 vaccines to students last week at a pop-up clinic totalling 1,200 vaccinations.