The COVID-19 community vaccination centre at Vale Community Hospital will move to a new location from Monday 23 August.

Local GP practices in Berkeley Vale will continue to work together, offering vaccination appointments from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus at Berkeley Green.

The change is taking place as Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC) plan to reinstate services, including re-opening their Minor Injury and Illness Unit, as part of their recovery from the pandemic.

The college campus at Berkeley Green on Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park is close to major transport links and has ample on-site parking in addition to other facilities such as a café.

Dr Richard Probert, Joint Clinical Director of the Berkeley Vale Primary Care Network, said:

“We’re really excited about the move to the Berkeley Green campus, which will allow us to continue providing COVID-19 vaccinations as we plan for the next phase of the rollout, offering ‘boosters’ to our most vulnerable patients this autumn.”

Dr Simon Opher, Joint Clinical Director of the Berkeley Vale Primary Care Network, added:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to GHC and the staff at Vale Community Hospital for allowing us to use their space for the last eight months. Practice teams, supported by community NHS services and an amazing army of volunteers, have delivered more than 40,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to our patients.

However, the time is right for us to move to an alternative venue, as the hospital progress with plans to re-instate services which had been paused to support the response to the pandemic.

Kevin Hamblin, Group CEO & Executive Principal at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, said:

“The college is delighted to be able to host the Berkeley Vale Primary Care Network in our Berkeley Green facilities so that local people can continue to access their COVID-19 vaccinations. The efforts of local vaccination teams in recent months to ensure people are protected from COVID-19 have been phenomenal, so we’re really pleased to play a small part in that.

The campus is well placed, with ample parking. The building is very spacious, there’s plenty of room to move around safely whilst continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.”

The Local Vaccination Service will move from Vale Community Hospital to Unit C11 at Berkeley Green Campus, Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, GL13 9 9PA, from Monday 23 August. Patients will be informed when they book their vaccination appointment about the change of location.

Anyone over the age of 18 who is yet to take up the offer of a first dose, can continue to do so by following the instructions in their original invite, or attending a drop-in service which will be advertised via the Gloucestershire NHS COVID-19 portal: https://covid19.glos.nhs.uk/vaccinations/#link-dropin

Second doses are also still available, at least 8 weeks after the first dose. GP services will be in touch when your second dose is due to offer an appointment.