The NHS in Gloucestershire is urging anyone in need of a booster to come forward for their vaccine as soon as possible, with plenty of availability in the county for everyone to get a jab before the end of the year.

This comes as local health leaders confirm that almost 80% of eligible people over the age of 18 in Gloucestershire have had a booster, after vaccination teams delivered a phenomenal 100,000 boosters in less than two weeks since the government announced the acceleration of the programme.

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

“It has been an incredible ten days, and my thanks go out once again to the brilliant vaccination teams and volunteers across the county who have been working tirelessly to ensure everyone is able to access a booster by the end of the year.

The job isn’t done yet – teams stand ready to provide vaccinations to anyone who needs one and there are plenty of appointment slots or drop-in clinics available for people to access a vaccine at a time convenient to them.

As the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly, we need everyone to play their part, so please, if you do one thing this festive season, protect yourself and those around you and get your booster now.”

There are three ways to access a booster vaccination in Gloucestershire:

  1. Via appointment at a GP-led primary care network (PCN) vaccination centre

The bulk of vaccinations continue to be provided by appointment through the 11 PCN community vaccination centres across the county. Please note that these appointments are not available on the national booking system (NBS), people will have received an invite directly from local NHS services to book (often via text if your GP practice has a contact number).

These sites are increasing their capacity through extended opening hours and in some cases opening up to 7 days a week. Additionally, people may be invited to book their appointment at a number of ‘pop-up’ sites across the county.

  1. Via the national booking system (NBS)

Some people may choose to book an appointment at one of 9 community pharmacies across the county using the NBS telephone number and website (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or call 119).

The JabVan at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, which had been a hospital vaccination hub for health and social care workers, has also opened to the public on the National Booking System to support the COVID booster campaign.

  1. At a drop-in clinic

More drop-in clinics are being made available at a number of the community vaccination sites through December. Dates (including any new ones) and any changes to eligibility for future drop-in sessions will be available on the local NHS COVID portal. People can also keep up to date through CCG (@GlosCCG) and GP Practice social media channels.

With around one in ten of all booked appointments currently ‘no shows’, the NHS is also asking anyone who no longer needs their appointment, either because the time is no longer convenient or they have got their vaccine elsewhere, to please cancel the booking so the time can be freed up for others.

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, drop-in dates and FAQs.