Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Programme

The Partners at Woodstock Surgery would like to thank patients for their support and understanding during this extremely busy time. As you are aware the Practice has been open throughout the pandemic and has continued to offer all our services including face-to-face appointments. At times it has been especially challenging as we have been down one full-time GP, but it is hoped that we will be able to recruit a new GP to join the team as soon as possible.

We will soon be starting to deliver the Covid-19 Booster Vaccination programme. This time we will be delivering the vaccine programme from the main Woodstock Surgery site.

For the practice to deliver the booster campaign safely, as well as to provide all our existing services and to deliver the winter flu campaign, we will be holding our Covid-19 Booster clinics on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, alternating these days each week.

During these booster clinics, a Duty Doctor and Nurse will be available to see emergency, on-the-day appointments and our telephone lines will remain open as normal, but routine appointments will have to be suspended to enable us to deliver a safe service on these days (as the rest of our team will be carrying out the vaccine clinics). Normal services will resume on the other days of the week when we are not running the booster vaccine clinics.

Following on from the previous Covid-19 vaccination programme, patients will be called for their booster once they are six clear months from their second Covid-19 vaccination. All patients over 50, those aged 16–49 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be invited to have their booster vaccination.

You may also be contacted directly by the NHS and invited to book with the National Booking System.

Your booster will be a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, regardless of which vaccine you received before. This follows data which indicates the Pfizer vaccine is well tolerated as a third dose and provides a strong booster response.

Frontline health and social care staff will be directed to book their appointments through their employers if they work at Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT or Oxford Health NHS FT. Other staff will need to go through the national booking service.

For information about vaccinations for children aged 12-15, please go to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group website or Oxford Health NHS FT website.