Spring boosters are being offered to people at greatest risk of COVID-19 infection from 21 March in the latest phase of the vaccine programme

An additional dose is being offered as a precaution to people who are at extreme high risk from COVID-19 infection from six months after their first booster. This will help protect them if COVID-19 rates are high over the summer months and reduce their chances of needing hospital treatment if they do catch the virus.

Dr Andy Seymour, Clinical Chair, NHS Gloucestershire CCG said:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people again for their spring boosters. Our teams of staff and volunteers will be on hand to help and answer any questions. With continued high levels of COVID-19 in the community, we encourage those who are eligible to take up the offer to help protect them over the coming months.

Please be assured that if they’re eligible, people will receive an invitation from local NHS services to book in for their vaccination soon, there’s no need to contact their GP surgery at this time.

I’d also like to remind people that it’s not too late for anyone who hasn’t yet had their first, second or first booster doses to come forward.

There are still regular drop-in clinics taking place at sites across the county delivering catch up doses, so anyone who has changed their mind about having the jabs, or who may have been unable to have it sooner because of COVID infection, can have one. Just look for advertised dates on local NHS social media channels or visit the local NHS COVID information portal.”

Additional information

Who can have the spring booster?

The spring booster is available to those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. People aged 75 and older, residents of care homes for older people and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system are all eligible. ‘Weakened immune system’ includes those with underlying health conditions such as chronic leukaemia or lymphoma, and those who have had immunosuppressive treatment following an organ transplant or have had radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

How to have the booster

There are two main ways to access a spring booster.

They are:

  • Via appointment at community vaccination centre

The bulk of vaccinations continue to be provided by appointment through the 11 community vaccination centres across the county. Please note that these appointments are not available on the national booking system (NBS), people will receive an invite directly from local NHS services to book (often via text if your GP practice has a contact number). At the moment, we are asking people who are eligible for a spring booster not to contact their GP surgery, local NHS services will be in touch soon.

  • Via the national booking system (NBS)

People may choose to book an appointment at one of 10 community pharmacies across the county using the NBS telephone number, 119, or via the NBS website. They are:

  • Allied Pharmacy, Southgate Street, Gloucester
  • Badham Pharmacy, Church Road, Bishops Cleeve
  • Badham Pharmacy, London Road, Gloucester
  • Boots, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
  • Cainscross Pharmacy, Bingham Hall Trust, King Street, Cirencester
  • Cainscross Pharmacy, Brittania Dance Studio, Cashes Green Road, Stroud
  • Cainscross Pharmacy, West Dean Centre, Bream, Forest of Dean
  • Cohens Chemist, Long Street, Tetbury
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy, Beachley Road, Sedbury
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy, Pyart Court, Coleford.

If you have had COVID-19 you should ideally wait four weeks before having your spring booster. You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating or waiting for a COVID-19 test.

People who are housebound and managers of care homes for older people will be contacted by an appropriate NHS Team to arrange a visit.

Additional information

An information leaflet on the Spring booster vaccination is available to download.

Everything people need to know about the vaccination programme in Gloucestershire is available on the local NHS COVID portal, including locations of vaccination sites, information leaflets and FAQs.