A mass vaccination centre opened at Reading's Madejski Stadium on Monday 22 February in a move that should speed up the effort to protect people from coronavirus.
The NHS is inviting local people aged 65-69 (priority group 5) to visit the centre for their jabs. They will receive the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine, as that is what is being supplied to the mass centre.
People in groups 1-4 (people aged 70+, clinically extremely vulnerable people, or health or social care workers) who haven’t yet taken up an earlier invitation can also book an appointment at the centre.
However, Reading people in priority group 6 (16-64-year-olds with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers) will be invited to get their vaccinations from one of the five, GP-run vaccination hubs, instead of the mass centre.
How to use the centre
- You'll get a national NHS invitation letter to visit the centre when it's your turn
- Book your appointment online
- Or book your appointment by calling 119
- Don’t turn up without an appointment – you will not be seen
- Wear a face covering on site
- Please don’t turn up too early, to avoid queues building up
- Marshals will direct you the short walk from the car park to the vaccination site
- There is a lift and wheelchairs for people with mobility issues
- There is a separate, quieter vaccine pod for people with sensory or other needs
- Staff have access to phone-based interpreters to communicate with people who do do not speak English as a first language
The site is being run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and has been set up with help from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which oversees local health services and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The CCG has made a video (see below) of a walk through the centre to help the public know what to expect.
Dr Abid Irfan, the GP chair of Berkshire West CCG said: “It’s great that we have this mass vaccination centre now up and running in Reading. It means we’ll be able to deliver the jabs at pace and this will play a critical role in the vaccination programme which has been working so well across Berkshire West since the first sites came on stream in December.”
He added: “The Madejski Vaccination Centre also means our primary care teams will now be able to devote more time to the other healthcare needs of their patients.”