Additional COVID-19 vaccination services will begin to be delivered at Boots Pharmacy in Gloucester and at the SkillZONE in Tuffley from today as the NHS accelerates 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.

Boots in Gloucester is one of the first of hundreds of community pharmacies capable of vaccinating large numbers of people, while allowing for social distancing, which are initially being selected to give the best geographical spread nationally.

In addition, the NHS is opening an additional site at the SkillZONE to continue the vaccination of health and social care workers.

This will enable the programme to allow health and social care workers to get their vaccinations sooner It comes hot on the heels of last weekend’s hospital hub extension, which saw the Gloucester-based Edward Jenner Vaccination Hub expanding into an additional temporary ‘pop-up’ location at Cheltenham General Hospital. Further pop up clinics have been carried out in more outlying areas, such as the Forest of Dean, to maximise opportunities for health and care staff to obtain the vaccine.

Professor Steve Hams, Director of Quality and Chief Nurse and Senior Responsible Officer – Gloucestershire COVID Vaccination programme said: “We are incredibly proud of our innovative vaccination model in Gloucestershire and our dedicated team is determined to get this vaccine out rapidly to those who need it most., we will continue work with partners to explore innovative ways of delivering the vaccination programme, all of whom share our aim of saving lives by protecting as many people as possible, as quickly as we can.”

John Trevains, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Quality for Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “The staff vaccination programme in Gloucestershire has been a great success so far, with huge numbers of colleagues now protected against COVID. We’re well on track to vaccinate all health and social care staff within the next month or so, and with the great efforts also being made to vaccinate elderly and vulnerable people, it all gives us great hope that we’re fighting back against COVID.”

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 are appointment only services, local GPs and their teams are providing the bulk of vaccinations for Gloucestershire residents. 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