ANOTHER site will today start giving out the coronavirus vaccine to its patients in Bracknell.

East Berkshire CCG has announced more patients are soon to be invited to get their vaccine as the second roll-out of the Covid jab is underway.

From today, The Health Triangle Primary Care Network – Ringmead Medical Practice, Evergreen Practice, and Crownwood Medical Centre - will deliver vaccines to patients aged 80 and over using one of its sites.

It follows the initial vaccine hub that was set up at Waitrose HQ as the first site in Bracknell for patients to get their jab.

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Health Triangle PCN clinical director Dr Farhad Daruwalla, also a GP at Ringmead Medical Practice, said: “We are delighted to get this local service up and running.

“By working together and in line with national guidelines, we will be focusing our efforts on vaccinating our patients aged 80 and over from all three practices, including those residing in local care homes.”

The latest announcement means patients will be invited to use Ringmead Medical Practice’s Birch Hill Medical Centre, in Bracknell, as its vaccination site. As with all other vaccination centres and sites, vaccinations will be by appointment only and patients are told not to contact the NHS for a vaccine appointment.

Following the move for the three surgeries, patients under the Ascot and Bracknell and District PCNs will continue to use the Waitrose sports and leisure centre site for vaccinations over the coming weeks and months.

The Health Triangle PCN clinical director Dr Ivan Aloysius, a GP and Immunisation lead at Ringmead Medical Practice, said: "It’s important that patients do not contact us to seek their vaccine, we will contact you. When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointment.

“The roll-out of the vaccine will be a marathon, not a sprint, and we cannot let down our guard. We all must continue to follow the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and following the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance when you can’t.

“Due to the volume of people we’re hoping to immunise over the coming days, we’re asking that everyone arrives on time and not early, for their appointment, and follows social distancing measures. Please don’t forget to wear your masks.”

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He added: “It is important to note that the vaccine takes three weeks to give benefit so you can still be at risk during that time. Also, even when vaccinated, you may still be carrying the virus and could spread it.

“Therefore, we must not be complacent and follow the strict guidance in place.”

The CCG added that any patient at Ringmead Medical Practice who has been asked to be seen face-to-face by a clinician for a non-Covid related matter, then appointments will take place at Great Hollands and Crowthorne sites during the days when the centre is being used as a vaccination clinic.