Vaccination teams across Gloucestershire have been widely praised as yet another major COVID-19 vaccination milestone is surpassed in the county today, with more than 600,000 doses given. This includes more than 230,000 second doses, which NHS leaders have described as a remarkable effort.

If they have not already been in contact, local GP services will be in touch as soon as supplies allow offering first dose appointment slots locally to people between the ages of 34 and 39, who are the latest group to start being invited for a vaccination.

People in their thirties can be reassured that they will not need to travel outside of the county for their COVID-19 vaccinations if they do not wish to.

In Gloucestershire, the bulk of vaccinations are being carried out at the ten GP led Primary Care Network centres across the county. The teams there have delivered more than 500,000 vaccinations since December.

Residents are politely asked not to call their GP surgery for their first dose of vaccine – the surgery will be in contact.

Many people in the 34 to 39 age range will have also received a national communication – a text or letter – from the NHS giving them the option to use the national booking website: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or phone 119 to book a vaccination appointment at other available services.

Through the national booking website or phone number, residents can choose to make an appointment at one of three pharmacy locations in the county – Boots in Gloucester, Badhams Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve and Cainscross Pharmacy in Stroud, subject to availability.

Some out of county services/centres may be available to certain residents in priority groups (based on where they live) through the national booking system.

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

“This milestone should be celebrated as it represents the incredible dedication and hard work of vaccination teams in Gloucestershire.

The 500,000 milestone for Primary Care Network led vaccination services is also a stand out achievement. Every dose given is another person on the road to being protected from COVID-19, so we would strongly urge those who haven’t taken up the offer yet to do so.

I would like to personally thank our GP Practice teams who are pulling out all the stops to support the vaccination programme whilst also providing the usual day to day medical care to patients. They have shown great resilience and determination over recent months, against the backdrop of pressures in primary care, and are working tirelessly to keep patients safe.

We know people are very keen to receive their first doses and want to reassure residents that local GP services will contact them to schedule appointments; they do not need to call their surgery at this time.”

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