Updated 05 May 2021
This article gives latest information on how every GP surgery in Reading is running Covid vaccinations for eligible people.
Surgeries are working together in their area’s primary care network (PCN) to deliver vaccines from one designated site for all patients, meaning you may have to travel further to get it.
Vaccines are being delivered on various dates, leading to differences in when your surgery will begin to call people in.
Surgeries are urging patients not to call to ask for appointment dates and wait to be contacted instead, unless they have specifically asked certain priority groups to contact them about possible missed vaccinations.
As well as primary care networks, you can book at a mass vaccination centre (nearest is Madejski Stadium), or a particpating pharmacy (Triangle Pharmacy in Tilehurst) via the NHS website even before you get an NHS letter asking you to make an appointment. If your age group hasn't started taking appointments, the national booking service doesn't let you in.
Find out details for your surgery
Tilehurst Primary Care Network
Surgeries it covers: Tilehurst Village, Chancellor House, Grovelands Medical Centre and Westwood Road Health Centre
Vaccination venue: Tilehurst Village Surgery, 92 Westwood Road, Reading, RG31 5PP
Launch date: First surgery in Reading, on 15 December 2020
Progress: The PCN had administered over 16,240 vaccines, as of 30 April 2021. It is now running clinics for 40+ age groups and will move onto the 30s 'imminently'.
Message: If you think you have missed out on your turn, get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, date of birth, contact telephone number and NHS number if you know it. They will aim to send you an invite text message within four working days.
University Primary Care Network
Surgeries it covers: University Health Centre and Whitley Villa Surgery
Vaccination venue: University Health Centre, 9 Northcourt Avenue, Reading RG2 7HE
Reading West Primary Care Network
Surgeries it covers: The Potteries, Circuit Lane and Western Elms
Vaccination venue: Circuit Lane Surgery, 53 Circuit Lane, Reading, RG30 3AN
Reading Central Primary Care Network and Whitley Primary Care Network
Surgeries they cover: Abbey Medical Centre, Chatham Street, Eldon Road & Melrose, Pembroke and Russell Street surgeries and Reading Walk-In-Centre (in Reading PCN) and Kennet, London Street, Longbarn Lane, Milman Rd and South Reading & Shinfield practice (in Whitley PCN)
Vaccination venue: Garden Hall of Watlington House, entrance opposite 71 South Street, Reading, RG1 4RA
Launch date: Saturday 16 January for invited patients from the various surgeries
Message for patients: Venue parking and information sheet. Please bring a printed and completed consent form if you are able to, or fill in one on arrival.
Caversham Primary Care Network
Surgeries it covers: Balmore Park and Emmer Green
Vaccination venue: Emmer Green Surgery, 4 St Barnabas Road, Emmer Green, Reading, RG4 8RA
Launch date: Friday 15 January
Progress: Has given two doses to 80% of clinically extremely vulnerable people and up to 95% of very elderly people. It is encouraging younger age groups to use mass vaccination centres.
Message for patients: 'The work involved in organising, planning and running the Covid vaccination clinics has meant that we do have a backlog of our normal administrative work. Please can we ask you to bear with us while we continue to run the clinics, as this does mean that we are unable to complete other tasks in as timely a fashion as we would like, but vaccinating our local population does have to take priority at this time. It is likely to be a few months before we are fully back to normal. We recognise that many of our patients are very stressed at this time and we want to be as supportive as we can. However many staff have received a much higher level of abuse recently which is unacceptable and actually creates more delays. Please can we ask you to remain calm and understand that our workload has been dramatically affected by the Pandemic and it will take longer for us to deliver your requests.'