GP leaders in the county are reassuring people aged 45-49 that residents will not need to travel outside of the county for their COVID-19 vaccination if they do not wish to.

Local GP services will be in touch soon, if they haven’t already, to offer an appointment slot locally to people aged 45-49 at one of 10 Primary Care Network GP-led vaccination centres across the county.

Residents are politely asked not to call their GP surgery – they WILL be in contact.

Many people in the newly announced priority group will have also received a national 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 e.g. the large vaccination centre in Bristol, may be available to certain residents in priority groups (based on where they live) through the national booking system.

The local NHS is also looking to further increase the range of additional vaccination services and models available in the county.

Clinical Chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Andy Seymour said:

“Although there is good supply to support second doses, availability of vaccine for first doses has, as expected, become limited for the time being.

We know people in the next age groups are very keen to receive their first doses, in particular people aged between 40 and 49 without underlying health conditions.

NHS vaccination teams in Gloucestershire will be progressing through this age group as soon as possible, as vaccine supplies pick up. We want to reassure residents that local GP services will contact them to schedule appointments and they do not need to call their surgery at this time.

Local vaccination teams continue to stand ready, with the infrastructure in place, to vaccinate as many residents as possible, as quickly as possible.”

Professor Steve Hams, Chief Nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Responsible Officer for the Gloucestershire COVID-19 Vaccination programme said:

“It is heartening to see that positive progress continues to be made by local vaccination teams and in particular a great many more people who are at greater risk from the virus are receiving their second doses across Gloucestershire.

“We understand that younger adults could well be feeling somewhat frustrated as they wait patiently for their first dose, but the service is poised to step back up closer to capacity as additional supplies come on stream.”