Covid-19 Vaccine update from Thame’s GP surgeries

Rycote Practice (at 15 July 2021)

At the time of writing nearly 92.4% of eligible patients at The Rycote Practice have had a first Covid vaccination and 71.1% of patients are now fully immunised. This compares to 85.1% and 63.5% nationally (data from NHS England week ending 4.7.21). We have also offered hundreds of vaccines to others (who are not patients of The Rycote Practice).

Uptake rates are around 95% and above for patients over 50 (89% for 40 – 49yr olds, 81% for 30-39 yr olds and 75% for 18-29 yr olds). If you have not yet had the Covid vaccine we would strongly encourage you to book in – this will protect others (who may be more vulnerable) as well as you. You can book with us by calling 01844 267935 or book at another vaccination site.

In the coming weeks we will be focussing on offering second dose Covid vaccinations on or around 8 weeks.  We will provide clinic details on our website and on Facebook once vaccine deliveries are confirmed.

If you book to have a vaccination with us please, please, please keep your appointment – in the past few clinics we have had DNA (did not attend) rates of up to 20%. Pfizer comes in 6 doses a vial and AZ generally in 9 doses a vial so we have to administer multiples of these numbers to avoid wastage once we have removed them from the fridge. Failure to do so can mean that we risk wasting vaccines as we have a limited period of time to use them. So far we have managed to not waste a single dose but in some clinics this has involved staff working several hours beyond the finish time to ensure that we can find patients to offer unused vaccines to.

Unity Health (at 6 July 2021)

After a very busy and successful 7 months, we closed the doors to our COVID Vaccination Centre on Wednesday 30th June.
We were the second vaccination centre to open in Buckinghamshire, delivering just under 30,000 Pfizer and Astrazeneca vaccines. We have administered both first and second doses to patients aged 50 and over and those with underlying health conditions. In addition we have given first doses for those aged 18-49 years. Everyone who received their first dose through us will need to book their second dose after 8 weeks via the National Booking system online or by calling 119. The same applies for those still needing to book their first dose. Whilst we are no longer offering COVID vaccines, we would still like to encourage everyone to be vaccinated.
We are extremely proud of what we have achieved during this time and this would not have been possible without our dedicated members of staff across all 5 sites, whether this was working in the vaccination centre or keeping the surgeries afloat. We are also grateful to have such supportive patients.
And last, but most definitely not least, we would like to a say a very big Thank-You to all our volunteers – vaccinators, queue managers and traffic/car park marshals. We were extremely fortunate to have such a huge uptake of volunteers, regardless of the weather conditions or the day of the week, we never struggled to fill all the positions needed to allow our clinics to run smoothly. They have nominated two local charities to whom we will make a charitable donation; these are Rennie Grove Hospice and The Princes Centre in Princes Risborough.

Covid-19 Vaccine Priority List

Various vaccination scams are in circulation so make sure to read the Scams section of this page too for helpful tips.
Please continue to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene and observe social distancing after you have been vaccinated to help drive infection rates down whilst we vaccinate younger patients. Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.
Whether you receive a text from your practice or a letter from the NHS please do book your vaccine as soon as possible.

Council Services & Information

Thame Town Council

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To contact Thame Town Council for any assistance, please email ( or call 01844 212833 (this number is monitored during our standard office hours).

  • Thame Information Centre and Town Hall are now open Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Fridays 9am to 4:30pm, and Thursdays 10am-4:30pm, and closed daily 12:30pm-1:30pm. 
  • Working arrangements – Staff and Councillors can continue to be contacted by phone or email during office hours and most staff are now working in the office.
  • Thame Market – For the latest updates, visit the Thame Tuesday Charter Market Facebook page
  • Skate Park, Play Areas, Parks and Open Spaces – all are open. The equipment is not cleaned, so please regularly wash your hands, avoid touching your face and do not allow children to touch it with their mouths. Please maintain social distancing at all times – come back later if it is busy. 
  • Our town is awesome – don’t make it rubbish… With the warmer weather and the easing of lockdown restrictions, the Town Council’s maintenance team are encountering more and more rubbish in the parks and play areas.
  • Council Meetings – All council and committee meetings are now being held in person at the Town Hall. Please keep up to date with future Council meeting dates by visiting our schedule of meetings and checking the agendas for venue / capacity details.
  • Councillor Drop-In – our monthly Councillor Drop-Ins have not yet resumed. If you would like to speak to a Councillor, please email or call the Town Council to be put in touch with a Councillor.
  • High Street Recovery Plan – Thame Town Council has put together a plan to help the High Street recover, and you are encouraged to read and comment on it.

South Oxfordshire District Council – Covid-19 Service Updates and Support

Oxfordshire County Council – Covid-19 Service Updates and Support

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Local Support Services & Contacts

The Town Council will do all it can to support its local community and businesses, so please do contact us on the above information if you need help.

Below is a list of useful numbers and local support services, and make sure to check out the links to the Useful and Emergency Contacts pages too.

Support during Covid-19

Age UK Oxfordshire – 01865 411 288. Telephone support service including a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are and offer advice if needed.

Thame Phone Support Line – 0330 022 1441. For residents of Thame who need support with food shopping and prescription collections or would like a friendly chat. The phone line is supported by the Thame Good Neighbour Scheme and Love Thame Helpers.

Oxfordshire All In / Oxford Together – if you are not in a high risk category but still in need of support, there are a number of initiatives taking place across Oxfordshire.

NHS Volunteer Responders – 0808 196 3646. A Government initiative to assist those self-isolating, shielding or needing extra support.

See also the Food Support and Financial Support sections of this page.

Support & Advice Services

Citizens Advice – the team are able to offer advice over the phone on 0808 278 7907 (freephone) or by email between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. You can also visit their website for advice related to Covid-19 and employment, as well as universal credit, benefits and scams.

Online Child Abuse Support Services – Reports of online child sexual abuse in the Thames Valley area were 146% higher in March 2020 in comparison with March 2019.

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services – free advice: 0800 731 0055 (Mon-Fri 10am-7pm), or the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Debt Support [PDF] – Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has opened a Debt Centre in partnership with Grace Church Thame and the support of all the churches in Thame. Call 0800 328 0006, Monday – Friday.

Victims First offer a range of support services for victims of crime or abuse.

Spiritual Support

Useful Contacts               Emergency Contacts

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Health & Care Support and Prescriptions

NHS ‘Health at Home’ has lots of useful information on how to order repeat prescriptions, contact your GP, find out about urgent dental treatment, manage long-term conditions and maintain your mental and physical well-being.

Rycote Practice

Call: 01844 261066
Rycote Practice – Facebook updates 

Unity Health

Call: 01844 212553
Unity Health – Facebook updates

Looking after yourself – these are unprecedented times and it is normal to feel anxious, stressed or worried, but it is important to take care of yourself during this time. Check out the Activities for Adults and Activities for Children sections of this page for resources and ideas. Exercise videos for the elderly – Generation Games (part of Age UK Oxfordshire) have uploaded exercise videos specifically for the elderly.

To protect yourself and others, always follow government Covid-19 guidance on social distancing and face masks, and observe good personal hygiene at all times.

Covid-19 symptoms? You must stay at home if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Do not leave the house except to get a covid-19 test. 

Other medical conditions? Many non-urgent services, routine operations, referrals and outpatient appointments were cancelled during the Covid-19 outbreak, but most have since resumed – contact your GP for the latest update. If you have symptoms that you would normally speak to your GP about, do not hesitate to contact your GP (by phone/online). Necessary consultation will take place either online, by telephone or video link and some may take place face-to-face with appropriate safety measures in place.



Do NOT order medication more than 2 weeks before you run out.

Boots will deliver prescriptions to those:

  • that have a NHS shielding letter
  • that have a GP letter to advise them to self-isolate
  • with Covid symptoms

If this applies to you, call Boots High Street (01844 213882) or East Street (01844 218248) to arrange delivery – note both surgeries shut for 2 hours at lunch time and have limited hours at weekends. 

The Love Thame Helpers will continue to deliver urgent medication and prescriptions for those who do not fall into one of the above categories. Call 0330 022 1441 or complete the Google Form to request prescription collection and delivery requests. The delivery team have been DBS checked and have strict protocols to manage the deliveries which protect them and you. 

Collecting Prescriptions?

Prescriptions will be sent to your nominated Pharmacy – inform your GP practice which pharmacy you would like this sent to. (Note: Unity Health will automatically send to Boots High Street unless you told them otherwise). Boots offer a text alert service which you can sign-up to to be notified when your prescription is ready to collect.

Prescription Delivery to your home?
  • Boots Pharmacy and Pharmacy2U allow you to order repeat prescriptions directly without being registered with your doctor’s online services (these are only available to Rycote Practice patients at present)
  • JMW Vicary Pharmacy, Haddenham, also deliver. They will telephone you to prepay (where relevant) and then arrange a delivery to your door. 01844 291 960.

Other Health Support

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Support for Businesses & Self-Employed

Thame Initiatives

SODC Initiatives

Government Initiatives

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Food Support, Meal Deliveries & Supermarket Hours

Food Support

If you would like to help the Thame Foodbank, you can download the Foodbank app to your phone, and select ‘Sharing Life Trust’ to see the current list of needed items locally. If you need support from the Foodbank, please call 0300 201 0212 or 07541 299010, or visit the Sharing Life Trust website.

Sharing Life Trust have launched a Community Larder for Thame. This will provide a way to access staple food, reduce food waste and improve the well-being of residents. 

Meal Deliveries

There are lots of businesses locally who are offering a delivery service from their restaurants, cafes and butchers. Thame Rewards Club has posted a handy guide of the known businesses.

Chinnor Rugby Club are trialling a new service to provide free homemade hot meals to the elderly and vulnerable of Thame and Chinnor. This new venture is based at the catering facility already on site and funded by the club’s sponsors and delivered by volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you, or anyone you know, would benefit from a free homemade meal delivered to your door, please in the email

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Financial Support

Below are some of the funding streams the Town Council is aware of, which are available for community organisations and individuals to apply to. Note that some funding applications below may be temporarily paused / being reviewed.

Creative / Sport

Community Groups / Organisations and Charities

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Activities for Children

Each school will have their own Covid-19 arrangements as well as online resources and facilities, so for the latest information please check their websites below. Parent-mail / newsletters will be the main way in which the school communicates with its parents so check your emails too.

Ideas for School at Home

Fun Activities

Activities for Adults

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Covid-19 Vaccine Scams

Residents are urged to be on their guard against scammers using the promise of a coronavirus vaccine to con them out of money. Criminals across the country are contacting people out of the blue with offers of a coronavirus vaccination. These approaches have been made by text or from a recorded voice message on the telephone. In each case the recipient is required to respond by clicking a link in the text message or by pressing 1 when receiving the call. They are then asked to give personal information, as well as financial details to book their vaccination. However, these are scams, with criminals exploiting the pandemic to attempt to steal personal details and people’s money. The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to people most at risk from coronavirus. These people will be contacted by the NHS.

Warning Signs

  • Scammers who try to get you to pay them money for ‘early access’ to the vaccine.
  • Scammers who ask for private information such as bank account details or your NHS number.
  • Scammers knocking on your door claiming they can get you early access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Vaccine-themed phishing campaigns from suspicious email addresses with hyperlinks that contain misspelled domain names.
  • Highly emotive language designed to manipulate you; do not supply login credentials or personal information in response to an email.

Steps to avoid being caught by a scam

  • Monitor key financial accounts regularly.
  • Keep software and apps updated.
  • If you get a suspicious text asking you to click on a link this could be a scam. Do not click on the link.
  • If you receive a recorded voice message on your phone and are asked to press a number, this could be a scam. Do not press any buttons and do not call the number back.
  • Report all scams via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Before clicking on a link or providing your personal details, stop and ‘take five’. Never be afraid to delete the text, put the phone down or close the door. To find out more about how scams work, the harm they cause and how you can help to protect people in your community, consider becoming a Friend Against Scams and read about the ‘Take 5’ campaign.

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Event Updates

Good news – the following events have confirmed they are going ahead this year!

Please check the respective websites of the following organisations for their Covid-19 re-opening policies:

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How Can I Help?

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