Public urged to act now and help protect themselves and their loved ones this winter

Tuesday 16 November

8.45am-12.30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre, GL14 2AN

9am-5pm – Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green, GL13 9FB

Wednesday 17 November

8.45am-12.30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

9am-5pm – Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green

Thursday 18 November

8.45am-12.30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

9am-5pm – Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green

Saturday 20 November

8.45am-12.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

Sunday 21 November

9am-2.45pm – Rosebank Surgery, Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL1 5JJ

Tuesday 23 November

8.45am-12.30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

9am-5pm – Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green

Wednesday 24 November

8.45am-12.30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

Thursday 25 November

3.45pm-7.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

8.30am-5pm – Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green

Friday 26 November

8.45am-12.30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

Saturday 27 November

8.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-5pm – North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton in Marsh, GL56 0DS

Sunday 28 November

9am-2.45pm – Rosebank Surgery, Stroud Road, Gloucester

Monday 29 November

1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

Tuesday 30 November

8.45am-12.30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm – Old Cinderford Health Centre

Wednesday 1 December

9am-5pm – Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green

Thursday 2 December

 8.30am-5pm – Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green

*Please note: further walk in dates and sites in the county will be published when confirmed, so please visit the NHS Gloucestershire COVID-19 website and follow local NHS social media (facebook.com/GlosCCG and Twitter.com/GlosCCG) to keep in touch.

NHS leaders in Gloucestershire are encouraging people who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster to grab-a-jab at one of a number of drop-in clinics this month as the vaccination programme continues its drive to protect the most vulnerable this winter.

Anyone who is more than six months from their second dose will be able to drop-in and get their booster, without needing to book a time in advance. People also do not need to be registered with one of the local GP practices to attend.

Parents who wish to get their 12 to 15 year old children vaccinated outside of a school setting will also be able to take them to these additional drop-in services for a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine and are being urged to take up the offer as soon as possible, following a huge response to the first walk in sessions.

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

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their COVID-19 vaccines and for many people it’s more convenient to drop-in without an appointment. We are asking people to think very seriously about the difference this can make this winter – helping to keep you, your children and wider families safe and even save lives.

Due to the fantastic work of local vaccination teams and the great response from local people, uptake for boosters has got off to a good start, but as we head into the winter months, it’s more important than ever that we all take steps to protect ourselves. This includes taking up the offer of a COVID vaccination if you’re eligible for a booster or still in need of a first or second dose.

I would also strongly urge parents to take up the opportunity to drop in with their 12 to 15 year olds. The vaccine is safe, will protect children from COVID-19 and help prevent further disruption to education, so please do talk to your children about taking up this offer.”

Children attending vaccination sites must be accompanied by parents or guardians to be vaccinated outside of school and consent will be sought on the day. Parents and young people are being asked to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment which can be found at: bit.ly/12-15dropin

People should not attend the drop-in service if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a positive Lateral Flow or PCR test within the last 4 weeks (please note, new guidance issued on 17 November 2021 advises that children under the age of 18 should wait until at least 12 weeks after a positive Lateral Flow or PCR test).

Some of these clinics are offering appointments in addition to drop-ins, so please note that those with a booked appointment will be given priority. As no appointment is needed, people may experience queues on the day. Please bring a face mask with you, unless you’re exempt, as well as your NHS number if you have it. Remember to eat and drink before you leave home.

The bulk of COVID boosters continue to be provided by appointment through the 11 GP-led community vaccination centres across the county. Local GP services will be in touch if they haven’t already to invite eligible people to book an appointment. Please act when contacted.

People will also have the choice to use the National Booking System (NBS) website or phone number (nhs.uk/covidvaccination or dial 119) to book their COVID-19 booster at one of eight community pharmacies around the county.

People eligible for a booster (from six months after their second dose) include:

  • care home residents
  • health and social care workers (see here for more information about how to access a booster)
  • people aged over 50
  • those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19,
  • adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals (people who have reduced ability to fight infections).

Children aged 12 to 15 will still be able to access their COVID-19 vaccination in a school setting if they’d prefer; our vaccination teams are working closely with education colleagues to schedule visits to every secondary school in the county over the coming weeks.

Local people can get the latest information about the vaccination programme on the NHS Gloucestershire COVID-19 website.