Update from the NHS in Gloucestershire

“We are confident that, pending vaccine supply, we are on track to meet the target of offering a vaccination to all those in the first four priority groups by the middle of this month.

The vaccination programme in the county continues to make great progress thanks to the tireless work of our vaccination teams from GP surgeries, community services and hospitals and other community partners, including volunteers.

GP surgeries have contacted people aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable patients on their lists and anyone in these groups who has not yet had their first dose of vaccine is being given the opportunity to book.

We would politely request that if you have an appointment to be vaccinated, please keep it.

If patients in these top priority groups are concerned that they have not yet heard from local GP services, we would ask them to contact their GP surgery.

We recognise that patients in the top priority groups can choose to use alternative vaccination services if they wish to and can make an appointment through the national booking arrangements. In Gloucestershire, this includes two community pharmacy locations.

Hospital vaccination services are also working extremely hard to offer vaccinations to all frontline health and care staff and this vital work continues at pace. Again, huge progress has been made.

We would like to thank our teams across Gloucestershire who are doing a brilliant job at delivering what is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs our care.”