COVID-19 Information

The end of the Covid Vaccination programme at The Bell Surgery updated 1/12/2021

The Bell Surgery, along with the other practices in the HenleySonNet Primary Care Network (PCN), have now withdrawn from the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme. As a Surgery we have been delighted to play an integral part in this successful vaccination roll out whilst continuing to deliver broader patient care. We have received exceptionally positive feedback from our patients on the service we have provided. However, this could not have been achieved without the amazing flexibility and resilience of our staff and our brilliant and very long list of volunteers who have been essential to our very efficient vaccine clinics.

If you need a Covid vaccination you can book at a national vaccination centre or use a walk-in facility. Details of these can be found here

Covid Vaccination Record Queries updated 21/10/21

If you believe you have missing or incorrect COVID-19 vaccination data on your NHS app or on your GP record, please call 119 and ask the agent to make a referral to the Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS).

The service has been set up to resolve missing or incorrect vaccination records for people vaccinated in England who have a current NHS number and are registered with a GP practice in England.

The VDRS team will call you back within five working days to discuss your records.

However, please note 119 and VDRS call agents do not provide clinical advice and cannot help at this time with queries related to vaccinations received overseas.

COVID 19 Vaccination Programme

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 16 and over. There are currently two vaccines being used locally in Oxfordshire:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca

The vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which they receive. You cannot choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you. Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines. For example, if you’re pregnant or under 40 you’ll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose. These are very rare reactions and if affected, you will be informed by your GP or hospital clinician, that a different vaccine is necessary for your second dose. Minor side effects after having any of the vaccinations are common and not a cause for concern. These are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

Vaccinations Abroad

If you have had one or both vaccinations abroad and send us proof, we can add the information to your medical record. However only vaccinations given in the UK will show up on your NHS App Covid Passport (although they will show up on the medical record section of the App).

Declined, Postponed or Currently Abroad

If you have decided you want to wait to have the vaccination or are abroad and unable to have it at the moment, the onus is on you to contact the surgery when you are ready to have the vaccination as we do not have the resources to keep checking. Thank you for your understanding.

We are now calling:

  • 16 year olds and above
  • Anyone who had their first vaccination 8 weeks ago
  • All patients in previous cohorts

7871 of our patients have had their first Covid Vaccination, 7211 of our patients have had their second dose and 2463 of our patients have had their Booster Vaccination.

Patients are being vaccinated according to strict priority groups. See here for more details from Public Health England about the priority groups.

For more information about eligible groups: click here

If your query relates to personal information which is incorrect on the patient record (e.g. name, address), please contact the practice and we will be happy to help you.

Patient-friendly information on Coronavirus

Accessible, high-quality information on COVID-19 is available in one place to make it easy for staff and carers across all health and care settings to find trusted information they can use with patients, families, carers and service users, quickly and easily.

Selected by HEE’s national NHS Knowledge and Library Services Team, provides a gateway to the best available resources, gathered from a range of relevant health and third sector providers. Updated regularly, the tailored content includes materials aimed at specific groups such as children and young people, older people and carers and for people with cancer or long-term conditions as well as providing resources in different accessible formats. Most recently sections have been added on long-COVID and vaccination.

What to expect when you arrive for your appointment
  • We encouraged you to arrive at the time of your appointment and not before as there is limited space for waiting.
  • You will be booked in by an administrator and called into the vaccinating room for your vaccine.
  • In each vaccination room, there is an administrator who enters the data and a Doctor Or Nurse will check it is safe for you to have the vaccine before delivering the vaccine.

We have been performing the vaccines in the surgery and have strict social distancing measures in place. The service has been running very smoothly with very little delay for patients. We are really delighted to be offering this service. We are so eager for our lives to return to normal as soon as possible. Vaccinating the population as quickly as possible will enable this to happen. We encourage everyone who is offered a vaccine to be vaccinated. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have helped marshall the car park and the queues. Without their help, our practice would have been incredibly stretched. We are always grateful for extra help with marshaling and if anyone would like to volunteer to help, please contact the surgery directly.

Details & Q&As about the COVID 19 Vaccination Programme
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For further details and Q&As about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme please read the information below

The NHS has planned extensively to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history. Through their position in local neighbourhoods, GP practices are well placed to reach out to our diverse communities and avoid inequalities in access. They have an important role in delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme, alongside other providers.
Now that we have two vaccines that have been confirmed as safe and effective by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and once supplies are available to us, we can begin to roll it out to those groups who need it most.

The NHS wants to go as fast as it can and is recruiting more vaccinators and support staff from across the NHS and outside of it, all of whom will be trained, assessed and supervised.

Public statement – Published 2 December
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “This is an important next step in our response to the Coronavirus pandemic and hospitals will shortly kick off the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history.
“The NHS has a proven track record of delivering large scale vaccinations from the winter flu jab to BCG and, once the final hurdles are cleared and the vaccine arrives in England’s hospitals, health service staff will begin offering people this ground-breaking jab in a programme that will expand to cover the whole country in the coming months.”

When will I be vaccinated?
To enable everyone to get the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established with care home residents and staff and older people among the first to receive it.Covid-19 why do I have to wait patient leafletDownload

How will I know when I will be able to get vaccinated?

The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to be vaccinated and inform you of the location and date. You will also see messages in your local community. You will be able to book an appointment, either using an online or telephone booking system so that you can choose the right time and location to attend.

Where will I be vaccinated?

The NHS has well-established ways of delivering large-scale vaccinations across the country, for example the annual flu jab and routine immunisations for children and pregnant women, which are primarily led by GPs and community pharmacies and often delivered using local facilities. The delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme will build on these.
Given the current requirements for social distancing, and the number of people covered, you will either be asked to attend your GP surgery or another location, such as another NHS building or designated vaccination centre that will enable people to be vaccinated safely.

Which vaccine will I be given?

The vaccine patients receive will depend on supply.  Except, those with allergies will be offered the Oxford AstaZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

There continue to be a number of other vaccines being developed and trialed, we don’t yet know which of these will be approved for use or when this might happen.
Any vaccines that are available will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people can be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while.

What are the side effects?

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. Although you may get some protection from the first dose, having the second dose will give you the best protection against the virus.

Very common side effects include:
• having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
• feeling tired
• headache
• general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

Key messages 

  • The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
  • We will be in contact with you with information about where and when you will need to receive the vaccine.
  • Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
  • Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
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Well-being while staying at home

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit NHS Every Mind Matters for advice, practice advice and support groups.

If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it’s important to get support.

Get urgent support now from Every Mind Matters

Keeping active

To stay fit and healthy whilst at home, try the NHS Home workout videos.

Advice for vulnerable patients
Support for self-employed

Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Support for the employed

Isolation Notes are available online from NHS 111, if you are self-isolating and need a note for your employer.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
Advice for patients with pre-existing conditions
Advice for parents
Coronavirus in Children
COVID – 19 advice for parentsDownload
Useful links
  • National Domestic Violence   Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Rape Crisis England & Wales 0808 802 9999
  • NSPCC  Helpline 0808 800 5000 – If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support
  • Childline 0800 1111 – Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry
  • MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on “Coronavirus and your wellbeing”
  • YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and naxiety about Coronavirus
  • ICON: Babies cry: You can cope
  • SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID