Off the back of the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight, adults across Berkshire are being invited to get their Covid booster jab before the new year.
The target for giving every adult in England a booster jab has been brought forward by a month over fears of a “tidal wave of Omicron” that could cause “very many deaths”.
Boris Johnson, in a pre-recorded address to the nation on Sunday evening, said Britain “must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection” as he set a new deadline of jabbing everyone over 18 by the new year.
He said scientists had discovered that being fully vaccinated is “simply not enough” to prevent the spread of the coronavirus mutation and that, without a lightning speed mass booster campaign, the NHS could be overwhelmed.
The announcement comes as the UK Covid alert level was raised to Level 4, up from Level 3, following a rapid increase in the number of Omicron cases being recorded.
Who is eligible for a booster?
Anyone over the age of 18 from tomorrow.
You can get a booster dose from a walk-in site if it’s been three months (91 days) since your 2nd dose.
Where can I get my booster jab in Berkshire?
Full list of vaccination sites in Berkshire
There are a number of different ways you could be vaccinated:
- Local vaccination sites (run by GPs in West Berkshire, Wokingham and Reading).
- Hospital sites for health and social care staff
- Care homes
- Pharmacy sites
- National mass vaccination sites
- NHS Health on the Move pop-up clinics
Anyone over the age of 16, and parents of children aged 12 to 15, can book their coronavirus jab here or attend a walk-in appointment here. The vaccine is free of charge without any immigration checks and you do not need to have a GP or an NHS number.
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Full list of Covid vaccination sites in Berkshire
The Boathouse Surgery, Rosewood Hall, Whitchurch Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7DP
This is a partnership of 3 GPs: Pangbourne, Mortimer and Burghfield
Thatcham Medical Practice, Bath Road, Thatcham, RG19 3HD
Boots, 4-5 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1DJ
Nabbs Lane Pharmacy, Kennet Shopping Centre, Newbury, RG14 5EN
Mortimer Pharmacy, 72 Victoria Road, Reading, RG7 3SQ
Lambourn Pharmacy, The Broadway, Lambourn, RG17 8XY
Wokingham Local Vaccination Sites
Wargrave Surgery, Victoria Road, RG10 8BP
This is a partnership of 4 GPs: Wargrave surgery, Loddon Vale surgery, Parkside surgery, Woodley Centre surgery
Swallowfield Surgery, Village Hall, The Street, Swallowfield, RG7 1QY
This is a partnership of 2 GPs: Swallowfield surgery, Finchampstead surgery
Woodley Centre Surgery, 1st Floor, 6 Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JA
This is a partnership of 4 GPs: Woodley Centre surgery, Wargrave surgery, Loddon Vale surgery, Parkside surgery
Chalfont Surgery, Salvation Army Hall, Chalfont Close, Lower Earley, RG6 5HZ
This is a partnership of 2 GPs: Brookside group practice, Wilderness Road surgery
Wokingham Medical Centre, Bradbury Centre, 23 Rose Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XS
This is a partnership of 2 GPs: Wokingham Medical Centre, Woosehill Medical Centre
Tilehurst Village Surgery, 92 Westwood Road, Reading, RG31 5PP
Tilehurst Village Surgery, Chancellor House Surgery, Grovelands Medical Centre, Westwood Road Health Centre
Circuit Lane Surgery, 53 Circuit Lane, Reading, RG30 3AN
Circuit Lane The Potteries, Western Elms surgeries
Reading University Medical Centre, 9 Northcourt Avenue, Reading, RG2 7HE
University Health Centre, Whitley Villa Surgery
Emmer Green Surgery, 4 St Barnabas Road, Emmer Green, Reading, RG4 8RA
Emmer Green surgery, Balmore Park
Garden Hall of Watlington House, entrance opposite 71 South Street, Reading, RG1 4RA
Abbey Medical Centre, Chatham Street, Eldon Road, Pembroke, Russell Street, Reading Walk-In-Centre, Kennet, London Street, Longbarn Lane, Milman Road, South Reading and Shinfield Medical Practice
Triange Pharmacy, 88-90 School Road, Reading, RG31 5AW
Broad Street Mall, Broad Street, Reading, RG1 7QE
Andover Local Vaccination Sites
Ludgershall Pharmacy, Central Street, Ludgershall, Andover, SP11 9RA
Swindon Local Vaccination Sites
STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2TA
National Mass Vaccination Sites
In addition to the local vaccination sites, the NHS is setting up some national mass vaccination sites that patients will be invited to attend.
Currently, the sites closest to Berkshire are:
Salt Hill Activity Centre, Slough
Broad Street Mall, Reading
From last week, face coverings are made mandatory in most public venues including places of worship, theatres and cinemas. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.
From tomorrow, (Monday 13 December), people have been asked to work from home, if they can.
From Wednesday (December 15), an NHS COVID pass or proof of negative lateral flow test will be required to gain access to major venues such as nightclubs, indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people.