Additional COVID-19 vaccination services for the top priority groups will be delivered at Badham Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve from today as the NHS continues to extend the biggest vaccination programme in its history.

Gloucestershire has already established a successful GP-led network of community vaccination centres and mobile services across the county, which have, and continue to make, enormous progress on vaccinating priority groups.

The opening of Badham Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve this week, along with other community pharmacies across the country, will together be capable of vaccinating significant numbers of people and will add additional capacity to support the roll-out of the programme. Like all COVID vaccination appointments, these will be appointment-only.

Professor Steve Hams, Director of Quality and Chief Nurse and Senior Responsible Officer for the Gloucestershire COVID Vaccination programme said: “We are delighted to see our innovative vaccination model in Gloucestershire reaching new milestones. Everyone working on the programme is determined to get this vaccine out rapidly and safely to the people who need it most.

“This further extension of the vaccination programme offers the people of Gloucestershire additional community-based options and we are pleased to welcome Badham to our wider team, all of whom share our aim of saving lives by delivering this life-saving vaccine as quickly as we can.”

Badham Pharmacy Managing Director & Superintendent Pharmacist Peter Badham said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this essential service at a time of global pandemic. The pharmacy team has the capacity to vaccinate hundreds of patients a week in three newly built consultation rooms. We want to make a significant contribution to protecting patients in our locality from this dreadful virus and build on the core values of the company, which are patient focused services and innovation.”

Priority groups are being asked to wait for their GP surgery/NHS to contact them with information how to book an appointment. All public vaccination services in Gloucestershire, including pharmacies, are appointment-only services, with local GPs and their teams providing the bulk of vaccinations for Gloucestershire residents. If people have already booked with their local GP, they should continue to attend their booked appointment.

If people receive a letter but have already had their first vaccination through one of our GP services, they do not need to do anything as they will be recalled for their second vaccine.

The local NHS is focused on delivering vaccinations of the most vulnerable and those in the high risk categories:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. All those 80 years of age and over Frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. Health and social care staff

It is important to note that the vaccine is only available from the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine.