Welcome to the 40th edition of the u3a newsletter!
The ☔️January 2021 ☔️ newsletter announces the first u3a Day which is taking place on Wednesday 2 June 2021, and highlights the next u3a radio podcast (episode 4). There are also details on Subject Advice events for Chess and Bridge. Other events taking place can be found on the events page. Check the website regularly for up-to-date news, tutorials and events.
A local taxi company, Falcon Taxis, are kindly offering a free cab to get your Covid jab for the over 80’s.
Call them on 01296 247247 to arrange.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Your GP will either call you or send a letter inviting you to your vaccination appointment. Please do not call the GP or go to the vaccination site without an invitation.
There are a number of different ways you could be vaccinated:
- Local Vaccination Sites (run by Buckinghamshire GPs). GPs are also delivering the vaccine directly to care homes for their residents and staff.
- Pharmacy Sites
- National mass vaccination sites
- Hospital sites for health and social care staff
All vaccination sites have parking on site or nearby. The public car parks will have a charge.
Local vaccination sites
In Buckinghamshire, all GP Led sites will be operating by 25 January and all residents over the age of 80 will be offered a vaccination appointment locally through their GP Practice by the end of January. All GPs are involved in the rollout of the vaccination programme, through eight GP led sites across the county.
Vaccinations are not delivered at GP surgeries but at the vaccination site they are linked to – the Aylesbury Covid-19 Vaccination Centre, at the Indoor Bowls Centre, Stoke Mandeville Stadium, is linked to the following GP surgeries:
- Berryfields Medical Centre.
- Edlesborough Surgery.
- Haddenham Medical Centre.
- Mandeville Surgery.
- Meadowcroft Surgery.
- Oakfield Surgery.
- Poplar Grove Practice.
- Westongrove PCN.
PATIENT JOURNEY GUIDE
This YouTube video is useful so you know what to expect when you get to the Aylesbury Vaccination Centre, Stoke Mandeville.
18.1.2021: New priority group bookings to start on Tuesday 19 Jan
From Tuesday, 19 January, residents aged 75-79 will also begin to receive letters inviting them to book a vaccination at one of the mass vaccination sites. They will have the option of doing so at any of the live national vaccination sites, or at community pharmacies as they come on stream.
16.1.2021: New vaccination site at Odeon Cinema, Aylesbury
New pharmacy led vaccination site open w/c 18 January: If you receive a letter, you can now book via the national system.
- QUIZ – Wednesday – 3rd February at 2pm on Zoom
Following the TVN Christmas Quiz, many people expressed an interest in having more quizzes, so we are running another. More information in the attached flyer – please note that there is no application form for this event. Participants should simply send an email to the address on the flyer (note that this is a separate email address especially for Quiz events). The closing date for applications is 30th January.
- MUSIC FROM THE MUSICALS, HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!
Tuesday – 23rd February 10.30am on Zoom
Clive Aronson will be giving a unique insight into the musicals we all know and love. The event will illustrate the music with clips, both visual and audio. Full details can be found here. If you are interested in attending then please complete and return the application form. The closing date for applications is 15th February.
All the above details and information on other TVN Study days can be found on the TVN website
From the Westongrove Practice for those wondering about vaccines
“Over the last few weeks we have been working tirelessly with our neighbouring practices to set up a Covid vaccination centre in Aylesbury using the Pfizer Covid vaccine. The logistics around this have proved to be very complicated and we are still awaiting information about when the vaccine will be delivered before we can start inviting people for the vaccination.
The news of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca Covid vaccine being approved earlier this week has given us all a much needed boost heading into 2021. The fact that this vaccine is much easier to store should allow us to run our local Covid vaccination program more along the lines of our annual flu clinics. We are currently awaiting more information about how the vaccine has to be administered and when we might receive this vaccine. Once we have that information we will be leaving no stone unturned in getting everyone vaccinated as quickly as the supply of vaccine allows.
Dacorum – Berkhamsted u3a have invited WTU3A members to attend a Zoom talk on Monday 14th December at 2pm. Ian Waller will be talking about ‘Wicked Wikis’.
To confirm your attendance and get the link please contact Kath Jones on email@example.com